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Lake Griffin State Park
LAKE GRIFFIN STATE PARK
LAKE GRIFFIN STATE PARK
3089 Highway 441/27
Fruitland Park, Florida   34731-4470

Phone: 352-360-6760
Reservations: 352-360-6760
Located within an hour of central Florida attractions and theme parks, this park is home to one of the state's largest live oak trees. A short trail near the park entrance takes visitors to the mammoth oak tree. A canal connects the park to Lake Griffin, the eighth largest lake in Florida, where visitors can enjoy boating and canoeing, as well as fishing. Anglers will find plenty of largemouth bass, bluegill, speckled perch, and catfish. Visitors can observe the park's wildlife while picnicking or strolling along the half-mile nature trail. A shady, full-facility campground beckons travelers to spend the night or an entire vacation here. Located three miles north of Leesburg and 30 miles south of Ocala.
Nature of the Area
Wildlife viewing is possible at this park. Cormorants, anhingas, alligators, herrons, soft shelled turtles, and ospreys are frequently observed along the canal that meanders through the Dead River marsh.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
Day-UseFishingyes
 Swimming Beachyes
BoatingLaunch Rampsyes
CampingWater/Electric Sitesyes
 Full Hookup Sitesyes
Camping
Camp in the park's forty (40) site campground. Campsites accommodate tents, trailers or motorized campers, with some sites accommodating rigs up to 40' long. Each site includes a picnic table and campfire grill. Wood (kindling) for campfires (when available) is provided at no charge. All sites are available with water and electric and there is a dump station for sewage disposal. Some sites have 50 amp electrical service. Bathrooms have hot showers with hot water. Reservations are taken by phone up to 11 months in advance.Lake Griffin also offers the Bedtime Story Camper Lending Library of picture books for campers aged four to nine. From raccoons to insects, the Lending Library is a fun way to enhance your child's experience in the Real Florida. For a quiet afternoon or bedtime, share a story with your child to help explain the sights and sounds of Lake Griffin. Ask the Ranger Station about how to check out a book.

RV Camping

All of the park's campsites will accommodate RV's and have a minimum of 30 amp electrical service. Sites 2, 16, 17, 18, 19, 37, and 38 have 50 amp electrical service. Sites 35, 37, and 38 are pull through sites. No campsites have sewage connections but a dump station is available for registered campers.
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Canoeing
Canoe rentals and a canoe launch are available at Lake Griffin State Park. Your scenic canoe ride will provide you access to the Dead River and the southwest shoreline of Lake Griffin.
Boating
A boat ramp located in the park provides access to the Dead River, which meanders through a basin swamp to Lake Griffin and the Ocklawaha River. A series of locks and canals connects Lake Griffin to the Harris Chain of Lakes. Water levels fluctuate depending on weather conditions, call the park for a local report. There is a 250-foot long concrete dock for boaters entering the park via the Dead River from Lake Griffin; a docking fee is required.

Boat Ramp

The park has an improved doublewide concrete boat ramp that will accommodate trailers up to 25 feet. Anglers wishing to use the dock to launch boats earlier than 8:00 a.m. may purchase an annual recreational permit for 24-hour access. Contact the park for details. Average depth of the boat basin is approximately 3 to 4 feet.


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Day Use Area
Playground

For your children's enjoyment a new modern playground facility is conveniently located in the day use are near the picnic pavilion overlooking the boat basin. For your child's safety please insure that adult supervision is provided at all times.

Lake Griffin State Park campground has a full facility bath house which includes 2 ADA accessible restrooms, and two ADA accessible showers. The bathhouse area also offers coin operated washers and dryers. Our day use area offers 2 ADA accessible restrooms.

One 10 table open air picnic pavilion is reservable for your event or family reunion. The shelter is near restroom facilities and a childrens plaground. Water and electricity are included in the fee. Three waist high family sized grills, volleyball court, and two horseshoe pits are nearby.
Picnicking
A large picnic area provides a scenic view of the waters near the boat ramp. One ten table covered picnic shelter is available on a first come, first served basis or it can be rented by contacting the Park Office. The shelter has water, electric, and family sized barbecue grills. A volleyball net and two horseshoe pits are located nearby. Equipment is available upon request. Reservations for the picnic shelter can be made up to 11 months in advance by phone.
Trails
A one half mile long nature trail traverses a portion of the basin swamp and leads the user to the Mammoth Oak Tree near the entrance of the park.
Things To Do in the Area
Flatwater Adventure Tours - Brooksville, FLFishing Charters
Flatwater Guide has two astonishing adventures to choose from. Bass Fishing and a Nature/Scenic tour. Fish for Largemouth Bass in remote areas of the Withlacoochee River, where it's not uncommon to fish all day and not see another living soul. You could also choose a lazy canoe tour up and down the pristine Weeki Wachee Springs canoe trail where you can see tons of different fish, wildlife and see the amazing Manatees in their natural habitat.
Web Site: flatwaterguide.com/Home_Page.html
38.2 miles from park*
Riverscape Boat Tours LLC - Ocala, FLBoating
Ride silently on nature tours on the silver river. The most beautiful river in the world. We transport guests back in time to wild Florida as it was thousands of years ago - untouched and untamed. Sparkling clear water that has over a hundred feet visibility. Book the Silver River trip now as the boats fill fast.
Web Site: riverscapesboattours.com
26.8 miles from park*
Cactus Jack's Trail Rides - Ocala, FLHorseback Riding
We offer trail rides to singles, couples, or groups. All rides are guided to assure safety for rider and horse. There are trails through the Florida Horse Park and into the Cross Florida Greenway Trail system. Most trails are shaded and quite scenic.
Web Site: cactusjackstrailrides.com/
20 miles from park*
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
February 10 Tropical paradise with Natural Beauty by danab52
We were on our way to the east coast comming from the west coast with our 30 ft fifth wheel and found the park very pretty and nice and quiet.The nature trails were fun!


Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
Wynnhaven Riverside RV Park - Bushnell, FLCampgrounds
Wynnhaven Riverside is located on County Road 48 in the small town of Bushnell, Florida. Whether you are visiting Florida and want sun or prefer to camp in the shade of Florida's grand oak trees, we have units available for both.
Web Site: wynnhavenriverside.com
16.6 miles from park*
Pets
Pets are permitted in day-use areas of Lake Griffin State Park. They must be kept on a handheld leash that is no longer than six feet and must be well behaved at all times. Pet owners are required to pick up after their pets and properly dispose of all pet droppings in trash receptacles. Camping with pets is also permitted.

Pet camping is available at Lake Griffin State Park. Pets must be confined, leashed (not to exceed six feet in length) or otherwise under the physical control of a person at all times. Tethered pets must not be left unattended for more than 30 minutes. Quiet hours must be observed from 11:00 p.m.--8:00 a.m. Pet owners must pick up after their pets and properly dispose of all pet droppings in trash receptacles. Florida law requires that pets be vaccinated against rabies. Any pet that is noisy, dangerous, intimidating or destructive will not be allowed to remain in the park. Non-furbearing pets, such as reptiles, birds, or fish must be confined or under the physical control of the owner. Some animals may be prohibited on park property. Failure to abide by these rules may result in the camper being asked to board the pet outside the park or to leave the campground.
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Lake Griffin State Park is located 2 miles north of Leesburg and 30 miles south of Ocala. The park is also within an hour of central Florida's major attractions.

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