Let's Enjoy a Camping Trip at Collier Seminole State Park! Activities available are biking trails, The Blackwater River for fishing, kayaking, canoeing (canoe rentals available), and hiking trails. Amenities include showers, restrooms, picnic tables, water hookup, and campfire rings.
Organized Activities are Below and we will be joining the WannaDo Outdoors (link) group for Saturday's Capmpfire!!!!
ALL CAMPERS MUST MAKE THEIR OWN RESERVATIONS THROUGH
Reservations should be made early. January and February are completely booked up so don't wait. Try to make your reservations for
sites #1 through #19.
Allowed per Campsite: 2 Tents with maximum 8 occupants per site, 2 cars
Post in your RSVP or below if you're looking to share a site so others can contact you about it.
Experience the natural beauty and wildlife of the Everglades, as well as a forest of tropical trees at Collier-Seminole State Park.
This 7,271-acre park lies partly within the great mangrove swamp of southern Florida, one of the largest mangrove swamps in the world. Collier-Seminole also contains one of the three original stands of the rare royal palm in Florida. The park is the site of a National Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark, the last existing Bay City Walking Dredge. Built in 1924, it was used to build the Tamiami Trail Highway (U.S. 41) through the Everglades and Big Cypress Swamp, linking Tampa and Miami and opening southwest Florida to travelers.
Visitors to Collier-Seminole have the opportunity to explore the park's wilderness in many ways, including hiking, bicycling or canoeing. Collier-Seminole provides canoe rentals, as well as a boat ramp with access to the Blackwater River, where anglers can fish for both saltwater and freshwater fishing. Collier-Seminole offers full-facility, primitive and youth camping. The picnic areas have pavilions and grills for use on a first-come, first-served basis.
All campsites have a grill, water, and picnic table.
A dump station is centrally located in the campground.
Restrooms have "hot" showers and flush toilets.
- sausages and buns -- Marie
- Chicken skewers -- Lareen
- portabello mushrooms and red peppers -- Beth
- Pasta Salad -- Vickie
- Potato Salad and Jiffy Pop -- Sheri
- Hummus and crackers - Terry
wood -- Marie
s'mores -- Marie
Coffee -- Lareen
Plan: We will have a communal cookout Saturday night on site #5 then have a campfire on site #8 joining the Wanna Do Outdoors Meetup group (link) from the East Coast. Your $2 fee will be paying for the firewood and s'mores, yummy! Bring your own plates, utensils and cups. Most of you have already posted what you'll be sharing for Saturday nights dinner but if you haven't just go ahead and do so on the notes or your RSVP. I will have charcoal and a small stove on my site so if anyone wants to share my grill to cook breakfast or anything else feel free to forgo charcoal for cooking. I will have a small frying pan and spatula.
Just an update on camping conditions. The biking trail is open this year. Last year it was closed due to an eagle nesting. I was told there is a slight detour on the biking trail, it is due to the eagle being there but that was on the down low because they don't want the eagle disturbed. The biking trail is 3.5 miles long. The hiking trail is 6.5 miles long and not accessible by bicycle. The recommendation is to wear long sleeves and pants if hiking due to mosquitoes but they are not as bad as last year according to the ranger. The hiking trail does have a small area which still has standing water. Be sure to bring insect repellent.
EVERYTHING BELOW IS OPTIONAL:
Friday: Free for all.
Saturday Option 10:00 AM Hiking: We will hit the biking and hiking trail for anyone that is interested. The hiking trail is 6.5 miles, will require sturdy shoes and you should be physically fit as it is considered rugged. You will need to bring water to drink on the trail, this is not optional. Expect to possibly get your shoes wet. The biking trail is short and should only take about 20-30 minutes then we can tour the park via bicycle. Meet at site #5.
Sunday Kayaking or Canoing Option 10:00 AM: Canoe rentals are $5.30 an hour and we will be doing a group trip Sunday morning for those interested.High tide is at noon so if we head out on the river in the morning the tide will take us out and heading back at noon it will bring us back. Checkout time is at 1:00 PM so you should have your car packed and moved by the dock if you plan on joining us. Meet at Dock.