Wildcat Lake

Area Status: Open

A wayside stop along SR 40, Wildcat Lake shimmers in the middle of the Big Scrub. Launch your boat and head out on the lake for a morning of fishing, nature viewing or just a quiet cruise around the lake.


  • A boat ramp is provided for you to launch and explore the lake, or head out for a day of fishing. Launch your canoe or kayak to explore the far reaches and shallow rim of this shimmering lake in the Big Scrub.


Nature Viewing

  • Wildlife is abundant in Wildcat Lake. Be mindful of the alligator population in the lake.


  • Waterskiing is permitted on Wildcat Lake, which is long and thin from north to south. 

At a Glance

Operational Hours: 8 a.m. to sunset.
Fees: For more information on fees, please visit the concessionaire at https://www.adventureocala.com/recreation-areas Fees are subject to change without notification.
Usage: Medium

General Information

General Notes:

Wildcat Lake is a great fishing spot with an easy-to-reach ramp.


  • Boat ramp (unimproved)

  • Toilets (vault)

  • Parking (41 spaces)

Licenses and Passes

Camping – Dispersed/Primitive Camping 

  • Many people enjoy this solitude and primitive experience, but knowing your limits, skills and abilities is a must. Following certain rules and regulations will help make your experience safer and ensure settings remain unspoiled.  



Lake and Pond Fishing

Boating - Motorized

Boating - Non-Motorized


Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities