FRIENDS OF LAKE GRIFFIN STATE PARK
The Friends of Lake Griffin State Park
The Friends raise money through membership, donations, providing kayak tours, and selling firewood to campers. One hundred (100%) percent of this money is used to support the park. We help the park purchase equipment that is not in the park budget saving Florida taxpayers thousands of dollars every year. Recent projects include
Explore the “Real Florida”
Walk our expanded hiking trail, bring a picnic, go fishing, rent a kayak or canoe, or sign up for a tour of the Dead River Marsh. Sign up for a
Kayak Launch Ceremony
Last year canoe and kayak tour guides noticed that the racks holding the kayaks needed renovation, and the area to launch the kayaks needed to be redesigned. Tours were cancelled because of COVID so the Friends, along with the park staff, decided to make needed changes to the kayak launch area. The Friends paid for the needed material and volunteers at the park did the renovation. On February 9, 2021, The Friends and park staff invited the Villages Canoe and Kayak Club to help celebrate the opening of the renovated kayak launch area, and to take a guided tour in Lake Griffin State Park's Dead Rivier Marsh.
L to R - Karl Langlois (Chairman of the Friends of Lake Griffin State Park), John Green, Derek Darling, and Mark Knape, (Manager of Lake Griffin State Park). John and Derek, cutting the ribbon, are volunteers that constructed the dock and built the kayak racks.
The new kayak rack allows kayaks to lay on their side which is easier to load and unload. Rubber mats and mulch keep the area from becoming muddy.
A Need for Golf Carts
Lake Griffin State Park staff and volunteers use golf carts to move workers, tools, and materials for repairs, maintenance, and special projects. They also use the carts to take visitors with disabilities around the park. The park needs several carts to replace old ones. If you have a new golf cart or plan to purchase one, we invite you to donate your old cart to the park.
Friends of Lake Griffin State Park (FLGSP.org) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) citizen support organization dedicated to supporting the park through volunteering, fundraising, and in-kind donations. Your golf cart donation may be tax deductible.
For those that have an injury or disability, a golf cart can be used for transportation around the park. A park ranger can show them plants and wildlife along a trail, or transport them to the playground, pavilion, or amphitheater.
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
The Friends of Lake Griffin State Park needs volunteers to help our membership, events and other committees.
Lead kayak and canoe tours. We will train you.
Pontoon Boat Tours
Pilot our pontoon boat for tours. USCG license required.
Help us with basic construction and repairs, brush clearing, and other minor projects.
Go to the park and take pictures of something interesting. Write a short article about the picture and sent it to us for use on our website and Facebook.
Help us develop eye-catching brochures, flyers, and posters.
If you don’t have time to volunteer, your donations of money and goods are always appreciated.
Fishing Clinic - Teaching children about fishing equipment and how to fish
Kayaking in the Dead River Marsh