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CLEARWATER LAKE REC AREA, FL

Photo: CLEARWATER LAKE REC AREA
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
 

Overview

Clearwater Lake Recreation Area offers a quiet getaway along the southeastern edge of the Ocala National Forest, just outside the community of Paisley, Florida. With a shaded campground, day use picnic area, beach and a nature trail that winds through the pine woods and scrub around Clearwater Lake, this facility has plenty of activities to keep campers occupied.

The Ocala National Forest, in north central Florida, spans four counties and 383,000 acres. It is the southernmost and oldest national forest east of the Mississippi River, and protects the world's largest, contiguous sand pine scrub forest.

Natural Features:

The semi-tropical region gives the campground a mixture of pines and palms, with lush greenery and warm temperatures. With ample habitat, alligators, turtles, deer, raccoons, black bear and numerous birds make their home here.

Recreation:

The abundant water in the area offers many opportunities for recreation. In addition to swimming in the lake, a 7-mile canoe trail meanders not far from Clearwater Lake. Canoe rentals are available at the campground. Campers can fish for largemouth bass, brim or catfish. Hikers have access to the Clearwater Lake Loop Trail, a 1.3-mile nature trail; a segment of the 1,400-mile Florida National Scenic Trail; and mountain bikers can ride the Paisley Woods Bicycle Trail, a 22-mile forested path. This is bear country; practice safe food storage techniques. It is also alligator country; practice caution around water.

Facilities:

The campground area is nicely shaded, its breezy lakefront sites border Clearwater Lake. Sites accommodate motor homes, trailers and tents, and flush toilets and showers are available. A dish washing station is also available in both loops. Campsites have level parking pads and space for tents. No hookups are available.

The small town of Paisley is a mile away, with camping supplies, a post office and a library with Internet access.

Nearby Attractions:

The Ocala National Forest is notable for its extensive off-road trail system catering to both ATV enthusiasts and Jeeps, as well as being a traditional destination for deer hunters from around Central Florida. These opportunities are available within a short drive of Clearwater Lake.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Sites
  • Beach Access
  • Boating
  • Canoe Rentals
  • Canoeing
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Educational Programs
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Ice Machine
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parking Area
  • Paved Parking Spurs
  • Paved Roads
  • Picnic Area
  • Ranger Station
  • Showers
  • Swimming
  • Trash Collection
Within 10 Miles
  • Bank
  • Grocery Store
  • Off-Road Vehicle Trails
  • Restaurant
  • Visitor Center
Know Before You Go
  • This campground has first-come, first-served sites
  • Campground gate is locked at 8 p.m.; call 352-669-0078 for entry after hours.
  • Extra vehicles will be charged a per-vehicle, per-night fee
  • Bears and raccoons frequent the area; all food must be kept in vehicles.
  • Alligators inhabit the area; use caution around water.
  • No pets allowed in the lake or on the trial around the lake.
  • Click here for more information about Ocala National Forest


This facility is operated by American Land and Leisure. Comment cards are available from campground hosts or online.
  • Don't Move Firewood : Help protect our forests! Obtain your firewood near your destination to avoid the spread of pests. Using firewood from outside the area can threaten native trees and forests. Firewood from outside the area is not recommended as some states have quarantines in effect and firewood movement is illegal. Visit don'tmovefirewood.org to learn more.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
28.97944, -81.555
28°58'46"N, 81°33'18"W

From the intersection of Florida Highways 19 and 42, go east on Highway 42 toward Paisley. Drive approximately 6 miles and turn left at the entrance to Clearwater Lake Recreation Area.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

CLEARWATER LAKE REC AREA
24511 CR 42
PAISLEY FL 32767

Phone Number:

Information: (352)669-0078