Visit North Lake County for a weekend of wow, wilderness and wildlife!
The cool of dappled shade, a mocking bird chirping over head, wild turkeys clucking to each other in the distance... No it isn't a dream, it's life at the Gateway to the Ocala National Forest. Umatilla is that gateway and from her shoulders you can reach a million acres of pristine wilderness, first magnitude springs for swimming, tubing, and kayaking. You can enjoy some of the best bass and speck fishing in the country, while watching white tail deer and Osceola wild turkeys just around each bend in the road. For the boating enthusiast their are over 3,000 fresh water lakes in the greater Umatilla rural area. The St. John's River is our northern border with Volusia County, like a lazy river of cool fun for nature lovers. A wide wilderness wrapping around our edges.
For those who enjoy the royal treatment, their are Bed and Breakfasts, museums, sports parks, luxury RV camping with pool and amenities, Silver Spoon Award winning restaurants, tons of weekend events to thrill and fill the relaxing hours. Why look any farther when the horse trail riding, bicycling, fishing, and relaxing capital of the deep South awaits you and your free time. You won't find any traffic jams, tourist traps or waiting in line in North Lake County. Here, we wait on you with Southern Charm that is real and generational. Don't forget to take lots of pictures, you will want to frame the incredible memories you make while visiting Umatilla and North Lake County! Our vision , “Umatilla is a growing, family oriented, rural community that fosters safe and wholesome living with a focus on education and recreation while acknowledging the unique and historic ecosystem of our environment”