Lake Harris

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Lake Harris (Approx. 14,000 acres) receives inflow at its southwestern shore from the Palatlakaha River, which originates from the Clermont Chain of Lakes, 25 miles to the south. Other inflow rivers include Helena Run which flows from Lake Denham (Approx. 700 acres), 2 miles to the south, and from many small springs in Yalaha, Florida, located on its mid southern shores. Lake Harris is connected directly to Little Lake Harris, with the Howey-in-the-Hills crossover bridge (SR 19) serving as its D-mark boundary line, separating the two lakes.

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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Main Lake Harris - Ramp #1

250 Ball Park rd., Leesburg, Fl.34748
Lat:28.805340, Lon:-81.873525

Venetian Gardens Park.

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Main Lake Harris - Ramp #2

1686 S. 14th St., Leesburg, Fl.34748
Lat:28.786183, Lon:-81.887399

Singletary Park.

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Main Lake Harris - Ramp #3

27341 Florida Hwy.19, Tavares, Fl. 32778
Lat:28.743279, Lon:-81.766533

Hickory Point Recreation Facility

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Main Lake Harris - Ramp #4

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

Palm Gardens Resort.

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