Buck Lake Group Use Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Buck Lake Recreation Area

Buck Lake Group Use Area provides primitive camping for groups up to 50. Campers have access to Buck Lake to enjoy fishing and semi-private boating (limit 25 horsepower).

Amenities are limited to one vault toilet, picnic tables and fire rings. There is access to hiking on the Florida Trail via a scenic trail that loops around the lake for 1.7 miles.

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

Current Conditions: For group reservations only.
Operational Hours: 24 hours
Reservations: Reservations may be made by phone at 1-877-444-6777 or online:


There is a two night minimum stay required to reserve this facility.
Area Amenities: Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees $50 per night, 2 night minimum to rent the recreation area for a group. Maximum 50 people. 
Restrictions: Buck Lake Group Area use is limited to groups who have rented the site.
Closest Towns: Altoona lies to the south along SR 19.
Water: Hand pump
Restroom: Vault toilets

General Information


Buck Lake Group Use Area is located west of SR 19 between Altoona and SR 40, north of CR 445. Access is via unimproved roads.

From Ocala: follow SR 40 east for 32 miles to the intersection with SR 19, past Juniper Springs Recreation Area. Turn right (south) and continue 4.6 miles. Look for the sign. Turn right on FR 535, which after a half mile turns into FR 595C. Continue 0.9 mile to FR 595-2 and turn right. Continue 0.6 mile and turn left. Continue another half mile to the Group Use Area.


Unimproved roads

General Notes:

Buck Lake also serves as a stopping point for backpackers along the Florida Trail who are looking for a water source between Alexander Springs and Farles Prairie. Water from the pump should be filtered. Backpackers may not stay here overnight.



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Boat ramp
Camping trailer
Toilets Vault toilets
Picnic tables
Fee charged for some activities
Tent camping
Drinking water Hand pump, non-potable