Fisheating Creek Outpost (Fla.)

Fisheating Creek is a stream that flows into Lake Okeechobee in Florida. It is the only remaining free-flowing water course feeding into the lake, and the second-largest natural source for the lake. Most of the land surrounding the stream is either publicly owned or under conservation easements restricting development. The lower part of the stream remains in a largely natural state.

Fisheating Creek, Oct 2013

26°56’21.73″N 81°19’06.17″W elev 39 ft
Fisheating Creek Outpost, 7555 U.S. 27, Palmdale, Florida, 33944

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The view from our campsite

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The water appears the color of copper because Fisheating creek is a blackwater river. The water is stained from debris that has settled at the bottom of the river.

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The creek becomes shallow in the autumn, but during the summer it floods the forest.

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Footprints

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This is ibis country

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Can you spot the ibis?

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Stork

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This massive cypress dome is about six feet in diameter.

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Song bird on a cypress knee

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We saw lots of alligators

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Florida red-bellied cooter

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Egret (I think)

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Oliver!

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This massive hornet’s nest was about five feet tall.

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Spanish moss

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Camp store

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This flooded forest intersected Service Road 731.

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Service Road 731 takes you through the town of Venus, Highlands county, home to the experimental architecture project “The Venus Project”. The red circle represents the location of the flooded forest.

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So long and farewell!