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Big rainfall definitely good for fishing in lakes, ponds

Gainesville Sun

Date: 8/14/2015 12:55:00 AM

Members did not know where the contest would be until a couple of hours before sunrise on the same day. Leesburg's Lake Griffin was chosen. The Gator anglers, largely unfamiliar with the lake and fishing in nearly-suffocating heat nevertheless found lots

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Big rainfall definitely good for fishing in lakes, ponds

Gainesville Sun

Date: 8/13/2015 9:38:00 PM

Members did not know where the contest would be until a couple of hours before sunrise on the same day. Leesburg's Lake Griffin was chosen. The Gator anglers, largely unfamiliar with the lake and fishing in nearly-suffocating heat nevertheless found lots

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Big rainfall definitely good for fishing in lakes, ponds

Gainesville Sun

Date: 8/13/2015 8:23:00 PM

Members did not know where the contest would be until a couple of hours before sunrise on the same day. Leesburg's Lake Griffin was chosen. The Gator anglers, largely unfamiliar with the lake and fishing in nearly-suffocating heat nevertheless found lots

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The Neighbor

The Spokesman-Review

Date: 8/9/2015 12:39:00 AM

Beatrice would never have met him if she had not fallen into the lake. She understood that, later, with a clarity that came only with time, their encounter spun over and over in her mind. But she had fallen in. One moment kneeling at the edge of the pier

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Have the Bombers Hird enough of James?

The Roar

Date: 8/2/2015 4:12:00 PM

The Dogs have lost the likes of Lake, Griffin, Cooney, Ward, Higgins and Jones over the last couple of years (not to mention the retirement of Giansiracusa). On top of their backroom board and CEO dramas, and it looked like in 2015 they would be on a

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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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