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About Cowpen Lake
Putnam County, Florida

Cowpen Lake is located in the Cross Florida Region and is 26 minutes away from Gainesville, Florida.

Thirty minutes away is the Gainesville Regional Airport, as well as the UF Health Shands Hospital. Residents can shop at Hawthorne Square Shopping Center and enjoy the numerous local restaurants like JJ’s on 5th.

Larger Lake

At 692 acres with seven miles of shoreline, Cowpen Lake is perfect for fishing and water sports.

What to do on the Water

There is plenty of fish to catch, including largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, and bowfin.

On the water, you can take your boat for a spin, go kayaking or canoeing, or enjoy the hiking trails and picnic spots around the shoreline.

What to do in Putnam County

Right next to Cowpen Lake is the St. John's River, the bass capital of the world, and also is a great bird-watching spot for southern bald eagles, herons, and egrets.

The historic riverside town Palatka is a historical hotspot, where you can revisit history at the Putnam Historic Museum or tour the exquisite historic homes in the area.

The Ravine State Gardens features a 100-foot ravine with hiking trails and stunning gardens. The gardens are also a great place to view birdlife.

The Rodman Recreation Area provides picnic, camping, and hiking facilities. The area is also home to a variety of Florida birds such as the swallow-tailed kite, woodpecker, jay, white ibis, and others.

Log Cabin Winery is a family farm and winery that holds tours and hosts festivals throughout the year, such as their Old Florida Wine & Harvest Festival.

Welaka State Forest boasts two unique hiking trails that let you see all of the wonderful natural structures in Putnam County.

Why Cowpen Lake?

In a quiet, relaxed area of Florida, Cowpen Lake offers you a quiet retreat from everyday life and is sure to give you the quiet and peaceful lake life you desire.