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Colt Creek State Park

 Activities at Colt Creek State Park

Bicycling

Bicycling

There are 12 miles of trails that are accessible for bikes.  Due to areas of soft sand, mountain bikes are recommended.

Birding

Birding

In 2007 the Lake Region Audubon Society did a year long bird and butterfly survey identifying 150 species of birds and 79 species of butterflies. The following year the park was listed on the Great Florida Birding Trail. Species such as eastern bluebird, bald eagle, black bellied whistling duck, meadow lark, swallow tail kite and a variety of wading birds and warblers make up a few that are on the list. So grab your binoculars, head out to the park, and go bird watching and more. For an online guide to the Great Florida Birding Trail go to www.floridabirdingtrail.com.

Boat Ramp

Boat Ramp

Located at the Mac Lake Picnic Area with access to Mac Lake, the boat ramp is suitable for small boats such as canoes, kayaks, gheenoes and Jon boats. Electric trolling motors can be used but gas powered motors are not permitted and must be removed from the boat before launching.

Camping, Primitive

Camping, Primitive

Two primitive camps are located at different locations along the orange trail. These camps are only accessible by foot, horseback or mountain bike. They are pack in/pack out tent camps and do not have water, electricity or restrooms. The nearest camp is three miles from the parking area where your vehicle will be left. Reservations must be made in advance and primitive camping fees apply.

Camping, Youth

Camping, Youth

Three primitive youth camp sites are available for organized youth groups. Each site accommodates up to 20 people. The camp is nestled in an oak hammock with a fair amount of shade. The sites are designed for tents and one small supply trailer per group. Pets other than service animals are not permitted. The primitive camp has no running water or electricity. Each site offers two picnic tables, lantern holders and a campfire ring with benches. Campsites share one portable toilet. One adult chaperone 21 years of age or older is required per 10 children. Reservations are required and can be made up to 11 months in advance by calling the park at (863) 815-6761.

Canoe/Kayak Launch

Canoe/Kayak Launch

Launch your canoes & kayaks from the Boat Launch located at the Mac Lake Picnic Area.  

Canoeing & Kayaking

Canoeing & Kayaking

Canoes and Kayaks are available for rental at the Ranger Station. The boats are located at the Mac Lake Picnic Area adjacent to the canoe launch. The canoes will accommodate up to three adults or two adults and two children. The Kayaks are tandem and accommodate up to two adults. They are perfect for a casual paddle around Mac Lake or for a day full of fishing and nature study. Life jackets, paddles and whistles are included in the rental fee.

Family Reunions

Family Reunions

From small families to large and anywhere in between we have the perfect setting for your next family reunion. The three pavilions located at Mac Lake picnic area can accommodate from 40 to 108 people. The Mac Lake pavilion is the largest. It is screened in and has a restroom attached to it. Perfectly situated across from the fishing dock and within 200 feet from the Mac Lake Nature Trail this pavilion is a crowd pleaser. Two smaller pavilions also located in that area are perfect for smaller reunions, parties and get-togethers. All three can be rented and reserved in advance by calling the park office. If not rented they are available on a first come first served basis.

Fishing

Fishing

Freshwater bank fishing is available at three different lakes in the park and a fishing dock is available at the Mac Lake Picnic area. The lakes range in size from 2 – 25 acres and vary in depth from 12 – 50 feet. The lakes were dug in the 1990s as part of a lime rock mining operation. Freshwater species such as largemouth bass, bluegill, bream, shell cracker and catfish can be caught. Largemouth bass must be released unharmed but anglers are permitted to keep up to six catfish and 12 pan fish (bluegill, bream, shell cracker) per person per day. Canoes, kayaks and small jon boats can be carried down to the water and hand launched. Gas powered motors are not-permitted but electric trolling motors can be used.  A fishing license may be required.

Geo-Seeking

Geo-Seeking

Looking for a fun, family-friendly way to exercise both mind and body? Try Geo-Seeking (also known as Geocaching "jee-oh-cash-ing",) the fast-growing sport that's akin to a modern-day treasure hunt. Instead of a worn map marked with an X, you use a GPS receiver, a set of coordinates and (optionally) clues. And instead of hunting for a buried chest, you're looking for a cache of goodies hidden in an eco-friendly site above ground. Several caches can be found through-out the park and are suited to fit varying age groups and experience levels. A list of caches can be obtained at the Ranger Station.

Hiking/Nature Trail

Hiking/Nature Trail

Visitors can hike or horseback ride on more than 12 miles of marked trails that meander through and around several of the park's natural communities, including pine flatwoods, cypress domes and hardwood hammocks. A portion of the trail skirts the edge of pastureland, providing a scenic vista. Visitors can sometimes get a glimpse of white-tailed deer, bobcat, fox squirrel and bald eagles. Be sure to prepare for Florida’s ever-changing climate and dress appropriately with proper hiking shoes. Don’t forget sunscreen, hat, water and insect repellent. Be sure to pick up a trail map when you enter the park and please stay on the marked trails. A portion of the Florida National Scenic Trail runs through the park. This trail is maintained by Florida Trail Association volunteers.

Horse/Equestrian Trail

Horse/Equestrian Trail

Visitors can hike or ride horseback on more than 12 miles of marked trails that meander around and through several of the park's natural communities, including pine flatwoods, cypress domes and hardwood hammocks. A portion of the trail skirts the edge of pastureland, providing a scenic vista. Visitors can sometimes get a glimpse of white-tailed deer, bobcat, fox squirrel and bald eagles. Be sure to prepare for Florida’s ever-changing climate and dress appropriately with proper hiking shoes. Don't forget sunscreen, hat, water and insect repellent. Be sure to pick up a trail map when you enter the park and please stay on the marked trails. Negative Coggins test is required for each horse.

Pets

Pets

Pets are welcome in the park but must be well behaved and kept under the control of their owner with a leash no more than six feet in length. Please pick up after your pet and properly dispose of their droppings using one of the pet stations that are provided throughout the park. Pets are not permitted in the restrooms, pavilions, lakes or primitive camps.

Picnic Pavilion

Picnic Pavilion

Four picnic pavilions can be found throughout the park. Three of the pavilions are available for rental but any of them can be used first come first served when not rented. The pavilions are different sizes and depending on size are equipped with 4 to 18 picnic tables and accommodate 24 to 108 people. They are perfect for picnics, family reunions, meetings and all types of get-togethers. Each pavilion is equipped with a charcoal grill for cooking in the great outdoors.

Picnicking

Picnicking

Two picnic areas are available within the park and each offer pavilions, tables and grills. All three of the pavilions at the Mac Lake Picnic Area can be rented or if not rented are available on a first come first served basis. Whether you bring a packed lunch or cook on a grill nothing beats the taste of food when eaten in the great outdoors. Please remember that it is not only against the law to feed the wildlife but it is un-healthy for them as well.

Recycling

Recycling

Be sure to recycle those aluminum cans and plastic bottles. Marked containers are located throughout the park.

Restroom Facilities

Restroom Facilities

Wheel chair accessible restroom facilities are located at both picnic areas and offer flushable toilets and sinks with soap and towels or hand dryers.

Weddings

Weddings

The park can be the perfect location for your wedding. If you are considering using the park for your special occasion please give us a call and we can discuss all the possibilities to make your special day a day you will remember for a lifetime.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

Located within the boundaries of the Green Swamp, the park has become a popular wildlife viewing area. Species such as white-tail deer, bobcat, turkey, fox squirrel, raccoon, opossum and alligator make their home in the park and can sometimes be seen during the daylight hours. Please remember that it is not only against the law to feed wildlife in the park it is also unhealthy for them.