4 Florida Lakes to Visit near Starke

Starke is a small town in the northeast corner of the state of Florida. There are many Florida lakes nearby that provide a variety of recreational opportunities for those visiting the area.

Kingsley Lake
Kingsley, FL 32091
Kingsleylake.org

Kingsley Lake is a 2,000-acre lake that is only six miles from Starke. It's one of the most popular recreational lakes in the area. The lake is famous for activities such as water skiing, fishing and swimming. The waters are clear and there are 5.5 miles of shoreline. Watch out for snakes and the occasional alligator. There are restaurants, shops and meeting rooms nearby to meet any needs you may have. Follow all safety rules and enjoy your day before heading back to your Starke bed and breakfast.

Newnan's Lake
State Road 20
Windsor, FL 32829
www.sjrwmd.com

Newnan's Lake is a 7,000-acre lake that is bordered on the north by the Newnan's Lake Conservation Area and on the south by the Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park. There are a variety of activities to participate in at this lake. You may want to relax at the covered picnic area or take a stroll on the boardwalk. There is wildlife in the area, including a large number of birds, making it a great place to do some birdwatching. There are barbecue grills and a playground available near the picnic area. You can also take advantage of the public boat ramp. Fishermen find the lake is home to bass, catfish, crappie, bluegill, sunfish and even some walleye. There is also a fishing pier out over the water if you prefer shore fishing. While you're in the area, you may want to visit the state park and conservation areas that border the lake. 

Santa Fe Lake
24500 NE Hwy. 26
Melrose, FL 32666

Santa Fe Lake is one of the Florida Lakes that is nearly 5,000 acres in size. Its clear waters have a glassy appearance. This lake forms the headwaters of the Santa Fe River. Fishermen will find bass, crappie and bluegill in the lake. It's connected to a smaller lake called the Little Santa Fe Lake by a canal which allows for boat access to both. The public boat ramp is off Highway 26 on the south side of the lake. There is wildlife in the cypress trees surrounding the lake, and the view is beautiful. You will see ski boats, water skiers and recreational boaters in the lake during the summer season. The lake is just down the road from your Starke inn.

Lake Sampson
Starke, FL
www.floridafishinglakes.net

Lake Sampson is another of the Florida lakes just southwest of Starke. It's a part of a chain of lakes including Lake Rowell and Lake Crosby. The lakes are a fishermen's paradise with their cypress tree borders and lily pad spawning areas. You can go canoeing or swimming, or just take a stroll along the shore. There are hiking trails in the area as well as picnic areas.