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Lake Griffin State Park
IUCN Category Ib (Wilderness Area)
Location Lake County, Florida, USA
Nearest city Fruitland Park, Florida
Coordinates 28°51′50″N 81°53′38″W / 28.86389°N 81.89389°W / 28.86389; -81.89389Coordinates: 28°51′50″N 81°53′38″W / 28.86389°N 81.89389°W / 28.86389; -81.89389
Area 500 acres (2 km²)
Governing body Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Lake Griffin State Park, a Florida State Park located two miles (3 km) north of Leesburg, in Fruitland Park and 30 miles (48 km) south of Ocala on U.S. Highway 441. It is home to one of the state's largest live oak trees. The park is unique in connecting to Lake Griffin, the Ocklawaha River and thence to the Harris Chain of Lakes, and is made up of 500 acres (2 km²) of swampland and hardwood upland.

Activities include boating and canoeing, hiking, fishing, camping, and wildlife viewing. Among the wildlife of the park are Osprey, Bald Eagle, Blue Heron, Anhinga, Ibis, American Alligator, and River Otter.

Amenities include a full-facility campground, a half-mile nature trail, a boat ramp that provides access to the Dead River, and a playground for small children as well as canoe rentals, a forty (40) site campground, and a picnic area. The park is open from 8:00 am until sundown year round.

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