Set amongst the quaint towns of Eustis, Mount Dora, Leesburg, and Tavares is the Harris Chain of Lakes. This chain is a part of the Oklawaha River Basin and includes Lake Eustis (7,806 acres), Lake Harris (15,087 acres), Little Lake Harris (3,359 acres), Lake Dora (4,475 acres), Lake Beauclair (1,140 acres), Lake Griffin (9,327 acres), Lake Yale (4,013 acres) and Lake Carlton (376 acres).
These are some of the largest lakes in the state, and as such provide a multitude of recreation options for Floridians. Sailors, boaters, and waterskiers are common sights on all of these lakes, but the main attraction on the Harris chain is the bass fishing. Countless tournaments have been hosted on this chain, attracted to the prize-winning bass which have put these lakes in the national spotlight.
The popularity of the area and its charming towns have brought many tourists and permanent settlers to the area in recent years. The population growth on and around the lakefronts has led to a strong effort to preserve the quality of the area's lakes. The Harris Chain of Lakes Restoration Council and the Lake County Water Authority are two organizations devoted to the upkeep of the Harris Chain's beautiful waters to be enjoyed for generations to come. Information provided by Dernthal Realty Group
- Dead River connects Lake Harris to Lake Eustis
- Dora Cannel Connects Lake Dora to Lake Eustis
- Haines Creek with a lock (6ft drop)connects Lake Eustis to Lake Griffin
- Lake Griffey north to the Ocklawaha river locks (Moss bluff 23 ft drop) to the Silver river to Silver Springs
- .Lake Apopka is connected via a lock thru the Apopka Canal
- Lake Yale is part of the chain but not connected via a navigable river or canal
Local Knowledge provided by Capt Kerry Kline of Sea Tow Central Florida Lakes