Harris Chain of Lakes - The Harris Chain of Lakes is part of the Oklawaha River Basin. This Chain of Lakes includes Lake Harris, Little Lake Harris, Lake Eustis, Lake Dora, Lake Beauclair, Lake Griffin, Lake Carlton, and Lake Yale. These are some of the largest lakes in the state and total approximately 76,000 acres. All of the lakes are linked by the Dora Canal, the Dead River and Haines Creek, with the exception of Lake Yale which is landlocked. This waterway system leads north through Ocklawaha River and St. John’s River and dumps out into the Atlantic Ocean near Jacksonville. The towns of Eustis, Mount Dora, Leesburg and Tavares are situated on this chain of lakes. Due to the town’s popularity and growth, strong efforts to preserve the quality of the Harris Chain of Lakes are in effect. This accounts for the beautiful undeveloped lakefront and picturesque settings.
Activities and Fishing - There are several water sports that the residents and visitors participate in year round. These include sailing, boating, waterskiing and wakeboarding to name a few. Out of all the chains of lakes in Florida, this is one of the top chains for bass fishing. There are numerous tournaments held throughout the year that have gained national attention. The Harris Chain of Lakes famous fishing is highlighted on ESPN and numerous outdoor TV shows.
Lake Harris and Little Lake Harris - The two lakes of Lake Harris and Little Lake Harris have a combined size of 18,446 acres. Lake Harris is surrounded by beautiful hills and cypress trees. The local residents call this part of Florida “The Mountains” considering the rest of Florida is tremendously flat. If one decides to visit this chain of lakes, there are three main public launching ramps on Lake Harris. These ramps are located at the Venetian Cove Marina in Leesburg, Hickory Point near the Howey bridge, and off of US Highway 27 to the west.