FL - Ft. Desoto

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  1. chiefjefe

    chiefjefe New Member

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    A few pics of our trip to Ft. Desoto. It's really nice if you can go you should, you won't be dissapointed imo.

    Sunset from our campsite.
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  2. ruthless1966

    ruthless1966 Sewing my way to a new day in woodlawn IL.

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    awesome pictures makes me miss FL. that much more I use to live in st.pete
     
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    chiefjefe New Member

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    We're in Tampa, but it is HOT right now!!!
     
  4. Sharon

    Sharon Dover, FL

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    Yep, way to hot to camp right now, Man, its 12:40 am and its 85 where I am.

    Im waiting for Sept and Oct to go. I would love to go to Ft. Desoto, but its a little pricey for me.

    Sharon
     
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    Thanks for sharing your pics. We're leaving for Fort DeSoto on Sunday. We'll be on site 145. This will be our first time, but we've heard a lot of nice things about the park. We're really excited!
     
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    Good pics. Do any fishing?
     
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    Nice pics, from the looks of it, I would say site number 203 or so [8D]. We are booked for the first weekend in November, site 215. I love the place.

    Sharon, it is a bit more expensive than most, but worth it IMO, you should really try to get there. The only minus, besides the price I guess, is the rule for no ground fires and no fire rings, but if you bring your own fire bowl, it is not a problem.
     
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    Sharon Dover, FL

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    We are trying to decide between 3 camping places for our 25th anniversary next may. Henderson Beach, Fort Desoto or Lake Rousseau (http://www.lakerousseaurvpark.com/camping.htm) They are all about the same price, and since we love the beach and stay at ST. Pete and Anna Maria Island, Its looking like Ft. Desoto will win.



    Sharon
     
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    Great pics. Still trying to camp at this one. Thanks for sharing your pics. Hope you had a great time.
     
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    FC Central Florida

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    We will be there next week. Cant wait. This is my favorite place. Got the yaks ready to go.
     
  11. Sharon

    Sharon Dover, FL

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    Any one been camping at Fort Desoto lately.

    I havent been camping since our last trip to Desoto in 2010. So we booked 6 days in June site 218. I totally cant wait. We drove out today to check it out and spend the day at the beach. It was super windy.

    Any one know if you have to pay the $5.00 a day if your staying at the camp ground. I forgot to ask when we booked.

    Sharon
     
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    If anyone can recommend some good camp sites for launching kayaks i would really appreciate it!
    Also anyone brave Ft Desoto in July?? Besides the heat, no biggie. Just anti bugs!
     
  13. Wizfisher

    Wizfisher New Member

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    We were in site 33 (or 32) last year and it was a good site. Didn't have kayaks then, but it was a good site for it. I think any site along that western part of the island is good though.
    Looking at Google maps and a map of the campground, it looks like sites 1-33 and 199-231 are all sites that have a beach behind it.
    You will have to carry or drag your kayak up the beach a bit though.

    Sites 165-194 (or so) are on a seawall and it would be tough to pull your yak up. Might even be a seawall issue in the rest of the campground as well.

    Hopefully someone with more exact info will chime in. If not, you can probably call them and they will probably have the answer you need. I bet they get that same question asked quite a bit.
     
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    I'm about to post a review... because I was there this weekend.
    If you stay in the park, you don't have to pay the $5.00 to go to the beaches and such. they give you a receipt you stick to your vehicle's windshield. We rode our bikes a bunch of times and you can also enter the park that way (long 4.5 mile ride to North Beach, though).

    I would say you can bring kayaks with you w/o problems if you are in the sites that face the water. None of the seawalls that I saw were very high from the water so it would be easy to pull them up. I know there are quasi-beaches for certain sites, but I don't remember the numbers.. might have been in area 3.

    No-see-ums really enjoyed eating me... *sigh* but no mosquitoes where we were (site 118).
     
  15. Sharon

    Sharon Dover, FL

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    Thanks for the update on the $5 fee. I was wondering about that. I did find out on their site they updated it and it says if you have a disabled parking tag you dont have to pay either. So Im covered either way. LOL

    We leave on June 3 for 6 nights and I cant wait. June cant get here soon enough.

    When we are there. We pick up a park map and walk the sites during the week, their aren't many people or between 11 and 1 (checkout and in times) we check sites and mark on the map what we like about the spots. Big or small, Shady or sunny, Walk in water or sea wall. This helps us pick sites when making reservations. Or if we go last minute and they have a few walk ins. We can easily make a decision based on our notes with out driving over and then going back to check in.

    Sharon
     
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    Sharon Dover, FL

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    The site 218 is a good one for kayak and canoes. That is why we picked this spot. I did a google earth search close up and could see the walk up beach part on the spots. We drove out and checked it out and its perfect spot. Nice and shady as well.

    We leave in 2 weeks, and I just cant wait. Its driving me nuts. It better get here soon.

    Sharon
     
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    Looks awesome! We have site 209 booked for three nights early Oct! Stoked!
     

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