The park is back open from the Hurricane and Fall is filtering in; making it a great time to come explore Lake Kissimmee State Park and avoid the crowds before we get busy. Our camp grounds are open with a few more sunny spots, but still as beautiful as ever. The weather's still hot so bring plenty of water and make sure to take a trail map with you when you hike, bike or horseback ride....
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During the Civil War the area was used for raising cattle that were shipped to the Confederate Army or traded with Cuba for supplies. After the war, cattle became the main industry and this continues to the present day. In 1969, the state of Florida purchased 5,030 acres of land from the William Zipperer estate for use as a state park. Lake Kissimmee State Park was opened to the public in August 1977. An additional 900 acres was purchased in 1997 and added to the park's western boundary.