New lake to open in Upper St. Johns Basin

The Lawton Recreation Area will be a great bass fishing site.

Bass fishers have something to celebrate: A new lake is opening to the public soon in the Upper St. Johns River Basin. The Lawton Recreation Area, named after a famous conservationist who fought for the restoration of the St. Johns River, will cover 14,000 acres and provide two boat launch ramps, along with countless hours of fishing for the area's anglers. reports that the Lawton Recreation Area is part of a massive $250 million project by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the St. Johns River Water Management District to restore the Everglades and ensure that the Upper St. Johns Basin continues to be a wildlife refuge.

The project has been in the works for at least 15 years and was delayed in part due to the discovery of a Native American burial ground. It was also delayed as farmland in surrounding areas became available and the waterways had to be rerouted several times. In addition, funding shortages as a result of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan had slowed down completion of the project.

One of the goals of the new lake is to stem the flow of freshwater into the Indian River Lagoon. This runoff has been hurting water quality in the lagoon's saltwater estuaries.

If you're a bass fisher and you're thinking about taking your boat out to the Lawton Recreation Area, make sure that it's equipped with the best marine electronics on the market. At ePal, you can find a wide selection of fishfinder systems that will make it easier to find bass. Not only do we have the most affordable prices, we also offer free ground shipping on all orders to the lower 48 states, so check out our online store today!

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