Part of our in-depth series exploring Southern Early American Forts
Fort Cooper State Park
3100 South Old Floral City Road
Inverness, Florida 34450
Park Manager: Harry Mitchell
Fort Cooper State Park's nature trails still offer some of Citrus County's best birding and wildlife viewing.
Lake Holathlikaha is the heart of Fort Cooper State Park. Spring-fed and crystal-clear, the 160 acre lake lured battle-weary volunteers to its banks in 1836, where they built and defended a frontier fort. Today, it charms thousands of visitors each year with its unique blend of beauty and history.
Hours of Operation
We are open from 8 a.m. until sundown 365 days a year.
Fort Cooper State Park is located just off US 41, on South Old Floral City Road, two miles south of Inverness.
The fee to get into the park is $3.00 per vehicle up to eight people and $2.00 per pedestrian and bicyclist.
Camping - Primitive tent camping fee, $5.00 plus tax person per night. Reservation are required.
Non-profit affiliated group camping fees are $5.00 per adult per night and $1.00 per child (6 -17 yrs. old) per night. Must have at least 6 people to qualify for this price and be tax exempt.
Picnic Pavilion Fee - $40.00 + tax per day.
Recreation Hall Fee - $100.00 + tax per day.
Paddle Boat/ Canoe Fee - $5.00 per hour. When water level of lake and weather permits.
With building rentals, there is a $3.00 per vehicle fee