Taking a break from the hustle and bustle of the theme parks and driving into Lake Louisa State Park, it is like stepping back in time. A time before all modern day technology.
Lake Louisa State Park is located on the US Highway 27, 7 miles south of State Road 50 in Clermont. Admission is still only $5 per vehicle – with a max number of 8 people per vehicle – if there is only 1 of you then you only pay $4! If you want to enter by foot or bicycle then it is a mere $2.
Lake Louisa is the largest of a chain of 13 lakes and you are able to swim in this lake – during peak season there is a lifeguard on duty. A white sandy beach provides a lovely area for relaxation and picnics. Please remember it is against Florida law to sunbathe topless.
Fishing, canoeing and kayaking are all available on Lake Louisa and also on Hammond Lake and Dixie Lake. We have been fishing here and while doing so spotted Armadillos and Gopher tortoises ambling along.
Other wildlife that you may encounter include white-tail deer, bald eagles, osprey, raccoons, fox squirrels and even bobcats.
With 7 miles of paved roads and over 20 miles of unpaved multi-use trails, Lake Louisa is a great place for hiking and bicycling. Rental bikes for all ages are available at the Ranger Station for use on the paved roads only. Rental rates are currently $8.00 + tax per hour per bike or $5.00 + tax per hour per bike if more than one bike is rented. Florida law requires helmets for cyclists age 16 and under
For the under 12s there is a playground right next door to the Lake Louisa day use area. The playground includes a discovery cave, multi-level climbing decks, activity panels, swings and slides.
Opening hours are from 8.00am until sundown 365 days a year