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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the University of Florida are inviting the public to a March 22 meeting to learn about the development of an aquatic habitat management plan for Lake Istokpoga.

The meeting will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Bert J. Harris Jr. Agricultural Center Auditorium, 4509 George Blvd., Sebring, FL 33875.

The public is encouraged to attend the meeting to learn about the plan, ask questions, provide input and learn how they can get involved in helping determine the future of this 27,692-acre lake northeast of Lake Placid in Highlands County. Lake Istokpoga offers fishing opportunities, boating, waterfowl hunting and other outdoor recreational activities.

University of Florida staff will present the process for developing the Lake Istokpoga Habitat Management Plan and discuss the plan’s timeline.

This meeting kicks off a two-year process of implementing a comprehensive public engagement strategy to help shape the habitat management plan for Lake Istokpoga. The process is directed at including individuals and groups with an interest in the lake or concerns about the lake’s future. This is one of several public meetings that will provide information about the plan and gather public input during this two-year development process.

For more information on how the Lake Istokpoga aquatic habitat management plan is being developed, contact Dr. Chelsey Crandall at the University of Florida at 813-690-2664.

To learn more about Lake Istokpoga, go to and click on “Freshwater Fishing,” “Sites & Forecasts,” “Southwest Forecast” and then “Lake Istokpoga.”

News Reporter