Doe Lake Recreation Area

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Doe Lake Dining Hall

The Doe Lake Recreation Area is centered around a classic 1930s Civilian Conservation Corps dining hall that has been historically restored. This beautiful building sits atop a grassy hill overlooking the clear waters of Doe Lake. Restoration efforts are the result of an agreement between the Friends of Doe Lake and the Forest Service.  A bath house, including showers, was built in the same architectural style.

Entrance to Doe Lake Road sign for Doe Lake View of Doe Lake Campfire and outdoor grill Hillside sloping from the lodge to the lake

At a Glance

Operational Hours: This site is temporarily closed.
Check in: 3 p.m.
Check out: 11 a.m.

Host on site.
Reservations: This site is temporarily closed. Reservations are required. They may be made by phone at 1-877-444-6777 or online:    
Area Amenities: Accessible,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees $350 per night.
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Busiest Season: Winter
  • The maximum number of people allowed at one time is 250.
  • 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: Weirsdale and Altoona via SR 42, Ocklawaha via Moss Bluff.
Water: Potable water
Restroom: Bathhouse with hot showers
Information Center: Doe Lake is a favorite of equestrian groups thanks to amenities provided by volunteers from local riding clubs.

General Information


Doe Lake Recreation Area is between Moss Bluff and Umatilla. Access is via unimproved roads.

From Ocala: Drive east 11 miles on SR 40 to Forest Corners. Turn right (south) on CR314-A. After about nine miles you'll pass through the blinker at Moss Bluff. Make the next major right at an old country store. Passing entrances for Sunnyhill Restoration Area on the left, you'll come to FR 14 (Cross Rd or Big Scrub Rd) after 3.6 miles. Turn left onto this unimproved forest road. Continue 0.9 mile and bear right. Turn right after 0.2 mile into the recreation area.

From Eustis: Follow CR 452 north for 11 miles. Turn left onto SR 42. After 1.6 mile, turn right at Buck & Doe's Store. Continue 4.1 miles north to FR 14. Turn right onto this unimproved forest road. Continue 0.9 mile and bear right. Turn right after 0.2 mile into the recreation area.

General Notes:

Tent camping is the norm here, with plenty of spaces beneath a shady grove of oaks and pines overlooking Doe Lake.

RVs and horse trailers are allowed, but limited to specific areas which do not offer any hookups. 

Doe Lake has a deep freezer available to store ice.

Recreation Map

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Picnic tables Shaded
Drinking water
Toilets Bathhouse with warm showers
Tent camping Shaded
Accessible Bathhouse
Camping trailer No hookups