Tenoroc is located two miles northeast of Lakeland on S.R. 33A (Reynolds Road), south of I-4 between Tampa and Orlando and bisected by S.R. 659. Visitors can reach Tenoroc off I-4 at Exit 20, or north off U.S. 92, east of Lakeland onto Combee Road (S.R. 659) and turning east when reaching Tenoroc Mine Road.

Tenoroc is a gateway site for the Great Florida Birding Trail. It was selected for the distinction based on its excellent bird watching opportunities. The numerous lakes attract good numbers of wading birds, waterfowl, raptors such as osprey and eagles. Songbirds pause here during spring and fall migrations. Nesting ospreys are common in the spring and one of the state’s largest wading bird colonies boasts snowy egrets, white ibises, and anhingas.

Tenoroc Lakes is one of Florida’s premier bass fishing “hot spots,” Tenoroc Fish Management Area features a series of fish-filled lakes created from reclaimed phosphate pits. The park has many different types of pits designed for specific uses including flyfishing, fishing teams and bank fishing. The pits are so loaded with bass, bluegills and shellcrackers that even the most inexperienced fisherman should be able to catch something. Tenoroc is managed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and located northeast of Lakeland just off I-4. Take 33 to S.R. 659 south (Combee Road). Turn left on Tenoroc Mine Road. Call 863-499-2422 for permit and additional information. (available Friday through Monday, between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm only)

Recreation

In support of the resource management goals and objectives for the area and to provide a quality experience for all area users, the following recreation activities are allowed.

Fishing is the premiere recreational activity on Tenoroc. Since 1983, Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission biologists have evaluated and managed the fisheries at Tenoroc. The most sought after sportfish on Tenoroc is the Florida largemouth bass, but black crappie, bluegill, redear sunfish, channel catfish, and yellow and brown bullhead are common catches. All visitors, including anglers, must check in and out at the Tenoroc Fish Management Area headquarters. Anglers must deposit their valid fishing or hunting license with the custodian unless otherwise instructed. Quotas have been established for each lake, and fishing is permitted in designated lakes only. Unless otherwise specified, largemouth bass must be released immediately. Tenoroc offers both boat and bank fishing opportunities. In addition, facilities at Derby Lake and the Pasture Lakes are fully ADA accessible. The Saddle Creek and Bridgewater tracts offer seven additional fishing lakes.

Public Access

Open 4 days a week (Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday), 6 AM to 8 PM during periods of Daylight Savings Time and 6 AM to 7 PM during periods of Eastern Savings Time. Motor vehicles may be operated only on named roads, designated parking areas, and fishing ramps as described in the area use brochure.

Wildlife Viewing

Tenoroc is a gateway site for the Great Florida Birding Trail. It was selected for the distinction based on its excellent bird watching opportunities. The numerous lakes attract good numbers of wading birds, waterfowl, raptors such as osprey and eagles. Songbirds pause here during spring and fall migrations. Nesting ospreys are common in the spring and one of the state’s largest wading bird colonies boasts snowy egrets, white ibises, and anhingas. You may request a copy or download or print the Tenoroc Bird List.

Hiking

The main unit of Tenoroc features 5.4 miles of trails in two loops. The trails pass over both reclaimed and unreclaimed mining property and the graded crest road of an earthen dam. Western segments of the trail are mostly flat, open, and dry. The eastern loop of the Orange Trail is shaded with oaks. Trails on Rattlesnake Ridge on the southern portion of the Blue Loop Trail are steep and narrow but offer pleasant vistas of lakes and forests. In the spring, a large wading bird colony with white ibises, snowy egrets, and anhingas may be seen from the south end Blue Loop Trail. These trails link with two loop trails on the Saddle Creek Tract of Tenoroc, south of the main unit. Access the trailhead and parking area for the Saddle Creek trails from Saddle Creek Park. Someday, this trail system may continue north to connect with the Gen. James A. Van Fleet Trail that crosses the Green Swamp.

Horseback Riding

Two loop trails in Tenoroc’s main unit are available for horseback riding. The 3.5-mile North Trail and the 4.4-mile South Trail are accessible from the Tenoroc Office and parking area. Water and space for trailer parking are available here. (Hikers may use the horseback trails, but dogs are not permitted.) The Saddle Creek Trails are not open for horseback riding.

Paddling

Visitors may use canoes or kayaks on any lake where boats are allowed, but quotas on the number of boats per lake are enforced and paddlers will be competing with anglers for a slot.

Shooting Range

The FWC has constructed a major regional shooting sports facility at Tenoroc. The facility, managed by a private vendor, includes rifle, pistol, and air gun ranges, trap/skeet and sporting clay stations, and ground level, elevated, and 3-D archery ranges.

 

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More great links to information on this lake,

http://myfwc.com/fishing/Tenoroc

http://www.centralfloridasports.com/


 

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