CAMPGROUND NAME: Ocean Pond
VISIT DATE: 11/18/1996
UPDATE DATE: 8/30/2010
RANGER DISTRICT: Osceola
NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Olustee
In Lake City, FL, at intersection of U.S. Rts. 441 and 90, take Rt. 90
east 13.7 miles to campground sign (sign is on the corner and not easy
to see). At sign, turn left (no street sign) and go 4 miles to another
campground sign. Turn left at sign and go 1.2 miles into campground.
The elevation is 130 ft.
The campground, stretching along the settled north shore of Ocean Pond,
offers campers three different styles of camping, each in a different
environment. To the right of the campground's entrance is an open area
dotted with Spanish Moss-draped towering Longleaf pine and a few Live oaks.
Each site in the loop has an electric and water hookup and view of Ocean
Pond. Some of the sites are on the water and campers can moor their boats
at their site. The grass understory is manicured giving this area a near RV
To the left of the entrance are the other two environments. At the far end
of the interior road is a loop in a dense forest with sites tucked in among
an assortment of native trees, including Longleaf pine. Vines such as wild
grape provide excellent privacy. The dirt interior road as well as the
irregular shaped parking aprons, enhance the primitive feel of these campsites.
The only tent pads in the campground are in this "primitive" environment.
Between the two loops, campsites with only water hookups stretch along Ocean
Pond's shoreline. These sites are spacious with groomed grass understory and
native vegetation providing good privacy between sites. The towering Longleaf
pine provide good shade.
Additional features of this campground are a basketball half-court, coin operated
washing machine and driers, bird watching opportunities (particularly for Snow
egrets and herons), lantern poles and excellent cell phone reception.
Possible day trips from the campground are Big Gum Swamp Wilderness; the
Olustee Depot museum; Olustee Beach; historic Lake City, and a must for Civil
War buffs; and the Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park. The Battle of
Olustee was the only major Civil War battle in Florida and once a year, in
February, the battle is reenacted. In the Fall there is a smaller gathering
called the Civil War Expo. See www.Battle of Olustee.org for details and exact
This is bear country, practise safe food storage techniques. It is also alligator
country; practice caution around water especially with small dogs.
Open Seasonal: No
Open All Year: Yes
RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED
Rate: $8 per day - no water/electric hookups
$12 per day - water hookups only
$18 per day - water and electric hookups
Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 30
CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION
No. RV Sites: 0
No. Tent Sites: 0
No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 67
Total Sites: 67
Tent Pads: Yes
Open Sites: Yes
Wooded Sites: Yes
No. Tables on Sites: 67
No. Grilles on Sites: 67
Equestrian Camping: No
No. Full Hookups (includes waste): 0
No. Water and Electric Only: 19
No. Water Only: 28
No. Electric Only: 0
No. RV Pull Throughs: 0
Waste Station: Yes
Potable Water at Waste Station: Yes
Largest Parking Apron Size: See Comments below.
The parking aprons are paved and all about the same size
except for the "primitive" area. The latter parking aprons
are dirt and irregular in shape.
BATH AND SHOWER FACILITIES
Flush Toilets: Yes
Hot Showers: Yes
The showers are wheelchair friendly.
Public Phone: No
No. Water Spigots (non-site): 5
No. Threaded: 5
Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: Yes
Swimming (provided): Yes
Boat Ramp: Yes
Boat Carry Down Access: Yes
Power Boating: Yes
Boating (no power): Yes
Water Skiing: Yes
Rafting (whitewater): No
Kayaking (whitewater): No
Ocean Pond is a natural 1,760-acre lake.
Connector trail to Florida National Scenic Trail (foot only) - 0.25
Largemouth bass, Bluegill, Warmouth and Crappie