Lake Eustis

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Lake Eustis (Approx. 7000 acres) is the mid-point lake of The Harris Chain. The Dora Canal empties into the southeastern corner of Lake Eustis, after it meanders one mile from Lake Dora; cited in Florida History books as the state’s most beautiful mile of waterway, lined in a canopy of 2000 year old cypress tree stands teeming with nature and wildlife.

Bass fishing the deep water grass lines, and the multitudes of dredge holes and their related drop-offs, along the lake's eastern shorelines, make Lake Eustis a very popular Bass fishing hot spot.

The Dead River feeds the southwest portion of Lake Eustis, journeying 3/4 of a mile from the northeast point of Lake Harris (14,000 acres). Lake Eustis links to Lake Griffin via the six mile long Haines Creek, located half way up on its western shoreline. State Highway 44 crosses Haines Creek at its midpoint and is the site of the Burrell Lock and Dam, bulit by the Corps of Army Engineers in the 1920's for flood control. It is a manned station, with seasonal operating hours, seven days a week.

The Harris Chain of Lakes is located primarily in Lake County, Florida, 30 miles northwest of Orlando. It is part of the Oklawaha River basin, a sub-basin of the St. Johns River. It is known by locals as the Harris or Oklawaha Chain of Lakes. The Harris Chain consists of 9 primary (74,000 acres) lakes, all flowing north, and eventually draining into the Atlantic Ocean near Jacksonville, Florida via the St. Johns River.

The Harris Chain was added to the National Bass Fishing Hot Spot List back in the 1980's when it became home for the B.A.S.S Megabucks trail (1986-1990). Pro bass anglers of the day agreed that the chain was the most diverse in structure and vegetation types of any & all that they fished. Kissimmee grasses, maiden cane, bull rushes, cattails, and lily pads are abundant emergent aquatic types of vegetation found throughout the chain.

Bottom growing grass types are Eel, Shrimp, Southern Naiad, Musk, and Coon Tail. Structure such as docks, residential canal systems, dredge areas, and State Game and Fish “Fish Attractors” complement The Harris Chain diversity these pro anglers spoke of.

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Lake Eustis - Ramp #1

2056 W. Burleigh Blvd. Tavares, Fl. 32778.
Lat:28.812272, Lon:-81.746777

Buzzard Beach Park.

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Lake Eustis - Ramp #2

473 Lakeshore Dr., Eustis, Fl.32726
Lat:28.850923, Lon:-81.690133

Downtown Eustis city ramp.

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Lake Eustis - Ramp #3

1661 Palm Gardens St., Tavares, Fl.32778
Lat:28.817010, Lon:-81.760651

Palm Gardens Resort.

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