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In January, after a delay due to Covid, we started our daytime kayak Eco-Tours and nighttime kayak Moonlight Tours 

In September, we started Kayak 101 Classes to teach basic kayaking skills

Implemented electronic registration and payment of kayak tours and classes through our website

Provided kayak tours and classes to 333 customers

Provided free kayak tours for a Girl Scouts Troop that were camping at the park.

Purchased material to improve the kayak launch area

Purchased solar powered lights for boat and kayak launch areas

Increased the CSO membership from 36 to 86 members.  Individuals now sign up for membership through our website.

Sent monthly emails of various topics to all CSO members

Updated and posted articles on our Facebook page

Contacts with a local newspaper reporter helped increase the number of articles about the park.  The paper reaches over 100,000 readers.

Purchased firewood and sold it to campers

Paid for the installation of an ADA restroom in the maintenance building

Plans and Goals for the Next Three Fiscal Years

2022 - 2025

Strive to complete Annual Plans 

Emphasize attracting new members into our CSO as well as retaining current members

Recruit additional members into our Board of Directors, especially those who possess beneficial skills and energies

Send monthly emails about the CSO and park to CSO members

Continue to update our Facebook page

Fund the purchase of additional canoes and kayaks to add to and replace worn-out boats

Purchase materials and/or labor as needed to maintain or improve the kayak launch area, as well as equipment used for kayak tours and classes.

Fund and provide staffing for The Villages annual Outdoors Recreation Expo and other events as they arise

Fund and provide staffing for the park’s annual Kids Fishing Clinic

Fund and assist with adding outdoor activities

Attend the annual FSP/CSO symposium

Recruit and Qualify additional Paddle Tour Guides

Develop and fund new marketing ideas

To the extent possible – meet unanticipated funding and staffing needs of the park’s manager and volunteers


About the Friends

The Friends of Lake Griffin State Park is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to conserve, protect, restore and enhance the natural, historical, cultural and recreational resources of Lake Griffin State Park for present and future generations.


 Friends of Lake Griffin State Park                                    3089 US 441-27               

 Fruitland Park, FL 34731-4475

Contact the Friends: FriendsofLGSP@gmail.com

Contact the Park:  352-360-6760

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