Blue Cypress Lake is a fishing paradise for freshwater. Many species of fish, including largemouth bass, catfish, crappie (speckled perch), bluegill and chain pickerel, are home to clean, protected water. But at Blue Cypress, the fish are not the only thing to catch. If you arrive early in the morning, you will catch nature-nirvana as the rising sun casts rays on the surface of the lake, causing the cypress trees along the western shore to shine in a bluish hue. And if that wasn't enough, shutterbugs can catch some delightful photos along the lake's edge as hundreds of osprey families ' nest.
Put-in at the boat ramp at Middleton's Fish Camp to start your Blue Cypress Lake adventure. Head below the bridge and exit the lake channel. Turning north will take you along the most picturesque part of the lake, and in the cypress trees, you will be sure to see a lot of osprey. There are several small creeks feeding the lake in the first mile north of the fish camp. The first you will see is Thum Creek, followed by Blue Cypress Creek 1/2 mile later. These make interesting side trips and a chance to explore the swamps of cypresses, complete with subtropical ferns, alligators and mosquitoes.
At approximately 2.5 miles you hit the lake's north end. Eastern paddling takes you to Moonshine Bay for another mile. Head southwest for 3 miles across the lake to Middleton's Fish Camp after a quick break and assuming the wind is calm. To guide you home, you should be able to see reflections off the cabin roofs.
If you still have burning energy, the scenery is dramatically changing south of Middleton, with Kissimmee grass replacing the cypress trees. You're going to come to Fisher Creek and a small canal at 2 miles south.
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