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LAKE LOUISA STATE PARK & CAMPGROUND IN CLERMONT, FLORIDA

  • We recently took our Coachmen Freelander RV on a day trip to Lake Louisa State Park, located just outside of Orlando in Clermont, Florida. The weather was beautiful, so we loaded up our pack of two dogs to enjoy a day outdoors. Since we are residents of Florida and visit Parks throughout the state quiet often, we became members of the Florida State Park’s Annual Pass Family Program,which runs about $130 per year and is good for up to eight people at any given time (single member passes are available for around $80 per year).

     

     

    Lake Louisa’s Park admission fees are $5 per vehicle, unless of course you have an annual pass, then its paid for.

    Upon your arrival, you check in with at the park ranger’s station, pay your dues, receive a map, get all your questions answered and off you go into the park. The park is quite large, and offers 4,500 beautiful acres of woods, trails, lakes, beach, and camping. We decided on parking at the Beach access parking lot, which conveniently enough offers RV parking with oversize parking spaces. After “setting up shop”, we enjoyed a walk with our dogs and then visited the beach area, located at Lake Louisa.

    Swimming is allowed, but it is Florida, so there is always a chance of encountering a Gator, so our advice is to be vigilant and observant when around any water structures in Florida. 

    After spending some time at the beach and walking the dogs some more, it was time for lunch. The great thing about an RV of our size (25 feet), is that you can park it just about anywhere, so prior to our arrival at the park, we stopped at a Publix Supermarket for some subs and chips, which you guessed it, became our lunch.

     Did I mention we are in Florida, it’s July and the temps are in the mid 90’s, so unfortunately too hot (for us anyway) to enjoy lunch outside at on the of the provided picnic tables, so instead, we ate lunch inside our Motorhome. After firing up our generator, we were able to enjoy some cool AC inside our rig, and of course our lunch. 

    After lunch, we explored the park some more. Here are some details of the park, cabins, and campground area you might be interested in. 

    THE PARK

    The park offers beautiful lakes, rolling hills, scenic landscape, and numerous opportunities for outdoor activities. With an abundance of ways to explore and enjoy the park, there is something for everyone at Lake Louisa. Visitors for the day, at the campground or if you are staying in one of the Cabins can enjoy guided horseback trail rides hiking, guided eco-tours, biking, hiking, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, swimming, picnic and barbecue areas, a playground for children, and many more outdoor adventures. Bikes, kayaks, and canoes are for rent at the rental station located at the campground. 

    THE CABINS

     

    Lake Louisa State Park has 20 cabins to offer for rent and overlook beautiful Dixie Lake. The cabins accommodate up to six people and have two bedrooms, two baths, full kitchen (with appliances) and dining/living room. Each cabin comes equipped with central heat/air conditioning, gas fireplace, dishes, pots and pans, silverware, linens, towels, picnic tables and rockers on the porch. All you need to bring is your food and personal items. To conserve energy, the fireplaces are out of service from March 1 to October 31 (or as seasonal weather permits). Televisions and phones are not provided. Pets are not permitted in cabins or cabin area. Service animals are welcome. Reservations may be made up to 11 months in advance through Reserve America to book online or call 800-326-3521.

    THE CAMPGROUND & PRIMITIVE (Tent) CAMPING

    Lake Louisa has 60 full-facility campsites nestled between Dixie and Hammond Lake. Each site has 30- and 50-amp hookups. Some sites can accommodate rigs up to 50 feet. A dump station is located between Dixie Loop and Sandhill Loop. Campground amenities include two accessible bathhouses, two accessible fishing piers, and a small accessible pavilion. Campsites 1, 34 and 36 are fully accessible, including a level concrete pad, and are connected to the bathhouse by a sidewalk and or paved surface. The campground is Pet friendly, so bring the fur babies

    PRIMITIVE CAMPING

    There are two available sites for adventurous campers to pack in and pack out of ...the Real Florida. Pine Point is in a shady stand of slash pines on the banks of Big Creek, while Wilderness Point is sheltered by oaks and palmetto bushes among some of the best trails in the park. The sites do not have any water or electricity, so please bring plenty of drinking water with you. Each site is equipped with a fire ring and picnic table. The sites accommodate up to four people at Wilderness Point and up to six people at Pine Point. They are not accessible by vehicle due to the remoteness and difficult terrain. The sites are pack in and pack out, including any trash that is generated. Pets are allowed at the campsites in accordance with their pet policies. For reservation contacting the Lake Louisa ranger station at 352-394-3969. 

    In closing, we genuinely enjoyed our day visiting Lake Louisa State Park. Clermont is a beautiful town and so very unlike of a typical Florida town, with its rolling hills, parks and beautiful lakes. If you are ever in the area, go and visit Lake Louisa, or better yet, bring the RV and stay a few days at the campground to give you plenty of time to explore. If you are like us, bring your bikes, hiking shoes and enjoy the adventure.

     

    We are Marc and Leslie, and we enjoy traveling, day trips and seeing new places in our small RV. We travel with our two dogs, which always makes for good entertainment. We are from Central Florida and have plans on living on the road full time in the near future. We currently travel in our small Class C Coachmen Freelander Motorhome, and we love it! 

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