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Leesburg crash leaves 54-year-old woman dead, police say

Orlando Sentinel

Date: 8/21/2016 4:08:00 PM

The crash happened near US-27 and Tally Road, southwest of Lake Griffin. Lori Dudley, the Holly Hill resident who'd been on the motorcycle, died at Leesburg Regional Medical Center. The two people who'd been inside the Saturn ran off after the crash

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Lake Griffin, Florida, USA

Date: 8/21/2016 10:45:13 AM

Headwaters of the Ocklawaha River, 9,500-acre Lake Griffin offers a bit of everything to Harris Chain of Lakes visitors. The long, shallow lake is the terminus of the chain which includes Lake Harris, Little Lake Harris, Lake Dora, Lake Beauclair, Lake

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Lake Griffin State Park

Date: 8/19/2016 9:24:46 PM

Lake Griffin is one of two massive lakes that flank the city of Leesburg, and it’s well known for its alligator population. That doesn’t deter canoeists, who depart from the docks at Lake Griffin State Park. It’s a good picnic spot for meeting up

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Date: 8/19/2016 3:35:59 AM

Located within an hour of central Florida attractions and theme parks, this park is home to one of the state's largest live oak trees. A short trail near the park entrance takes visitors to the mammoth oak tree. A canal connects the park to Lake Griffin

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The Citizen of Laconia

Date: 8/18/2016 9:41:00 PM

GILFORD — The combination of the scenic Lakes Region, along with the timing of the event, has made the IRONMAN 70.3 Timberman Triathlon a must-do event for some of the sports top athletes. And the 16th annual event is no different. “This is absolutely

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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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