Helena Run

With an entry point at the City of Leesburg’s Singletary Park, Helena Run skirts the west side of Lake Harris before entering Helena Run, which this Blueway trail was named after. About two miles into Helena Run, paddlers will come to a fork. To the left is Bugg Spring Run, which winds to Bugg Spring, and to the right is Lake Denham.

From Helena Run to Lake Denham, this run immerses paddlers in the Lake County Water Authority’s 2,300-acre Flat Island Preserve. This preserve is a popular location for bird watching, hiking and primitive camping. A canal north of Lake Denham leads to a dock and a 440-foot boardwalk, which connects to Daubenmire Trail, the main loop trail of the preserve. Canoes, paddles and floatation devices are available at the end of the boardwalk. Call (352) 343-3777 for details.

Places to Stay and Things to Do Near the Helena Run

Helena Run is located in the Leesburg area and is known for its many fun events such as the Leesburg Mardi Gras Festival and the Leesburg Bike Festival, held in downtown Leesburg each year. Along with events and festivals, Leesburg is one of the best places to catch crappie fish in the state of Florida. Below is helpful information and we hope you enjoy your stay.

Area Lodging

Best Western Chain of Lakes Inn & Suites
1321 N. 14th St., Leesburg, FL 34748
Phone: 352-460-0118
Website: bestwesternflorida.com

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Microtel Inn & Suites
9700 U.S. Highway 441, Leesburg, FL 34788
Phone: 352-315-1234
Website: www.microtelinn.com

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Sleep Inn
2476 N. Citrus Blvd., Leesburg, FL 34748
Phone: 352-326-9002
Website: www.sleepinn.com

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Hampton Inn Leesburg
9630 U.S. Highway 441, Leesburg, FL 34788
Phone: 352-315-1053
Website: www.leesburgtavareshotel.com

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Rodeway Inn
1115 W. North Blvd., Leesburg, FL 34748
Phone: 352-787-3131
Website: www.budgetel.com

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Fun Things to Do

Flat Island Preserve
2301 Owens Road, Leesburg, FL
Phone: 352-343-3777
Website: www.lcwa.org

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This list is not all inclusive. For a complete list of accommodations, shopping, dining, attractions and events, visit the Lake County Tourism website at: www.visitlakefl.com

About the Run
7.6 miles (12.2 km)
Bodies of Water:
Lake Harris, Helena Run, Lake Denham
Permit Number: 05-003
Paddlers Rating:
Difficulty: 1
Ease of Access: 5
Wildlife Viewing: 4

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Featured Wildlife
Florida Red-bellied Cooter
8 to 15 inches

Year-round, it is often seen basking with Florida Cooters and River Cooters on logs or floating mats of vegetation

Mostly herbivorous, but will also eat carrion, such as dead fish

Intersting Fact:
Easily identified by distinctive red-tinged belly and two cusps on its upper beak
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