Lake County is located in Central Florida, just 25 miles Northwest of Orlando. Unlike most of Florida, Lake County is hilly with over 1,400 natural lakes. Mount Dora is 266’ above sea level and is one of the highest elevations in Florida. The Harris Chain of Lakes is a chain of large lakes connected by rivers and canals. All totaled, the Harris Chain covers over 76,000 acres. These lakes are also connected to the Atlantic Ocean through the Ocklawaha River which flows into the St. Johns River south of Jacksonville.
The climate in Lake County is very different than that found in South Florida or on the coasts. We have distinct seasons with beautiful foliage color changes but our winters are mild and of course snow-free! There is just enough of a nip in the air to remind you that the season is here.
Lake County still retains its down home country atmosphere. The largest city is Clermont with 28,742 residents and increase of 208% according to the 2010 census. Clermont is the home of The National Training Center is a 300-acre sports, health, fitness and education campus which is unique not only throughout the state of Florida, but also throughout the world. Leesburg is our next largest city with 20,117 residents and increase of 26.1%. This, however, does not signal a decline in the quality of life in the County. The Lake County Economic Development Council is committed to maintaining a relaxed, rural environment, while promoting economic expansion.
The City of Lady Lake is known as the home of The Villages. The Villages is a self-sustained community of 51,442 residents and increase of 517.3% according to the 2010 census, and growing daily. The Villages is designed exclusively as an active retirement community.
To the North, Lake County is bordered by the Ocala National Forest. The forest covers a total of 383,573 acres of pristine woodlands, ecological sites, trails and natural springs. The City of Umatilla, with just over 3000 residents, is the gateway to the National Forest.
The heart of Lake County is the Golden Triangle Area. The triangle is made up of the cities of Mount Dora, Tavares and Eustis. Tavares is the county seat housing the County Court House and Government Centers. Tavares, America’s Seaplane City is the site of thousands of seaplane landings each year. Seaplane pilots arrive daily from all over North America, as well as from overseas. Eustis is a small city that is rich in history. Nestled along the eastern shore of Lake Eustis, the 7000 acre lake provides a picturesque background for this beautiful small town where friendliness is not a thing of the past.
Mount Dora is the shinning jewel of the Golden Triangle. Named by Money magazine as one of three “Best Places to Live” in America, the streets are lined with giant oaks, giving all who visit here a feeling of being in 19th Century England.
Once known for producing citrus, Lake County is poised to reap the harvest of wealth through economic growth and diversity, with an ever-watchful eye on preserving its most valuable commodity – its natural resources and lifestyle.