Lake Yale

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Lake Yale (Approx. 4000 acres) is completely landlocked. It connot be reached by any navigable waterway on The Harris Chain. Its primary inflows are the marshy, southern expanses of the Ocala National Forest to the north. Lake Yale flows west via the 4 mile long Lake Yale Canal (non-navigable) and feeds into Lake Griffin's northeastern shore. Flooded muck farms, owned by the State of Florida, line both sides of the Yale canal, and act as artificial kidneys filtering water, and serving the hunting public as #2 water fowl sanctuaries. The inflow site on Lake Griffin is merely a mile and 1/2 from its outflow area where it enters the Ocklawaha River.

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 Yale - Ramp #1

Eustis, Fl.32726
Lat:28.882802, Lon:-81.705128

Marsh Memorial Park ramp.

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