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CAMPGROUND NAME: Camel Lake

VISIT DATE: 01/22/1997

UPDATE DATE: 2/12/2014 

STATE: Florida

REGION: Southern

RANGER DISTRICT: Apalachicola

NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Bristol

RESERVATIONS: No

DIRECTIONS:
In Bristol, FL, at the intersection of State Rt. 20 and County Rt. 12, take 
County Rt. 12 south 11.6 miles to Camel Lake sign.  Turn left at sign onto 
Forest Rt. 105 (dirt) and go 2 miles to campground on right.

GENERAL COMMENTS:
The elevation is under 75 ft.

The campground is a single loop located on Camel Lake.  The campsites 
are nestled among Long Leaf pine and scrub oak and many have a view of 
the Lake.  The middle and understory is Palmetto and wire grass.  This 
dense vegetation and separation between sites provides good privacy. The 
lake is spring-fed, crystal clear, same temperature year-round and a popular 
local attraction.  The campground is nice for the family with good canoeing 
on the lake.

SEASONS
Open Seasonal: No
Open All Year: Yes

RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED
Rate: $10 per day plus $5 surcharge for electric hook-ups
NOTE:  No discount on surcharge.
Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14

CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION
No. RV Sites: 0
No. Tent Sites: 0
No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 10
   
   Total Sites: 10

Tent Pads: No
Open Sites: No
Wooded Sites: Yes

No. Tables on Sites: 10
No. Grilles on Sites: 10
Equestrian Camping: No

RV INFORMATION
No. Full Hookups (includes waste): 0
No. Water and Electric Only: 0
No. Water Only: 0
No. Electric Only: 5

No. RV Pull Throughs: 0
Waste Station: No
Average Parking Apron Size: 20' X 45'

Comments:
The parking aprons are sand and gravel and are all about same size.

FACILITIES
Vaults: No
Flush Toilets: Yes
Hot Showers: Yes
Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: Yes

Public Phone: No
Playground: No
No. Water Spigots (non-site): 1
  No. Threaded: 0

WATER SPORTS
Lake: Yes
Swimming (provided): Yes
Sailing: No
Boat Ramp: Yes
Boat Carry Down Access: Yes
Power Boating: Yes
Boating (no power): Yes
Water Skiing: No
Rafting (whitewater): No
Kayaking (whitewater): No

Comments:
Camel Lake is 37 acres with a primitive boat ramp.  Power boats
are limited to electric motors. The beach is sandy.

HIKING
Florida National Scenic Trail (foot) - 1,300 miles
     68.7 miles of trail run through Appalachicola National
Forest
Camel Lake Trail (foot) - 1 mile

FISHING   
Largemouth bass, bluegill and chain pickerel

CAMPGROUND NAME: Hickory Landing VISIT DATE: 01/22/1997 UPDATE DATE: 2/12/2014 STATE: Florida REGION: Southern RANGER DISTRICT: Apalachicola NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Sumatra RESERVATIONS: No DIRECTIONS: From Sumatra, FL, take State Rt. 65 south for 1.4 miles to Hickory Landing Recreation Area sign. Turn right at sign onto Forest Rt. 101 (dirt) and go 1.2 miles to Hickory Landing sign. Turn left at sign, onto Forest Rt. 101B (dirt) and go 1.1 miles to campground. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 30 ft. The campground, situated in a stand of Longleaf pine, is adjacent to Owl Creek with some sites overlooking the creek. Owl Creek flows into the Apalachicola River making this a campground popular for boaters. It has a wilderness feel and a dense understory of Palmetto providing fair to good privacy between campsites. A possible day trip is to Fort Gadsden (7 miles south of Sumatra on State Rt. 65) to experience its history spanning from the War of 1812 through the Civil War. SEASONS Open Seasonal: No Open All Year: Yes Seasonal Comment: There is no limit on "Maximum Stay Permitted" from mid-November through mid-February. Check with the ranger district office. RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $3 per day Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 0 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 12 Total Sites: 12 Tent Pads: Yes Open Sites: No Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 10 No. Grilles on Sites: 10 Equestrian Camping: No RV INFORMATION Hookups: No No. RV Pull Throughs: 0 Waste Station: No Average Parking Apron Size: 10' X 40' Comments: The parking aprons are grass and dirt. There is an RV waste station with potable water at Wright Lake campground (national forest) - about a mile west on Forest Rt. 101. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: No Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: Yes Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots (non-site): 1 No. Threaded: 0 WATER SPORTS Lake: No Swimming (provided): No Sailing: No Boat Ramp: Yes Boat Carry Down Access: No Power Boating: Yes Boating (no power): Yes Water Skiing: No Rafting (whitewater): No Kayaking (whitewater): No Comments: Apalachicola River is accessible from Owl Creek. HIKING - No FISHING Largemouth bass and bream

CAMPGROUND NAME: Wright Lake VISIT DATE: 01/22/1997 UPDATE DATE: 2/12/2014 STATE: Florida REGION: Southern RANGER DISTRICT: Apalachicola NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Sumatra RESERVATIONS: No DIRECTIONS: From Sumatra, FL, take State Rt. 65 south for 1.4 miles to Wright Lake Recreation Area sign. Turn right after sign onto Forest Rt. 101 (dirt) and go 1.5 miles to campground sign. Turn right into campground. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 50 ft. This single loop campground with a grass understory, is situated in a stand of mixed Long-leaf pine and Live oaks adjacent to Wright Lake. Some sites overlook Wright Lake and have fair privacy. The campsites have lantern poles, pedestal grilles, fire rings with no grilles and picnic tables. A possible day trip is to Fort Gadsden (7 miles south of Sumatra on State Rt. 65) to experience its history spanning from the War of 1812 through the Civil War. SEASONS Open Seasonal: No Open All Year: Yes Comments: None RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $10 per day Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 0 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 18 Total Sites: 18 Tent Pads: Yes Open Sites: Yes Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 18 No. Grilles on Sites: 18 Equestrian Camping: No RV INFORMATION No. Full Hookups (includes waste): 0 No. Water and Electric Only: 0 No. Water Only: 17 No. Electric Only: 0 No. RV Pull Throughs: 0 Waste Station: Yes Potable Water at Waste Station: Yes Largest Parking Apron Size: see Comments Comments: The parking aprons are level, comprised of dirt and grass, and will accommodate any size RV. Expect low overhead branches at some campsites. NOTE: The campsite with electric and water hookups available only if not occupied by a host. BATH AND SHOWER FACILITIES Vaults: No Flush Toilets: Yes Hot Showers: Yes Comments: The showers are wheelchair friendly . OTHER FACILITIES Playground: No Public Phone: No No. Water Spigots (non-site): 0 Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: Yes WATER SPORTS Lake: Yes Swimming (provided): Yes Sailing: No Boat Ramp: No Boat Carry Down Access: No Power Boating: No Boating (no power): Yes Water Skiing: No Rafting (whitewater): No Kayaking (whitewater): No Comments: Wright Lake is about 5 acres. HIKING Wright Lake Loop Trail (foot only) - 4.25 miles FISHING Largemouth bass and bream




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