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Old 11-22-2015, 05:26 PM
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Wife and I are planning 2 weeks end of December. Will be using truck camper pulling 23ft boat. Looking for suggestions for campground with marina or C.G with launch nearby. Thinking 1 week in Apalachaicola area maybe other week warmer area southern Florida. Want to fish maybe try shrimping ,want wife to see dolphins and enjoy white sands of St Goeorge area. Thanks for ideas want to make reservations if its not too late.
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Old 11-22-2015, 08:13 PM
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I am not sure about Appalach for camping but there are 2 campgrounds at Carrabelle one at the beach and one on the river. There is also a state park at the east end of St George. The weather could be quite cold this time of year you may want to move much further south.
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Do you prefer mostly bay or offshore fishing?

Around Tampa Bay (Gulf) you have:
-Simmons Park CG and ramp on the bay in Apollo Bch/Ruskin. 1 hour run to offshore.
-Ft. Desoto CG with largest ramp in FL. 5 minutes to offshore. Nice beach and area for dogs.

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Originally Posted by r.waddill View Post
................. The weather could be quite cold this time of year you may want to move much further south.
Ditto
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Old 11-23-2015, 05:22 PM
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This will be first time on my boat in bay or offshore,did charters in past with buddies. So either will be fun,will look at Carrabelle, would be nice to find warmer area that isn't booked.
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Melbourne would be my choice...Sebastian inlet park or Long beach campground...nice beach, great fishing.....
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Apalachicola has some nice campgrounds but most are primitive so unless you have a generator, could be uncomfortable. Campgrounds are 25 miles plus from nearest anything.
Your call but I'd probably head further south. You could be looking at freeze warnings that time of year in panhandle.
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I've found these site helpful as they show pictures of the campgrounds. http://www.reserveamerica.com/ http://floridastateparks.reserveamerica.com/ not sure if reservations are needed that time of the year. i know they can fill up sometimes, more than you might think.
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reserve america sucks....looking at the website you would think every camp site/cabin is booked...forever...however, it is not the case at all....they take the fee, mark the spot as taken, the park system gets their cut...no one shows up on the day reserved to actually camp and enjoy the park....I'd bet it's more than 50% of the time.....experienced it many times...."we are nearly full" say the camp staff...."two sites left"....we get one and stroll around the campground.....barely 10 of the 40 sites have campers on them....sorry to hijack the thread....to the OP....Melbourne!...check it out....
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Might look at Shell Island marina at St Marks.
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Old 11-24-2015, 05:11 AM
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Originally Posted by slickster View Post
reserve america sucks....looking at the website you would think every camp site/cabin is booked...forever...however, it is not the case at all....they take the fee, mark the spot as taken, the park system gets their cut...no one shows up on the day reserved to actually camp and enjoy the park....I'd bet it's more than 50% of the time.....experienced it many times...."we are nearly full" say the camp staff...."two sites left"....we get one and stroll around the campground.....barely 10 of the 40 sites have campers on them....sorry to hijack the thread....to the OP....Melbourne!...check it out....
Yep, I agree. Witnessed it many a time.
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As noted above ReserveAmerica is not perfect but it is a quick resource to get an idea (with pics) of what the campsites look like and a way to book (if available).

Another resource is a book from www.moon.com called "Florida Camping". It is a very complete list with descriptions of most parks (public & pvt) in the state and has a rating system 1-10.
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At the rate campers and RV's have been coming into Florida you would think the state would already be full. The flocks of RVs are bigger than the flocks of birds headed this way.
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Check out long key. seabird marina, fiesta key rv resort and the long key state park. Seabird and fiesta key both have ramps and slips. I would not slip in seabird it can get a bunch of chop and bang your boat around when wind is from the north.

If you want old Florida check out "best of both worlds" in islamorada. Cool little spot and has dockage. It isn't a campground per se but by the time you pay camp fees, boat ramp fees, trailer parking fees, you're in the keys fees, it may be cheaper to stay there and leave your boat in the water. They have plenty of parking so you could still use your truck camper.
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Truck camper/boat guy here also. I've never been to Fla. with the camper/boat but would like to some time. The CSC group just stayed at McCrae's on the West side and it looks really nice. No camper necessary.

http://www.macraesofhomosassa.com/
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Truck camper/boat guy here also. I've never been to Fla. with the camper/boat but would like to some time. The CSC group just stayed at McCrae's on the West side and it looks really nice. No camper necessary.

http://www.macraesofhomosassa.com/
There's a nice little campground that's sort of hidden in the residential area downriver from MaCrae's. Has a private ramp and dockage (don't know if it can handle the OP's 23 footer).

http://www.campnwater.com/
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Originally Posted by slickster View Post
reserve america sucks....looking at the website you would think every camp site/cabin is booked...forever...however, it is not the case at all....they take the fee, mark the spot as taken, the park system gets their cut...no one shows up on the day reserved to actually camp and enjoy the park....I'd bet it's more than 50% of the time.....experienced it many times...."we are nearly full" say the camp staff...."two sites left"....we get one and stroll around the campground.....barely 10 of the 40 sites have campers on them....sorry to hijack the thread....to the OP....Melbourne!...check it out....
Interesting! Good to know.
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park at egmont key
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park at egmont key
Great day trip from Tampa Bay area (boat only)...
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Not sure you are going to find any campgrounds with vacancies, this time of year. Friends of ours tried to book reservations for December from Orlando south to the keys with their camper and could not find ANY which had vacancy. Hope you have better luck!
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