Florida’s natural attractions have been wowing visitors since the 1800s. Whether it’s the wildlife, sightseeing, or some of the best freshwater fishing in the world, Florida never fails to impress. The only real problem is narrowing down what you want to do and see while you’re here!
If getting out on local lakes is your idea of fun, you’re in luck!
First of all, our B&B, Hampton Lake Bed & Breakfast, was not ironically named. We are actually located on the shores of a natural, cypress lake: Hampton Lake (natch).
6982 SW 101 St, Hampton, FL 32044
Hampton Lake is a beautiful, 822-acre, natural cypress lake located between Gainesville and Jacksonville. Hampton lake Bed & amp; Breakfast offers 180 feet of Hampton Lake waterfront to share with our guests. Several of our guestrooms boast scenic lake views and everyone loves watching sunsets from the back porch rocking chairs.
Hampton Lake’s cool, spring-fed waters are perfect for a refreshing swim on a hot day. Anglers will be happy to hear that the lake has ample bass and bream communities and that our property includes a pier to fish off. Further, a public boat launch makes getting a craft out on the lake’s surface a snap.
Other Recreational Lakes Near Starke FL
The Florida peninsula is riddled with springs, sinkholes, underwater caves, and a plethora of lakes. Not all lakes are created equal, however. Below are a few of the lakes near Starke FL that are public, fishable, and/or include boat ramps.
Starke, FL 32091
Lake Sampson is part of a chain of lakes, including Lake Rowell and Lake Crosby, that are located just southwest of Starke. Lake Sampson is a fishermen’s paradise with bluegill, sunfish, crappie, and both sunshine and largemouth bass. Canoeing, swimming, picnicing, and hiking trails round out the activities.
Kingsley, FL 32091 – www.kingsleylake.org
This 2,000-acre lake’s water-skiing, fishing, and swimming opportunities make it one of the most popular in the area. The waters are clear and offer 5 and a half miles of shoreline. A variety of shops and restaurants are located nearby.
State Road 20, Windsor, FL 32829 – www.sjrwmd.com
Newnan’s Lake offers a variety of activities and amenities, including a covered picnic area, a pier, and public boat ramp. The area boasts a large number of birds, making it a great spot for birdwatching. The lake’s waters are home to bass, catfish, crappie, bluegill, sunfish, and even some walleye. The 7,000-acre lake is bordered by Newnan’s Lake Conservation Area and Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park.
Santa Fe Lake
24500 NE Hwy. 26, Melrose, FL 32666
Santa Fe Lake forms the headwaters of the Santa Fe River. Its clear, glassy waters offer a public boat launch and schools of bass, crappie, and bluegill. The lake is also popular with water skiers and recreational boaters. The lake provides wonderful views, surrounded by cypress trees and wildlife.