Lake Jesup

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captsteveO
Osteen, FL12 contributions
According to FWC, there are about 9500 alligators who call Lake Jessup home. One of the largest concentrations of alligators in the state of Florida. A great place to take the ex-wife water skiing!
Written October 15, 2018
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InflatableBoat
Oviedo, FL114 contributions
Lake Jesup is SO LARGE that there's many access points to enjoy around the park. For the less daring, go to Black Hammock. They have a restaurant (try the gator Po' Boy or the Buffalo Gator Nuggets), air boat rides, and a bar with the occasional live band.
http://www.theblackhammock.com/

On the other side of the lake, there's Lake Jesup Park. THIS is where you can access the field of wild sunflowers that bloom in fall. Spectacular sight!
http://www.seminolecountyfl.gov/guide/parks/park6.aspx

Lake Jesup East has a trail with an observation platform.
http://www.sjrwmd.com/trailguides/images/lakejesup_east.gif

Now, I don't recommend this, but I've been canoeing on Lake Jesup. It's dangerous. You want to be an expert because you may not survive if you fall in, this lake is full of gators. We saw a gator take out a wild boar right in front of us on the shore. This is wild Florida at it's finest.
Written September 6, 2011
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TheDogFather
Roswell, GA196 contributions
When we think of Lake Jesup, the Black Hammock comes quickly to mind. Bring the family during the day and enjoy the airboats cruising in a lake with a reputed 10,000+ gators. Then chill in the sports bar area or restaurant on moderately-priced tasty dishes. Fish, steak or gator, they git 'r done! They'll even bring a live baby gator to your table for you to pet. Before you leave, have a photo taken with their 12 foot live alligator outside. After you bring your kids home, come back, rest against a palm tree and savor an incredible sunset while sipping down your favorite libation. By then the music should be kicking in, as the Hammock usually has a variety of live entertainment for the evening. No, we don't work there or know anyone that does. The BH is one of the great non-touristy getaways treasured by locals. If you can find your way down the winding, hidden country road to this spot...you've found a new favorite memory.
Written January 10, 2012
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Companion31603
Deltona, FL1 contribution
Large shallow, desolate lake with a large alligator population, and a beautiful view of the Greenway (toll road) that crosses the lake.
Written January 4, 2004
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bjd5139
Downingtown, PA3 contributions
I saw 3 gators within 10 minutes of arriving on a quiet south eastern side of the lake just off 417. There was a nearby nature trail and the mossy trees were beautiful. Anyone know where to possibly see a bear though?
Written December 20, 2011
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maketrax
Altamonte Springs, FL292 contributions
Solo
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 went right to the edge of the lake. I didn't see any gators around. Then, in the distance, I saw a pair of eyes pop up from under the water. One gator looked at me. Then another pair of eyes popped up. Then another. And another. By the time I left, there were nine alligators looking at me. I'd say this is the best place to see a gator anywhere in Florida!
Written March 18, 2018
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James L
Mount Dora, FL640 contributions
Friends
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 in the lake. But it is just alligators floating in the lake.
Written August 25, 2017
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Connie J
Minnesota88 contributions
Couples
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 over the lake peeking their eyes out of the water. I sure would not suggest any swimming in this lake!
Written April 4, 2017
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tmreiber
Keyport, New Jersey5 contributions
Family
A very "Florida" thing to do. Lake Jessup and the Black Hammock are favorites of ours. The airboat rides brought us very close to many gators and native birds. The airboat was a whole lot of fun. The restaurant has great food! There are also tons of gators to visit and hold. All in all, it was a great day!
Written August 1, 2013
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Linda C
Sanford, FL15 contributions
Family
We live on this lake. It's a shallow lake and dubiously famous for it's alligator population, but it's a big slice of the "real" Florida. So much wildlife to be seen all thru this area. Best seen by airboat, and the 417 bridge is beautiful lighted at night crossing the lake.
Written February 1, 2017
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