Doe Lake Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Doe Lake Dining Hall

The Doe Lake Recreation Area is centered around a classic 1930s Civilian Conservation Corps dining hall that has been historically restored. This beautiful building sits atop a grassy hill overlooking the clear waters of Doe Lake. Restoration efforts are the result of an agreement between the Friends of Doe Lake and the Forest Service.  A bath house, including showers, was built in the same architectural style.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: For group reservations only.
Operational Hours: Check in 3 PM, check out 1 PM. Host on site.
Reservations: Reservations are required
Rentals & Guides:
Area Amenities: Accessible,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees $150 per night

Reservations are available yearly from October 1st to September 30th on a first come, first serve basis either by phone at 1-877-444-6777 or online: Reserve your place under the stars
Permit Info:
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Busiest Season: Winter
Restrictions: The maximum number of people allowed at one time is 250.
Closest Towns: Weirsdale and Altoona via SR 42, Ocklawaha via Moss Bluff.
Water: Potable water
Restroom: Bathhouse with hot showers
Information Center: Doe Lake is a favorite of equestrian groups thanks to amenities provided by volunteers from local riding clubs.

Download the map for the Prairie Horse Trail (PDF), which starts at the nearby Swim Pond Equestrian Trailhead.

General Information


Doe Lake Recreation Area is between Moss Bluff and Umatilla. Access is via unimproved roads.

From Ocala: Drive east 11 miles on SR 40 to Forest Corners. Turn right (south) on CR314-A. After about 9 miles you'll pass through the blinker at Moss Bluff. Make the next major right at an old country store. Passing entrances for Sunnyhill Restoration Area on the left, you'll come to FR 14 (Cross Rd or Big Scrub Rd) after 3.6 miles. Turn left onto this unimproved forest road. Continue 0.9 mile and bear right. Turn right after 0.2 mile into the recreation area.

From Eustis: Follow CR 452 north for 11 miles. Turn left onto SR 42. After 1.6 mile, turn right at Buck & Doe's Store. Continue 4.1 miles north to FR 14. Turn right onto this unimproved forest road. Continue 0.9 mile and bear right. Turn right after 0.2 mile into the recreation area.

General Notes:

Tent camping is the norm here, with plenty of spaces beneath a shady grove of oaks and pines overlooking Doe Lake.

RVs and horse trailers are allowed, but limited to specific areas which  do not offer any hookups. 

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Camping trailer No hookups
Toilets Bathhouse with warm showers
Accessible Bathhouse
Picnic tables Shaded
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Drinking water