Mill Dam Recreation Area


Area Status: Temporarily Closed

Mill Dam has been a popular destination for generations. In the shade of live oaks overlooking the 168-acre Mill Dam Lake, Mill Dam Recreation Area offers two different experiences.

  • March 16 - September 30 -- This area is a day-use recreation area only with a large swimming area and wheelchair-accessible sandy beach.
  • October 1 to March 15 -- This area is a group campground / recreation area for day-use and tent camping.

This site is operated by Adventure Ocala.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Expect full recreation sites during weekends. Have backup plans. Sites may close when capacity is reached.
Operational Hours: March 16 - September 30: Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
October 1 - March 15: When in use as a group campground / recreation area, check-in is at 3 p.m. and check-out at 11 a.m.
Reservations: Group campground reservations may be made by phone at 1-877-444-6777 or online at Recreation.gov.
Rentals & Guides: Group rental of the campground and recreation area is available October 1 - March 15. 

To reserve, call 1-877-444-6777 or reserve online at Recreation.gov.
Usage: Medium
Restrictions:
Closest Towns: Head west on SR 40 for groceries, gasoline, and hardware in Forest Corners. If it is open, the small store at Mill Dam Lake may have camping supplies.

General Information

Accessibility:
  • Accessible walkways to swimming basin
  • Accessible swim area with sandy beach
  • Accessible restrooms

General Notes:

Amenities

  • Boat ramp
  • Drinking water 
  • Group campsites
  • Parking
  • Picnic tables
  • Toilets

Licenses and Passes

Boating 

  • 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.  

Fishing 


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

Group Camping

Recreation areas with activity Group Camping:
  • October 1 – March 15, the Mill Dam Group Campground is available for overnight stays. Group campground reservations may be made by phone at 1-877-444-6777 or online at Recreation.gov.

Lake and Pond Fishing

Recreation areas with activity Lake and Pond Fishing:
  • Anglers come from all over to enjoy bass fishing on Mill Dam Lake. Access the boat launch before the entrance to the recreation area.
  • Fishing is not permitted from the bank of the recreation area.

Picnicking

Recreation areas with activity Picnicking:

Group Picnicking

Recreation areas with activity Group Picnicking:
  • Under the deep shade of live oaks overlooking Mill Dam Lake is a beautiful spot for a family picnic. Large shelters also make the recreation area ideal for family reunions and other gatherings.

Boating - Motorized

Recreation areas with activity Boating - Motorized:

Head over to the adjacent Mill Dam Boat Ramp to launch motorized boats. 

Boating - Non-Motorized

Recreation areas with activity Boating - Non-Motorized:
  • Canoe or kayak Mill Dam Lake by launching either at the recreation area (which involves a haul or wheel to the beach) or via the adjacent boat launch.

Swimming

Recreation areas with activity Swimming:
  • Busy during the summer months, the swimming area has a nice beach along Mill Dam Lake and is wheelchair accessible. 

Waterskiing

Recreation areas with activity Waterskiing:
  • Waterskiing is popular on Mill Dam Lake. Launch boats at the adjoining boat ramp.

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Location

 
  Latitude : 
29.1798

  Longitude : 
-81.8254