Clearwater Lake Campground

Area Status: Open

Empty campground in the forest.











This 42-space campground provides breezy lakefront sites along Clearwater Lake. It accommodates both trailers and tents, and has bathhouses with warm showers. Campers can swim, grill, walk around the lake on the nature trail, mountain bike on the Paisley Woods Bicycle Trail, hike on the Florida Trail, or just drift across the water in a kayak, trailing a line and waiting for a nibble. 


  • Paddle your canoe or kayak across the placid waters of Clearwater Lake in search of a quiet spot along the reedy shoreline. It's slightly more than a mile circuit around the edge of the lake.


  • Nicely shaded, the 42-space Clearwater Lake Campground provides breezy lakefront sites. It accommodates both trailers and tents, and has bathhouses with warm showers.


  • Cast a line from your campsite or wade out into the grassy shallows for a chance to catch both bream and catfish.

Mountain Biking

  • Explore 22 miles of singletrack along the Paisley Woods Bicycle Trail between Alexander Springs Recreation Area and Clearwater Lake Recreation Area.


  • A swimming beach along Clearwater Lake, accessible through the day use area, provides a place for families to frolic in the water.

This site is operated by Naventure.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Expect full recreation sites during weekends. Have backup plans. Sites may close when capacity is reached.
Operational Hours: Open for day-use 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily; may close earlier seasonally. Campers have 24 hour access to the gates with an access code.
Reservations: Reservations may be made by phone at 1-877-444-6777 or online at
Rentals & Guides: Canoes and kayaks are available for rent at the concession stand.
Fees: Ocala National Forest Springs Hopper Pass: This day-use pass is $80 + tax per person  For more information on fees and how to reserve your site, please visit the concessionaire at Naventure.
Usage: Medium-Heavy
  • All Ocala National Forest campgrounds allow pets, but they must be kept on a leash no longer than six feet and are not permitted in designated swimming and picnic areas.
  • There is a maximum stay limit of 14 consecutive days in a 30-day period.
Passes: Ocala National Forest Springs Hopper Pass: This day-use pass is $80 + tax per person and is good for 12 months from the date of purchase. It provides entrance to recreation areas managed by Naventure, which includes: Juniper Springs, Alexander Springs, Silver Glen Springs, Clearwater Lake and Wildcat Lake. This pass is available for purchase from Naventure at Alexander Springs, Juniper Springs and Silver Glen Springs. The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Senior Pass, Lifetime Senior Pass and Access Pass holders receive a 50% discount on the fee for a single campsite occupied by the passholder at the following campgrounds managed by Naventure:
  • Alexander Springs Campground
  • Clearwater Lake Campground
  • Hopkins Prairie Campground
  • Juniper Springs Campground
Passholders do not receive a discount on the fee for multi-family sites, cabins or group-use areas or any other campsites occuped by those accompanying the passholder. The 50% discount does not include utility, water or hookup fees. Discounts on camping are not available to America the Beautiful or Volunteer Pass holders.
Operated By: Naventure

General Information

General Notes:


  • Camping (tent and RVs)

  • Drinking water 

  • Flush toilets

  • Interpretive site

  • Picnic area and tables

  • Showers

Licenses and Passes


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

Campsites accommodate tents or trailers. 42 sites, maximum 14 consecutive day stay limit within 30 days. Reservations suggested.


Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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