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part ofNFs IN FLORIDA - FS, US Forest Service
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates


Doe Lake is a group campsite with a variety of activities. Centered around a historic lodge with a large group kitchen, it's an ideal place for major outdoor gatherings of up to 250 people. The site is a favorite among equestrian groups, but can also accommodate weddings and other social events.

Natural Features:

Located in north central Florida, the Ocala National Forest spans four counties and 383,000 acres. It is the southernmost and oldest national forest east of the Mississippi River and protects the world's largest contiguous sand pine scrub forest.

The camping area sits beneath a shady grove of oaks and pines overlooking Doe Lake, and the dining hall sits atop a grassy hill with a view of the water.


Equestrian camping, canoeing, boating and fishing are some of the popular activities around Doe Lake, and can be enjoyed exclusively by visitors with a group reservation.

Campers can launch a canoe or low-powered boat and drop a line in the middle of Doe Lake for an afternoon of fishing.


This site is centered around a classic 1930s Civilian Conservation Corps dining hall that has been historically restored.

Tent camping is most common at this facility. RVs and horse trailers are allowed, but limited to specific areas that do not offer hookups. Restrooms with flush toilets and showers are provided, as are hitching posts for horses.

Nearby Attractions:

The Ocala National Forest is notable for its extensive off-road trail system catering to both ATV enthusiasts and Jeeps, as well as being a traditional destination for deer hunters. These opportunities are available in designated areas throughout the forest.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Beach Access
  • Drinking Water
  • Equestrian Sites
  • Event Area
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Grills
  • Group Cooking Facilities
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Host
  • Kitchen
  • Lake Access
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Showers
  • Trash Collection
  • Waterfront Sites
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • Pets are not allowed inside buildings
  • Bands and DJs are permitted
  • Alcohol is permitted
  • Check-in is at 3 p.m. and check-out is at 1 p.m.
  • Off-road vehicles are not permitted
  • Click here for more information about Ocala National Forest
  • Don't Move Firewood: Help protect our forests! Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by obtaining firewood at or near your destination and burning it on-site. Moving firewood is illegal in some states. Visit dontmovefirewood.org to learn more.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
29.04249, -81.82083
29°2'33"N, 81°49'15"W

Doe Lake Recreation Area is between Moss Bluff and Umatilla, Florida.

From I-75, west of Ocala, Florida, take the exit for State Route 40 east. Continue 11 miles to Forest Corners, then turn right on County Road 314-A. After about 9 miles, pass through a blinking light at Moss Bluff. Take the next major right at an old country store. Drive for 3.6 miles, passing entrances for Sunnyhill Restoration Area on the left, and turn left on Forest Road 14, also known as Cross Road or Big Scrub Road. Continue nearly a mile and bear right, then turn right into the recreation area.

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Information:  (352)669-3153
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