Fort Cooper State Park
Open: Open all year
About: The sparkling waters of Lake Holathlikaha were a welcome sight to sick and wounded soldiers during the Second Seminole War. In 1836, the First Georgia Battalion of Volunteers built a stockade for the soldiers resting here, enabling the Volunteers to hold their own through several skirmishes with the Seminole Indians. The park´s diverse natural areas provide a refuge for many plants and animals, including threatened and endangered species. Fishing in Lake Holathlikaha is a popular activity; swimming is available only when the lake level is high enough. Private boats are not allowed on the lake, but paddleboat and canoe rentals are available. Nearly five miles of self-guided trails offer some of the best bird and wildlife viewing in Citrus County. Park visitors also can enjoy the picnic facilities, a recreation hall and primitive group campground.
Three primitive tent camping sites are available for groups of up to 20 people in a wooded area at the southern end of Lake Holathlikaha. A fourth campsite will accommodate up to 10 people. Campground amenities include portable toilets, picnic tables, fire rings, grills and potable water. Call the park at (352) 726-0315 for reservations.
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