There are only 27 first-magnitude springs in Florida, and Alexander Springs is by far one of the easiest for visitors to enjoy. A broad and naturally gently sloped spring pool becomes a natural water park when visitors come to picnic, swim, and play. The water is a constant 72°F and extraordinarily clear. Ripples play across the sand bottom as small fish dart about. Surrounded by a floodplain forest of maples, sweetgum, and cabbage palms, this recreation area feels almost tropical.
Directions: Alexander Springs Recreation Area is located along CR 445 in the northeast corner of Lake County between Astor and Altoona. From SR 40 at Astor, take Butler Street to CR 445A, and turn left on CR 445. The recreation area is 5.8 miles south on the right. From Altoona, drive north 5.2 miles on SR 19, and turn right on CR 445. Continue another 5.1 miles to the entrance on the left.
Best Season: Spring
Busiest Season: Summer
Water: Potable water available
Restroom: Flush toilets and bathhouse
Permit Info: Fishing? You must have a valid Florida Freshwater Fishing License.
Restrictions: If you're fishing, the regulations of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission for freshwater fishing apply.
Operational Hours: 8 AM to 8 PM daily; may close earlier seasonally. Campers have 24 hour access to the gates with an access code.
Parking: Paved parking with room for large vehicles. It is a large parking area, but is frequently crowded on warm weekends.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site, Accessible, Tent camping, Camping trailer, Fee charged for some activities, Picnic tables, Toilets, Drinking water, Parking
Closest Towns: Alexander Springs Recreation Area is located between Astor and Altoona to the east of SR 19 and the west of the St. Johns River and CR 445-A.
Fees: $5.50 per person day use fee, $6.50 SCUBA diving fee, $21 per campsite per night. Reservations for the Alexander Springs Campground may be made by phone at 1-877-444-6777 or online.