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Lady Lake man killed, woman seriously injured in crash

Daily Commercial

Date: 5/23/2018 8:12:00 AM

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Robert Lee McCallum, 41, was driving east on Lake Griffin Road near Brookfield Road when he lost control of his car and slammed into a fence and concrete pillar. McCallum was taken to The Villages Regional Hospital

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Driver killed, passenger injured in Lake County crash

Orlando Sentinel

Date: 5/23/2018 6:52:00 AM

Troopers are investigating what caused a car to veer off Lake Griffin Road Tuesday night, killing the driver and injuring the passenger. Robert Lee McCallum, 41 of Lady Lake, was driving a 2007 Chevy Cobalt east on Lake Griffin Road, near Brookfield Road

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Commissioners approve $50K for playground at Leesburg park

Daily Commercial

Date: 4/26/2018 1:37:00 PM

The property sits on the edge of a canal that leads into Lake Griffin. One of the first things the city did was tear down an old boathouse. There was talk of putting in a boat ramp, but neighbors didn’t want that. Top Line Recreation Inc., partnering

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Accused burglar said he was only looking for bear poop

Daily Commercial

Date: 4/2/2018 1:18:00 PM

But deputies knew he was handing them a line of bull droppings. According to an arrest affidavit, a witness said he saw John Daniel Schneller, 21, coming from a motor home in the Lake Griffin Isles Mobile Home Park about 7:40 a.m. Saturday. He told the

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Lake's only pair of manatees survive winter as manatees die at record pace

Orlando Sentinel

Date: 3/14/2018 11:34:00 AM

Her companion didn’t make it through the harsh winter leading in to 2016; he was found dead at the Moss Bluff Lock in the Ocklawaha River, north of Lake Griffin. Leesburg was also found suffering from the cold temperatures and transported to Lowry Park

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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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