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Lake Griffin State Park

 About Lake Griffin State Park

Canoers on Dead River.


Doug Watson

Have you been outside lately? Lake Griffin offers a wonderful outdoor experience for the whole family, including activities such as camping, canoeing, fishing, picnicking and a quiet nature trail. Although we are not located directly on the shore of Lake Griffin, the park does have boat access to the lake via the Dead River. The waterway provides beautiful scenery with a variety of wildlife. We now have six new sit-on-top, single person kayaks available for rental at only $4.00 per hour.  A recent remeasurement of the Mammoth Live Oak tree moved it up the list from fifth largest to second largest in the state.  Don't suffer from nature deficit disorder! Go outdoors today and enjoy "the Real Florida!"


Lake Griffin State Park is located 2 miles north of Leesburg and 30 miles south of Ocala in Fruitland Park just South of CR-466A. The park is also within an hour of central Florida's major attractions.


  • Volunteer - Lake Griffin State Park benefits from the work of many active volunteers who contribute approximately 7000 hours of labor each year. The Lake Griffin State Park volunteer program includes individual, corporate, and group volunteers who each fill distinct niches within the park. Local volunteers are involved in facility maintenance, repair projects, trail maintenance or resource monitoring projects, while some resident volunteers fill campground host and maintenance positions. Are you interested in volunteering at Lake Griffin State Park? Is your place of employment interested in coming out as a group to volunteer a few hours? What about your scout group or any other groups you are involved in? If so, we can use your help.
  • For forms, information and benefits of volunteering visit Get Involved.



  • Florida State Parks Pet Policy
  • Domestic pets are permitted in designated day-use areas at ALL Florida State Parks. They must be kept on a handheld leash that is six feet or shorter and be well-behaved at all times. Pet owners are required to pick up after their pets and properly dispose of their droppings. Pets are not permitted on beaches or playgrounds, or in bathing areas, cabins, park buildings or concession facilities. Individual parks may have specific areas prohibiting pets.

    Service animals are welcome in all areas of Florida State Parks.

    Park areas will be evaluated, as to the suitability of pets, on a periodic basis as part of the unit management planning process. Areas of the park designated as prohibited for pets shall be determined based on park natural and cultural resources, primary recreational activities, camper and pet health and safety, geographical location and layout of camping areas, and the ability to provide a quality recreational experience for all visitors.