Lake George, Astor

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Lake George or Lake Welaka is a broad and shallow brackish lake on the St. Johns River in the U.S. state of Florida.GeographyThe St. Johns River flows out of the lake at the north end at Rocky Point. To the east of this is Salt Cove, taking the flow from Salt Creek. Just south of Salt Cove is Lisk Point, named for a Dr. Lisk who built a house near the point. Steamboats coming down from Jacksonville made a counter clockwise loop around the lake with their first stop at Lisk Point.Lake George is the second largest lake in Florida, after Lake Okeechobee. Lake George was the third largest lake behind Lake Apopka, but conversion of the littoral zone on the northern side of Lake Apopka to farm fields in the previous century reduced its surface area.HistoryThe name of Lake Welaka is taken from "Welaka", the name for the St. Johns River in the language of the Timucua, who inhabited the region prior to European settlement. The first European to visit the lake was Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, who as the Spanish governor of Florida, explored the St. Johns River in the spring of 1596.Later, the Florida territory was sold to Britain. The royal botanist in America to King George III, John Bartram, explored the St. Johns River in 1765. It was John Bartram who gave the lake the name Lake George, in honor of his king.
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  • Second largest lake in Florida. Fantastic sunset. Silver Glen is a must see. Part of the St.Johns River This river runs south to north. You can see lots of wildlife, birds, gators, deer. Fishing is ve...  more »
  • a lot of parking for vehicle and boat trailers nice boat ramp restrooms. Good area for family to eat and fish  more »
  • My husband recently purchased a pontoon boat so we decided to trailer it from Orlando to Deland-launch and take an adventure up the St. John's River. Spectacular! The water is beautiful and the wildli...  more »
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  • Great lake. Good fishing and swimming. Many spring heads/runs off the West side of the lake. Must see them all. Juniper is more shallow the further you go up. The Glenn is a good swimming place and great for anchoring boats to hang out. It gets busy on the weekends. Good food South just into the st. Johns. Black water inn is good. Just off hwy 40 and the river. One of the boat ramps are located right in that same area.
  • Beautiful day on lake George. 10 knots of wind. Sun has been shining. Saw two pelicans out here!

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