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Lake County history: Did you know?

South Lake Press

Date: 1/14/2017 11:47:00 PM

Evander Lee, the alleged founder of Leesburg, was actually the third owner of his homestead on the southern shore of Lake Griffin, which is now Bourlay Historic Nature Park. The then 160-acre tract was first settled in 1843 by Leesburg’s first

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Lake County history: Did you know?

Daily Commercial

Date: 1/14/2017 11:34:00 PM

Evander Lee, the alleged founder of Leesburg, was actually the third owner of his homestead on the southern shore of Lake Griffin, which is now Bourlay Historic Nature Park. The then 160-acre tract was first settled in 1843 by Leesburg’s first

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Reed: Hike with history at Bourlay Historic Nature Park

Daily Commercial

Date: 1/14/2017 11:34:00 PM

This 88-acre wooded parcel of land sitting quietly on the southern shore of Lake Griffin was once part of the 160-acre tract settled in 1843 by Leesburg’s first homesteader, Thomas Robertson. For the record, Evander Lee was the property’s third owner

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E-Hawk Grapplers Stumble In Conference Duals

Emmetsburg Reporter Democrat

Date: 1/10/2017 9:43:00 AM

STORM?LAKE - It was a tough start to the second half of the season for Emmetsburg's E-Hawk wrestlers on Thursday night. The E-Hawks would fall to Storm Lake by a 41-35 tally and then fell to Spirit Lake Park by a 56-19 final score. DRIVE?HIM?DOWN

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LAKE GRIFFIN STATE PARK

stateparks.com

Date: 1/9/2017 9:42:35 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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• 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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