Lochloosa Lake

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Lochloosa Lake
Scenic view of Lake Lochloosa near Hawthorne.jpg
Lochloosa Lake
LocationAlachua County, Florida
Coordinates29°31′00.296″N 82°07′14.19″W / 29.51674889°N 82.1206083°W / 29.51674889; -82.1206083Coordinates: 29°31′00.296″N 82°07′14.19″W / 29.51674889°N 82.1206083°W / 29.51674889; -82.1206083
Primary outflowsCross Creek
Surface area6,100 acres (2,500 ha)
Max. depth10 feet (3.0 m)

Lochloosa Lake is a lake about 6,100 acres (2,500 ha) in area in Alachua County, Florida, about 4 miles (6.4 km) south of Hawthorne, and is up to 10 feet (3.0 m) deep.[1] It is drained by Cross Creek into Orange Lake. It is largely surrounded by the Lochloosa Wildlife Management Area, and is a Fish Management Area. Lochloosa Creek is its largest tributary. The lake is noted for bass fishing[2][3][4]

As of 2017, the lake has not returned to levels seen before a drought in 2012. The lake has become choked with weeds such as hydrilla. The water level in the lake varies by up to 10 feet (3.0 m). The variation in water level is healthy for the lake, and the Orange Creek Basin Advisory Council decided to not try to force a stable water level.[5]


  1. ^ "Lochloosa Lake" (PDF). Alachua County, Florida. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  2. ^ "Orange Creek Basin". St. Johns River Water Management District. August 13, 2015. Archived from the original on November 29, 2016. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  3. ^ "Lake Lochloosa". St. Johns River Water Management District. Archived from the original on June 5, 2014. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  4. ^ "Lochloosa Lake". Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  5. ^ Morales, Christina (June 30, 2017). "Find Out Florida: Will Lochloosa Lake Water Levels Ever Return?". WUFT5. Retrieved December 1, 2018.

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