Just half an hour from Orlando, Florida, you’ll find Lake Louisa State Park - the perfect place to come for an RV camping vacation. This park is like a natural theme park, and it’s well known for its wildlife diversity and lakes. That’s right, Lake Louisa isn’t the only lake in this park - there’s also Hammond, Dixie, Bear, and Smokehouse Lake. These lakes provide plenty of fun summer activities like boating, paddling, fishing, swimming, and so much more. If you prefer to stay on land though, you also have the opportunity to explore some great hiking, biking, and equestrian trails, and you can go picnicking in various areas of the park.
This park also holds quite a bit of history. In 1823, this area was actually supposed to be used as a Seminole Indian reservation, but the Seminoles didn’t stay here, so the reservation never worked out. Then in 1910, John and Louise Driggers Hammond settled down here and built up their homestead. It was then passed off to the Bronson family in 1943, and after that, the state purchased the area for a park in 1973. It then opened in 1977 for the public, and has been enjoyed by lots of visitors and campers ever since. There’s so much to discover at Lake Louisa State Park when you bring your RV.
RV Rentals in Lake Louisa State Park
Transportation in Lake Louisa State Park
Getting to the park is simple with a GPS system off of Highway 50 and US 27. Once inside, getting around the park, even in an RV, is quite easy. You’ll find that there are no driving restrictions for RVs, so you’ll have nothing to worry about when you’re making your way from one part of the park to another. The local roads within the park offer access to each of the lakes.
There are lots of parking options in general at Lake Louisa State Park. They are also very accommodating with RVs, so if there are any issues, they do have overflow parking available near the piers for anyone that needs it. Of course, the campground is the easiest place to park your RV. Once you're parked there are natural trails all around the park, providing easy access to each of the lakes.
Campgrounds and parking in Lake Louisa State Park
Campsites in Lake Louisa State Park
The Campground at Lake Louisa State Park
Between Dixie and Hammond Lake, you’ll find 60 campsites that are just perfect for any RV camper. Each site has 30 and 50 amp hookups available. Some sites feature water and sewer hookups. While site length varies, certain sites can even hold rigs up to 50 feet long. Near your campsite, you will be able to find a dump station, two bathhouses, a fishing pier, and a pavilion. The bathhouses, fishing pier, pavilion and even some of the sites are accessible to make visits more enjoyable for all. The campground is also pet-friendly. Some sites feature paved pads. With all of these great amenities, you can bet that lots of people want to camp here. So you’ll want to make reservations to secure your camping spot. You can do this up to 11 months before your trip.
There are no first-come, first-served campgrounds at this state park.
If you’ve decided that you just can’t live without bringing your horse along with you on your RV trip, you can camp with them at the equestrian primitive sites. This area includes five horse paddocks, picnic tables, grills, fire rings, non-potable water, and a self-composting toilet. Your horses will love it here as much as you will. You can enjoy all the scenery while they enjoy grazing in the nearby pasture. In order to get these great sites though, you’ll need to make reservations. This can be done up to 11 months in advance.
If you’ve decided to leave the RV behind and want to try something even more natural, you can go primitive camping. There are two primitive campsites located in the park: Wilderness Point and Pine Point. Both of these campsites have a fire ring and picnic table available for you to use, but they don’t have any hookups or potable water. You’ll need to be prepared to carry everything in and out, including trash. Reservations can be made up to 11 months in advance.
Seasonal activities in Lake Louisa State Park
While there is no boat ramp located in the park, there is one to Lake Louisa a little further out, just past the park. If your boat has an electric trolling motor and can be carried by hand into the water, then feel free to take the boat out on the lake. Keep in mind though that you’ll need to be back on land an hour before sunset, for safety reasons. You'll love cruising around on the glistening open waters of the lake.
Canoeing and Kayaking
If you like to go canoeing or kayaking, you can bring your own and get out on the water at the park. If you’re a beginner or simply didn’t bring your own with you on this trip, then you still can rent one at the Dixie Lake Outpost. You can choose between single and tandem kayaks and three-person canoes. So get ready to have a fun-filled day while getting some exercise out on the lake.
Feel free to fish at any of the lakes at the park, but make sure that you follow the regulations. To help you with this, you can pick up a handbook at the ranger station that will have everything that you need to know inside it. You’ll also need to be registered in order to fish at Smokehouse Lake. Not only can you catch a wide variety of fish in the lakes, but you can see amazing native wildlife too.
If you’d like to go swimming, the best place is at the designated swimming area at Lake Louisa. This lake is one that allows swimmers, but also keep in mind that no lifeguards are on duty. Swimming can be a lot of fun and a great way to cool off from the Florida summer heat. So get ready to head out of the camper and jump in the water.
The best places to have a great picnic are at the Lake Louisa day use area and the Dixie Lake day use area. There are lots of shaded picnic tables to choose from at Lake Louisa, as well as charcoal grills, a bathhouse, swimming area, and playground. At Dixie Lake, you’ll find an accessible four-table picnic pavilion, a charcoal grill, a restroom, canoe/kayak launch, and a fishing dock.
There are over 20 miles of hiking trails available for you to discover at Lake Louisa State Park. Many people come to hike near Lake Louisa, plus you can enjoy a leisurely stroll on the nature trail. It’s located at the Lake Louisa parking lot and it’s only half a mile. For information on other trails, you can pick up a trail map when you enter the park.
There are 27 total miles of roads and trails that you can bike on. If you want an easy and simple ride, you can ride on 7 miles of paved roads. If you want more of a challenge, there are 20 miles of trails that will provide you with more difficult terrain. You might need a mountain bike for the rougher trails. If you didn’t bring your own bike, you have the opportunity to rent one from the park instead.
There are 16 miles of trails that are marked just for equestrians. Your horse will enjoy being able to get out and walk through the nature and scenery just as much as you will. If you plan to stay the night here with your horse, there is equestrian camping available as well.
Geocaching is like a modern-day scavenger hunt game that uses GPS coordinates for you to find the caches. Geocaching is a great way to get out of the RV, do some exploring, and learn a little geography. Some caches are pretty easy while others offer more of a challenge. Either way, see how many you can find before it’s time to leave.
There is an abundant variety of wildlife here at Lake Louisa State Park. You can spot deer, bobcats, squirrels, turtles, and tortoises. Many people also come to bird watch. The American Bald Eagle and the Osprey are two common birds of prey that you can spot, but there is so much more to see. You can pick up a bird and butterfly checklist at the ranger station to help you out.