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Fit to be Tried: Emeralda Marsh Conservation Area an impressive hike

Daily Commercial

Date: 4/16/2017 5:42:00 AM

The water management districts were created in 1972 for this purpose. Historically the Emeralda Marsh extended on the east side of Lake Griffin for more than 10,000 acres, according to the district, which acquired approximately half of the project area ide

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Date: 4/14/2017 5:00:00 PM

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Plastic shopping bags target of legislation

Villages Daily Sun

Date: 4/14/2017 9:00:00 AM

Mike Jeakle, a volunteer at Lake Griffin State Park, picks up litter he finds along the lake and the Dead River Marsh while leading park guests on guided paddle tours. “When you enjoy the environment, it’s easy to take those couple of seconds to clean

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Trail expands access to the great outdoors

Villages Daily Sun

Date: 4/8/2017 10:03:00 AM

FRUITLAND PARK — Get your hiking boots on. Park rangers describe the rugged, swampy terrain along the new 0.3-mile nature trail at Lake Griffin State Park as “not for the faint of heart or fancy of shoe.” It’s also the first trail built by the

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Old town dump new home to Westchester Bird Sanctuary

Chesterton Tribune

Date: 4/5/2017 12:08:00 PM

And two trails--one flanking the wetland to the north, the other to the south--are currently under construction, the northern one so far extending all the way to the site’s western boundary at Lake Griffin. “When we first started this project,” Maxey

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• Surface Area: 16,505 Acres
Located in northwest Lake County, the 9,400-acre Lake Griffin is one of nine lakes that make up the Harris Chain of Lakes — Apopka, Beauclair, Carlton, Dora, Eustis, Yale, Little Lake Harris and Harris. These lakes all drain into Lake Griffin, then into the Ocklawaha River and into the St. Johns River. Lake Griffin is fed by rainfall and water flowing from the upstream lakes through a dam on Haynes Creek. A dam on the Ocklawaha River downstream of Lake Griffin controls water levels in Lake Griffin.

There is heavy commercial development along the southern shore with plenty of private residences intermingled along the shorelines. The Lake Griffin State Park is located in the southwestern portion of the lake and can be accessed by boat. Wetlands and the Emeralda Marsh Conservation Area dominate the northeastern shore. Wildlife and waterfowl are abundant in the area and can be seen year-round. The lake is a popular fishing and boating destination. Haynes Creek flows into Lake Griffin in the northeastern part of the lake and the Ocklawaha River starts her journey to the St. Johns River at the north end of the lake.

Until the early 2000's, Lake Griffin was considered one of Florida’s most polluted lakes. Read about the work being done to restore it and Florida's entire Harris Chain of Lakes.

There is a very nice public boat ramp in a county park on the southern shore of the lake. The park even contains an old steam locomotive for train enthusiasts.

The city of Leesburg is located at the south end of the lake and there is a major intersection of several state highways in the area.

This information courtesy of the St. Johns River Water Management District, Aug-2015.
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