LAKE LOUISA STATE PARK
A short drive from Orlando, this park is noted for its six beautiful lakes, rolling hills, and scenic landscapes. Lake Louisa is the largest in a chain of 13 lakes connected by the Palatlakaha River, which is designated as an Outstanding Florida Waterway. Lake Louisa, Dixie Lake, and Hammond Lake, the park's most accessible lakes, provide access for fishing, canoeing, and kayaking. Anglers can fish in four of the park's six lakes, but gasoline-powered boats are not allowed; only boats powered by trolling motors or without motors are permitted. Camping facilities and more than 15 miles of horse trails are available for equestrians. For hikers and backpackers, the park has over 20 miles of hiking trails with excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing. Dixie Lake has a fishing pier, canoe/kayak launch, and a picnic pavilion.The park also has a full-facility campground, fully furnished cabins for rent, and primitive campsites. Lake Louisa State Park is located just seven miles south of State Road 50 in Clermont on U.S. 27.
Lake Louisa has many types of wilddlife at the park, including butterflys and birds. Take a moment to print our butterfly and birding checklist to see how many you can find.
This 4,500-acre park was established in 1977. It features six lakes and diverse wildlife habitats. The area originally served as a citrus grove until the mid-1980s when it transitioned into recreational use for outdoor activities like hiking and camping.
In addition to its natural beauty, historical significance is found within remnants of old homestead buildings from early settlers. In recent years efforts have been made towards restoration projects aimed at preserving native flora and fauna species throughout the site.
Annual Entrance Passes can be purchased at all park ranger stations and museums. If you require immediate use of your pass, this is the best option. Passes can be purchased during regular business hours 365 days a year. Please call the park in advance to ensure availability. Those who are eligible for discounted or free passes may use this method to receive their pass. Annual Entrance Passes may be purchased online by visiting the FLORIDA STATE PARKS ANNUALENTRANCE PASSES
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Lake Louisa now offers 20 new cabins, overlooking beautiful Lake Dixie. These cabins offer two bedrooms/two baths, full kitchen and dining/living room area. All cabins comfortably sleep 6. Each cabin is fully equipped with dishes, pots & pans, silverware, linens, towels, picnic tables and rockers on the porch. All you need is food and your personal items. ADA cabins are also available. Unfortunately, due to limited parking, oversize RVs will not be allowed in the cabin area. Pets will not be allowed in the cabins. To conserve energy, the fireplaces are out of service from May 1st to September 30th.
Lake Louisa has 60 full-facility campsites nestled between Dixie and Hammond Lake. Each site has 30 and 50 amp hookups and a dump station is located between Dixie Loop and Sandhill Loop. In the campground there are two bathhouses, two fishing piers, a pavilion and an amphitheater where ranger programs are held annually from October to April. To make reservations please contact Reserve America.
Lake Louisa currently has two primitive campsites, Wilderness Point and Pine Point. Both are tucked away in some of the most pristine and beautiful areas of the park. Pine Point is located next to Big Creek. The park recommends bringing bottled water with you when camping. The sites do not have any water or electric, only a fire ring and picnic table. Each site can hold a maximum of 6 people. These sites are located off of our hiking trails so vehicles are not permitted to the sites. You must backpack in and backpack out.
Lake Louisa has three primitive youth campsites and each site can hold a maximum of 20 people. All three sites are located south of the park's equestrian primitive camp. The sites do not have water or electric, only a fire ring and picnic table. The closest water source is non-potable and located at the equestrian primitive camp so the park recommends that individuals bring bottled drinking water with them to the site. Parking for the youth camp is located at the sites trailhead but parking on the site is prohibited in efforts to minimize impact to the native vegetation found within the area. Reservations can be made by calling the Ranger Station at (352)394-3969. Payment is made at the time of your arrival. Six to 10 juveniles require one chaperon. Eleven to, and including, 20 juveniles require two leaders, and so on. Chaperons must remain with the juveniles while they are in the park. Groups must arrive at the park one hour before sunset to register for their site. These campsites are for youth organizations only and to qualify the group must have a minimum of six youths per site.
1. Lake Louisa State Park offers a designated swimming area on the sandy shore of Lake Louisa.
2. No lifeguards are present, so swim at your own risk.
3. Swimming is prohibited in all other lakes within the park for safety reasons.
4. The lake's water quality is regularly monitored to ensure safe conditions for swimmers.
5. Canoeing and kayaking options also exist if you prefer non-swimming activities on the water.
The park offers a variety of boating options for visitors. Canoes and kayaks are available to rent, providing an opportunity to explore the lake's diverse ecosystem at your own pace. Fishing boats can also be rented by those who want to try their luck catching bass or catfish in the freshwater lakes within the park boundaries. However, personal watercrafts like jet skis aren't allowed due to environmental concerns.
The park offers a canoe and kayak launch at Dixie Lake just off of the fishing pier. Lake Louisa offers canoe and kayak accessibility also but does not have a designated launch area. Canoe and kayakers would have to launch off of the Lake Louisa beach, which is accessible via Lake Nellie Road or our main entrance off of Hwy. 27. Both lakes provide canoers and kayakers an excellent opportunity to see an assortment of wildlife or to just find serenity in the calm waters.
Lake Louisa State Park has fishing access at four of our six lakes. Lake Louisa is our largest lake, which offers fishing access off of the lake's shoreline. Dixie Lake is our second largest lake and is only accessible by our main entrance off of Hwy. 27. This lake is a beautiful lake that offers fishermen not only a chance to catch fish but also a chance to see some of the park's abundant wildlife. Dixie Lake is located approximately half a mile inside the park and has a fishing pier, canoe/kayak launch, bathroom, and a sheltered pavilion. The park also has Smokehouse Lake which does not have any amenities and is accessible to four-wheel drive only. You must register at the Ranger Station and give 24 hours advance notice to access Smokehouse Lake. The park prohibits gas-powered motorboats and boat trailers, (hand launch only), into the lakes. Only boats powered by trolling motors or manually powered are allowed. All Florida freshwater fishing laws and bag limits are enforced. Please check with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for current fishing license requirements.
Lake Louisa State Park is located near Altamonte Springs, Apopka and Clermont
Lake Louisa's campgrounds offer bathouses, with hot water, that are ADA compliant. The Lake Louisa Beach bathhouse offers toilets,with cold water only(non-potable water). Each of our 20 cabins have 2 complete bathrooms, of which two of the cabins are ADA accessible. We have 3 clevis multrum composting toilets,(no water) at Dixie Lake day-use, Lake Nellie day-use and our equestrian area.
Lake Louisa State Park offers picnic areas with tables and grills, pavilions for rent, and beautiful lakefront views.
Lake Louisa State Park offers 16 miles of marked trails for equestrian users. Riders can access the park's trails one of two ways. Our back entrance horse trail parking lot is accessible via C.R. 561 to Lake Nellie Road. The horse lot will be on the left hand side where the paved road turns to clay. The parking lot has drinking water for horses, hitching posts, and a kiosk with information regarding the horse trails. Please follow payment instructions at the honor fee station at the trailhead. Riders can also enter the park through the main entrance off of Hwy. 27. Lake Louisa also has a primitive equestrian campground open to riders. To make arrangements to camp at our equestrian campground you can call the Ranger Station at 352-394-3969. The campground has a 4-horse paddock, water hookups, self-composting toilet, pavilion, fire ring and grill. Please be sure to have with you proof of negative coggins for your horses.
Lake Louisa has an equestrian primitive camp that includes a 4 horse paddocks, fire rings, water hookups, picnic tables, pavilion, grills, and self-composting toilet. Reservations for the paddocks can not be made at this time. They are available to equestrian users on a first come first serve basis only. This is a beautiful area to camp with sites being under the shade of a longleaf pine canopy and there is plenty of lush pasture land for your horses to graze on at the site. The park recommends that equestrian users bring other means of portable horse corals or tie downs in case the paddocks are in use. Four large posts with hookups for tie downs have been provided at each side of the camp facility also.
Hiking is permitted on the horse trails and an abundance of wildlife may be seen. Birding is a favorite activity with sightings dependent on the seasons. A .5 mile nature trail is located at the Lake Louisa parking lot. The trail winds through three of the parks eleven natural communities with interpretive trail signs provided for visitors to read about the park's flora and fauna.
Bicycling enthusiasts can enjoy over 20 miles of paved and off-road trails. Be aware, some areas are hilly.
Mountain biking is available on seven miles of multi-use trails. Helmets are strongly recommended for safety reasons.
The park's terrain varies from flat to rolling hills, providing a challenge for cyclists at all levels.
Rentals aren't offered onsite; visitors should bring their own bikes or rent one nearby before visiting the park.
Cycling after dark isn't permitted due to potential hazards like wildlife encounters and poor visibility conditions.
Remember that Florida weather can be unpredictable - always check forecasts prior to planning your cycling adventure here.
Stay hydrated! The heat in this region could pose risks if you're not drinking enough water during your ride.
Birding enthusiasts can enjoy spotting over 200 species of birds, including bald eagles and ospreys. The park's diverse habitats attract a variety of birdlife throughout the year. Birdwatchers are recommended to visit during migration season for optimal sightings. There is also an annual Christmas Bird Count event held in December.
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Pets on restraints are allowed in the campground area. Pets are not allowed in the cabins.
Pet camping is available at Lake Louisa State Park. Pets must be confined, leashed (not to exceed six feet in length) or otherwise under the physical control of a person at all times. Tethered pets must not be left unattended for more than 30 minutes. Quiet hours must be observed from 11:00 p.m.--7:00 a.m. Pet owners must pick up after their pets and properly dispose of all pet droppings in trash receptacles. Florida law requires that pets be vaccinated against rabies. Any pet that is noisy, dangerous, intimidating or destructive will not be allowed to remain in the park. Non-furbearing pets, such as reptiles, birds, or fish must be confined or under the physical control of the owner. Some animals may be prohibited on park property. Failure to abide by these rules may result in the camper being asked to board the pet outside the park or to leave the campground.
Lake Louisa State Park is located on US 27, seven (7) miles south of State Road 50.