Part A---General Information
Welaka is in North Florida, 18 miles south of Palatka, and 12 miles west of
Crescent City. It is on the Saint Johns River near Lake George and Little
Lake George. The elevation is about 27 feet.
Florida Highway 309 passes through Welaka. Rail, bus, and air service is
Putnam County had a population of 17,837 in 1945. The population of Welaka
(From observations at Crescent City, Florida.)
Normal Normal Normal Normal
Temperature Rainfall Temperature Rainfall
January 58.6 2.40 July 81.7 6.93
February 60.3 2.89 August 81.6 6'.56
March 65.3 3.29 September 79.3 5.80
April 69.6 2.40 October 72.7 4.13
May 75.6 4.64 November 64.7 1.72
June 79.9 7.09 December 58.8 2.89
Annual 70.7 50.74
Welaka is on the St. Johns River opposite the mouth of the Ockalawaha River.
It was founded in 1821 and was given the Indian name Welaka, meaning chain
of lakes. Federal gun boats came up the St. Johns River during the Civil
War and engaged in several combats here. Welaka was used as Federal officers
6. Major Sources of Income:
Tourist trade, citrus, fish hatchery, and commercial fishing provide the
main sources of income.
Part B---Recreation and Entertainment
1. Special Events:
2. Athletic Events:
School games are held here during the school term.
3. Tourist Clubs:
4. Recreational Clubs:
5. Civic Organizations:
6. Fraternal Organizations:
7. Organized Entertainment:
8. Recreational Facilities:
Park and tennis court.
Quail, dove, deer, squirrels, turkeys and otters are found in this section.
There are unposted hunting grounds in the immediate vicinity. Hunting
lodges nearby are Sportsman's Lodge, Dock Lafever's Camp, Huber Camp and
Fresh and salt water bass, bream, crappie, herring, and mullet, are caught
in the Saint Johns River, Little and Big Lake George, and Crescent Lake.
Fresh water bass, bream, and crappie are caught in the Ocklawaha River and
Dives Creek. Fishing camps in the area will accommodate up to 100 persons.
Guides and boats may be obtained at Fishing camps.
Methodist, Baptist, and Episcopal denominations have services in Welaka.
Name Rooms Rate Plan
Sportsman Lodge 60 $3 up American
Dock Lafever's Lodge 15 $4 up American
Magnolia Bluff 10 $3 up American
Huber Camp 10 $2 up European
Smith's Camp 8 $3 up American
2. Tourist Courts:
3. Guest Homes:
Douglas Apartments, rates $2 up.
Mrs. Laura Warr
S. C. Glass
4. Trailer Courts:
5. Eating Places:
Dock Lafever's Camp
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