Lake Griffin Run Paddling Trail
The most northern of three 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 Timucuan 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.