Lake Dora & The Dora Canal

Lake Dora is just shy of being a 5,000 acre lake and is one of the waterways in the Harris Chain of Lakes. The Harris Chain of Lakes is a waterway system that leads north to the Atlantic Ocean, through the Ocklawaha River and the St. John’s River. It’s made up of Lake Harris, Little Lake Harris, Lake Dora, Lake Eustis, Lake Griffin and Lake Beauclair, and we should not leave out the Dora Canal, Dead River and Haines Creek. Technically the Harris Chain of Lakes starts with Lake Apopka and includes Lake Beuaclair and Lake Carlton, the Beauclair Canal and the Apopka Canal. All of these waterways are navigable and open to the public.

The Harris Chain of Lakes

Here are some of the BEST ways to experience these waterways;

1. The #1 rated waterbased adventure in the area is CatBoat Adventure Tours

This high-speed adventure allows you to drive the boat as you explore Lake Dora and the world-famous Dora Canal on a tour hour guided adventure.  Tours to Lake Beauclair and Lake Carlton combined with a magnificent view of the sunset over Lake Dora are also available.


2. For the slightly less adventurous there is Premier Boat Tours

This 18 passenger covered Pontoon Boat will take you across Lake Dora and through the Dora Canal during a 2 hour cruise while you learn about the history of the area and see some incredible sights including nature at it’s finest.

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