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Fore Lake Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Swimming area and canoe launch at Fore Lake

In the stillness of the morning fog, a red-shouldered hawk calls out with an echo across Fore Lake. Bounded by marshes, this lake in the Big Scrub is an excellent spot for birding from the shores of Fore Lake Recreation Area, where visitors can picnic and swim, or make a night of it in one of the 31 campsites tucked away between the saw palmetto and oak trees. Bring your fishing gear to make full use of the pier and canoe launch area.

Bathhouse at Fore Lake Typical campsite at Fore Lake Red-shouldered hawk along the shore of Fore Lake Picnic area at Fore Lake Group picnic shelter at Fore Lake

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Open for day use 8 AM to 8 PM
Area Amenities: Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees $2 day use fee for non-campers. $12 per site for campsites.
Campground information
Permit Info: Fishing? You must have a valid Florida Freshwater Fishing License.
Usage: Light-Medium
Restrictions: The regulations of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission for freshwater fishing apply.
Closest Towns: Fore Lake is situated in the historic community of Scrambletown, where you'll find Kelly's Store.
Water: Drinking water
Restroom: Flush toilets and warm showers
Information Center: Download the Fore Lake Recreation Area map (PDF)

General Information


Drive 5.1 miles north on SR 314 from Nuby's Corner (junction of SR 40 and SR 314). Turn left at the Fore Lake sign and continue 0.7 miles to the recreation area.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Camping & Cabins

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Nature Viewing

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A designated swimming area with a small beach is part of the allure of Fore Lake on a hot summer's day.

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Boating - Non-Motorized

Canoeing and kayaking is permitted on the lake. Bring your own watercraft.

Areas for Boating - Non-Motorized at Fore Lake Recreation Area


Picnic tables Shelters and tables
Drinking water
Toilets Flush toilets
Boat ramp
Fee charged for some activities $2 day use fee
Tent camping $12 per site
Camping trailer $12 per site, dump station available
Areas & Activities


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