Lake Griffin Run

The most northern of three Blueway trails in the Oklawaha Basin, the Lake Griffin Run encircles the entire 9,428-acre lake. Griffin is one of eight in the Harris Chain of Lakes. The lake is the last link in the chain as the water continues to flow into the Ocklawaha River through the Ocala National Forest as it winds toward the St. Johns River and out to the Atlantic Ocean at Jacksonville.

The lake is a popular largemouth bass fishing spot and its shores were once well populated with Timaquan Indians. At the turn of the century, steamboats frequented the lake to provide transportation between ports on lakes Eustis, Harris and Griffin. Today, the lake is a popular recreational spot as Lake Griffin State Park lies on the west side of the lake near the City of Fruitland Park.

Places to Stay and Things to Do Near the Lake Griffin Run

Lake Griffin Run which encircles Lake Griffin is located near the Fruitland Park, Lady Lake, Weirsdale and The Villages area. Pack a picnic lunch and visit Lake Griffin State Park. The family friendly park offers canoe rentals for a small fee. The Villages Market Square offers entertainment every weekend and there numerous places to shop and dine.

Area Lodging

Blue Parrot RV Resort
40840 County Road 25, Lady Lake, FL 32159
Phone: 352-753-2026

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La Hacienda Hotel
1201 Avenida Central N., The Villages, FL 32159
Phone: 352-750-6863

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Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites The Villages
1205 Avenida Central N., The Villages, FL 32159
Phone: 352-750-3888

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TownePlace Suites by Marriott - The Villages
1141 Alonzo Ave., The Villages, FL 32159
Phone: 352-753-8686

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Fun Things to Do

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

About the Run
16.72 miles (26.91 km)
Bodies of Water:
Lake Griffin
Permit Number: 05-003
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Largemouth Bass
Two dorsal fins with a deep notch between spinous and soft-rayed portions, body longer than deep, upper jaw extends beyond rear of eye, dark lateral streak.

Shallow water habitats, among reeds, water lilies and other vegetation

Late spring or early summer

Minnow, carp and practically any other available fish species including their own
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