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Florida Travel Destinations: Historic Carney Island!

Updated on October 3, 2017

Carney Island


Lake Weir

Taken on an island on Lake Weir
Taken on an island on Lake Weir | Source

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

This picture was taken from a boat on Lake Weir headed back to Carney Island Boat Ramp.
This picture was taken from a boat on Lake Weir headed back to Carney Island Boat Ramp. | Source

Playground at Carney Island

The children's playground on the boat ramp side of Carney Island.
The children's playground on the boat ramp side of Carney Island. | Source

Carney Island?

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  • Restrooms
  • Beach
  • Boat Ramps
  • Concession Stands
  • Hand Launch
  • Horseshoes
  • Hiking/Walking
  • Playground
  • Picnic Tables
  • Pavilions
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball
  • Wildlife

Relaxing on Lake Weir

A friend's boat sitting at an island on Lake Weir.
A friend's boat sitting at an island on Lake Weir. | Source

What to do on Lake Weir?

  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Tubing
  • Jet Ski
  • Swimming
  • Canoeing
  • Relax On An Island
  • Sunbathe

Boat Ramp

The boat ramp at Carney Island.
The boat ramp at Carney Island. | Source

Island Fun!

My husbands RC Trucks on an Island on Carney Island.
My husbands RC Trucks on an Island on Carney Island. | Source

Carney Island Directions

Carney Island Recreation and Conservation Area:
13275 Southeast 115th Avenue, Ocklawaha, FL 32179, USA

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What To Bring?

Wonder what you should bring to Carney Island? Here is a helpful list you might want to consider.

  • Sunscreen
  • Insect Repellant
  • Swim Suit
  • Extra Clothes
  • Snacks
  • Water-To Replenish Yourself
  • Life Jacket
  • Towels
  • 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.


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