The William E. and Mary Jo Davis Recreation Area at Lake Claire


The William E. and Mary Jo Davis Recreation Area at Lake Claire, located at the end of Greek Park Drive, offers an adventure for all types. Lake Claire is the only natural body of water on campus and has a maximum depth of 12 feet.

In Phase 2.1 of the RWC’s Spring 2021 reopening, enrolled UCF students and current RWC members will be able to enjoy watercraft rentals, pavilions, Energi fitness stations, the playing grass field, and hiking trials. Check out all our available and unavailable facilities and services below:

  • Energi Fitness Stations 
  • Playing Field 
  • Boathouse and watercraft rental 
  • Restrooms 
  • Sand Volleyball Courts 
  • Picnic Pavilions 
  • Sports equipment check-out 
  • Water fountains

 

Please review our adjusted Policies at William E. and Mary Jo Davis Recreation Area at Lake Claire before using our facility.

 

Lake Claire boat dock with kayak in the foreground.

The UCF Recreation and Wellness Center is one of the nation’s leading campus recreation departments for creating space for students of all abilities to play, work out and compete against each other. The Lake Claire Recreation Area has its own adaptive kayak and an accessible dock. Our staff is trained and excited to help get as many students on the water and they love to share their passion for paddlesports.

Join Outdoor Adventure staff as we explore all of the outdoor spots right here on campus. We’re focusing on Full Moon Paddles at Lake Claire, but we also have opportunities for trail running, hiking, and mountain biking in the Arboretum.

Picture of Lake Claire at UCF showing boat dock, beach and palm trees.

Lake Claire Hours

Phone Summer 2021 Hours
(May 17 – July 31)

Mon – Fri: 12pm – 8pm
Sat & Sun: 10am – 8pm
Phone (407) 823-2408
Fax 407-823-5446
Email ucfrec@ucf.edu

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Anyone can go to Lake Claire, but you must be a current UCF student to rent any sort of equipment. We are not allowing guest passes at this time. 

Out of an abundance of caution and to allow the RWC to continue to offer this outdoor space for users to get exercise outside, limiting groups for outdoor sports play decreases the number of other students you can come in contact with. These capacity limits have been approved by UCF’s public health experts. 

No. These are prohibited per our Lake Claire policies. 

Due to limited capacity, only current UCF students will be allowed to utilize watercraft. 

Yes. You must show the Lake Claire Attendant your valid UCF student ID before you will be allowed to rent a watercraft. You will also need to complete the RWC Assumption of Risk and Liability Waver and Lake Claire policy form before renting a watercraft.  

There are lockers located in the boathouse that you can utilize while on the water. The lockers will be sanitized by Lake Claire Attendants periodically throughout the day. Users are encouraged to use hand sanitizer, wash hands frequently and avoid touching their face. 

Due to CDC recommendations on the risks with shared water fountains, they will not be available. Please bring your own water or beverage in a sealed container. 

Reservations are available for our three pavilions, sand volleyball court, and equipment that are available through our reservations page. Equipment rentals include sound systems, yard games, and sports balls. RSO reservations for Lake Claire Pavilions will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and approved when safety measures are in line with University policies.

 

We have single kayaks, and paddleboards for rent at this time.  We are not renting tandem kayaks, canoes, or sports equipment at this time. 

It is free! Students are able to enjoy free rentals at Lake Claire. All you need is to have an active student ID to rent something out.

Participants are not allowed to swim in the water at Lake Claire.

Under no circumstance can a minor go onto the lake.

No. Fishing is prohibited on all lakes on UCF's campus, especially Lake Claire. 

There is no access to the pavilions or reservations for pavilions in phase 1 of reopening.

In future phases of reopening we will reserve pavilions again on a first come first serve basis if someone has not reserved it already. If you are in a pavilion that is reserved by another group, you will be kindly asked to move to a different pavilion.

Pets are not allowed at Lake Claire. However, service animals are permitted.

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