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Drove an hour to see this beautiful lake and wildlife. Due to extreme flooding from heavy rains... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Jojen67
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Long Island, New York
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Beautiful lake, but stay out of the water.

Lake Jesup is quite beautiful to look at, but be warned. This lake has a very large population of... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Lisa L
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Houston, Texas
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“black hammock” (7 reviews)
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Sanford, FL
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Drove an hour to see this beautiful lake and wildlife. Due to extreme flooding from heavy rains there is no public access to trails. Very disappointed because we called the park service prior.

Thank Jojen67
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lake Jesup is quite beautiful to look at, but be warned. This lake has a very large population of Alligators. I cross the bridge on this lake every time I come into the Orlando area to visit family. Great for birdwatching and wildlife viewing.

Thank Lisa L
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Reviewed 8 June 2018

For boating, fishing and just the views Lake Jesup is a real find. Avoid swimming because of gators which seem to enjoy it as much as people do. Many nearby attractions surround this large attractive body of water.

1  Thank reelwise
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Reviewed 19 March 2018

Many people have told me there are more gators in Lake Jesup than in any other lake in Florida. I don't know if this is true or not, but I can't argue with them. I visited during the afternoon and walked along a trail that...More

1  Thank Maketrax
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Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

Lake Jessup is unbelievable! So many alligators and lots of birds. There’s something to watch every moment! It’s non stop sight seeing. If you like alligators, which i find fascinating, you’ll love a boat ride on this lake.

Thank jeanie722
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Reviewed 26 October 2017

Lake Jessup supposedly has the highest alligator density of any lake in Florida. We went to several locations seeking a view of alligators in their natural habitat, but saw none until we went to a lakeside bar (Black Hammock), where some babies literally came crawling...More

1  Thank jim g
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Reviewed 18 September 2017

The County had an opportunity to clean and dredge the lake about a decade ago and declined to match funds, missing their opportunity. As a result, it has become a stagnant, muddy, shallow space, teaming with gators. You rarely see boats on the lake because...More

1  Thank sjhokie
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Reviewed 25 August 2017 via mobile

It you want to see gators in the wild, this is the place to go. Take a Black Hammock airboat your, and you will see gators. A early morning car ride over the lake, and you will think there are a lot of logs out...More

1  Thank James L
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Reviewed 25 May 2017

always a pleasure to look at such a lovely lake. If you have a boat going on it would be great. Do not swim in it. You may wind up a gators dinner

Thank Alexis0720
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Reviewed 5 April 2017 via mobile

We wanted to see alligators. We were not disappointed! The airboat ride we booked was fun, informative and well worth the money. While moving around the lake on the airboat we saw several alligators sunning on shorelines and on logs. We also saw them all...More

2  Thank Connie J
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