Lake Louisa State Park, Clermont

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Lake Louisa State Park is a 4372acre Florida State Park located south of Clermont, in the northeast corner of the Green Swamp and the southwestern shore of Lake Louisa. It is made up of bald cypress, live oak and saw palmettos. In addition to Lake Louisa, the park contains Hammond Lake, Dixie Lake, Dude Lake, Bear Lake and several smaller lakes.
Two small streams, Big Creek and Little Creek, flow north from the Green Swamp through the park into Lake Louisa. Lake Louisa is the source of the Palatlakaha River, one of the headwaters of the Ocklawaha River.
The main entrance to the park is on U.S. 27 7mi south of State Road 50. Another entrance on the western side of the park, off County Route 561 on Lake Nellie Road, gives access only to a beach on Lake Louisa and to the horse trails.
Activities include swimming, picnicking, horeseback riding, hiking, camping, fishing, and canoeing. Amenities include a canoe/kayak ramp, 16mi of equestrian trails, and a primitive equestrian campground, as well as a 0.5mi nature trail, 20mi of hiking trails, fishing pier, canoe/kayak launch, and a picnic pavilion. The park is open from 8:00 am till sundown year-round.
The property was purchased by the state in 1973 and opened to the public in 1977.
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  • Love coming here to all the different trails with my dog. Bought the annual pass since 2019 First time doing the horseback trail ride. Abbie and Jose are awesome 
    Love coming here to all the different trails with my dog. Bought the annual pass since 2019 First time doing the horseback trail ride. Abbie and Jose are awesome  more »
  • Our kids gifted us a night of glamping at Louisa State Park. The luxury tent was well appointed with an actual mattress and linens, 2 chairs, a table, luggage rack, coffee maker, and even an air... 
    Our kids gifted us a night of glamping at Louisa State Park. The luxury tent was well appointed with an actual mattress and linens, 2 chairs, a table, luggage rack, coffee maker, and even an air...  more »
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  • We stayed 2 nights at Lake Louisa State Park and have nothing but compliments for this place and the staff. We spent 1 night in the Luxury Tent and 1 night in the Eco Tent and thoroughly enjoyed them both. 1st let's talk about the Shower/Restroom at the park. It's top notch, it's clean and well maintained. They do a super job with the cleanliness and the effort shows. The Luxury Tent (#2) was very close to the restrooms, has an excellent sleeping setup and power with air/heat, phone charger outlets and an electric coffee maker. The Eco Tent (#3) was more of a 'true' camping experience. The area is less populated than the Luxury tent area and less light at night. The restroom is a port-a-potty that is shared with 1 other tent. It too was very clean. The sleeping setup is well-done, the tents are heavy duty and there is 3 gallons of water and a propane burner with a coffee pot. There is no power (all lights are solar powered) and it's only a 2-minute drive to the showers. We took our electric bikes and enjoyed riding in the park and checking out the different lakes. -The only thing I would change would be-... The remote that operates the outside tent lights for Eco #3 - also operates all the other ECO tent's outdoor lights - while standing at tent #3. I would change that. And who knows, that be resolved at the time of the reading of this review.
  • Such a great variety of things to do here! We are frequent hikers but when we visited the first time we had some older folks with us so we weren't sure what to expect for them. Happily there was a place where we could park and take a walk that wasn't very far at all and see some spectacular views of the lake, huge trees and marshy areas. There are lovely picnic tables spaced far apart and we had a pleasant picnic lunch right next to the lake and the older folks didn't have to walk real far. Went back the next day by ourselves and had a great time hiking. Excellent state park, highly recommended.

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