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Lake Louisa State Park, Clermont

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State Park
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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  • Visited park twice in last week with young children thes staff were very friendly especially two girls who took us pony trekking very helpful with inexperienced riders. The kids really enjoyed a leisu...  more »
  • Long drive to campsites from hwy. Lots are very private lots of shade around lots. Cool breeze off of lake. Beautiful view of hills and lake. Just make sure to bring plenty of bug repellent lots of th...  more »
  • We didn't know what to expect on this visit. On arrival we were given a friendly greeting by the park ranger and a map. The trails were clearly marked and easy to navigate. We will be back with a picn...  more »
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  • The park has miles of walking trails. It is clean and well cared for. The staff is great. There are tons of things to do like camping, fishing, hiking, canoeing, kayaking and more. We love the park and go there all the time.
  • A great local place, that will remove you from everything. You will feel like you are on vacation as a local. There is just something about being in the woods. They have cabins for rent, miles of trails, a fitness trial. A nice secluded lake, with a nice inland beach and picnic areas. Great for the whole family.
  • This place is huge! Great for nature and bike riding! The cabin layout is great....nice wrap around porch with cool breeze. However we were left with clearly uncleaned pots and pans (like used and put away not even wiped out). Also tubs, dish drains and sinks were filthy. When we contacted the staff they were very consciousness and caring and resolved our issues in a very timely fashion. Aside from the above mentioned, the actual park and cabins are great!
  • Great trails for athletes. This park has a variety of activities for different interests. If you are interested in an entry level day hiking, this park offers good variety of trails.
  • This place is great! I didn't get a chance to see the primitive Campground area but we used a tent and camp in the RV camping area. Quite a few other tent campers were there as well. Their facilities are nice and clean and they have two washers and dryer's total. It cost $1.50 to wash a load and $1.50 to dry it. My in-laws also rented a cabin at the same time and the cabins look as though they have been partially updated. Regardless, they are still a steal for the views you get and the space they have! We went to Disney most of the time and to wiki Wachee one day so we didn't spend a lot of time exploring lake louisa and unfortunately we had to leave early that Saturday morning that they were having a big festival there with the animal exhibits, trail tours, and such. On two different occasions we saw wildlife crossing the street on our way back to the tent around evening time. One was a 6 foot alligator crossing the road and another was a family of wild boars. They were probably three or four adult size boars and about six or eight babies. It was in the exact same spot we saw The alligator cross the street 2 days earlier. I never felt unsafe in our tent or walking around but I would still be very careful allowing young children to walk ahead even just a few feet even on a trail. This place is absolutely beautiful though! I will note that we did have a difficult time getting our tent stakes in the ground on the gravel pad, so because our tent is so big and needed to be well staked down because of wind, we had to move our tent to the grassy area. See more info and reviews on our camping and travel blog - approved adventures