Lake Louisa State Park

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"Lake Louisa" redirects here. For the lake in Minnesota, see Murray County, Minnesota.
Not to be confused with Lake Louise State Park.
Lake Louisa State Park
IUCN category Ib (wilderness area)
Map showing the location of Lake Louisa State Park
Map showing the location of Lake Louisa State Park
Location Lake County, Florida, USA
Nearest city Clermont, Florida
Coordinates 28°28′01″N 81°45′29″W / 28.46694°N 81.75806°W / 28.46694; -81.75806Coordinates: 28°28′01″N 81°45′29″W / 28.46694°N 81.75806°W / 28.46694; -81.75806
Area 4,372 acres (17.69 km2)
Governing body Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Lake Louisa State Park is a 4,372-acre (17.69 km2) 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 7 miles (11 km) 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, 16 miles (26 km) of equestrian trails, and a primitive equestrian campground, as well as a 0.5-mile (0.80 km) nature trail, 20 miles (32 km) 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.[1]

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  1. ^ "Lake Louisa State Park: History and Culture". Florida Division of Recreation and Parks. Retrieved 2014-11-30. 

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