Camping at Myakka River State Park

                                Camping at Myakka River State Park
Tired of the holiday stress and need a break? What better way to relax then spending a weekend camping with friends.


Myakka River State Park is one of my favorite parks in Florida. For the nature lovers, you'll see deer, owls, hawks, gators, turkey, wild pigs, tons of water birds and possibly a bobcat or two so don't forget to bring your cameras.

Myakka has miles of hiking trails, airboat and tram tours, a huge lake for those brave enough to kayak with all of those gators and lots more. A little bit about the park from their website.

Myakka River State Park is one of Florida's largest and most diverse natural areas.  One of Florida's Wild and Scenic rivers, the Myakka River flows through 57 square miles of wetlands, prairies, hammocks, and pinelands.  The river and its two shallow lakes attract a myriad of wetland creatures, making birding, canoeing, fishing, and wildlife observation popular activities.

I have site 52 in the Palmetto Loop Campground. Myakka has 3 different campgrounds within the park. We plan to arrive early on Thursday to spend as much time in the park as possible.

I won't be paddling on this camping trip so if anyone is interested in hosting a paddle for the group please let me know.

On Saturday 12/20 some of us plan on taking the airboat tour then hiking through some of the trails at Myakka.


We can plan a group potluck for Saturday night.

To book your camping reservations CLICK HERE to visit the Florida State Park reservations page or just follow this link. http://floridastateparks.reserveamerica.com/camping/Myakka_River_Sp/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=FL&parkId=281056&topTabIndex=CampingSpot 

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  • Wes C

    It was great to see everyone again. It has been too long. Thanks, Mike, for organizing and provide a place for the pot luck.

    December 23

  • Craig G.

    Truly a great weekend. I just wish it hadn't gone so fast. Special thanks to Mike for hosting this great event, at such a great State park. We aught to come back here more often.

    December 23

  • Sam G.

    Thank you Mike for hosting this Adventure. I really appreciate all you have done for the Slackers

    December 23

  • Mike R

    a really fun weekend with such an outstanding group of people. Had a great time around the campfire and the potluck.

    1 · December 23

    • Rodney

      Thanks for hosting this trip!

      1 · December 23

  • Ann F.

    Great weekend. Thanks for organizing and pot luck was fantastic. Had a lot of fun on the kayak trip Saturday! Thanks again!

    December 22

  • Linda W.

    Great place to camp, hike, bike, etc. I arrived Thursday and could have used more time to explore but still got in lots of fun stuff. Thanks again, Mike, for organizing the event & for hosting Saturday's potluck.

    December 22

  • Paula

    What a fun time! Kayaking, biking, hiking (briefly) ...and hanging out with the gang. Go Gators!

    December 21

  • Alastair B.

    Great trip, good company, and a great paddle Saturday!

    December 21

  • Kristina

    Had a perfect place to hang my hammock. Bathrooms were very clean. White tile that was white, Hot water that was Hot, and some of the most beautiful evening bird songs I have ever had the privilege to listen to.

    1 · December 21

  • Nanette

    I'm at big flats #25. Do we have a launch time for saturday

    December 19

    • Linda S

      Sorry...extremely limited cell service at Park. Hope you found us.

      December 21

  • Linda S

    I think Karen D. left her green chair at site 52. In case anyone has it.

    December 21

  • Linda S

    Awesome TRIP! OMG you wore me out...fell asleep driving home. HIKED to Gator Hole. Kayaked. Had great times around the campfire. Thanks.

    December 21

  • Jim S.

    Great time with great friends old and new!!

    2 · December 21

  • Ann

    Jim! Jane Harley wants to share your campsite with a tent. Please call her... [masked]

    December 19

  • Linda S

    Site list (maybe)...."Big Flats" 11 Jim Smith [tent space open]. "Old Prairie" (27-48) Don Thompson 28 [tent space avail ? car] Wes 33, Craig 36, Ann 39, Alistair 47, Kristina 48. "Palmetto" Mike Rosa 52 (Sat Nite pot luck dinner -bring firewood!) Linda Worth 63, Chuck 64, Linda S & Karen D 68, Rodney 70, WAS Julie N now? 78, Ann Forbes 80, Elizabeth P 83. SEE Ya.

    2 · December 19

    • Ann F.

      Linda, as always thanks for the extra help and details that makes everyone else's adventure that much easier! Will be there bright and early Saturday morning with my kayak!

      December 19

    • Ann

      Thanks Linda!!

      December 19

  • Mike R

    We're less than a week away from our Myakka camping trip. I'd like to host a potluck dinner at my site #52 on Saturday night at 6. If you're interested in joining please post what you'd like to bring to share with the group. Also, please update your RSVP if you can't make the trip so we can get an accurate head count.

    December 15

    • Wes C

      Deviled eggs

      1 · December 17

    • Craig G.

      Paula is cooking up a Potato side dish that sounds Yummy.

      December 19

  • Kristina

    Is anyone planning on hiking Saturday?

    December 18

    • amy

      There are a few that are going to try to hike to the deep hole. Rodney is trying to get a permit. I am going to try to come down just to hike out there.

      December 18

    • amy

      Rodney is not hiking on Saturday. I am not camping, I am sick. If someone else can get a permit for tomorrow to hike to the deep hole there are several of us day trippers that want to go.

      December 19

  • Ann

    Amy one else going to be at Old Prairie Campground. Also, i'm heading up early Friday afternoon to set up camp. What time are folks planning on arriving on Friday?

    December 17

    • Ann

      Great! I'll be looking for others there, too.

      December 18

    • Craig G.

      I'm in site 36.

      December 19

  • Jim S.

    In case anyone still needs a place to stay, Ronda as you know is sick so there is room for another tent on site 11 in the Big Flat Loop.

    1 · December 19

  • Ann

    I've got my reservation for Old Prairie Campground, Site 39. For those interested, I would be glad to lead a paddle above the damn there. Myakka State Park could use some help with removing invasive apple snail eggs (bright pink, near the water). Easy to do and an objective for a paddle.

    3 · October 27

    • Ann

      Had already done the lower with Kayak Explorers and am not bringing my kayak this trip. Do want to bike and hike and canoe if not too windy.

      December 18

    • Linda S

      I am NOT interested in Canoeing, but I put a canoe seat in the truck if you want to borrow it. Canoes are 16 feet Grumman, with two seats. Rentals are $20 first hour and $5 per hour thereafter. They will fit three adults but the third person has to sit on cushions on the floor. [masked] Canoe Outpost.

      2 · December 18

  • amy

    I'm bummed...too sick to make this a camping weekend. Will at least try to come out for a few hours on Saturday.

    December 18

    • Linda S

      Hugs. Get better soon.

      1 · December 18

    • Craig G.

      Oh no, Feel better Amy. We'll miss you.

      1 · December 18

  • Elizabeth P

    I'd like to kayak on Friday. Anyone else who is interested can find me on Site 83.

    1 · December 18

    • Mary

      I'm coming in around noon on Friday and would love to paddle in the afternoon.

      December 18

  • Ann

    Just a FYI, cellphone reception is practically non existent in the park.

    December 18

  • Mike R

    I picked up 3 bundles of firewood for our potluck Saturday night...if a few others could bring some wood, that would be outstanding.

    December 18

  • Mike R

    I'm heading to Myakka Thursday late morning and will be on site 52 in the Palmetto loop so feel free to stop past to say hello when you arrive.

    2 · December 17

  • Linda S

    I booked site 68 Palmetto Loop (pull through gravel site) . I am coming in Wednesday.

    1 · May 22, 2014

    • Karen D.

      I'm trying to find a site to share too..?

      1 · December 10

    • Linda S

      OK Karen D...I'll email you the site info. See ya!

      December 17

  • Ronda G

    Been sick with a sinus infection so I have to pass on this trip. Jim, I sent you a private message regarding our site. Have fun everyone!

    2 · December 16

    • Don T.

      Yes, probably. . See my post a few minutes ago.

      1 · December 17

    • Linda S

      Thanks Don. Karen D. has a site with me.

      December 17

  • Linda S

    December 11 2014....Anyone who needs a spot or has a spot to share please respond to this post. Karen D needs a spot. (If you THOUGHT you were sharing, check the NO rsvps, because your partner may have cancelled!).

    1 · December 11

    • Karen D.

      Ah men

      December 13

    • Linda S

      Ok Karen D my site is open...C'mon Down.

      December 17

  • Ron B

    I've developed a rotator cuff tendinitis that just hasn't resolved to the point where I want to try out a weekend of paddling. I won't be able to make this one.

    December 17

  • Don T.

    Am on site 28 in old Prairie loop. I can share. I'm sure there is room for a tent. Some parks consider my van & trailer as 2 vehicles, so parking might have to be close by.

    2 · December 17

  • Charlie H.

    What is the plan for paddling on Saturday.

    December 16

    • Wes C

      Saturday morning I plan to paddle from the picnic pavilion near the entrance up river to the dam and back. Meet at 9am; start paddling 9:30am. No permit required. If you have one, bring a kayak cart to traverse the 100 yards from the parking lot to the river.

      1 · December 17

    • amy

      Charlie, I know Rodney was going to try and get a permit to go to the hole!

      December 17

  • Wes C

    Loop-Site number Cross-Reference:
    Big Flats Loop (near upper lake): sites 1-26
    Old Prairie Loop: (on right, near entrance) sites 27-48
    Palmetto Ridge Loop (on left, near entrance): sites 49-89

    1 · December 16

  • Alastair B.

    Was able to get site 47 today!! Will arrive Friday early to set up. If you want to put up a tent, I can accommodate some one else.

    1 · December 14

    • Mary

      Which campground are you in?

      December 15

    • Alastair B.

      Old Prairie Camp ground, looks like there are 20 sites on this loop.

      1 · December 15

  • Linda W.

    I'll bring an appetizer. I'm on 63 and will arrive Thursday also.

    2 · December 15

  • Wes C

    I'm bringing my kayak and bicycle. Let me know if you want to bike or kayak.

    October 14

    • Rodney

      And Amy too!!!

      December 10

    • Ali

      I will bring my mountain bike too

      December 14

  • Alastair B.

    If any one has a spot for a tear drop camper at their site, I'd love to join you and split the cost.

    1 · December 13

  • Ann F.

    I have reserved and paid for a camp site and I'm willing to share it. I need to look up the number and will post later tonight.

    September 24

    • Karen D.

      I have my van that I sleep in-..? Any room for me too?

      December 13

    • Ann F.

      I already promised it to Sam.

      December 13

  • Wayne

    I got lost in all these posts, anyone still have a spot they are willing to share? I just have a tent.

    December 4

  • Rodney

    I am coming to join everyone! I have site # 70 and glad to share. I will arrive on Saturday morning early and leave on Sunday afternoon. Anyone want to carpool from Orlando?

    2 · November 5

    • sarah b

      Rodney, I'd love to carpool. my email is [masked]. can we discuss separately?

      1 · December 1

    • Ali

      Rodney...I will be interested to share site ...

      December 1

  • amy

    Daniel, who is signed up through FLOAT to go on this trip, is looking for a site to share. He asked me to post here to see if anyone has a site to share. He has a pop-up if anyone has room otherwise he will bring his tent.

    November 28

  • Nona

    Son's flying in that weekend.

    November 28

  • Tracy E.

    Forgot I have tickets for Fleetwood Mac that weekend. If I was sharing a site with anyone please know I will not be needed spot. Lol. Way to many posts.

    November 27

  • Rachael D.

    I've got a tent only site reserved but I am going to have to cancel. If someone wants the site, I'll try to coordinate with you so you can have it.

    November 24

    • sarah b

      Rachael that would be great thanks a lot.

      November 24

    • sarah b

      Rachael I will call you after lunch. I'm back to back meetings this morning thank you.

      November 25

  • sarah b

    Does anyone have a small patch of ground to share Saturday night? I have a tent with a small footprint...or happy to tent share and share costs.....

    November 24

  • Julie N

    I have site 76. My sister and family are coming into town for a week and arrive on th 19th. Does anyone want the site. Send me your email through site msg and I well email the reservation confirmation. Sorry to miss this.

    November 19

    • Jim S.

      I could use a cold patch of ground to sleep on :)

      November 19

    • Ronda G

      Jim, I have a half a site if you are interested!?!?

      November 19

  • Ann F.

    Have booked site 80 for 3 nights and I'm will share too.

    October 23

    • Sam G.

      Alabama first - SEC second. If Alabama can't win it all I will pull for Miss State.

      November 15

    • Ronda G

      Uh-oh! Is Sam still in? Roll Tide!

      1 · November 15

  • Rachael D.

    Is anyone familiar with the park? I reserved a tent-only site in a different loop (the one closest to the lake). If it's not too terribly far, I'll leave it as is. Otherwise, I'll try to change it.

    June 12

    • Rachael D.

      Nice. Thanks, Nanette. I'm glad I chose well.

      2 · September 4

    • Ronda G

      The Palmetto loop was totally booked Sunday. I booked site 11 on the Big Flats loop!

      September 23

  • Kristina

    I would love to share two trees for my hammock on a site and split the cost.

    May 22, 2014

    • Linda S

      The State Parks are now installing hammock stands at a few parks at a few sites. Blackwater River state park had one hammock stand site back in February 2014. Generally you have to confine your equipment and vehicles to certain areas of the site.

      June 25

    • Linda S

      Hammock camping IS allowed on certain sites at Myakka. #7, 8, 11, 15, 23, 27, 33, 48 . FYI-Florida Caverns now has a ton of sites listed for Hammocks too!!!! Yippee.

      June 28

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