In addition to the many lakes, ponds & rivers in the Forest, it is also home to four major natural springs of crystal clear water; Alexander Springs, Juniper Springs, Salt Springs, and Silver Glen Springs. Water recreation is plentiful and camping is available at various locations including Alexander Springs, Big Bass Lake, Big Scrub, Buck Lake, Clearwater Lake, Lake Delancy, Doe Lake, Grassy Pond, Halfmoon Lake, Hopkin's Prairie, Juniper Springs, Camp La-No-Che, Salt Springs and Silver River.
With millions of visitors each year, the Ocala National Forest (ONF) encompasses approx. 383,000 acres, or 650+ square miles, and is the second largest National Forest in the State of Florida. Established in 1908, ONF is the oldest National Forest east of the Mississippi River and the southern-most National Forest in the continental United States. The Forest lies between the Ocklawaha & St Johns Rivers and contains over 600 natural lakes, ponds & rivers, as well as central highlands, coastal lowlands, swamps & springs.
With numerous lakes, rivers and springs, water is an abundant resource within the Forest with several options for watercraft access. The St. Johns River and the Ocklawaha River are renowned waterways in the Forest and with many other waterways, boating is a popular activity in the area. Motorized boating includes the use of outboard motors, trolling motors, and Jetskis. Please keep your safety, and that of those around you, first and foremost by practicing safe boating.
The Conlee-Snyder Mural Committee was initiated by the City of Palatka Historic Preservation Board and began operation in early 1998 under the guidance of Downtown Palatka, Inc. The mission of the Committee is to accurately depict the historical, cultural, and natural riches of Palatka and Putnam County in larger-than-life murals, which can be found throughout downtown Palatka.
Hog Waller is a 1100 acre outdoor family fun park owned by a local Putnam County family. Open two weekends a month from September to May, each 1st and 3rd weekend, you can find many people riding through the woods on ATVs and UTVs or braving the huge mud pit with specially designed trucks and cars. All are invited to come out for a weekend of fun! For additional information, please call 386-643-8042
Located on County Road 309 in Welaka, the Welaka National Fish Hatchery & Aquarium is a warm water fish hatchery, and the aquarium displays local fresh water fish species and educational information about efforts of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Agencies to preserve native wildlife. For additional information, please call 386-467-2374
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