Starkey Wilderness Park Group camping fun in February!

  • February 21, 2014 · 7:00 PM

Starkey is a wonderful 8300 acre wildlife park, with many interesting trails, Audubon designed birding trail, 117 species seen, wildlife including deer, turkey, gators, coyotes. Depending on the season, colorful native flowers plants and trees are just begging to be photographed. Water vistas and lookout points make for interesting walks.
Camping in main campground, or in group camp, with easy access parking and biking trails. Best of all, its close, off Hwy 52 in New Port Richey area.
Lets camp together, and enjoy a fire, bike ride on 7 miles of trails, or hiking!
I will obtain the permits again for the group site, available only one month ahead. Restrooms with showers are available via family camping area, a short walk from the group camp site. Picnic tables, large fire pit, and firewood (free) and water . No electricity, so bring your lanterns, coolers, food, bedding tent and warm clothing,etc. Propane heaters( love my buddy_ heater) might be a good idea.
Details and dates coming soon. Group meal will be cooked by me on the fire Saturday night, bring an accompaniment. Byob quietly and your fav music. Bikes, walks, wildlife observation, evening campfire, no kayaking. 9-16 campers only 15.00 to 20.00 per night, so its a great deal, your cost will depend on how many are attending.
Sorry, no dogs allowed in camping areas. Feel free to suggest any activities you may enjoy. Dates to be announced

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  • michele c.

    It's always a good day outdoors, especially walking, eating, laughing & talking with others. Those funny one-liners remain with me. Happy trails.

    February 24, 2014

  • Randall

    Wish i could have spent more time with everyone. Dog duties can really interfer with the fun of camping. Thanks so much to so many for the hospitality, wonderful food and friendship!

    February 24, 2014

  • Anna B.

    Great park and sites. Close to conveniences Rules and regulations a bit extreme.

    February 24, 2014

  • Beth A.

    So much fun. Its was great to see old friends and meeting new ones.

    1 · February 24, 2014

  • Jim M.

    Sorry to change so late. I'm skiing in Winter Park Colorado right now. 0 degrees with 20mph winds.

    February 20, 2014

  • Anna B.

    My phone no. is[masked] call if arriving late, the gate no. probably changes regularly I would think.

    February 20, 2014

  • Paula

    Hi Anna, I had a great time last year at this park with the group, so I signed up again. Is there a camp site available for my tent?

    February 16, 2014

    • Anna B.

      yes no problem

      February 20, 2014

  • Colleen L.

    Feel bad to cancel at the last minute, but life happens and we will not be able to attend. Look forward to meeting everyone in April though.

    February 19, 2014

  • christopher

    Sorry for late change but some stuff has come up and I have to work that weekend now. Will try for next time

    February 17, 2014

  • michele c.

    Is that monkey coming? I'll bring something for the vegetarians.

    1 · February 17, 2014

  • Beth A.

    I'm going to bring some pico de gallo & fruit salsa with cinnamon chips for Friday. I was thinking about making chicken quesadilla's for Saturday night.

    1 · February 17, 2014

  • Anna B.

    Should be enough sites. So far it looks like just 4 tents night one, 5 Sat, so no problem! Plunk it down on either[masked]

    February 16, 2014

  • michele c.

    Camping just Sat night.

    1 · February 15, 2014

  • Anna B.

    Friday night will be hotdogs. Please bring a condiment. I will provide dogs buns.

    February 14, 2014

  • Anna B.

    What will be there
    Water supply. Hot showers and rest rooms in the camp area. No electric. One picnic table per site.

    "Kitchen area" table cooking stoves, lantern, a screen tent, French coffee pot and tea kettle, ,dish soap, sponge,and wash pan for dishwashing a trash container, bottle opener, can opener, and lighter, silverware, plates bowls and napkins.
    You may keep your bungeed coolers there also.

    1 · February 2, 2014

  • Anna B.

    Room for 2 more tents and up to 10 persons, so message me asap if attending.
    Attending so far,myself,, Lisa, Christopher, Bethann are (4), (Ralph has his own site on 13 with his group) If you are attending with Ralph's, please contact me , so I have an accurate idea of who is coming and needing a tent site with us. I have booked 3 sites, 10 11 12. The group site was not available. 2 tents each site, and up to 10 persons, are allowed on each site.Assume you will be sharing your sites. If you bed down early, bring your ear plugs. Please message me if you need a site/tent, and remove yourself from the list if not attending. If you have put yourself and guest in the count, I assume you are sharing your tent.
    The cost is 15.00 per tent, per night. (I paid 90.00 for 2 nights 3 sites) Pay when you get there, or mail it to me.

    1 · February 2, 2014

  • Anna B.

    Dates will be Feb 21 and 22/ Starkey Preserve I will be reserving 2 camping sites tomorrow fee is about 5.00 per night. 2 tents on each site. If you are camping let me know, so I can reserve more sites as needed. thanks!

    January 29, 2014

    • Beth A.

      Anna, Let me know if you need me to send you some money for the camping fees.

      January 31, 2014

    • Anna B.

      You can pay there, no problem. Great Christopher!

      January 31, 2014

  • Ralph F.

    Hi East Lake CERT is holding it 4 annual Wilderness SAR exercise Sat. Feb. 21. You are invited to attend. We have site 13, 14, 15, & 16. 13 and 16 are the only pop-up sites the rest is for tent campers. the Fee is $15 per night per site. I will have a big pot of chili on Friday night so you wont't have to cook. If you have any ??? my cell is[masked] I'm looking forward to meeting more of you

    January 30, 2014

    • Anna B.

      Love that Thanks for making chili!

      January 31, 2014

  • Colleen L.

    Does this event have a date yet?

    January 18, 2014

    • Anna B.

      February 21 Friday and Saturday

      January 31, 2014

  • Anna B.

    Please bring some sides for Saturday potluck. I am making meat shishkabobs(sp?) on the grill. Sunday I can make pancakes if you all can swing the bacon and eggs.:)

    January 31, 2014

  • Anna B.

    I have reserved sites 10 ,11. 12. there are 2 tents, and 10 people allowed on each site. Water, no electric. Hot showers, etc. I will set up a kitchen and shelter on one of the sites where my tent is. All may cook there or eat there at anytime except 3 am:)
    Lisa is asked to check into the kiosk, as she is registered as having rented one site, 2 are under my name. No one else needs to register.
    Please be aware that there is a speed trap near the park, coming up Starkey road, and the speed limit is only 35, if coming from 52. The trapping usually begins around 3 PM. Watch for the flashing school light, 20 mph.
    The total cost for all 3 sites was 90.00. for Friday and Saturday nights. I have paid.
    How much you owe depends on how many of us divide are attending. 3 of us will owe 30.00, etc.
    Thank you Ralph, we would love your chili Friday night I will bring salad and dressing.
    Diane, exercise is up to you . I enjoy a walk and biking is if you have a bike. Good photo ops, birding etc

    January 31, 2014

  • Lisa D.

    Please let me know who I pay for this! I have never been to Starkey.

    January 20, 2014

  • Anna B.

    Feb 22 weekend. The head of search rescue invited us to attend with them, and they will be camping also. Should be a lot of fun!

    January 19, 2014

  • Ralph F.

    East Lake is planning on having our 4th annual Wilderness Search and rescue exercise at Starkey Park on Sat. Feb. 22. We will be camping Fri- Sun. Please let me know if you would like more info on this exercise. Ralph
    [masked]

    January 5, 2014

  • christopher

    All depends on when in February

    January 4, 2014

  • Anna B.

    I live for music, so its a personal choice. I think you could call William, as the site says they have cabins, or sites for cars, and primitive camping. Mid February sounds good. I will post tentative dates shortly, and we can decide what to share on Sat nite potluck. I may do pork chunk chili, definitely something hot!
    It will be fun! Thanks all!

    November 13, 2013

  • william p.

    Do they allow fifth wheel trailers ? I believe in ruffin it when I go camping..lol

    November 5, 2013

  • Beth A.

    Missed out last time, going to try to make this trip

    November 4, 2013

  • Lisa D.

    How about mid February?

    November 4, 2013

  • Jim M.

    My personal opinion, unless it's DIY, music is best left at home. Fortunately for the world, I have no guitar which goes well with my no tone voice.

    November 3, 2013

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