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Lake Harris

Florida

Lake Harris, Florida

Lake Harris real estate is the fourth largest market for lake homes and land in Florida.

Neslted 31 miles from Orlando in Florida's Lake County, Lake Harris is popular for it's picture-perfect views, active community lifestyle and its world-class fishing. 

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Campgrounds
(352) 343-1233
3950 N Eichelberger Rd
Tavares, FL 32778
(352) 787-5151
28229 FL-33
Leesburg, FL 34748
  • Counties: Lake County
  • Interesting facts: Lake Harris is shaped like China when viewed from the air.
  • Known for: Unique Shape and fishing
  • History: Lake Harris derives its name from Ebenezer Jackson Harris (1815–1885), a pioneer resident who lived at Yalaha on the south side of the Lake in the 1840s. Lake Harris had been originally called Lake Eustis since 1823, in honor of Colonel Abraham Eustis. Another separate lake, the modern-day Lake Eustis now names a freshwater lake to the north, connected by the Dead River directly to Lake Harris. The lake was also known by its Seminole name Lake Astatula.
  • Jet skis are allowed.
  • Motorized boats are allowed.
  • Boating restrictions (No).
Hospitals
(352) 323-5640
700 N Palmetto St
Leesburg, FL 34748
Airports
Leesburg International Airport
501 West Meadow Street, Leesburg, FL 34748
14 miles away
Sheltair Aviation Services
321 N Crystal Lake Dr, Orlando, FL 32803
42 miles away
About Lake Harris
Located in Lake County

Lake Harris is a large beauty that is known for many unique features and being the largest lake entirely in Lake County, Florida. The lake is 31 miles away from the exciting city of Orlando.

History of Lake Harris

The lake acquired its name from Ebenezer Jackson Harris, a pioneer resident who lived at Yalaha on the south side of the Lake in the 1840s.

Lake Harris is a part of the "Upper Ocklawha River Basin," a sub-basin of Saint Johns River. The locals refer to the lake as "Harris Chain of Lakes" or "Ocklawha Chain of Lakes."

One of the lake's most unique and interesting features is its shape. When viewing Lake Harris from the air, its shape resembles that of China.

Lake Harris is also the namesake for eight lakes that comprise the Harris Chain of Lakes: Lake Harris, Little Lake Harris, Lake Eustis, the East Lakes(Dora, Beauclair, and Carlton), Lake Griffin and Lake Apopka.

Along the eastern and southern shores of Lake Harris lies private residences, citrus groves and wetlands.

The northern shore of the lake is a mixture of commercial, industrial, and private uses.

Activities on Lake Harris

Lake County is a premier fishing destination with a wide range of fish including bass, bluegill, largemouth bass, sunshine bass, shellcracker, crappie, black crappie, sunfish and more!

If you want to give the reels a rest, climb into your boat and sail along Lake Harris and explore the coves or simply enjoy the view of beautiful cypress trees surrounding the lake. Residents can also freely swim and relax along the waters.

Photographers will find Lake Harris especially intriguing, as it is flooded with beautiful scenery just waiting to be captured such as the grand cypress trees, jumping fish, and Kissimmee reeds.

For activities off the lake, residents can make their way to Orlando to enjoy Walt Disney World, Orlando Studios and a host of outlets, shops, and eateries.

No matter if you are a fisherman, photographer, swimmer or adventure seeker, Lake Harris has something to offer you.