Lake June in Winter Scrub State Park is one of the rarest ecosystems protected within the Florida Park Service. The 845–acres of Lake June in Winter Scrub State Park, located in beautiful Lake Placid, are predominately scrub, which contains the highest concentration of rare plants and animals in North America!
Here at Lake June in Winter Scrub State Park, you will find a unique park experience, best suited for those seeking solitude and nature study. Bring drinking water (none is available within the park), a compass, camera, binoculars, sturdy shoes, sunblock, hat and either a companion or cell phone. Hiking maps are available at the honor fee station at the park entrance.
This park protects one of the state's most endangered natural communities-sand scrub-which is sometimes called "Florida's desert." Some of Florida's rarest plants and animals, including the Florida scrub-jay, Florida scrub lizard, Florida mouse, deer, gopher tortoise, and bobcat are found in the scrub. Ospreys and bald eagles are frequently sighted along the three miles of lake front. This relatively new park is still in development and best suited to those seeking a remote wilderness experience and nature study. Visitors can hike along the white sand fire lanes, walk a half-mile nature trail, fish from the lakeshore, or launch a canoe or kayak onto the lake. A picnic area has tables and a shelter, but no grills.
Hours of Operation
Lake June in Winter Scrub State park is open 8:00 a.m. to sundown 365 days per year.
Take US Highway 27 to the town of Lake Placid, turn west on County Road 621, travel approximately five miles on County Road 621 (Lake June Road) to Daffodil Road (621 merges into Poplar, then into Miller as you travel towards Daffodil). Turn south onto Daffodil road (Spur Mini Mart at this intersection), travel approximately two miles to the end of Daffodil Road, the park entrance is on your left.