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solismaris

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Posted: 01/21/20 11:53am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi, just starting to make plans - very late I know. I'm a tent camper and wondering should I even think about going to the Everglades, Big Cypress, and Fakahatchee area in 2nd-3rd weeks of February? I would need sites with car access - not hike-in.

What if any availability should I expect? I am completely flexible as to developed or primitive campgrounds. Would reservations be absolutely required? Recommended? Don't worry there will be plenty of room? Forget about it and start planning for next year? Any thoughts?


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There are boondocking spots in the Great Cypress Swamp and there is one State park: Collier-Seminole. I'm sure there are commericial cg too, probably in Everglades City. But I just read a message from someone else who said he never needed reservations but this year everything is booked up. So I'd call or check the web for availablity. After April it won't be as much of a problem when the snowbirds head north.


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In the southern portion of the Everglades, I don't think you would have any problem getting a site in the Long Pine Key National Park campground.
There are no hooks up and a few water posts here and there. there are rest rooms, but no showers. It is a wonderful place

You could also try the Flamingo National Park campground which does take reservations and has some spots with electrical hookups.

Also in Flamingo there are some new "ECO tent type structures" and when we past by them last week, they looked empty. You can probably get info on line or from the ranger station about their availability

If you are a paddler, let me know and I'll give you some good places to paddle there

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Whatever you do, bring plenty of insect repellent. The mosquitoes are very hungry! You may need to bathe in it.


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Well yeah, but not so bad in the winter. But still bring the DEET. My wife's family is from there, that tiny post office in Ochopee was run by her grandmother. We were there in the summer one year inside their house. I held my hand up to the window screen and when I took it down a few seconds later there was a solid black hand on the other side of the screen: mosquitoes.

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They never leave Flamingo. One of the things mosquitoes key in on is CO2 from our breath. Clean burning cars of today also emit CO2. Park Rangers say after making their rounds in the evening and getting out of their car, the whole back end is black after being covered with mosquitoes! I tried to sit through a Ranger talk the last time I was there over the winter. It was mid-day but I only lasted a couple of minutes. I was being eaten alive! I'm not going back empty handed!

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I just looked at Midway ( Big Cypress) in recreation.gov and see that pretty much all the tent sites are available for all of Feb.


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JoeH wrote:

I just looked at Midway ( Big Cypress) in recreation.gov and see that pretty much all the tent sites are available for all of Feb.


And for good reason. Just think about staying in a tent next to 26 Octogenarians in RV's, who move to a different site every 10 days skirting around the max stay policy.

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GDS-3950BH wrote:

JoeH wrote:

I just looked at Midway ( Big Cypress) in recreation.gov and see that pretty much all the tent sites are available for all of Feb.


And for good reason. Just think about staying in a tent next to 26 Octogenarians in RV's, who move to a different site every 10 days skirting around the max stay policy.


Is that a joke? Because it didn't seem to be funny.

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agesilaus wrote:



Is that a joke? Because it didn't seem to be funny.


Joke? Not really, closer to reality.

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