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Three things left after the Raptors beat the Wizards

The Star

Date: 1/27/2016 6:00:00 AM

Better team beats weaker team in a rather thorough manner with a result that really wasn’t in doubt for most of the night. One of the more impressive aspects of the growth of DeMar DeRozan’s game this season is his ability and willingness to pass and

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Chase sparks Nevis boys past Red Lake

Park Rapids Enterprise

Date: 1/23/2016 11:04:00 AM

Griffin Chase’s 36 points and nine steals sparked the Nevis boys basketball team to a 78-66 win over Red Lake in a Northland Conference game Tuesday night at the Tiger Arena. Michael Landquist added 18 points, Tom Wormley had 8 points

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Ray, man with decisive Bassmasters win

Ocala StarBanner

Date: 1/13/2016 10:39:00 AM

Call 516-0869 for more information. YOUTH TOURNAMENT: The Marion County Youth Bassmasters will hold its first tournament of 2016 at Lake Griffin on Saturday. Boats will launch on the Harris Chain out of Long Park. There will be 40 anglers competing in a

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New Year's Day hikers enjoy 'hidden little gem'

Orlando Sentinel

Date: 1/4/2016 8:40:00 AM

About 30 people came to Lake Griffin State Park to participate Friday in the First Day Hike, an event that was held at every Florida state park and was part of a nationwide effort as well. Those at Lake Griffin were divided into two groups led by park

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Monkeys continue to venture beyond Ocala state park

Gainesville Sun

Date: 1/2/2016 5:46:00 PM

"I suspect that there are some monkeys that have spread out of the national forest, and it's not unreasonable to think they've gone down to Lake Griffin," Gottschalk said. "Once you get that far south you get into Lake County." In November, a tan-colored

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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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