Little Lake George Wilderness

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

At 2,883 acres, the Little Lake George Wilderness is the smallest of the wilderness areas on the Ocala National Forest, but it’s the only one that boasts a shoreline.

Located near the confluence of the St. Johns and Ocklawaha Rivers at the northeastern corner of the Ocala National Forest, this remote area is best explored on a paddling trip.

There are no old roads or trails into the area. It’s a dense swamp of red maple, gum, ash, cabbage palm, and cypress trees draped with Spanish moss, with small areas of loblolly and slash pine on the drier western edge.

At a Glance

Usage: Light
  • Motorized vehicles are not permitted.
  • Visitors must pack out any waste.
  • Follow Leave No Trace principles: pack it in, pack it out; do not disturb wildlife; leave what you find; camp and travel on durable surfaces; minimize use and impact of campfires; and be sure to let someone know where you’re going.
Checking in at a district office is a good idea, to inform someone of your travel plans and get the latest info on weather conditions. The staff can also inform you about any campfire ban in effect during times of high fire danger.
Closest Towns: Salt Springs (9 miles) and Palatka (16 miles) 
Information Center: See an interactive map of the wilderness area

General Information


From Salt Springs: Head north on FL19. Johnson Field Boat Ramp will be on your right.

From Palatka: From the intersection of FL100 and FL19, take FL19 south. Johnson Field Boat Ramp will on your left in about 14.5 miles.

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Recreation Map

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Water Activities

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Boating - Non-Motorized

Canoeing to a remote campsite on the eastern shore of the Little Lake George Wilderness is a great experience for those who aren’t scared off by insects, ticks, snakes, reptiles, heat and humidity.

Launch your canoe at the Ocklawaha River put-in near Davenport Landing along SR 19 or at Fort Gates to reach the Little Lake George Wilderness, which is just upstream from the Fort Gates Ferry crossing and across from Welaka State Forest. 

Status: Open
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