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The Friends of Lake Griffin State Park

The Friends raise money through membership, donations, selling firewood to campers, and scheduling kayak tours for Lake Griffin State Park.  One hundred (100%) percent of the money we make 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. Some of our projects include:

  • Purchased new kayaks for rental
  • Purchased material for improving the kayak launch area
  • Purchased exercise equipment for the park 
  • Scheduling and collecting money for kayak tours and basic kayaking classes. This helps reduce the workload for the park staff.
  • Helping the park pay for a restroom at the maintenance building 

To see our previous years Accomplishments and Goals click here.

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

  • Daytime or moonlight kayak tour
  • Pontoon boat tour
  • Kayaking 101 class

How to Set Up a Private Eco-Tour

Private Eco-Tours are informative and fun. You can be with people you know in your neighborhood, club or family. Our tour guides will work with you to help set up a Private Eco-Tour for your group.  Here is information you need to help set up a private tour:

  • Organize a group of 6 – 12 individuals. Minimum age is 10 years old. Ages 10 and 11 must be in a tandem kayak or canoe with an adult.
  • Decide on several possible dates, and contact us at least a few weeks in advance. Tours are generally in the morning, but afternoons may be possible.
  • Email us at FriendsofLGSP@gmail.com Give us a description of your group, your proposed dates, and a one or two word name for your group. If guides are available on one of your dates, we’ll work out the details with you by email or phone.
  • We’ll set up a private tour on our web site Tours page, using your group name. We’ll give you a code word so only members of your group can sign up for that tour and pay on line.
  • Tours are 1 ½ to 2 hours in length, and will be led by 2 or 3 Florida State Park certified paddle tour guides 
  • The cost is $30 per person which includes: single or tandem kayak or canoe, paddles, life jackets, and whistles. If you bring your own kayak, which must be over 10 feet in length, the cost is $25 per person.
  • If the weather is not suitable (generally due to rain or wind) the tour guides will cancel the tour. You’ll have a choice to receive a full refund or to reschedule. 

We hope to see you and your friends at the park sometime in the near future.

Citizen Support Organization Meetings

  • No upcoming Meetings

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. 

We welcome 2-seat or 4-seat carts, preferably gas-powered, but also battery-powered with newer batteries. For more information, contact the Friends of Lake Griffin State Park at "
FriendsofLGSP@gmail.com” and send your email and phone number.

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 you plants and wildlife along a trail, or transport you to the playground, pavilion, or amphitheater. 



The Friends of Lake Griffin State Park needs volunteers to help our membership, events and other committees.

Kayak Tours

Become a Florida State Parks kayak and canoe guide. We will train you.

Our Website (FLGSP.org) 

Help take care of our website.

Special Projects

Help us with basic construction and repairs, brush clearing, and other minor projects.

News Articles

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. 

Graphic Arts

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

Enjoying their private tour

Lake Griffin State Park Tour Guides

Flo Hurlburt, Jeanne Haynes, and Stephanie Hayano are a few of the Lake Griffin State Park guides that completed certification as Florida State Parks Certified Paddle Tour Guides. Certification includes testing of kayaking skills, safety and assisted water rescue techniques, First Aid and CPR/AED training, and completion of the U.S. Coast Guard safe boaters online course. 

These guides are residents of The Villages and are also active members of the Villages Canoe and Kayak Club, participating in paddle trips throughout Florida. 

Lake Griffin State Park has 13 certified Florida State Park Paddle Tour Guides. 

Flo Hurlburt retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Master Sergeant, after serving 27 years. Her ultimate assignment was Superintendent of the Surgical Suite and Central Sterile Supply at the military hospital at Offutt Air Force Base, headquarters of the U.S. Strategic Command, in Nebraska. She’s currently a member of Tri-County Women Veterans, and serves on the Veterans Memorial Park Honor Guard and the Tri-County Women Veterans Color Guard. Flo moved to The Villages  from her previous home in Omaha, Nebraska. Flo has kayaked for over 10 years in Florida.

Jeanne Haynes was an avid paddler and hiker in north Georgia where she lived before retiring to The Villages. Her love of Florida’s State Parks began when she became a volunteer pontoon boat captain and eco tour guide at Homosassa Springs State Park. Jeanne also volunteers with The Villages Honor Flight as a Guardian. Before moving to The Villages, she was public affairs director for a major electric utility in Georgia. 

Before moving to The Villages, Stephanie Hayano served as a senior executive of an international cosmetics and beauty products corporation. She paddled frequently in the Hudson, Delaware, and Housatonic Rivers, and Long Island Sound. She was previously certified by the American Canoe Association as a Level 1 Instructor, and completed the American Red Cross certification in First Aid/AED/CPR. 

Flo Hurlburt

Jeanne Haynes

Stephanie Hayano


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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