Secluded lakeside lodge sports all the necessities for anglers and families
|Lake Harris Lodge of Tavares, Fla., is located at 11924 Lane Park Road. Cottage rentals are between $75-85 per night with weekly and monthly rates available. Spaces in the RV Park are $25 per night with weekly and monthly rates available. Check-in is at 3 p.m. and check-out is at 10 a.m. For more information or reservations, call (352) 343-4111 or log on to www.lakeharrislodge.com.
Around the corner from downtown Tavares, Fla., and through rolling acres of citrus groves lies a hidden gem for anglers and families searching for a natural getaway.
Lake Harris Lodge sports 10 bedroom cottages with one or two bedrooms and a 27-space RV park. The appeal of this multi-acre lodge is not only in the quaint accommodations, but the state’s 10th largest lake in its backyard. The 13,788-acre Lake Harris is well known throughout Central Florida and the nation for its trophy bass fishing as well as a bounty of bluegill, speck and shellcracker.
Home to visiting anglers for more than 40 years, a transformation of Lake Harris Lodge began 9 years ago when Don and Debbie Mifflin purchased the lakeside resort. The couple added a pool, playground and lusher landscaping to the grounds. The cottages were updated with screened-in porches, remodeled kitchen cabinetry and new appliances.
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“The Lodge used to be strictly visited by fishermen, but since we refurbished the cottages the fishermen are now bringing their families,” Debbie said.
Lake Harris Lodge differs from a traditional campground setting as it offers a variety of amenities for boaters and anglers. A 45-slip, full-service marina with gas and repairs is accompanied by a bait shop, boat ramp and fish cleaning house.
“Our family is boaters and campers and we would visit places just like this,” said Debbie Mifflin. “Our Lodge is for people that want to go boating and fishing, but don’t want to be stuck in a motel setting.”
While families are beginning to find the remarkable features offered by Lake Harris Lodge, anglers have known about this secluded paradise with banana, grapefruit and orange trees dotting its shoreline. According to Don, professional anglers often make routine visits to the Lodge to practice their craft.
“The challenge for anglers is there are less and less places to go fishing on the lake,” he said. “We have a lot of bass clubs that will come and rent five or six cabins at a time. And when the specks are biting we are full of guests.”
Need an example of how easy it is to hook a prize-winning bass on Lake Harris just ask Don.
“If you come to Lake Harris use the bait you’re used to because of the great fishing here you’re going to catch something,” he said. “A friend of mine just caught a 10-pound bass. He was fishing with grass shrimp for shellcracker with a cane pole — just an unbelievable catch.”