Join us in helping to restore one of Florida's largest natural resources.


Our Mission & Purpose

FOLA is a citizen advocacy group focused on restoring Florida's 30,000-acre lake to its once pristine condition.

Once a world renowned fishing paradise known for its trophy bass, Lake Apopka endured nearly 5 decades of poor farming practices along its shores, creating one of Florida's largest polluted lakes.

FOLA began advocating for the lake's restoration in 1991 and has seen great progress over the last 20 years, but we still need your support. Join today and become a part of one of the greatest environmental success stories of our time.

Florida's Amendment 1

75% of Florida voters who voted Yes for Amendment 1 want to use the Land Acquisition Trust Fund for the acquisition of parks and natural areas.  If you agree, contact your Florida lawmakers NOW to urge them to fully fund Florida Forever.

Visit for more information and updates.

Next Board Meeting

The next Board meeting will be held Thursday, May 7th at 5:30 pm.

All meetings are open to the public and held at the Oakland Park Nature Preserve Education Building, 747 Machete Trail, Oakland, FL 34787.



Read about the latest efforts to organize environmental groups and local municipalities within Orange and Lake Counties, to form a coalition for leading the Lake Apopka EcoTourism projects.



We Need Your Help

If you or anyone you know is interested in joining FOLA or serving on the Board of Directors please contact us.

We need advocates who can donate time and energy into raising awareness this year.



Lake Timeline

The West Orange Times & Observer recently published an article 2015 Forecast: Lake Apopka, outlining our progress with Lake Apopka.

Click here to view our detailed Timeline document.




Related Resources 

Oakland Nature Preserve

Located on Lake Apopka's south shore, the Oakland Nature Preserve provides an opportunity to witness Lake Apopka's restoration first-hand, with a boardwalk to the lake, beautiful hiking trails, educational programs and summer camps.

Florida's Audubon Society

The Audubon Society sites Lake Apopka as one of the most important ornithological sites in Florida.

Green Mountain Scenic Byway

Yes, Florida does have hills! Beginning at the Howey Crossroads (the intersection of Lake County Roads 455 and 561), the Green Mountain Scenic Byway winds southeast along Lake County Roads 455 and Old Highway 50 for 12 ½ miles through some of the highest hills of the Lake Wales Ridge. See the Green Mountain Scenic Byway Master Plan at this new Green Mountain Scenic Byway Project Website. 

Contact Us

Friends of Lake Apopka: 
PO Box 770355, Winter Garden, FL 34777-0355

Board Meetings:
Oakland Nature Preserve, 747 Machete Trail, Oakland, FL 34760 


Join Us

Our Board of Director meetings are open to the public and held the first Thursday of every month at 5:30 pm at the Oakland Nature Preserve Education Building.

Visit our Events page for exact dates & times. Visit our Membership page for details on joining the cause. 

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