Lake Griffin State Park, Orlando, FL

 

Lake Griffin State Park, located in Fruitland Park, consists of over 425 acres of woodlands and freshwater swamp. Developed in the late 1960's, the park has 40 campsites with water and electrical hook-ups, a boat ramp, picnic area, picnic shelter and nature trail.

 
Although there are many different small lakes, swimming is not permitted in waters within the park. The park is home to the state's fifth largest live oak tree. This monstrous tree is located near the entrance of the park and measures over 150 feet tall and 10 feet in circumference.

Pedestrian access is not provided, but if you have a boat or rent a canoe you can observe a wide variety of wildlife in their natural setting. Along the park waters that lead to Lake Griffin, visitors are most likely to observe osprey, bald eagle, blue heron, anhinga, ibis, American alligator, and river otter.

lake griffin state park, orlando, fl

Campsites accommodate tents, trailers or motorized campers with some sites accommodating rigs up to 40' long. Each site includes a picnic table and campfire grill. Wood for campfires, when available, is provided at no charge. All sites are available with water and electric and there is a dump station for sewage disposal. Bathrooms have hot showers with hot water. Reservations are taken by phone up to 11 months in advance. A 2 week minimum stay is required. Bass, crappie, and catfish are just some of the fish that are waiting inside of Lake Griffin. The lake is located approximately one mile from the park's boat ramp via a canal and tributary. A fishing license is required for everyone except children 16 years old and under and Florida residents 65 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 rentals are available.

The large picnic area provides a scenic view of the waters near the boat ramp. One twelve table covered picnic shelter is available on a first come, first served basis or it can be rented for $30 per day. The shelter has water, electric, and family sized barbecue grills. This is by far the best place to plan your vacation if you’re visiting this area of Florida. The park grounds are pretty much self sufficient if you bring along your fishing pole and picnic gear. This is the perfect vacation spot for all the outdoorsmen venturing to Fruitland!.