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Great free camping spot!

You need a reservation but it's a beautiful spot with a great view of the river, and a few tables and fire pits!

Very different from Spring 2020

Still a very nice primitive campground, the access and sites have changed, drastically. The large open pasture/meadow is no longer a vehicle area, same with the 5 sites within that area. There is a designated area to leave vehicles, and the sites on the river are walk in only. The area is open, but you can no longer pull your vehicle in next to your campsite. 

I would suspect this was done because of the increase in the size of campers trying to park close. A view of the sites from the river makes it pretty apparent the situation is near critical. 

Fear not, the area a few hundred feet closer to the entrance is now the drive up primitive campground, 3 sites on the east or river side of the road, and 2 or 3 on the west side. All are pretty open, this used to be the group camp area. There is a concrete covered area with public tables, each site has a fire ring and table….one is missing a fire ring and the tables are…primitive too. 

Its still a great part of the river, there is access to the river from the primitive area and there is a ramp sort of. The airboats are loud, probably on the weekend its rather distractive. 

There were a variety of folks, me in my cargo conversion, a couple pickup camping, a couple of different fellas on different nights in tents. The river is low, ever beautiful. Verizon signal was awful. Still love this preserve. The float into Gum Slough is right there at the edge of the campground, simply an awesome trip. ..still one of my favorite short trips and free camping as a bonus!

Not good for little kids

Very close to Orlando. I have a 3 years old girl and we couldn't do anything because there isn't shallow areas in the water. It is a deep pool. No too much shade in the camping area and with trees debris. Restrooms were super clean.

Hidden gem!

Lovely little park with a small and quite campsite that has lots of amenities. Clean bathroom, hot shower, water at the site. Site 3 backs up to a boggy part of the lake that you can fish from w/a Texas rig.

There's a full playground at the main park with covered shelters that we spent some time at. From there we saw tons of boattailed grackles, woodpeckers, herons, and a couple of gators.

Great place to stay

We loved visiting this area, the beach was clean and nice. There was also great trails to walk/ride on. We also enjoyed the farmers market at the amphitheater close by.

Nice place

We stay en primitive camping and the space was nice. Very silent and clean. The community bathroom are very clean an spacious. we stayed there since in wekiwa there wasn't even room in the primitive spaces. and although everything was fine at the resort we would not stay again as it is very expensive for what you want

Primitive camp

Its a great place to enjoy the nature in family, have water and bathroom available. And very spacious. Beautiful place

Save yourself the trip

Don’t come here, this place is a dump. If you want access to the lake, sure. It’ll do. But don’t waste your time when there are a ton of other options.

Not bad for the price

If you’re looking for something long term, this isn’t bad for the low price. It’s an RV park at the end of the day, so just know what you’re getting yourself into.

Great for snorkeling

The campsite is nothing to write home about, but I had an amazing time snorkeling here. The location is really convenient and close to Gainesville, so if you want to spend some time being active in the water during the day but want to chill and go see a movie in a theatre at night, you can totally do that. There are a ton of great restaurants and shopping nearby. It’s nice that you can come to snorkel but also have a really inexpensive place to stake your tent at night.