Lake Louisa State Park, Clermont

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Lake Louisa State Park is a 4372acre Florida State Park located south of Clermont, in the northeast corner of the Green Swamp and the southwestern shore of Lake Louisa. It is made up of bald cypress, live oak and saw palmettos. In addition to Lake Louisa, the park contains Hammond Lake, Dixie Lake, Dude Lake, Bear Lake and several smaller lakes.
Two small streams, Big Creek and Little Creek, flow north from the Green Swamp through the park into Lake Louisa. Lake Louisa is the source of the Palatlakaha River, one of the headwaters of the Ocklawaha River.
The main entrance to the park is on U.S. 27 7mi south of State Road 50. Another entrance on the western side of the park, off County Route 561 on Lake Nellie Road, gives access only to a beach on Lake Louisa and to the horse trails.
Activities include swimming, picnicking, horeseback riding, hiking, camping, fishing, and canoeing. Amenities include a canoe/kayak ramp, 16mi of equestrian trails, and a primitive equestrian campground, as well as a 0.5mi nature trail, 20mi of hiking trails, fishing pier, canoe/kayak launch, and a picnic pavilion. The park is open from 8:00 am till sundown year-round.
The property was purchased by the state in 1973 and opened to the public in 1977.
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  • We spent five days and four nights staying in the cabins. The cabins are excellently built, comfortable, clean and well equipped. The staff support was fast and efficient in the two occasions that we....  more
    We spent five days and four nights staying in the cabins. The cabins are excellently built, comfortable, clean and well equipped. The staff support was fast and efficient in the two occasions that we....  more »
  • Took a kayak out on Lake Dixie which is part of Lake Louisa State Park. The lake is beautiful and very peaceful as we were the only people using it. Unfortunately the kayaks needed a few repairs as... 
    Took a kayak out on Lake Dixie which is part of Lake Louisa State Park. The lake is beautiful and very peaceful as we were the only people using it. Unfortunately the kayaks needed a few repairs as...  more »
  • Had an fantastic time on this ride they really care for their horses and got a great informative ride regarding the state park 
    Had an fantastic time on this ride they really care for their horses and got a great informative ride regarding the state park  more »
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  • The kiddos call the beach at Lake Louisa, wine beach. The water is red and you can’t see the sandy bottom. That makes me a bit nervous especially seeing the “gators in the water” signs. It’s surrounded by tall grass and reeds and stays shallow a long way out giving lots of room for smaller kids to play. There’s a big playground and soft sand. A bit of shade off to the sides with picnic tables and BBQ grills. We like to hike with a purpose and the rangers sponsor GEO Caches throughout the park (ask for the sheet when you enter). Bring plenty of water it gets warm walking in the sun all year round. We have kayaked Dixie Lake (rentals on site). It’s fine for beginners with no motorboats. It a small round lake and takes an hour to paddle around it. Lots of lily pads and two neighborhood gators in residence. $5 for a day pass is worth it for an easy hike and quick dip to cool off.
  • The luxury care-free camping was an incredible experience, from the smooth check-in/check-out process to the amenities to the beauty of the park itself. We chose to try this out particularly because it is a pet-friendly option and we are not “camping people” per se. The bed was very comfortable and even for being a true outdoors experience, we didn’t have any unwelcome creepy-crawlies. The bathrooms in the campsite area are extremely well-kept and showers get hot and have great water pressure. We saw red-tailed hawks, a kestrel, fox squirrels, a gator, lots of butterflies, and even a paw paw while hiking! Wish we could’ve stayed longer and can’t wait to go back.
  • Such a great variety of things to do here! We are frequent hikers but when we visited the first time we had some older folks with us so we weren't sure what to expect for them. Happily there was a place where we could park and take a walk that wasn't very far at all and see some spectacular views of the lake, huge trees and marshy areas. There are lovely picnic tables spaced far apart and we had a pleasant picnic lunch right next to the lake and the older folks didn't have to walk real far. Went back the next day by ourselves and had a great time hiking. Excellent state park, highly recommended.
  • Had a nice quiet day here with our family. Perfect place to paddle board and picnic. There was a little park for the kids and the water was super shallow. Only scary thing is that there are gators present in the waters so you have to be very alert if you’re swimming. We didn’t see any but a local told us there was one there the day before. Also, if you look along the trail to the beach you can see lots of creepy spiders! Super cool place to visit if you’re into mother natures wonderful creations!
  • Wow, what a fantastic park! I may be generous with my ratings but let me tell you Lake Louisa truly earned 5 stars!! Yet again I lucked out and got the best campsite in the park, capacity at the campsite full of campers but out space was surrounded by trees backing up to Dixie Lake so we really didn't notice anyone else around. The park is so big we needed some other transport to get around, but that is part of the beauty of this park. The winding park road going up some nice little hills which had incredible views on the way to and from the the campsite. There is every possible activity (except for gun range) you can think of, kayaks, canoes, bike rentals, and even segue tours which I wanted to try. There was so much nature, we had a big old Alligator hanging out right behind our campsite spotted hawks and owls and even a few gopher tortoises! So one last word is be careful driving in the park we saw several tortoises walking along the road and want to watch out for the little guys!! Right off RTE 27, about 40 min away from Disney world, Lake Louisa might be the best resort option if visiting the Orlando Parks...and still want to enjoy some natural beauty of Florida.

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