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Lake Louisa State Park

 About Lake Louisa State Park

A view through the cypress tree of the lake. Photo by N Clements.


Scott Spaulding


As part of our 4th Friday speaker’s series, the Park and Friends of Lake Louisa State Park welcomes you to come and listen to a butterfly talk with Kathy Malone on Friday, March 28th at 7:00pm. Kathy Malone recently retired from the University of Florida in Gainesville where she developed the Community Butterfly-Scaping concept as the builder and developer/coordinator for Florida- Friendly Landscaping(TM). Also while at UF, she co-authored a national science curriculum, Project Butterfly WINGS: Winning Investigative Network for Great Science. Kathy founded two Florida chapters of the North American Butterfly Association and is an avid butterfly photographer. She coordinated surveys of rare butterflies for the Florida Natural Areas Inventory. She worked at the South Florida Water Management District for nearly 20 years and authored the first edition of their award-winning recreation guide to public lands. Kathy has a bachelor's degree in journalism from UF, and a master's in education from Palm Beach Atlantic University. She hails from High Springs, a small community near Gainesville. This is a free event open to the public. Donations are always welcomed to help the Friends raise funds to construct and ADA accessible limitless playground at the park for all in the community to enjoy. Space is limited for this event, so please RSVP to (352) 394-3969.

In case you haven't heard...the park has 12 brand new canoes for rent. So be sure to come out and enjoy scenic Dixie Lake. If you are a member of our Citizen Support Organization the "Friends of Lake Louisa State Park" keep in mind that you get a one- time day long canoe rental for free. Not a member yet? Visit the "Friends" website at and click on the “become a member” tab or call or visit the Ranger Station for more information.

Join us daily for trail use, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, picnicking, nature study, camping and good old rest and relaxation.

We hope to see you out at the park real soon!




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Lake Louisa State Park is located on US 27, seven (7) miles south of State Road 50.


  • Volunteer - The park currently needs volunteers to provide trail maintenance and/or exotic plant removal a minimum of two hours per week.

    Trail Maintenance: This person will patrol the park's entire trail system and addresses any maintenance issues. Specific tasks include trimming low or encroaching branches and vegetation; removing debris and litter; checking trail markers for damage, repair, accuracy; removing overgrowth from marker posts; and reporting any major problems. Must be able to work outdoors and be capable of using hand tools and small gas operated tools, such as a weed whacker, safely, have a valid driver's license and the ability to operate on and off road vehicles safely.

    Exotic Plant Removal: This person will identify exotics in the park and remove them by hand or with the use of herbicide. Must be able to work outdoors; be capable of using hand tools and herbicide safely and effectively; be willing to learn how to mix and apply herbicide and identify exotic plant species; have a valid driver¿s license and ability to operate on and off road vehicles safely.

    For more information contact:
    Jenny Vogel Kehlenbeck
    Park Service Specialist
    Lake Louisa State Park
    (352) 394-3436
  • For forms, information and benefits of volunteering visit Get Involved.
  • Friends of Lake Louisa
  • c/o Lake Louisa State Park
    7305 US Hwy 27
    Clermont, FL 34714