Lake Mary Jane

Lake Mary Jane is located in Orlando, Florida, one of a chain of lakes leading to the headwaters of teh the Everglades. In fact, it covers some eleven hundred acres, being more of a paradise for alligators and fishermen.

The lake has some bass, which are not as predominant in numbers as those found in the many other lakes within the Kissimmee Chain. However, this freshwater lake is shallow enough to make both spring and winter fishing ideal. Most of the fish are usually found within the watery grass areas, as well as the open areas of water. Some fish hide amongst the lily pads during December and January, whereas others retreat amongst the water-logged Kissimmee grasses, cattails and bulrushes to shelter from the hungry alligator population.

The lake is easy to reach from varied roads around the lakes. During the summer, its population of fish include such fish species as sunfish, bluegills, redbreasts, black chappies and largemouths. In fact, the parking area leading to the lake is very picturesque, having a pretty picnic area with picnic tables and grills. Despite the alligators in much of the lake, there is a safe, cordoned off area for swimming, but swimmers still need to be vigilant.

Lake Mary Jane is one of the few lakes in the area to have its own pier. There are numerous shoreline spots for land-based fishing perches. Parking includes room for both vehicles and boat trailers. A small boat ramps allows visitors to launch power and non-motorized boats. Best of all, the parking area and its facilities are free to use and available with few restrictions throughout the year.

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