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Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park

 About Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park

ADA accessible ramp attached to a building located at Mike Roess Gold head Branch State Park.


Kevin Patton

We are happy to announce that the swimming area at Gold Head located at the main picnic area on Little Lake Johnson is open.  After several tropical storms and daily afternoon thunderstorms the water levels have come up enough to allow for safe swimming. The status of the swimming area will always be posted on the Managers Message, so please always check before you come out to swim.

 Fall has officially arrived, but  temperatures have been up and down keeping all confused about when cooler temperatures will set in. The afternoons are still warm enough to swim in the lake and enjoy the water. The mornings are cooler then they have been. Making hiking, biking and horse back riding more enjoyable. Bream and Catfish continue to be easly caught in Little Lake Johnson. You can take some crickets or worms and have great fun catching these tasty fish, while providng for lunch later.

  If you are into birding Gold Head provides habitat for a large diversity of birds. Sand Hill Crane and Bob White Quail are common in the area. Canada Geese and Wood Ducks are also very common. Each evening masses of Wood Duck come into the park’s lakes to roost. After the first real cold snap the Neo-Tropical Migrants will move through the area on their way down to the wintering grounds in South and Central America. Some of these small birds fly all the way across the Gulf of Mexico while others island-hop down through the Carribean.

This is a fabulous time of the year to come camping at the park. Gold Head has RV and tent camping as well as cabin rentals. Fall and winter can be a very busy times for our campgrounds and cabins, so plan to make your reservations well in advance by contacting Reserve America by phone at 1800-326-3521 or online at . Please come visit us and enjoy Gold Head’s natural beauty and many recreational opportunities. We look forward to seeing here!


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Gold Head is located in northeast Florida midway between Gainesville and Jacksonville, 6 miles north of Keystone Heights on S.R. 21.


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  • 6239 State Road 21
    Keystone Heights, FL 32656