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Car Camping Collier Seminole State Park

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!!!!

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ALL CAMPERS MUST MAKE THEIR OWN RESERVATIONS THROUGH

THIS LINK

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.

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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.

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Saturday dinner

  • 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

extras

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.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great time. Many thanks to: Marie for organizing the event and being the snake spotter. Sherri for helping me assemble my new tent (my first camping in Florida) and Lareen for saving a nice cup of coffee for me this morning. Lets do it again!!

    December 9, 2012

  • Sheri

    It was a lot of fun! The park was great....the kids and I are planning on going back to make it a longer weekend! Thanks Marie for organizing!!

    December 9, 2012

  • Tom H.

    I have to apologize. I was afraid this would happen. I have to attend a CEU class Saturday in Orlando, then I am working in Tampa Monday and Tuesday. I will be spending the weekend in the Greater Tampa area.

    Rain check, please?

    December 7, 2012

  • Melissa

    Ok, we're IN! Marie, we'll share your site if you'll still have us. Did you know the Wannados are commandeering the other half of the loop this weekend!? Should b a lot of fun. We won't get there til Fri nite too. Hopefully by 8?

    December 4, 2012

    • Marie

      Holy cow, I had no idea. That is too cool!!! I stole the $2 fee idea from Phil, LOL.

      December 4, 2012

    • Marie

      I was told by the ranger to call Friday morning for the code so if you need it I'll have it. They close the gate at 5:30.

      December 4, 2012

  • Sheri

    I'm bringing jiffy pop popcorn also! :)

    December 4, 2012

  • Melissa

    Marie, thanks so much. I will confirm with you in the next day or so. I have to get the go ahead from the +1 :)

    December 3, 2012

  • Janine

    Tom, I currently have site 13 for Saturday only but I need to cancel. In order to get my refund, I will call them at 3:00 if you want to call Reserve America shortly after to try to book it (Give them 5 minutes for the site to go into the system). They will not let me transfer the site. Their # is[masked]

    December 3, 2012

  • Melissa

    Hey Marie! Am looking for a spot for one tent, two people for Fri and Sat. You still interested in sharing your site?

    December 2, 2012

    • Marie

      Hey Melissa, I'd love to share for both Fri. and Sat. I'll be a bit late on Friday and coming straight from work from Marco Island.

      December 3, 2012

  • Sheri

    I was going to be brats w/buns...but saw Marie is bringing that. So, I guess I'll bring potato salad for Saturday's din din! :)

    December 3, 2012

  • Lareen

    Yes, we have lots of room. Marie should have an extra spot, I have an extra spot, and I believe Janine still has her site that she is unable to use. Please plan on coming, Tom @ Melissa. Between the 3 of us, we'll get back to you with details.

    December 3, 2012

  • Tom H.

    I am interested in this campinmg trip. Does anyone have a site that isn't totally occupied? I have a small 3 person backpacker tent. I also have other camping essentials to share.

    December 3, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Terry will bring Hummus and crackers

    November 29, 2012

  • Lareen

    All campsites have a grill, water, and picnic table.
    Electric sites have 30 amp service.
    Vickie, we'll be bringing our 10cup electric coffee maker.

    November 21, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Tks Lareen

      November 21, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll bring a pasta salad.

    November 19, 2012

  • Marie

    I'll bring some sort of sausages to grill with buns.

    November 19, 2012

  • Beth

    I'll bring some marinated portobello mushrooms. The big ones. And some red peppers. They're great grilled.

    November 17, 2012

  • Marie

    We'll do a campfire on one site and grill for all to cook and share on Saturday night. All can post what they're contributing for the communal meal so we have food rounded out. The rest of the time you take care of your own meals.

    November 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    This will be my first camping experience in FL. and am testing this out. Just bought a tent and sleeping bag. How is cooking organized? I don't have cooking gear yet, I don't really have to cook for an over nighter but a cuppa coffee in the am would be nice.

    November 16, 2012

  • Marie

    I just added a $2 fee for firewood and smores to share.

    October 12, 2012

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  • Marie
    Assistant Organizer
    Event Host
  • Melissa +1
  • Lareen +1
    The Organizer Bunny, Assistant Organizer
  • Sheri +2
  • A former member
    +1 guest
  • A former member

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