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
For group reservations only.
Check in 3 PM, check out 1 PM. Host on site.
Reservations are required. They may be made by phone at 1-877-444-6777 or online:
The maximum number of people allowed at one time is 250.
Weirsdale and Altoona via SR 42, Ocklawaha via Moss Bluff.
Bathhouse with hot showers
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.
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.
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.
Doe Lake is a designated group campsite with a variety of activities on site. Centered around a historic lodge with a large group kitchen, it's an ideal place for major outdoor gatherings of up to 250 people.
$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:
Lake and Pond Fishing
Launch a canoe or low-powered boat and drop a line in the middle of Doe Lake for an afternoon of fishing. Bank fishing is possible along parts of the shoreline as well. Open to visitors under a group reservation only.
Areas for Lake and Pond Fishing at Doe Lake Recreation Area
The LAM Equestrian Trail starts at Doe Lake and extends north for 34 miles, paralleling the Ocklawaha River, towards Eureka. Primitive camping is permitted along the trail except during hunting season.
Horse trailers are welcome at Doe Lake. There are hitching posts available. You must be a part of the group renting this group recreation area in order to camp here with your horse.
Boating - Non-Motorized
Launch your canoe and paddle out among the water lilies on Doe Lake. Open to visitors under a group reservation only.
Boating - Motorized
Low-powered boats can be launched from an unimproved boat ramp. Open to visitors under a group reservation only.
Areas for Boating - Motorized at Doe Lake Recreation Area