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Lake Griffin - Accessible Amenities

Lake Griffin State Park is committed to providing a variety of amenities accessible to all of its visitors.  These amenities include:

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Lake Griffin - Amphitheater

Occasional interpretive programs are offered at the park amphitheater.  Check at the ranger station for program schedules.

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Lake Griffin - Boat Ramp

The park has an improved double-wide concrete boat ramp that will accommodate trailers up to 25 feet. There is an accessible floating dock and ramp that is attached to the fixed concrete dock for arriving or departing passengers. Users with an after hours permit are permitted to use the boat ramp outside par park operating hours.  Stop by the park's ranger station to register your vehicle and receive your after-hours recreational pass.  Average depth of the boat basin is approximately 6 to 8 feet.

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Lake Griffin - Boat Tours

Seasonal pontoon boat tours of the Dead River Marsh are offered on Wednesdays and Fridays at 9:30 & 11:00 a.m. November through March. Boat capacity is six passengers including children and infants. The tour boat is wheelchair accessible via a concrete path from the day use parking area to a floating boarding ramp. The 45-minute pontoon boat tour offers an excellent opportunity to view birds, wildlife, and scenic vistas of Lake Griffin and the Dead River marsh with an interpretive guide. The cost is $15 per person.

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Lake Griffin - Camping

The park's 40 campsites, including seven pull-through sites, accommodate tents, trailers or motorized campers. Campsites 1, 2 and 27 are designated accessible sites with concrete pads and accessible fire rings.  Campsites 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, & 14 have sewer connections. Most campsites are shaded and well-buffered. Each site includes water, electricity, a picnic table and campfire grill. A dump station is available. Showers, restrooms and laundry facilities in the center of the campground are accessible.  Well behaved pets are allowed in the campground in accordance with our Pet Policy.

Please note, the campground restrooms may close for short periods to accommodate our cleaning crew. Also, our park is located directly off of US Highway 441 so some highway noise is inevitable. We apologize for any inconvenience.

A playground and a boat launch are located in the park. Canoe & kayak rentals are available. Lake Griffin also offers the Bedtime Story Camper Lending Library of picture books for campers aged four to nine. Ask at the Ranger Station about how to check out a book.

Maximum Recreational Vehicle length is 40 foot.

Reservations: Reservations may be made up to 11 months in advance through ReserveAmerica (link is external). Book Online (link is external)or call (800) 326-3521 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) or TDD (888) 433-0287.

 

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Lake Griffin - Camping

The park's 40 campsites, including seven pull-through sites, accommodate tents, trailers or motorized campers. Campsites 1, 2 and 27 are designated accessible sites with concrete pads and accessible fire rings.  Campsites 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, & 14 have sewer connections. Most campsites are shaded and well-buffered. Each site includes water, electricity, a picnic table and campfire grill. A dump station is available. Showers, restrooms and laundry facilities in the center of the campground are accessible.  Well behaved pets are allowed in the campground in accordance with our Pet Policy.

A playground and a boat launch are located in the park. Canoe & kayak rentals are available. Lake Griffin also offers the Bedtime Story Camper Lending Library of picture books for campers aged four to nine. Ask at the Ranger Station about how to check out a book.

Maximum Recreational Vehicle length is 40 foot.

MAXIMUM LENGTH OF STAY AT THIS PARK IS 2 WEEKS.

Reservations: Reservations may be made up to 11 months in advance through ReserveAmerica (link is external). Book Online (link is external)or call (800) 326-3521 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) or TDD (888) 433-0287.

Full facility camping icon

Lake Griffin - Camping

The park's 40 campsites, including seven pull-through sites, accommodate tents, trailers or motorized campers. Campsites 1, 2 and 27 are designated accessible sites with concrete pads and accessible fire rings.  Campsites 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, & 14 have sewer connections. Most campsites are shaded and well-buffered. Each site includes water, electricity, a picnic table and campfire grill. A dump station is available. Showers, restrooms and laundry facilities in the center of the campground are accessible.  Well behaved pets are allowed in the campground in accordance with our Pet Policy.

A playground and a boat launch are located in the park. Canoe & kayak rentals are available. Lake Griffin also offers the Bedtime Story Camper Lending Library of picture books for campers aged four to nine. Ask at the Ranger Station about how to check out a book.

Maximum Recreational Vehicle length is 40 foot.

Reservations: Reservations may be made up to 11 months in advance through ReserveAmerica. Book Online or call (800) 326-3521 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) or TDD (888) 433-0287.

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Lake Griffin - Canoeing and Kayaking

Dogs are not allowed in boats (with the exception of service dogs).

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Lake Griffin - Canoeing and Kayaking

Rent a canoe or kayak to explore the pristine river ecosystem that feeds to Lake Griffin at your own pace! Please note, a park entrance fee of $5.00 is also required.

Canoe and tandem kayak rentals: $12.00 (+tax) per hour, 2 hour minimum.

Single kayak rentals: $10.00 per hour, 2 hour minimum.

We also offer guided canoe & kayak tours.

Lake Griffin State Park offers guided eco-tours by canoe or kayak of the 1.5-mile river that leads to Lake Griffin. The pristine freshwater marsh ecosystem provides excellent opportunites for relaxing, exercise & wildlife observation!

Reservations are required and need to be made in advance. For scheduled trip dates, call 352-360-6760 or visit the ranger station.

-Paddle Trips depart at 9 a.m. and are approximately 2 hours in length.

-The cost is $20 per person (cash only) which includes a 2-hour canoe or kayak rental.

-Participants must be at least 6 years old and must meet the Essential Eligibilty Criteria detailed in the Participation Requirements.

-If you bring your own canoe/kayak, paddle &life jacket, the Paddle Trip fee is only $13.00

Should you require assistance to enable your participation, please contact the park at 352-360-6760.

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Lake Griffin - Fishing

Bass, crappie, and catfish are just some of the fish that are waiting for the chance to snap up your bait on Lake Griffin. The lake is located approximately one mile from the park’s boat ramp via a canal and tributary. Some of the lake’s best fishing is between the boat ramp and Lake Griffin. A fishing license is required for non-residents and children 16 years of age and older. Because Lake Griffin is a fish management area, the cane pole rule does not apply. This includes all waters in the park. Canoe and kayak rentals are available. Wheelchair accessible fishing is available via a concrete walkway from the day use parking area to the boat dock.  Anglers requiring wheelchair access can cast from the dock into the boat basin.

 

All fishing within the park must conform to regulations concerning size, number, method of capture and season.  A fishing license may be required.  More information is available at the Florida Wildlife Commission’s Fishing in Florida.

 

 

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Lake Griffin - Geo-Seeking

GEOCACHING IN FLORIDA STATE PARKS

Geocaching is an outdoor game using hand-held global positioning systems (GPS) devices. It's effectively an inexpensive, interactive, high-tech treasure hunt that's a great way to learn geography. Participants use location coordinates to find caches. Some caches are easy to find; others are more difficult. The biggest reward is the thrill of the search and the discovery of a place where you have never been. Geocaching should have minimal impact to the environment and conscientious land use ethics should be followed.

OPERATION RECREATION GEOTOUR

The Operation Recreation GeoTour hosted by Geocaching.com, stretches from Pensacola to Key West and includes 71 of the First Three Time National Gold Medal Award Winning Florida State Parks and Trails. Visit 20 caches and win the Official Operation Recreation Geocoin. Download and print the Official Tracking Sheet to begin your adventure. Remember to cache and save with unlimited entry for a year with the Florida State Parks Annual Pass.

The Florida Park Service is proud to announce it has launched the Operation Recreation Kids GeoTour. Look inside Operation Recreation GeoTour geocaches for one of six possible Nature Cards. Every cache has one of six species. Record the name of the Florida State Park where you first find each of the six species on the Kids Official Tracking Sheet. Find all six species and win the ORGT Kids GeoTour Geocoin!

Go to Geocaching.com to search for other geocaches in the park.

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Lake Griffin - Hiking Nature Trail

A one-half mile long nature trail traverses a portion of the basin swamp and leads you to the Mammoth Oak Tree near the entrance of the park. This tree has been designated as the second largest live oak in the state! There are also interpretive signs along the way to help you understand our unique ecosystems. The trail consists of hard packed dirt and is suitable for strollers with larger tires.

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Lake Griffin - Pets

Pets are permitted in all areas of Lake Griffin State Park including our campground. They must be kept on a handheld leash that is under your control and no longer than six feet long and be well behaved at all times. Please do not leave your pets unattended. Pet owners are required to pick up after their pets and properly dispose of all waste in trash receptacles.

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Lake Griffin - Picnic Pavilion

One eight table open air picnic pavilion is reservable for your event or family reunion at $30 per day. The shelter is near restroom facilities and a children's plaground. Water and electricity are included. A six foot long family sized grill, volleyball net, and two horseshoe pits are nearby.

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Lake Griffin - Picnicking

A large picnic area is nestled between mature oak trees that provide a fantastic shaded canopy during the day. Part of our picnic area also provides a scenic view of the waters near the boat ramp. A volleyball net and two horseshoe pits are located nearby and equipment is available upon request. Consumption of alcohol beverages is prohibited in the picnic area or at the rental pavilion. Most picnic tables are wheelchair accessible and there is one accessible picnic table pad with an accessible fire ring along the accessible concrete path from the day use parking area.

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Lake Griffin - Playground

A playground facility is conveniently located in the day use area near the picnic pavilion overlooking the boat basin. For your child's safety please ensure that adult supervision is provided at all times. This playground has an accessible wheelchair swing, inquire at the ranger station for instructions and assistance.

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Lake Griffin - Restroom Facilities

Our picnic area and campground offer accessible restrooms.

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Lake Griffin - Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing is possible at this park. Cormorants, anhingas, alligators, herons, soft shelled turtles, and ospreys are frequently observed along the canal that meanders through the Dead River marsh.