Last updated on June 2nd, 2020 at 07:14 am

Popular recreation areas in Ocala National Forest, closed during the pandemic, are beginning to reopen with the first wave starting on Monday, June 1, including campgrounds, with more coming on line Monday, June 8.

Forest trails for hiking, equestrians and off-road vehicles, boat ramps and dispersed camping have already been available to the public since mid-May, as has the Salt Springs Campground and Marina.

“Ocala National Forest has been experiencing a surge in visitation from the public,” forest officials said in a statement on Friday. “Please be aware you may encounter traffic backups and delayed entry into recreation areas.”


Opening on June 1

Alexander Springs in Ocala National Forest offers easy scenic paddling with lots of wildlife.
Alexander Springs has reopened, but only full-day rentals for kayak and canoe are allowed.

Alexander Springs Recreation Area, campground and day-use areas. Kayak and canoe rentals will be full-day only. Campsite reservations are now being accepted online at Recreation.gov for dates beginning June 2 through November 30, 2020. Read more about Alexander Springs.

Juniper Springs Recreation Area, campground and day-use areas will open with the exception of Juniper Run and shuttles. Juniper Wayside will also reopen, except Juniper Run and shuttles. Read more about Juniper Springs.

Salt Springs Campground, which has quietly been allowing camping on a first-come, first-served basis, has reopened reservations for sites on Recreation.gov starting June 2 through November 30, 2020. Read more about Salt Springs.

Also reopening:


Be aware of high fire hazards in the forest through July 31, which means campfires are not allowed.


Opening on June 8

clearwater lake campground
Clearwater Lake Campground in Ocala National Forest. Reservations accepted starting June 8. (USDA Photo)

Buck Lake Group Campground, reservations are currently being accepted for June 8 through November 30, 2020 at Recreation.gov.

Clearwater Lake Recreation Area, campground and day use areas with full-day-only kayak and canoe rentals. Campground reservations are being accepted at Recreation.gov starting June 8 through November 30, 2020.


Water Access for kayaks, canoes and boats

The following boat ramps and water access points are open now:

1. Alexander Springs Ramp
2. Baptist Lake Water Access Site
3. Beakman Boat Ramp
4. Boyd Lake Water Access Site
5. Clay Lake Water Access Site
6. Cowpen Pond Water Access Site
7. Crooked Lake Water Access Site
8. Davenport Landing Water Access Site
9. Doe Lake Ramp
10. Echo Lake Ramp
11. Farles Prairie Ramp
12. Gobbler Lake Water Access Site
13. Grasshopper Lake Water Access Site
14. Halfmoon Lake Boat Ramp
15. Hopkins Prairie Ramp
16. Johnson Field Ramp
17. Lake Catherine Ramp
18. Lake Charles Water Access Site
19. Lake Delancy Water Access Site
20. Lake Dorr
a. Cliffside Water Access Site
b. Lake Dorr East Water Access Site
c. South Lake Dorr Ramp
21. Lake Eaton Ramp
22. Lake Jumper Water Access Site
23. Lake Lou Ramp
24. Lake Mary Ramp
25. Little Beakman Water Access Site
26. North Grasshopper Lake Water Access Site
27. Round Lake Water Access Site
28. Sellers Lake Ramp
29. Skinny Dip Pond Water Access Site
30. Swim Pond Water Access Site
31. Tomahawk Lake Water Access Site
32. West Clearwater Lake Water Access Site


This story will be updated as more recreation areas reopen.

 

 

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