LAKE LOUISA STATE PARK
A short drive from Orlando, this park is noted for its six beautiful lakes, rolling hills, and scenic landscapes. Lake Louisa is the largest in a chain of 13 lakes connected by the Palatlakaha River, which is designated as an Outstanding Florida Waterway. Lake Louisa, Dixie Lake, and Hammond Lake, the park's most accessible lakes, provide access for fishing, canoeing, and kayaking. Anglers can fish in four of the park's six lakes, but gasoline-powered boats are not allowed; only boats powered by trolling motors or without motors are permitted. Camping facilities and more than 15 miles of horse trails are available for equestrians. For hikers and backpackers, the park has over 20 miles of hiking trails with excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing. Dixie Lake has a fishing pier, canoe/kayak launch, and a picnic pavilion.The park also has a full-facility campground, fully furnished cabins for rent, and primitive campsites. Lake Louisa State Park is located just seven miles south of State Road 50 in Clermont on U.S. 27.
Lake Louisa has many types of wilddlife at the park, including butterflys and birds. Take a moment to print our butterfly and birding checklist to see how many you can find.
Annual Entrance Passes can be purchased at all park ranger stations and museums. If you require immediate use of your pass, this is the best option. Passes can be purchased during regular business hours 365 days a year. Please call the park in advance to ensure availability. Those who are eligible for discounted or free passes may use this method to receive their pass. Annual Entrance Passes may be purchased online by visiting the FLORIDA STATE PARKS ANNUALENTRANCE PASSES
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Lake Louisa has 60 full-facility campsites nestled between Dixie and Hammond Lake. Each site has 30 and 50 amp hookups and a dump station is located between Dixie Loop and Sandhill Loop. In the campground there are two bathhouses, two fishing piers, a pavilion and an amphitheater where ranger programs are held annually from October to April. To make reservations please contact Reserve America.
Lake Louisa currently has two primitive campsites, Wilderness Point and Pine Point. Both are tucked away in some of the most pristine and beautiful areas of the park. Pine Point is located next to Big Creek. The park recommends bringing bottled water with you when camping. The sites do not have any water or electric, only a fire ring and picnic table. Each site can hold a maximum of 6 people. These sites are located off of our hiking trails so vehicles are not permitted to the sites. You must backpack in and backpack out.
Lake Louisa has three primitive youth campsites and each site can hold a maximum of 20 people. All three sites are located south of the park's equestrian primitive camp. The sites do not have water or electric, only a fire ring and picnic table. The closest water source is non-potable and located at the equestrian primitive camp so the park recommends that individuals bring bottled drinking water with them to the site. Parking for the youth camp is located at the sites trailhead but parking on the site is prohibited in efforts to minimize impact to the native vegetation found within the area. Reservations can be made by calling the Ranger Station at (352)394-3969. Payment is made at the time of your arrival. Six to 10 juveniles require one chaperon. Eleven to, and including, 20 juveniles require two leaders, and so on. Chaperons must remain with the juveniles while they are in the park. Groups must arrive at the park one hour before sunset to register for their site. These campsites are for youth organizations only and to qualify the group must have a minimum of six youths per site.
Lake Louisa now offers 20 new cabins, overlooking beautiful Lake Dixie. These cabins offer two bedrooms/two baths, full kitchen and dining/living room area. All cabins comfortably sleep 6. Each cabin is fully equipped with dishes, pots & pans, silverware, linens, towels, picnic tables and rockers on the porch. All you need is food and your personal items. ADA cabins are also available. Unfortunately, due to limited parking, oversize RVs will not be allowed in the cabin area. Pets will not be allowed in the cabins. To conserve energy, the fireplaces are out of service from May 1st to September 30th.
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Lake Louisa State Park has fishing access at four of our six lakes. Lake Louisa is our largest lake, which offers fishing access off of the lake's shoreline. Dixie Lake is our second largest lake and is only accessible by our main entrance off of Hwy. 27. This lake is a beautiful lake that offers fishermen not only a chance to catch fish but also a chance to see some of the park's abundant wildlife. Dixie Lake is located approximately half a mile inside the park and has a fishing pier, canoe/kayak launch, bathroom, and a sheltered pavilion. The park also has Smokehouse Lake which does not have any amenities and is accessible to four-wheel drive only. You must register at the Ranger Station and give 24 hours advance notice to access Smokehouse Lake. The park prohibits gas-powered motorboats and boat trailers, (hand launch only), into the lakes. Only boats powered by trolling motors or manually powered are allowed. All Florida freshwater fishing laws and bag limits are enforced. Please check with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for current fishing license requirements.
The park offers a canoe and kayak launch at Dixie Lake just off of the fishing pier. Lake Louisa offers canoe and kayak accessibility also but does not have a designated launch area. Canoe and kayakers would have to launch off of the Lake Louisa beach, which is accessible via Lake Nellie Road or our main entrance off of Hwy. 27. Both lakes provide canoers and kayakers an excellent opportunity to see an assortment of wildlife or to just find serenity in the calm waters.