In Central Florida? Check out the Lake Panasoffkee Wildlife Management Area

    The Lake Panasoffkee Wildlife Management Area is one of those places in Florida that needs to go on your outdoor bucket list. I grew up in Sumter County, lived in Lake Panasoffkee for a few years, and would visit this property pretty often - but it's a spot where you rarely see anyone.

    It's a huge property - almost 9,000 acres - with terrific opportunities for all forms of outdoor recreation. A few days back, Amanda and I loaded up our bikes and headed down the Little Jones Creek trail, which turned out to be a great ride. Lots of wildlife and scenery, and we were the only ones around for hours. The trail is about 12 miles out and back, with a few sandy spots, but nothing that was too overwhelming.

    Here's a cell phone video of Little Jones Creek, which was looking great thanks to all the recent rain. Trail maps, hunt dates and details of the Lake Panasoffkee Wildlife Management Area can be found at the following links:

    Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission - Lake Panasoffkee Wildlife Management Area, Florida

    Southwest Florida Water Management District - Lake Panasoffkee

    There are some great fishes like the Big Bass that you could catch in the lake if you're into fishing and get lucky!