Florida Travel Destinations: Historic Carney Island!
Carney Island Recreation and Conservation Area
Carney Island is owned by Marion County and is a recreation and conservation area. Carney Island is located on Lake Weir in Ocklawaha, Florida. There is a daily user fee to get into the park. The fee is $5 per vehicle. Carney Island is open from sunrise to sunset and the exact hours being 7am until 8pm.
Carney Island Beautiful View
Playground at Carney Island
Have you ever been to Carney Island or Lake Weir?
- Boat Ramps
- Concession Stands
- Hand Launch
- Picnic Tables
Relaxing on Lake Weir
What to do on Lake Weir?
- Jet Ski
- Relax On An Island
Carney Island Directions
What To Bring?
Wonder what you should bring to Carney Island? Here is a helpful list you might want to consider.
- Insect Repellant
- Swim Suit
- Extra Clothes
- Water-To Replenish Yourself
- Life Jacket
- Walking Shoes
- Camera or Camcorder
- Toys-To keep the children entertain
The history of Lake Weir.
How did the lake get it's name? Well it all started back in the day. In the 1600's, Lake Weir was visited by the Spanish missionaries. The tribes were quickly diminishing due to the diseases that were carried from overseas. Around 1700, the creek Indians were forced into Florida and became known as the Seminoles. Some of the Seminoles took residency around the Lake Weir area to raise livestock and to farm. Now, why is all of this relevant? Well, in the 1800's, the lake was named after U.S. Army Lieutenant Weir. Lieutenant Weir was killed by the banks of the lake by Seminole Indians. This incident gave the lake it's name, Lake Weir.
Orange Groves at Carney Island
Why is it named Carney?
Now where does the name Carney Island come from? This also happened in the 1800's. In 1875, two brothers, Captain John L. Carney and his brother E.L. Carney purchased the lake and land. The brothers ended up growing 25 acres of an orange grove. Everything change in 1894. A hard freeze came through and destroyed the groves. Over the years, the groves were re-established and many fruit growing companies had interest in purchasing the land.
Information Board at Carney Island
How did Marion County acquired the property?
In 1960, Coca-Cola ended up with Carney Island, when they purchased the Minute Maid Corporation. Now we are getting somewhere. How did Carney Island Reservation and Conservation Area come about? Well, In 1990, Coca-Cola agreed to sell the property to Marion County at a below market value. This was purchased through Marion County with using the funds from the "Pennies for Parks" program. Carney Island was purchased by Marion County to protect and to conserve the land and water.