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Wildcat Lake

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Wildcat Lake

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

Road sign for Wildcat Lake Driving the byway near Wildcat Lake Wildcat Lake Parking loop at Wildcat Lake Boat ramp at Wildcat Lake

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Dawn to dusk
Area Amenities: Boat ramp,Toilets,Parking
Fees $3 per person
Usage: Medium
Closest Towns: Astor Park
Restroom: Vault 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 (not at Wildcat Lake, which does not have an attendant).
Operated By: Recreation Resource Management

General Information


Paved boat ramp




From Silver Springs, drive 27 miles east on SR 40, passing Juniper Springs Recreation Area, to find Wildcat Lake on the right shortly after the traffic light with SR 19.

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Waterskiing is permitted on Wildcat Lake, which is long and thin from north to south. Be mindful of the alligator population in the lake.

Fees: $3 per person
Hours of Operation: Dawn to dusk

Boating - Non-Motorized

Launch your canoe or kayak to explore the far reaches and shallow rim of this shimmering lake in the Big Scrub.

Fees: $3 per person
Hours of Operation: Dawn to dusk

Boating - Motorized

A boat ramp is provided for you to launch and explore the lake, or head out for a day of fishing.

Fees: $3 per person
Hours of Operation: Dawn to dusk


Toilets Vault toilets
Parking 41 spaces
Boat ramp
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