Umatilla, the Gateway to the Ocala National Forest, is located in northern Lake County, Florida and offers many outdoor activities such as boating, fishing, camping and hiking. Nearby Alexander Springs features the southern end of the Florida Trail, an unpaved hiking trail 60 miles long.
The City of Umatilla is proud to be designated as a Gateway Community of the Florida Trail Association.
Umatilla was founded in 1856 by Nathan J. Trowell. The name was taken from an Oregon town of the same name, and Indian name meaning “laughing waters”. The area was incorporated on November 8, 1904.
“Umatilla is a growing, family oriented, rural community that fosters safe and wholesome living with a focus on education and recreation while acknowledging the unique and historic ecosystem of our environment.”
The Umatilla Merchants Group holds the "Evening on the Avenue" event on the second Saturday of each month. Perticipating merchants extend their business hours to 8:00 p.m. and provide refreshments and entertainment. A percentage of sales is donated by the merchants to a local non-profit youth group. Past receipents have been the Umatilla High School Band and the Boys and Girls Club of Umatilla.
The Friends of the Library host a City-Wide Yard Sale each year on the first Saturday in March. The date for the next event is March 1, 2014.
Contact the Umatilla Public Library at (352)669-3284 for more information.
The Greater Lake Youth Athletic Program will hold the 9th Annual Chili Cook-Off in March 2014, at Cadwell Park. Chili Cook Off hours are 5pm-10pm.
The Florida Black Bear and Wildlife Conservation Festival is a fun and educational annual event that increases awareness and promotes safe coexistence of humans and wildlife. This festival focuses community appreciation of the Florida black bear and other native Florida species as well as promoting Florida's unique ecosystems that serve as wildlife habitat. The festival will be held in October 2014 in Cadwell Park.
For More Black Bear Festival information visit the Chamber website at http://www.umatillachamber.org/BlackBearFest/index.htm
Festival Partners: City of Umatilla, Umatilla Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Forestry Service, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Defenders of Wildlife, Florida Black Bear Scenic Byway and Lake County.
The North Lake Relay for Life Chicken Wing Cook Off will be held in Cadwell Park on Saturday, October 18, 2014, from 6 pm -- 9pm. A Corn Hole Tournament will begin at 3:00 p.m.
The Cracker Christmas Parade and Dog Jog is an annual event that is being held on December 14, 2013. An Arts & Crafts festival in Cadwell Park follows the parade.
The North Lake Relay for Life returns to Umatilla in 2014! The event will be held in Cadwell Park on May 17 and 18, 2014.
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