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The Docks at Shingle Creek Now Open

The Docks at Shingle Creek Opening Adds More Water Access to Shingle Creek Regional Park

The Docks at Shingle Creek may be a small stop on the State of Florida's recognized Shingle Creek Blueway but the park that opened Tuesday is a key point of interest that expands the reach of those seeking a paddling adventure along the headwaters of the Everglades.

A dock with a walkway above, surrounded by trees, and a blue and white boat tied up.

"Overall, this aquatic oasis open up more of the creek to adventurers and really enhance its usability and our efforts to create a paddling trail," said Commissioner Michael Harford. "At same time it fits into the overall mission of Shingle Creek Park to protects this precious resource and emphasizes the historic role of the area."

The Docks at Shingle Creek offers public canoe and kayak launch areas, as well as rentals for paddlers. Tours offered by the concessionaire include guided paddling trips to Osceola County's Makinson Island Conservation Area. An option is overnight tent camping on this remote, natural gem.

A river with a blue and white boat and a person kayaking in Shingle Creek Regional Park in Kissimmee, Florida.

Guided and quiet electric boat tours along the creek will also be offered for those wanting to experience time on this historic waterway. Public restrooms and a pre-packaged food and drink concession area is ADA accessible.

Park hours are sunrise to sunset.

Shingle Creek, the northernmost headwaters to the Everglades, meanders south from the Osceola-Orange county line to the entrance of Lake Tohopekaliga. The Shingle Creek Paddling Trail will eventually encompass approximately 10 miles linking Shingle Creek with Makinson Island, Twin Oaks, Cherokee Point and Scotty's Cove Conservation Areas on Lake Tohopekaliga.

Marsh Landing was purchased by Osceola County, with the assistance of the South Florida Water Management District through its "Save our Rivers" program in 2010. Formerly known as Harbor Oaks Marina, this 2-acre property once had two residential houses, a marina with more than 20 slips, a public restroom, a trailer park and a plant nursery business operating on the site. Most of those structures were severely damaged during the hurricanes of 2004.

Today the County owned property is part of the more than 1,000-acre Shingle Creek Regional Park. Created through a partnership with Osceola County, City of Kissimmee, South Florida Water Management District, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida Communities Trust, Florida Department of Greenways and Trails, Trust for Public Land and the Osceola County Historical Society, Shingle Creek Regional Park has become the urban oasis envisioned by the partners for the benefit and enjoyment of the community.

Osceola County News Release FOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION Osceola County Community Outreach/Public Information Office 407-742-0100 [email protected] www.osceola.org

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