Lake Como, Florida, USA
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Topics we cover in this article:
- All About Lake Como
- Things to Do
- Fish Species
- Where to Stay
- Vacation Planning Tools
- Lake Como Map
- Statistics / Weather / Helpful Links
- Shop Lake Como Gifts
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All About Lake Como
Truly stunning to look at, Lake Como is a dazzling body of water in Putnam County Florida. It is considered oligotrohpic, meaning that it is unusually clear and blue in color – supporting very few plant and fish species. Lake Como is a natural, freshwater lake featuring a surface area of 245 acres and an average depth of 10 feet. The local community, originally named Lake Woodland, was founded in 1871. Its name was officially changed to Lake Como shortly thereafter, presumably for its resemblance to a similar lake in Lombardy, Italy.
Lake Como is dwarfed in size by its massive eastern neighbor, Lake Crescent. Anglers love fishing Lake Crescent, a 15,962-acre body of water brimming with largemouth bass, bream, bluegill and crappie. For bass and crappie, fishing aficionados should hit Weidernoch or Shell Hill Point. To the north, Dunns Creek flows for seven miles until turning into St. John’s River; both waterways are legendary for their thriving catfish populations. Interestingly enough, St. John’s is also one of the few rivers in the United States that runs due north.
Welaka State Forest, maintained by the Florida Division of Forestry, is a gorgeous woodland area located to the west of Lake Como. The protected zone provides a habitat for plants, birds and animals like longleaf pines, owls and deer. Facilities include campsites, picnic areas, and a dining hall. Numerous hiking trails are accessible from the park, most notably the two-mile Mud Spring Trail and the Sandhill Horse Trail; the latter of which is perfect for walking and horseback riding. Multiple training and show-horse arenas can host up to 72 equine creatures.
Just next door you’ll find the Welaka National Fish Hatchery and Aquarium, established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1938. Composed of 54 acres of water, the unit raises striped bass, largemouth bass and sturgeon fish for six states. A government entity, it is also concerned with public education, as demonstrated by a 25-tank scholastic aquarium on display for public viewing. Hiking on the 3/4-mile interpretive trail and exploring the nature observation tower are other fun activities at the hatchery. Bird watching is also ideal, and visitors can hope to see cranes, bald eagles, white ibis, osprey and more.
Lake Como is a treasure trove of undiscovered environmental areas. To the west of this little lake lies the enormous Ocala National Forest, and to the southeast the Haw Creek Preserve State Park. Other areas of interest include the Dunns Creek, Crescent Lake, Lake George, and Murphy Creek Conservation Areas. Rich in both plant and wildlife, nature enthusiasts will never tire of exploring the region’s abundant lakes and tranquil trails.
Things to Do at Lake Como
- Vacation Rentals
- Horseback Riding
- Wildlife Viewing
- State Park
- State Forest
- National Forest
Fish Species Found at Lake Como
- Black Bass
- Largemouth Bass
- Striped Bass
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Recommended Sites to Book a Lake Como Vacation
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- VRBO – Use VRBO to find the perfect lake rental home, condo, cabin, cottage or other vacation property.
- Booking.com – One of the world’s leading digital travel companies, Booking.com connects travelers to everything from cozy B&Bs to luxury resorts.
- Expedia – Expedia is a popular online travel agency with more than 140,000 lodging properties worldwide.
- Hotels.com – With more than 325,000 hotels in 19,000-plus locations, Hotels.com is an industry leader in online accommodations.
- TripAdvisor – Read traveler reviews and compare prices on hotels, vacation rentals and more at TripAdvisor.
- Trivago – Trivago helps travelers compare deals for hotels and other accommodations from a variety of booking sites.
- KAYAK – KAYAK scours hundreds of other travel websites at once to find the best deals on hotels and other travel-related services.
- RVshare –RVshare connects travelers interested in renting a motorhome with owners who have RVs to rent.
- CampSpot – Campspot offers premier RV resorts, family campgrounds, cabins and glamping options across North America.
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Lake Como Statistics & Helpful Links
Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Not Dammed
Water Level Control: St. John’s Water Management District
Surface Area: 245 acres
Average Depth: 10 feet
Maximum Depth: 16 feet
Water Volume: 1,184 acre-feet
Trophic State: Oligotrophic
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