Expedition Headwaters Day-by-Day Itinerary

Day 1 - Friday, March 23rd

Begin Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, Orlando (Orange County)
End Makinson Island (Osceola County)
Approx. Distance 16 miles
Outreach Events Environmental Education Session Field Lab with 7th grade students at Hunter’s Creek Middle School: Students from Hunter’s Creek Elementary School interacted with the team and conducted water quality testing to learn more about watersheds, wetlands and aquatic ecosystems.

Day 2 - Saturday, March 24th

Begin Makinson Island (Osceola County)
End Southport Park (Osceola County)
Approx. Distance 10 miles

Day 3 - Sunday, March 25th

Begin Southport Park (Osceola County)
End Lake Cypress Boat Ramp (Osceola County)
Approx. Distance 7 miles

Day 4 - Monday, March 26th

Begin Lake Cypress Boat Ramp (Osceola County)
End Camp Mack River Resort (Polk County)
Approx. Distance 12 miles

Day 5 - Tuesday, March 27th

Begin Camp Mack River Resort (Polk County)
End Thomas Landing Fish Camp (Polk County)
Approx. Distance 9 miles
Outreach Events A Lake Kissimmee State Park prescribed burning expert was on hand to educate the travelers on the benefits of controlled fire. Prescribed burning is one of the most successful tools land managers use to improve ecosystems and reduce wildfire danger. Prescribed burning mimics natural fire cycles to restore natural communities, reduce undergrowth that accumulates over time and decrease the potential for wildfire. Burned lands experience an increase in native wildflowers, birds and other wildlife.

Day 6 - Wednesday, March 28th

Begin Thomas Landing Fish Camp (Polk County)
End Shady Oaks Fish Camp (Polk County)
Approx. Distance 8 miles
Outreach Events Interview with Agriculture Experts at Brahma Island to discuss the history of the area's cattle operations: A representative from a local ranch informed the expedition team of the rich history of cattle ranching in the Kissimmee River area. Prior to the 1940s, human habitation was sparse within the Kissimmee basin. Land use within the basin consisted primarily of farming and cattle ranching.

Day 7 - Thursday, March 29th

Begin Shady Oaks Fish Camp (Polk County)
End Town of KICCO Historic Site (Polk County)
Approx. Distance 15 miles
Outreach Events Interview with Restoration Experts at River Ranch on Land Acquisitions for Conservation: The team heard from experts regarding the aggressive land acquisition buying program to put the lands needed for restoration projects in state ownership. In April 2006, Florida celebrated the completion of land acquisition needed for the Kissimmee River Restoration Project. The 12,000 acres purchased for $35.8 million completed the total acquisition of 102,061 acres needed for construction of the entire project.

Day 8 - Friday, March 30th

Begin Town of KICCO Historic Site (Polk County)
End Bluff Hammock Trailhead (Highlands County)
Approx. Distance 20 miles
Outreach Events Interview with Restoration Experts at Bluff Hammock Trailhead regarding Kissimmee River Restoration: Chuck Wilburn, Kissimmee River Restoration Project Manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers gave a presentation on current restoration activity to team members. The Kissimmee River restoration project was authorized by the U.S. Congress in the Water Resources Development Act of 1992. 

Day 9 - Saturday, March 31st

Begin Bluff Hammock Trail (Okeechobee County)
End Riverwoods Field Lab (Okeechobee County)
Approx. Distance 18 miles
Outreach Events Environmental Education Field Lab at Micco Shelter Primitive Camp: Middle and High School Teachers from Okeechobee and Highlands Counties conducted lab exercises at the Riverwoods Field Lab and then traveled to the Micco Shelter, where the team met with the teachers and conducted activities such as water quality testing and a macro-invertebrate bioassessment.

Interview with Restoration Experts at Riverwoods Field Lab regarding Ecological Successes in Restored Areas: The Kissimmee River restoration project is restoring an estimated 40 square miles of river/floodplain ecosystem, including 26,500 acres of wetlands, 43 continuous miles of meandering river and will provide habitat for over 300 species, including the endangered bald eagle, snail kite and wood stork. This area of the expedition allowed the team to study the benefits of the restored portions of the river. Speakers included Joel Koebel and Lawrence Glenn, Project Managers from the South Florida Water Management District Kissimmee Division.

Interview with Restoration Experts at Edna Pearce-Lockett Estate regarding the history of Edna Pearce-Lockett Estate: A representative from the estate gave a presentation on the life of Edna Pearce-Lockett, who was a teacher in a one-room school house in the late 1800’s, and how the estate is part of the restoration process.

Day 10 - Sunday, April 1st

Begin Edna Pearce-Lockett Estate (Okeechobee County)
End Yates Marsh Trailhead (Okeechobee County)
Approx. Distance 11 miles
   

Day 11 - Monday, April 2nd

Begin Yates Marsh Trailhead (Okeechobee County)
End Kissimmee River Fishing Resort (Highlands County)
Approx. Distance 12 miles

Day 12 - Tuesday, April 3rd

Begin Kissimmee River Fishing Resort (Okeechobee County)
End Okee-Tantie Recreation Area (Glades County)
Approx. Distance 11 miles
Outreach Events End-of-Expedition festivities at Okee-Tantie Recreation Area
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Last reviewed: February 12, 2009