Description - Located near the western shores of Lake Griffin, the park is a well-known destination for canoeing, boating, camping and especially fishing. The park is just shy of 600 acres comprised of swampland and hardwood upland. The park entrance hallmark is a 100-year-old live oak tree measuring over 150 feet tall and 10 feet in circumference.
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Lake Griffin State Recreation Area
- Visitors to the recreation area will find it located on the shores of a small lobe of Lake Griffin, a well-known bass fishery. Park amenities include a 40-site campground, boat launch, hiking trails and a large picnic area with reservable pavilion.
The 600 acre park was established in the 1960s providing access to Lake Griffin via a small canal. Boaters enjoy fishing along the canal and viewing the abundant wildlife en route to the lake. Campers will find interpretive programs and modern facilities.
Recreation - Lake Griffin State Park is best known for its springtime bass fishing. Canoeists and boaters use the launch for access into the canal which pours into Lake Griffin. Picnickers will find plenty of individual tables and a pavilion reservable for a small fee. Campers have 40 sites to choose. The maximum stay is two weeks. Pets are permitted overnight in the campground for a fee.
Climate - Florida experiences mild, comfortable winters and warm to hot, humid summers. Summer Fahrenheit temperatures average in the mid to high 80's (28 - 29 Celsius). Winters are mild and dry with temperatures averaging 58 - 64 degrees Fahrenheit (14 - 18 Celsius). Precipitation for the central area averages anywhere from 56 inches to less than 52 inches per year. The region offers a great warm escape for outdoor recreation during the cold northern months. August and September are peak months of the hurricane season that lasts from June 1 through November 30.
Lake Griffin State Park is located 2 miles north of Leesburg and 30 miles south of Ocala on the east side of U.S. Highway 441.