The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has finalized the final draft of its Lake Management Plan for the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes, which includes four major lakes, Tohopekaliga, Cypress, Hatchineha and Kissimmee, totaling approximately 65,000 surface acres. To discuss the contents of the plan, FWC will host an open house public meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 30, from 6-8 p.m. at the Kissimmee Civic Center, located at 201 E Dakin Ave. in Kissimmee.

The Lake Management Plan focuses on helping guide the FWC’s future management of the chain and allows for local stakeholders and FWC staff to jointly craft management targets and approaches that will ensure the long-term well-being of these resources and their benefit to people. The FWC encourages the community to engage in the process and provide input on lakes in their area.

The Kissimmee Chain of Lakes in Osceola County forms the headwaters of Lake Okeechobee, the Everglades and Florida Bay. The chain is internationally known for its recreational and commercial value for angling, hunting, birding, boating and more.

FWC has engaged with stakeholders over an 18 month period to gather input and feedback and have now finalized the lake management plan for Kissimmee Chain of Lakes. Click here to see the final plan.