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Matlacha Isles-Matlacha Shores , FLORIDA

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Most Recent Matlacha Isles-Matlacha Shores Camping Reviews
Camping is no longer allowed there

It is a beautiful park with so much history it now closes at sundown so no camping

Great for RV/ATV/dirtbikes ... not so much if you prefer primitive tent

Ended up here after our first choice was flooded out.


Lots of amenities and a camp store. Even if you're 'primitive' camping, there are amenities at the entrance of the property.

Close to Peace River for fossil hunting - we found LOTS and the camp store sells all the gear you need.


Loud vehicles at all times goin' real fast with shiny lights and various Toby Keith songs bumpin' (no shade on Toby Keith, but I'd rather not hear Red Solo Cup at 1am when I'm camping)

Ecologically diverse and full of opportunities to see nature. Loved Myakka!

Perhaps the most ecologically diverse state park in Florida, Myakka River State Park has lots of nature viewing opportunities. Located just east of Sarasota you’ll find lots to do without having to leave the park. However, because of the age and condition of the campsites, for an exceptional camping experience, you'll want to choose your campsie carefully.

There are 3 separate and distinct campgrounds at Myakka River State Park. Depending on whether your tent camping or have an RV, you really want to pay attention here. Old Prairie Campground(sites 27– 48) and Big Flats Campground(sites 1– 26) are the oldest. These sites were not necessarily built for large RV’s although you can get into some of them with an RV up to 30 feet. Palmetto Ridge Campground(sites 49– 90) is the newest and will accommodate RV’s of any size and has sewer hookups. The other 2 campgrounds do not. 

We can’t imagine going to another Florida State Park and seeing more of nature than we did here. While riding our bikes along Park and North Drive, and taking a drive early one morning to the Outpost to get some cell service, it was a Florida safari! I’ve never seen so many alligators in the wild. From babies to big daddies, they lined the river and the edge of the lake. We saw black vultures by the dozens, turkey vultures, turkeys, and deer. There was a family of raccoons that visited each night to see what we might have left out for them. They had no luck. And the variety of birds in and around the lake was amazing. There were several that we hadn’t seen before.

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Felt more like a retirement community than a campground

Everything was fine with the stay. Clean site. No check in problems. Nice pool. The vibe was just more like a trailer park/ retirement community verses campground. It seems a lot of people keep their site for a long time. Many sites seemed permanent. We traveled with friends. There site was so tight they were miserable and left a day early. They had a pop up camper with 5 children and 4 adults, 2 cars parked next to them. The children( very young) we’re out screaming at night after 10 pm. It just wasn’t a fun experience.


Amazing place. Everything you could want in a campground. Multiple activities you can’t cover in a short stay.

Great stay!

We had a fantastic stay. Great location and everything you could need or want. Convenient reservations and check in.

Trifecta! Nightlife, Beaches, Florida jungle

What I love about this property is the beautiful oak trees that shade most sites. Surrounded by pines, palms and a beautiful lake that enters the Gulf of Mexico. Amenities include minigolf, putting and driving range, horse shoes, tennis, basketball, badminton, ping pong, pool, large swimming pool, volleyball, kayaking and more. Your less than a mile and half from beaches, legacy bike trail and Main Street Venice, Fl. Venice is a favorite small florida city, famous for its beaches full of fossilized sharks teeth, Sharky's fishing pier, interesting jetty's, great cafes and shops down historical Main Street.

Beautiful Park

We stayed here 6 nights in Palmetto Ridge Campground which had full hookups. It is an extremely well maintained park with large roomy sites in the campground we stayed in. There are two more campgrounds available in the park, but they were not sewer equipped and also too small for our 40' 5er. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and will definitely be going back in the future. It is about a half hour drive to either Siesta Key Beach or Turtle Beach from the park so it is very convenient for that.

Canoe run camping

Awesome place to camp without having to Carrier your equipment. When you get to the outpost you put your gear in the trailer and they drive it to the campsite for you. They drive you in a bus with the canoes and from there you paddle down to your campsite. The campsite we stayed at was nice and high off the river. The campsite are nice and big with a nice size table. Make sure you get a shovel and sleuth to find some snark teeth. We found over 100 just at the campsite alone.