“Hi! Do you have any info on what’s happening to Lake Lucerne? They seem to be draining it and transferring the water across the street to Lake Cherokee …” – Emily Winters

Miss Winters is correct, Lake Lucerne is indeed being drained into Lake Cherokee at the moment.

We spoke with Jessica Garcia, the City of Orlando’s new Public Information Officer (welcome Jessica!), who informed us that the lake was being drained into Lake Cherokee to make it easier for FDOT crews to build piers for the new Delaney exit, I-4 Ultimate Improvement Project.

Both Lake Cherokee and Lucerne are connected to reduce flooding during heavy rainfalls. This allowed the crews to drain the lake at a “normal rate” to prep the site for construction of the piers.

Do you have a question you’d like the answer to? Reach out to us at [email protected] and we’ll do our best to sleuth it out for you. 

Brendan O'Connor

Editor in Chief of Bungalower.com

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  1. I have been patiently watching you drain this once beautiful lake for 2+ years. There are Very Large, breeding, lake creatures that have lived in this lake, along with breeding Fl. birds for a very long time and your draining is destroying them Lake Lucerne seems to be the sacrifice, and it is a disgrace to the city of Orlando, the tourists that visit, and the destruction of the breeding creatures who were here before you. Shame on You!!!!

    1. Hey, Julia. Bungalower isn’t affiliated with the City of Orlando. You should reach out to the City’s Stormwater Division to voice your opinion so they can hear it!