315 W. Main Street
Tavares , Florida 32778
With more than 1,300 named lakes and rivers, there’s no surprise how Lake County got its name. This Central Florida county is not only home to hundreds of waterways, but the quality of freshwater fishing and boating amenities are some of the best in the region.
Blue Creek Run leads paddlers from the community of Astor to the St. Johns River (8 miles round trip).
Stagger Mud Lake Run begins south from Astor through the St. Johns River and Lake Dexter before entering Stagger Mud Lake.
St. Francis/Dead River Run traverses the river of the same name, which is a major tributary of the St. Johns River. The trail passes the ghost town of St. Francis, located about 20 miles south of Astor.
For Lake County parks, please click here.
Florida State Parks
Rock Springs Run State Reserve, Sorrento
Florida State Forests
St. Johns River Water Management District Conservation Lands
Lake County boat ramps, please click here.
Departing from the Blackwater Inn in Astor, St. Johns River Tours offers narrated history and cultural tours.
Also, based in Astor, St. Johns River Airboat Tours takes a maximum of four passengers on tours of 30 minutes to three hours.
For guided kayak tours and classes, contact Mary and Phil Prescott at "Florida from a Kayak." Based in Clermont, they run tours along several tributaries and lakes of the St. Johns River and elsewhere in Florida. Call 352-406-0904 or click here.
Places to Eat
Blackwater Inn and Williams' Landing - "Fun, Food & Spirits on the River of Time and Beauty" - 55716 Front Street, Astor - west side of SR 40 bridge. Call Bill and Tina at 352-759-2802 or 888-533-3422.
Places to Stay
You can launch a boat, canoe or kayak; fish; rent a cabin; pitch a tent; park an RV; and eat at Buck N' Kat's Cafe at Parramore's Fantastic Fish Camp and Family Resort on the river in Astor.
Lake County water quality, please click here.
St. Johns River Blueway YouTube channel
St Johns River Alliance
2029 North 3rd Street
Jacksonville Beach, Florida 32250
(904) 247-1972 x 414