Lake Dorr

At 1,765 acres, this deeply tannin-stained lake is one of the larger lakes in the Ocala National Forest

Lake Dorr, Florida

About Lake Dorr

Little Lake Dorr is, in my opinion, the most beautiful bass lake in Florida. Nestled in the Ocala National Forest off Highway 19, this lake looks like it came out of a picture postcard. Surrounded by pine forest-covered hills, the black tannic colored water reflects a scene out of a Canadian nature documentary.

The National Park prints a brochure obtained at the park information centers detailing all the lakes and providing access information. 


Bluegill, shellcracker, and speckled perch fishing is good seasonally. Largemouth bass generally is small, but an occasional trophy-size fish is caught.


Throughout the Ocala National Forest, there are many other small Forest lakes in the area. Most of the bass caught in these lakes run about 1 to 3 pounds, but a few can be very large.

Bass fishing in these lakes is a bonus. Topwater action can be great early in the morning, and I use a Carolina rigged worm later in the day. The bottom is rigid and deep, and the bass is beautiful and full of fight. 

Fly fishing fishermen love these lakes as they are a treat to fish with light tackle. Anyone interested in fishing Lake Dora should consult with local guides and resources before heading out to fish.

Water Clarity

Water clarity is considered normal, lake depth ranges from 1 to 8 feet. The average turbidity measurements are 3 to 5 feet, which you can see down in the water because of suspended particles sediment. 

Surrounding Lakes

In case you’re wondering about other great local lakes, we put together a hit list for you.

Oh yeah, we almost forgot. Disney World and all the rest of the theme parks are about 45 minutes away (just in case your wife and kids don’t fish!).

Lake Dorr Boat Access

Two main ramps provide a suitable launching for all classes of fishing boats. Both are located on improved roads adjacent to State Road 19, about 12 miles south of State Road 40 just north of the City of Umatilla.

The northern ramp is in a fee area operated by the U. S. Forest Service