Area Status: Open
Spend your weekend - or a week or more - beneath the shady oaks at Clearwater Lake Campground, a quiet oasis in the southeast corner of the Ocala National Forest.
This 42-space campground provides breezy lakefront sites along Clearwater Lake. It accommodates both trailers and tents, and has bathhouses with warm showers. Campers can swim, grill up a steak, take a walk around the lake on the nature trail, go mountain biking on the Paisley Woods Bicycle Trail, take a hike on the Florida Trail, or just drift across the water in a kayak, trailing a line and waiting for a nibble.
Pets: Dogs are welcome on the forest, but are required to be on a leash at all times. Dogs are not allowed on the beach at swimming areas. For more information, please contact Lake George Ranger Station at 352-625-2520.
At a Glance
||Open for day use 8 AM to 8 PM daily; may close earlier seasonally. Campers have 24 hour access to the gates with an access code.
||Reservations may be made by phone at 1-877-444-6777 or online:
|Rentals & Guides:
|| Canoe rentals are available.
||Interpretive Site,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
||$18.50 per night per space. Fees are subject to change without notification.
||Paisley is along SR 42 just a mile to the east and has two small stores for camp supplies, plus a post office and library for Internet access.
||Ocala National Forest Recreation Area Pass - $60 per person; good from date of purchase through end of the year. Provides entrance to our concession-managed recreation areas: Juniper Springs, Salt Springs, Alexander Springs, Silver Glen Springs, Clearwater Lake, and Wildcat Lake. Purchase at a recreation area entrance station.
||American Land & Leisure
||Download a map of Clearwater Lake Recreation Area (PDF)
Download a map of the Clearwater Lake Nature Trail (PDF)
Download a map of the Florida Trail (PDF)
From the junction of SR 42 and SR 19 in Altoona, north of Mount Dora, drive east on SR 42 towards Paisley. After 6.4 miles, you’ll see the entrance to the Clearwater Lake Recreation Area on your left. Turn left and drive up the park entrance road, passing the trailhead for the Florida Trail and Paisley Woods Bicycle Trail on your right, to reach the entrance station for this recreation area.
Day use parking is immediately down to the left after you pass through the entrance station. Some of the campsites are set off the day use area, but you should proceed to your assigned site to park.