Camping and fishing go hand and hand in Florida. With 1,197 miles of coastline, 2,276 miles of tidal shoreline and over 11,000 miles of rivers, streams and waterways, Florida’s outdoor opportunities are endless. If you enjoy both fishing and camping alike, blending these two offers the full experience that Florida has to offer. Though there are many options around the state, here are five notable camp sites every angler should visit.
St. George Island State Park
St. George Island State Park is 1,962 acre barrier island located in the Panhandle, between Apalachicola and Carrabelle, separating Apalachicola Bay from the Gulf of Mexico. The park offers 60 full facility camp sites, only a quarter-mile from both the Gulf and bay. Primitive camping is offered as well, at Gap Point, via the 2.5 mile Gap Point Trail, paddle craft or shallow drafting vessels. Two canoe and kayak launches can be found in the park, as well as paddle craft rentals at the ranger station. Fishing throughout the park offers both Gulf an bay fishing, with catches of redfish, seatrout, flounder and more.
For more information on the park visit: https://www.floridastateparks.org/park-activities/St-George-Island#Camping
Everglades National Park
If you’re looking for an adventure, there is no place like the 1,509,000 acres of Everglades National Park. ENP offers two drive-in frontcountry campsites, the Flamingo Campground and Long Pine Key Campground. The main attraction for most campers is the Backcountry camping in the park. Ground sites, Beach sites and camping platforms (Chickees) are offered. Majority of the sites are only accessible by vessel, with a few, such as Clubhouse Beach accessible to hikers. Hurricane Irma did do some damage to various camping spots, be sure to check with the park about your desired site.
For more information visit: https://www.nps.gov/ever/planyourvisit/camping.htm
Jonathan Dickinson State Park
Close to 11,500 acres, Jonathan Dickinson State Park is found just south of Stuart, on Florida’s east coast. The park offers 136 total campsites for tents and RV’s alike. Located on the Loxahatchee River, this estuary offers both fresh and saltwater fishing opportunities at bass, panfish, juvenile tarpon and snook. There is a boat ramp in the park, as well as canoe and kayak rentals. The park also offers other activities such as hiking and mountain biking.
For more information visit: https://www.floridastateparks.org/park-activities/Jonathan-Dickinson#Camping
Tomoka State Park
This 1,800 acre state park found in Ormond Beach is a peninsula, nestled in between the Tomoka River and the Intracoastal Waterway. Tomoka offers 100 campsites throughout the park, all with grill, water, electric and bathroom access. Tomoka also has a boat ramp that puts you right at the mouth of the Tomoka River. Fishing within the park lends oppKayak and canoe rentals are also available.
For more information visit: https://www.floridastateparks.org/park-activities/Tomoka#Camping
Bahia Honda State Park
Bahia Honda State Park is a 500-acre key found in the Middle Keys. There are 80 camp sites offered, accommodating both tent and RV camping. With the Florida Bay to the West and the Atlantic Ocean to the East, fishing opportunities are endless. There is boat ramp access at the park, boat tours, as well as kayak rentals at the concession in the park. Snorkeling is also allowed in the park, with the shallow water surrounding the park being a great place for beginning snorkelers. The park was effected by Hurricane Irma, please be sure to check with the park for latest up dates on park recovery.
For more information visit: https://www.floridastateparks.org/park-activities/Bahia-Honda#Camping-Boat