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At A Glance

  • The LW swim area is closed until February due to the cold temperature.
  • The swimming area is located at the North Park.
  • Swimming is allowed when lifeguards are on duty.

In 1918, the University YMCA purchased 20 acres of land and water at Lake Wauburg as a recreation center for University of Florida students. This was before the road across Paynes Prairie was completed. The journey to the lake took about a half-day on a winding road of mostly sand with the danger of getting stuck in the sand and mud.

Today, you can make your own splash at Lake Wauburg. After all, what's a Florida education without aquatic recreation?! 

Thursday, July 18

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Lake Wauburg North12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

*These hours are subject to change and always based on the availability of the Southwest Recreation Center hours of operation.

Click here for the weekly hours table.

Swimming Area Policies
Lake Wauburg Policies
  • Lake Wauburg's North Park and South Shore are open to current UF Students, Faculty, Staff and Affiliates with active Gator 1 Cards.
  • A Gator 1 Card holder may bring up to 4 guests.
  • Guests are to arrive in a vehicle with the Gator 1 Card holder or in the next immediate vehicle.
  • The Gator 1 Card holder must remain with their guests.