Arbuckle Creek

Avon Park, Florida

Arbuckle Creek

Arbuckle Creek Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Located near Sebring in south central Florida, Arbuckle Creek flows for 23 miles from Lake Arbuckle to Lake Istokpoga, stretching through cypress strands, open grass prairies, ranch land, and an occasional oak hammock. Originally the creek was known to the Native Americans as Weokufka, or “muddy water,” although later it was apparently named Arbuckle after a family of local settlers.

Lake Istokpoga (an Indian word for “dangerous waters”), at 27,692 acres, is one of the five largest lakes in the state, and in early spring it is drawn down, causing low water levels in Arbuckle Creek. For the ?rst 10.0 miles, the creek runs along the western border of Avon Park Bombing Range. A portion of this range is a wildlife-management area and becomes very active with hunters during the winter hunting season. Fishing is very productive in the creek, with ?ne concentrations of bass, bluegill, and shellcracker; wild turkeys are frequently seen along the banks."

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Trail Information

Avon Park
Nearby City
9-12 miles
Skill Level
4-6 hours
Hunting, Fishing, Camping
Additional Use
Lake Arbuckle, Lake Arbuckle NE, Lake Arbuckle SE, Lorida (USGS)
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