If you want to experience Old Florida charm (and a great catch), these fish camps offer the perfect blend of relaxation and recreation. If you’re looking for a five-star hotel, look elsewhere. Staying in a fish camp is closer to, well, camping. Even if you don’t want to fish, their campsites and cabins offer tranquil waterfront views of wildlife. It’s the perfect no-frills, no-fuss way to get away from it all. Make sure to get your fishing license before you go, if you haven’t already. Get more info
1. Grape Hammock Fish Camp, Lake Wales
Grape Hammock offers cabins and RV sites on Lake Kissimmee. Even if fishing isn't your favorite pastime, you'll have a blast at Grape Hammock. Guests rave about the airboat tours here, where they have spotted all kinds of wildlife from gators to Bald Eagles.
2. Lake Rousseau RV and Fishing Resort, Crystal River
Lake Rousseau is a great freshwater fishing spot, with nice facilities and campgrounds shaded by large oaks. Doesn't this scene look inviting?
3. Shell Island Fish Camp, St. Marks
This camp in the fishing village of St. Marks offers motel rooms and cabins on the Wakulla River. Visit the nearby St. Marks Wildlife Refuge and Wakulla Springs State Park for the perfect Old Florida vacation.
4. Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge, Big Pine Key
If you're looking for an awesome spot in the Keys that won't break the bank, you've found the right place. It's located less than eight miles from the National Key Deer Refuge on the Spanish Harbor Channel. This lodge and campgrounds offers plenty of family-oriented fun, about 30 miles from Key West.
5. Camp Mack's River Resort, Lake Wales
Why fish in just one lake when you can visit three? Camp Mack's provides access to Lake Kissimmee, Hatchineha, and Cyprus Lake, for a wide variety of Florida freshwater fish. Of course, if you're looking for Large Mouth Bass, they've got you covered.
6. Pana Vista Lodge, Lake Panasoffkee
This charming lodge sits on the Outlet River between Lake Panasoffkee and the Withlacoochee River. The property has a long history as a camp, and was even a citrus packing plant at the turn of the 20th century.
7. Roland Martin Marina & Resort, Clewiston
Serious bass fishermen will have a blast at this camp on Lake Okeechobee. This full-service marina offers many different ways to stay, fishing guides, airboat tours, a restaurant and tiki bar.
8. Stegbone's Fish Camp, Satsuma
This cozy spot on the St. Johns between Satsuma and Welaka has been around since 1946. Relax around the campfire and watch the modern world melt away. Stegbone's has a great location near St. Augustine and Daytona.
9. River Palm Cottages & Fish Camp, Jensen Beach
This camp on Florida's east coast is the perfect spot on the Indian River for catching tarpon or snook, or just a relaxing getaway.
10. Parramore's Campground, Astor
This peaceful and rustic spot on the St. Johns offers camping and cabin rentals close to everything Central Florida has to offer, but without the hustle and bustle.
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