Gainesville Florida Area (North Central Florida) Fishing, Boating, Swimming, and Watersports.
Many city and county parks and recreation areas have public swimming pools. Many Active and Passive Recreation Areas have Rivers, Creeks, Lakes, and Ponds where swimming, fishing, canoeing, boating, and tubing are allowed. The Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico are short drives away.
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FRESHWATER (Lakes, Ponds, and Rivers)
The "Lake Region" which includes Earleton, Hampton, Hawthorne, Interlachen, Keystone Heights, Melrose, and Waldo forms a crescent around Gainesville on the east, northeast, and southeast. There are over 100 lakes of many sizes and descriptions and many have boat ramps.
Lakes of significant size in the Lake Region near Gainesville are: Alto, Ashley, Bass, Bedford, Bream, Brooklyn, Bull Pond, Bundy, Clubhouse, Cowpen, Crystal, Cue, Darkwater, Elizabeth, Gatorbone, Geneva, Georges, Goodson (Round), Goose, Grandin, Halfmoon, Hall, Hampton, Hewitt, Hickory, Jeffords, Kingsley, Lily, Little Orange, Little Santa Fe, Lochloosa, Long, Lowry, McMeekin, Melrose, Moss Lee, Oldfield Pond, Orange, Paradise, Redwater, Rosa, Santa Fe, Serena, Silver, Silver Sands, Smith, Spring, Star, Susan, Varnes, Vause, White Sands, and Winnott.
Other large lakes near Gainesville are: Butler - Lake Butler, Crosby - Starke, DeLancy - Ocala, Kerr- Ocala, Newnans - Gainesville & Windsor, Ocklawaha - Ocala, Rowell - Starke, Sampson - Starke, Swift Creek - Lake Butler, Tuscawilla - Micanopy, and Watermelon Pond - Archer.
Rivers and large creeks near Gainesville are: Ichtucknee, New, Ocklawaha, Orange Creek, Santa Fe, St. Johns, Steinhatchee, Suwannee, and Waccasassa. The St. Johns and Suwannee Rivers are quite large. The Suwannee River was made famous by Stephen Foster's folk song "Old Folks at Home" (also known as "Way Down Upon the Swanee River"), which is the State Song of Florida.
The Gulf of Mexico is about a 55 mile drive. The nearest towns are Cedar Key (55 miles), Suwannee (60 miles), Yankeetown (60 miles), Horseshoe Beach (65 miles), Crystal River (65 miles), and Steinhatchee (70 miles).
The Atlantic Ocean is about a 70 mile drive. The nearest beaches are Crescent Beach (70 miles), St. Augustine Beach (70 miles), Vilano Beach (70 miles), Marineland (70 miles), Flagler Beach (75 miles), and Jacksonville Beach (75 miles). Daytona Beach is 90 miles.
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