Lake Rousseau

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Lake Rousseau
Lake Rousseau.JPG
View of the lake from the south shore.
LocationCitrus / Levy / Marion counties, Florida, United States
Coordinates29°01′31″N 82°34′46″W / 29.0253°N 82.5794°W / 29.0253; -82.5794Coordinates: 29°01′31″N 82°34′46″W / 29.0253°N 82.5794°W / 29.0253; -82.5794
Primary inflowsWithlacoochee River, Rainbow River
Primary outflowsWithlacoochee River
Basin countriesUnited States
Max. length12 miles (19 km)
Max. width1 mile (2 km)
Surface areac. 3,700 acres (15 km²)

Lake Rousseau is a reservoir on the Withlacoochee River in central Florida, on the boundary of Levy County to the north-west, Marion County to the north-east, and Citrus County to the south. It was created in the early 1900s when the river was dammed. Florida Power Corp operated a hydroelectric plant from 1909 to 1965 at the western end of the lake. Power output was approximately 10,000 HP, or 7.45 MW.[1]

The lake is about 35 miles (55 km) west of Ocala and 10 miles (15 km) east from the Gulf Coast. As well as forming part of the Withlacoochee River, it is also fed by the Rainbow River and Lake Panasoffkee to the east. It is approximately twelve miles long by one mile wide, covering an area of c. 3,700 acres (15 km²).[2] To the west is part of the uncompleted Cross Florida Barge Canal leading to the Gulf.

The lake forms the centerpiece for the Lake Rousseau State Recreation Area and Campground.


  1. ^ "Lake Rousseau Fishing". Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  2. ^ Porter, Jim. "Lake Rousseau Information Guide – Florida Freshwater Fishing Profiles: Lake Rousseau". Jim Porter's Guide to Bass Fishing. Retrieved 12 April 2016.

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