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Status: Open through Thu Dec 31 2015   Season Dates


Lake Shore Group Campground sits on the north shore of Fore Lake in Ocala National Forest. It is a favorite for scout, church and civic groups, as well as large families and reunions.

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.

Lined by marshes, the 12-acre Fore Lake is home to many species of birds. The surrounding landscape is forested with saw palmetto and oak trees.


Fore Lake is an excellent spot for birding. Visitors can also picnic and fish along the shore. Campers who wish to venture out into the water can launch their electric-motor boats, canoes and kayaks from the facility's boat ramp.

Swimming is allowed, but campers should be aware that there are alligators in this lake.


Lake Shore Group Camp is for tent camping, however RVs are allowed in the small parking area. The site can accommodate up to 50 guests and there are campsites in the shade and in the sun, all within sight of the lake. The centerpiece of the facility is the large accessible picnic shelter, perfect for group gatherings. A group grill, picnic tables and a restroom with showers and flush toilets are available.

The lake is situated in the historic community of Scrambletown, which has a store.

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 within a short drive.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Birding
  • Campfire Circles
  • Drinking Water
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Grills
  • Lake Access
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Picnic Tables
  • Showers
  • Trails
Within 10 Miles
  • Hiking
  • Visitor Center
Know Before You Go
  • No electricity, water or sewer hookups
  • Alligators live in the lake; swim at your own risk
  • No gasoline motor boats permitted on the lake
  • No off-road vehicles allowed except on designated trails only
  • This facility requires a combination to the entrance gate
  • All temporary, homemade signs must be removed by check-out time
  • Bears and raccoons frequent the area; all food must be kept in approved containers
  • 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):
29.27417, -81.91583
29°16'27"N, 81°54'57"W

From I-75, west of Ocala, take exit 352 onto State Route 40 east. Continue for 10 miles to County Road 314. Turn left on 314 and go 6 miles. Turn left onto 147th Avenue Road and look for the Lake Shore sign and entrance on left.

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Information:  (352)625-2520
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