Wildlife Watching | Visit Central Florida

In Lake Kissimmee State Park, one of Polk County’s three state parks, you might spot a wide variety of birds ranging from bald eagles to turkey and bobwhites. In the parks’ lake and picnic areas, spot wading birds and snail kites, as well as song bird migrants and crested caracara. With more than 200-species of birds, this state park is one of the best birding areas in central Florida.

Lake Kissimmee State Park – Florida’s Natural Wonders

While it was definitely worth the drive to experience these scenic trails, there’s much more to this park. For instance, it’s bordered on 3 sides by 3 different lakes: Lake Kissimmee to the east, Lake Rosalie to the west, and Tiger Lake to the south. All 3 lakes are connected and are very popular for fishing and paddling. The 10-mile Buster Island Paddling Trail is the paddlers’ equivalent of the hike I took. Kayak, canoe and paddleboat rentals are available.