Clearwater Lake Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Tent camping at Clearwater Lake

Spend your weekend - or a week or more - beneath the shady oaks at Clearwater Lake Campground, a quiet oasis in the southeast corner of the Ocala National 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 up a steak, take a walk around the lake on the nature trail, go mountain biking on the Paisley Woods Bicycle Trail, take a hike on the Florida Trail, or just drift across the water in a kayak, trailing a line and waiting for a nibble. 

Entrance sign for Clearwater Lake Tent camping at Clearwater Lake Tent camping at Clearwater Lake Beach at Clearwater Lake Camping at Clearwater Lake

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Open for day use 8 AM to 8 PM 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:
Rentals & Guides:  Canoe rentals are available.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees $22.50 per night per space. Fees are subject to change without notification.
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 picnicking areas.
  • There is a maximum stay limit of 14 consecutive days in a 30 day period.
Closest Towns: Paisley is along SR 42 just a mile to the east and has two small stores for camp supplies, plus a post office and library for Internet access. 
Water: Potable
Restroom: Flush toilets
Passes: Ocala National Forest Recreation Area Pass - $60 per person; good from date of purchase through end of the year. Provides entrance to our concession-managed recreation areas: Juniper Springs, Salt Springs, Alexander Springs, Silver Glen Springs, Clearwater Lake, and Wildcat Lake. Purchase at a recreation area entrance station.
Operated By: American Land & Leisure
Information Center: Download a map of Clearwater Lake Recreation Area (PDF)
Download a map of the Clearwater Lake Nature Trail (PDF)
Download a map of the Florida Trail (PDF)

General Information


From the junction of SR 42 and SR 19 in Altoona, north of Mount Dora, drive east on SR 42 towards Paisley. After 6.4 miles, you’ll see the entrance to the Clearwater Lake Recreation Area on your left. Turn left and drive up the park entrance road, passing the trailhead for the Florida Trail and Paisley Woods Bicycle Trail on your right, to reach the entrance station for this recreation area.


Day use parking is immediately down to the left after you pass through the entrance station. Some of the campsites are set off the day use area, but you should proceed to your assigned site to park. 

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Camping & Cabins

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Picnic tables Lakeside and shaded
Drinking water
Interpretive Site Interpretive trail around lake
Toilets Flush toilets and bathhouses
Parking Small parking area at day use area near lake
Fee charged for some activities Day use fee
Tent camping $22.50 night
Camping trailer $22.50 per night. 42 sites, 14 consecutive days in a 30 day period limit
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