The most secret famous lake
Flooding began in 2015
10,000 acres total
7,000 is open water, the rest is marsh land
An existing bass population came from canals, ditches and pits on the property
500,000 bass stocked in 2015 and 500,000 in 2016
DNA tested, 100% Florida strain bass
Catch and Release only
Stocked with Crappie, Bluegill, Coppernose and other panfish
Panfish and Catfish can be kept, with regular FWC regulations
Flood water can be pumped in on South end
Release water can be pumped out and into Stick Marsh at 'The Pump House'
A 500 year flood overflows a wier into C-54 canal
Water level is 19.5 to 20.0 feet above sea level
Average water depth is 6', with deepest water over 30'
The lake is nearly 7 miles North to South, and 3 miles East to West
3 Indian burial mounds exist on the lake and have seawall sytems protecting them
Access to the indian burial mounds is restricted
Whether traveling south down I-95 or North, the reservoir isn't a terrible drive off the interstate. Just a few miles off the interstate to great fishing. Fellsmere Grade Road is an improved graded dirt road that can be bumpy and have puddles during and after rains. The grade is well cared for and graded frequently--sometimes a couple of times a week. The speed limit is 35 and it is patrolled regularly. It's about 6 miles to the end of the grade where the paved parking lot is located. There is typically plenty of parking and there is an overflow lot for times of high use. Usually winter duck season, while the crappie bite is going on is when the parking lot is most full. There are covered picknick areas, public grills and an outhouse style bathroom. Although...we strongly suggest using the potty before you arrive. We're constantly on the authority to upgrade the bathrooms, but it's an uphill battle.