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Lake Louisa State Park in Florida

Updated on January 1, 2012

This winter you can chill out in your own cozy cabin by the lake

Grab a book off the shelf and relax by the fire
Grab a book off the shelf and relax by the fire

Located in central Florida this park offers wonderful outdoor activities like boating, hiking and camping, but in the winter my favorite spot is beside the fireplace which is tucked inside a cozy cabin.

During my recent stay, our cabin had creature comforts like running water, a full kitchen, and a large porch with a beautiful view of Dixie Lake.

About The Cabins

Currently one of their 20 cabins is available for about $125 per night. A park entrance fee of $5 per car is also required. You should call early to get a reservation for holidays.

The cabin had a master bedroom with a king bed and a master bath. There was also a second bedroom with two single beds and a second bathroom. Towels were provided. There was a pullout couch in the living room. You can sleep up to 6 people in each cabin. Wheelchair accessible cabins are available.

The cabins face Dixie Lake and have a large patio with several rocking chairs so you can sit and enjoy the view which was gorgeious at sunset. No pets are allowed in the cabins.

Our cabin had a picnic table outside, as well as a fire pit which is a great place to gather around after dark. And the park rangers provided free firewood you could pick up at one of the campsites in the park.

There are no televisions and no phone/internet service at the cabins. There is central heat and air conditioning and a refrigerator, a coffee maker, an electric stove and microwave oven in the kitchen. Dishes, utensils and some pots and pans were provided. They do have recycling bins.

You can grab a book from the bookshelf and read by the cozy gas fireplace that goes on and off at the flick of a switch. Or stroll out to the large screened in porch to sit a spell. Or its just a short walk down to Dixie Lake. Canoes and kayaks are available for rent from the ranger station.

The interior of the cabin had beautiful panels of knotty pine and charming art on the walls depicting native Florida plants. There were plenty of windows with blinds to take in the view overlooking the lake. The cabin was spacious and lovely. Inside: warm and cozy. Outside: rocking chairs on the porch to realax and enjoy the view.

Sunrise over the lake as seen from back porch of our cabin

Its just a short walk to arrive at Dixie Lake

Florida Pine Trees
Florida Pine Trees

Recommended Outdoor Activities at the Park

  • 23 miles of hiking and biking trails
  • 16 miles of horseback riding trails
  • Piers are located on Dixie Lake and Hammond Lake
  • Picnic tables
  • Swimming at Lake Louisa beach area
  • Primitive camping
  • Equestrian campsites
  • Group campsites
  • Wildlife such as deer and gopher tortoises
  • Birdwatching
  • See a variety of Florida trees and flowers
  • Canoeing and boating (no gas engines)

Park History

Lake Louisa is the largest in a chain of 13 lakes. This area was originally inhabited by various native cultures. Iin 1823 the Treaty of Moultrie Creek designated this area as part of the Seminole Reservation. After the land was purchased by the state of Florida in 1973, it became a state park which opened to the public in 1977.

Campground

If you prefer camping 60 full facilty campsites with 30 and 50 amp hookups are available. In the campground area are two bath houses, piers, a pavillion and an amphitheatre where park rangers offer programs between October and April.

Park Information

Before You Go

Park information is subject to change so if you plan to go you should contact the park office for current information, fees and schedules. I've been to Lake Louisa State Park every December for many years and I highly recommend you visit soon so you can enjoy the natural beauty of this Florida treasure.

More of My Photos From The Park

Walking Path to Dixie Lake
Walking Path to Dixie Lake
Wild Flower
Wild Flower
View of a cabin
View of a cabin
Wild Flower
Wild Flower

Map of Areas Around the Park

Map from bing.com
Map from bing.com

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    • Game Arcade profile imageAUTHOR

      Game Arcade 

      6 years ago from US

      Thanks for your comment, janiek13. Perhaps you could drive over and spend the day to check it out since you live pretty close. There are scenic views all around the park because of the rolling hills in that area. Its about 6 miles south of Clermont off of US-27.

    • Game Arcade profile imageAUTHOR

      Game Arcade 

      6 years ago from US

      Thanks for your comment, Coolmon2009. Its a nice place to spend some time if you enjoy nature.

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      Coolmon2009 

      6 years ago from Texas, USA

      Sounds like a nice place to visit; I enjoyed reading your article.

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      Mary Krenz 

      6 years ago from Florida's Space Coast

      This sounds great, I live about an hour and a half from there.

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