Wright Lake

Area Status: Open

Wright Lake is a quiet scenic lakefront recreation area that offers a host of amenities and activities for campers and day-trippers. The area around the clear, spring-fed lake offers both a day-use area for swimming, picnicking hiking, and a campground in a beautiful forest setting along one portion of the lakeshore. It is perfect for fishing and boating. Swimmers can also enjoy the white sand beach, and a nearby bathhouse includes flush toilets and hot showers. Picnic tables and grills are scattered among trees with views of the lake.


  • Electric trolling motors or paddle boats are welcome on the lake


  • The campground includes 18 campsites with picnic tables, grills, tent pads and fire rings. Each site also has a lantern post.


  • Wright Lake is the perfect place for fishing. 

Nature Viewing

  • The area around Wright Lake is one of the best places in the Apalachicola National Forest to see pitcher plants, which bloom en masse in late March / early April.

Walking / Day Hiking

  • Two trails are available at Wright Lake: a short nature trail and a 4.6-mile interpretive trail that circles the lake and showcases the full spectrum of habitats in this part of the Apalachicola National Forest.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Seasonally closed. Opens October 1.
Operational Hours: Open seasonally October 1 - May 31. Summer hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Winter hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Reservations: Reservations may be made by phone at 1-877-444-6777 or online at Recreation.gov
Fees: No fees for day use. All other fees are listed on the Recreation.gov website.

General Information

General Notes:


  • Bathhouse
  • Drinking water
  • Dump station
  • Fire rings
  • Grills
  • Parking
  • Picnic tables
  • Showers with hot water
  • Toilets (flush)

Licenses and Passes 


  • Boating in the National Forests in Florida is regulated by the state of Florida. Please visit our boating web page before you grab your personal floatation device and head out onto the water.  



From Sumatra

  • From the intersection of CR 379 and SR 65 in Sumatra, drive south on SR 65 for 2.5 miles.
  • Turn right onto FR 101 (Wright Lake Rd) and follow it west for 1.5 miles to the Wright Lake Recreation Area entrance on the right.
  • Turn right and follow the entrance road up to the kiosk.


The recreation area is fairly level and easily accessible.

Recreation Map

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