Welcome to the Orlando Wetlands Park
Orlando Wetlands Park
25155 Wheeler Road
Christmas, Florida 32709
Park HoursPark closed Wednesday, November 25.
|OPEN February – November 14|
|CLOSED November 15 – January 31|
|The park is not open to vehicular traffic|
The Orlando Wetlands Park has more than 20 miles of roads and woodland trails leading through marshes, hardwood hammocks and along scenic lakes. The most popular activities are bird-watching, nature photography, jogging and bicycling.
All paths are foot-traffic only. Parking lot, a restroom facility and picnic tables are available at the main entrance.
In the mid 1980’s the City of Orlando’s Iron Bridge Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant needed more effluent capacity than what was allowed in the Little Econlockhatchee River. In 1986 the City of Orlando purchased 1,650 acres for $5,128,000. In July of 1987 the 1,220 acres wetland treatment system was completed and reclaimed water from Iron Bridge Plant began to flow. The system was designed to polish up to 35 million gallons a day of reclaimed wastewater. The water is conveyed through a four-foot diameter pipeline approximately 17 miles.
Seventeen cells and three different communities were designed to remove excess nutrients from the water. More than 2 million aquatic plants and 200,000 trees were planted to create deep marsh, mixed marsh and hardwood swamp habitats.
The water flows into the influent structure and is then divided into three flow pathways. The water first flows into the deep marsh. The deep marsh cells are primarily monocultures of cattails or giant bulrush. From there, the water flows into the mixed marsh.