Lake Weir is a burgeoning community comprised of the towns of Weirsdale, Sunset Harbor, Ocklawaha, and East Lake Weir. Lake Weir is a lush green stretch of forest and sandy beaches surrounding the circumference of its namesake lake. The ability to boat, paddleboard, or jet-ski on the lake year-round including the mild Florida winters is one of the biggest draws to the Lake Weir community. In fact, Lake Weir is the lake most visited by residents of the The Villages and Ocala.
There are other unique attractions to the area including the stunning Ocklawaha River which was one of the first tourist attractions in the Unites States with its dark waters which gentle flow between ancient cypress trees. Ma Barker and her gang were shot and killed in Ocklawaha and soon you will be able to visit the house she was killed in located at the Carney Island Recreation & Conservation Area. Carney Island was once home to orange groves owned by the Coca Cola company but was sold to Marion county in 1990 so the public could enjoy it. The Grand Oaks Carriage Museum in Weirsdale is a fascinating trip into the past. Little Lake Weir is just on the other side of the larger lake and is home to W.H. Willoughby Park. The park is a captivating area filled with big oaks, a sprawling green lawn, and plenty of picnic tables. There are two excellent restaurants on Lake Weir: Eaton’s Sandbar and Grill on the south shore of the lake and Gator Joe’s Beach Bar and Grill on the north shore. Both restaurants have an excellent view of the lake and there is a wide variety of fare at both locations. The Lake Weir shoreside community with its mix of Victorian, new, and old style Florida homes has an undeniable charm and is a place anyone would be happy to call home.
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