Wildcat Lake

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Wildcat Lake

A wayside stop along SR 40, Wildcat Lake shimmers in the middle of a big scrub eco system. Launch your boat and head out on the lake for a morning of fishing.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: 8 a.m. to sunset.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Accessible,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees For more information on fees, please visit the concessionaire at https://www.adventureocala.com/recreation-areas.
Fees are subject to change without notification.
Permit Info: A valid Florida Freshwater Fishing License is required to fish in the Ocala National Forest.
Usage: Medium
Restrictions: Freshwater fishing is governed by the regulations of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Closest Towns: Astor Park
Water: No Water
Restroom: Vault toilets
Passes: Ocala National Forest Springs Hopper Pass: This day-use pass is $70 + tax per person and is good for one year from the date of purchase. It provides entrance to recreation areas managed by Adventure Ocala, which includes: Juniper Springs, Alexander Springs, Silver Glen Springs, Clearwater Lake and Wildcat Lake. This pass is available for purchase from Adventure Ocala 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 Adventure Ocala: 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: Adventure Ocala

General Information


Juniper Springs Campground is located inside the Juniper Springs Recreation Area. It is along SR 40 between Mill Dam and SR 19, just 9 miles west of Astor and the St. Johns River.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

Juniper Springs Campground is one of the most popular campgrounds in the Ocala National Forest. Reserve your site well in advance to make the most of your stay.

There is a maximum stay limit of 14 days in a 30 day period. Seasonally the maximum stay limit is 180 days.

General Info:

Safety Information

Protecting your food from raccoons and bears is a must. Do not leave open or easily accessible containers of food on your picnic table or near your tent. Store food in your vehicle and dispose of scraps promptly in an approved garbage container, available near the bathhouses and main concession area.

Fees: $21 per night
Reservation required?: Y


Interpretive Site CCC-era pavillions
Camping trailer
Picnic tables At each site and at Fern Hammock
Tent camping Nicely shaded sites
Fee charged for some activities Day use fee included in camping fee
Toilets Flush toilets
Parking At campsite and bathhouses
Accessible Sites have paved access
Drinking water Potable water