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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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  • We rented a pontoon boat and cruised the St. John's River and Lake George. We saw hundreds of birds. Many turtles. And quite a few gators.  more »
  • any time spent on the water is great, but when you can do it in January its awesome! put in at the Pine Island resort on east side of lake(big mistake) fished drop offs and edge of grass beds with a s...  more »
  • I saw bald eagles, ospreys, fish -- even a few alligators. Great way to spend a few hours communing with nature. Only downside is that it seems to be a hangout for people who want to drink and party, ...  more »