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Lake Jesup

Lake Jesup is one of the largest lakes in Central Florida, one of many that make up the St. Johns River. Located in the heart of Seminole County along the middle basin of the St. Johns, the lake encompasses an area of approximately 16,000 acres (65 km²), including open water and floodplain. The lake boasts one of the longest free-standing bridges, part of the Seminole Expressway, which bisects the lake. It is named in honor of Brigadier General Thomas Jesup, an American military officer who served Continue reading →

Origins of Oviedo, Florida

In the late 1870s, individuals living a couple miles south of Lake Jesup needed an easily accessible post office in the Florida back country. Andrew Aulin, an early settler and shop-owner, decided to file paperwork for a post office; in his first site location report he needed a unique name, one that no other post office in Florida had. Aulin liked having a Spanish name, “to go with the Spanish name of the state,” and decided to name his post office location Oviedo after the city Continue reading →

Pontoon Parties!

  For those of you who haven’t made it out to the Black Hammock recently – we have added a Pontoon to our fleet! Not only do we offer 1 hour cruises along Lake Jesup and historic bird island each Saturday and Sunday at 6PM, but we also offer the ability to reserve our Pontoon for your private party! You and up to 24 of your closest friends, family or coworkers, can have a private ride around Lake Jesup. Our captain can narrate your journey, or Continue reading →

Black Hammock Featured on Fox 35

Did you see the Black Hammock featured on Fox 35? That’s right – local weatherman Jayme King hosted his “King of the Road” video at the Black Hammock in Oviedo, FL! Jayme went on a fun airboat ride on Lake Jesup to catch a glimpse of an alligator, and to see the wild life surrounding historic bird island. He also got to hold our baby gator, Firecracker, and eat some delicious alligator bites, catfish nuggets and more at the Black Hammock Restaurant!   Come out any Continue reading →

Origin of the Airboat

The first airboat, called the Ugly Duckling, was built in 1905 in Canada by a team led by Dr. Alexander Graham Bell. It was used to test various engines and prop configurations. An associate of Dr. Bell, Glenn Curtiss (of airplane manufacturing fame) is reported to have registered the first air boat in Florida in 1920. It was called the Curtis Scooter and it had a closed cockpit design. A story in the Nov/Dec 2009 issue of Airboating Magazine that showed an air boat called a Free Bottom Continue reading →

Airboat Rides on Lake Jesup near Orlando

If you want to see alligators, Lake Jesup is the place to be!  Take an Airboat Ride on Lake Jesup – A large, shallow water body in Seminole County.  Lake Jesup and its floodplain extend over approximately 16,000 acres. Over 100,000 years old, the lake itself covers about 10,000 acres. When taking an Airboat Ride at Black Hammock you will see that besides the very large population of alligators, Lake Jesup is also home to many eagles, ospreys, wading birds, bobcats and more! More than 10,000 strong, Lake Jesup Continue reading →

“Real Florida” Airboat Ride Adventure!

Your local award-winning attraction has a lot of amenities like nowhere else!  Black Hammock’s Airboat Rides take place on Lake Jesup, known for hosting the largest alligator population in the entire state of Florida!  As your airboat glides along the banks of Lake Jesup, you will also be able to see many different types of birds such as Great Blue Herons, Little Blue Herons, Osprey, Belted Kingfisher and other Florida Wildlife. Turtles are abundant along the lake and they often sunbathe along the shorelines. Occasionally, a few curious Continue reading →

Unforgettable Black Hammock Airboat Rides

Airboat Rides are a popular way to explore Florida’s Natural Habitat.  Black Hammock airboat rides take place on Lake Jesup. Lake Jesup boasts the largest alligator population in the entire state of Florida.  And guess what?  Lake Jesup averages to about only six feet deep!  There are an estimated 10,000 or more alligators in Lake Jesup.  When you take an airboat ride, keep alert even before you board the boat.  Often times you will see alligators basking on the shores of the Black Hammock peninsula.  See an odd Continue reading →

Airboat Rides: The Best Type of Eco Tour

You may wonder why we use airboats for our nature tours?  What are the advantages of using an airboat anyway? Believe it or not, airboats are the only safe way to venture into the watery world of swamps, marshes & river deltas. Airboats are safe – both for the local wildlife and plant life, and for the guests on board. All of our airboats are U.S. Coast Guard approved and driven by licensed Master Captains.  Airboats provide for a stable platform which is much more Continue reading →