FLORIDA FISH CAMPS
Authentic Old Florida Backroads Getaways

Florida fish camps are among the finest places to experience authentic Old Florida.  

They are sometimes overlooked as lodging choices, but many of them do have guest rooms or cabins and this makes them great places to get away for a few days or weeks and experience natural Florida.

There are fish camps in all eight geographic regions of Florida with a wide variety of fishing and lodging choices.

Cabin at Florida fish campCabin at a Florida Fish Camp

Fishing is Optional at Most Florida Fish Camps

Quite often, fishing is optional.

Even if you don't fish, you can chill out, rent boats and explore the area on the water or on the back roads in a true Old Florida getaway.

Florida was first settled along its Atlantic and Gulf coasts, and not long after the settlers began to arrive and set up communities on the state's many rivers and lakes. Florida fish camps are quite often representative of that kind of Old Florida.

Most of them do not have lodging accommodations, and when they do they are often spartan and not plush by most standards.  Usually they are clean and quite a bit cheaper than their fancier counterparts among the chain motels and hotels.

Catfish Johnny's in Lake PanasoffkeeCatfish Johnny's in Lake Panasoffkee

If you choose a fish camp without lodging, they are still great places for day trips to launch your own boat or rent one of theirs.  Many fish camps also offer fishing guides and conduct ecotours along the water bodies they inhabit.

Waterfront property in Florida is ever increasing in value and this puts the pressure on fish camps.  Many have sold out in recent years and what remains in their place is not Old Florida, but New Florida with its high rise condominiums and waterfront restaurants.

Many waterfront restaurants in Florida carry the moniker "fish camp" and we list them from time to time anyway.  Just be advised they may not be the real deal.

Waterfront at a Florida Fish CampWaterfront at a Florida Fish Camp

Enjoy a Florida fish camp while you still can.  Here's a list of some of them across Florida.

NORTHWEST FLORIDA FISH CAMPS

Bay City Lodge, Apalachicola
Becks Fish Camp and Wildlife Refuge, Cantonment
Jim's Fish Camp, Pace
Smith's Fish Camp, Pensacola
Tharp's Camp Cedar, Panama Cty


NORTH CENTRAL FLORIDA FISH CAMPS

Chattahoochee RV Campground, Chattahoochee
Shell Island Fish Camp & Marina, St. Marks
Twin Lakes Fish Camp, Cross Creek
Whippoorwill Sportsmen's Lodge, Quincy


NORTHEAST FLORIDA FISH CAMPS

Browns Creek Fish Camp, Jacksonville
Clark's Fish Camp, Jacksonville
Stegbone's Fish Camp, Satsuma


CENTRAL EAST FLORIDA FISH CAMPS

Camp Holly, Melbourne
Highland Park Fish Camp, DeLand
Honest John's Fish Camp, Melbourne Beach
Lone Cabbage Fish Camp, Cocoa
Parramore's Fantastic Fish Camp, Astor



CENTRAL FLORIDA FISH CAMPS

Bert's Hideaway Resort, Lake Wales
Camp Mack River Resort, Lake Wales
Palm Gardens Restaurant & Marina, Tavares
Pratt's Resort on Lake June, Lake Placid


CENTRAL WEST FLORIDA FISH CAMPS

Homosassa River Retreat,  Homosassa
Moonrise Resort, Floral City
Pana Vista Lodge, Lake Panasoffkee


SOUTHWEST FLORIDA FISH CAMPS

Glades Haven Cozy Cabins, Everglades City
Peace River Mobile Home RV Park & Fish Camp, Punta Gorda
Roland Martin Marina and Resort, Clewiston
Little Big Man's Marina, Moore Haven
Uncle Joe's Fish Camp, Moore Haven


SOUTHEAST FLORIDA FISH CAMPS

Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge, Big Pine Key
Dolphin Marina and Cottages, Little Torch Key
J&S Fish Camp, Okeechobee
Macks Fish Camp, Krome Avenue in Miami
Old Wooden Bridge Fishing Camp, Big Pine Key
River Palm Cottages & Fish Camp, Jensen Beach
Slim's Fish Camp, Belle Glade


Much of the information in our website has been published in a series of Amazon Kindle books for each of Florida's eight geographical regions.

Florida Backroads Travel, a separate Kindle book, covers all of the regions of the state in one volume.

All books can be read on a computer, tablet, Kindle and most smart phones.

Click on the book cover for free previews of these books at Amazon.com.


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