Lake Louisa State Park

Another State Park that we love to visit is just along the US27.  The park is full of beautiful lakes, Lake Louisa is the main lake and is the largest in a chain of 13 lakes.  The other lakes we have visited are Lake Hammond and Lake Dixie.  There are more than 25 miles of trails for hiking.

There are also 7 miles of paved roads and over 20 miles of unpaved multi use trails which you can cycle on.

You can canoe and kayak on the lakes – Dixie Lake has a fishing pier which you can launch from, Lake Louisa doesn’t have a launch area.  You can rent a canoe or kayak at the park, you need to visit the ranger station to organise.  We find it a really great way to view the wildlife and to relax and enjoy the surroundings.

My hubby loves to fish and has had some really enjoyable days at both Dixie and Hammond Lakes.  You can fish at 4 of the 6 lakes within the park.  I prefer Hammond Lake as it has a canopy where you can find some shade.  We obtained a Florida fishing licence online before we left the UK – the tricky thing is that you need to state the date that you are fishing so if your plans change you are scuppered!

Of course, my favourite part of the park is wildlife spotting – we have seen armadillos, deer (which just strolled across the road in front of our car) and also the Gopher tortoises – I was particularly pleased to see them.

You pay per vehicle – I think the last time we visited it cost $5, an absolute bargain for a wonderful day to relax after all the rushing around at the theme parks.  We stopped on our way to the Park at Walmart and bought our picnic lunch and fishing bait!

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