FL - Hillsborough River, Silver River, Lake Manat

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  1. OLd-Man

    OLd-Man New Member

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    So far we hit 3 Florida SP's (Hillsborough River, Silver River, Lake Manatee)

    My opinion in order is: Hillsborough River I rate 5 star, Silver River I rate 4.5 star, and Lake Manatee I rate 2 star, maybe because I am not into fishing and thats pretty much all there is to do there.
    Our next trip is next weekend and we are headed to Fort DeSoto.
    For the week of 4th of July we are headed to Cape Canveral Jetty Park for 4 nights and 5 days and then headed back to Hillsborough River for 4 nights and 5 days. Happy Camping all maybe we run into you somewhere.

    Mike

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  2. zeebee3

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    Fort De Soto is our favorite. We have been there for the past 4 years. You can take a nice bike ride to the beach and check out the museum. Careful with the raccoons these critters are everywhere and they are not scared of us at all. If the park is full you will see less of them. One note the little store carries about everything you might have forgotten but double the price ( but we do not care when we are having a great time. We always try to get the spots facing the water because at night we just sit and disconnect. Since we are not locals residents it is hard to get the good spots. You will have a great time.

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  3. dcsmsxxx

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    We're camping at Fort Desoto July 11th and 12th. Got lucky and booked a site on the west side. They say you can moor your boat right by the site. You might try camping at Myakka SP, I've heard
    that is a high rated CG.
     
  4. robsheila

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    I had family that lived in the Ocala National Forest area. When visiting we would hit the springs: Alexander, Juniper, Salt, DeLeon, Blue, and Silver Glen. You can camp at one park and drive a short distance each day to visit the others. If you tell the park office what your plans are, I'm pretty sure you can get into each park free since you're a registered camper. If not, you can request a hopper pass that'll get you into them at a reduced fee.

    Alexander Springs is my DD's favorite. But each one is totally unique. Alexander feeds a large river that flows into the St. Johns River and is fun for canoeing/kayaking. Juniper has a 7-mile run with a pick-up. It's a little more physically demanding due to the length. Once you start, you're deep into the forest and have to row all seven miles. Thanks to rowing by one very large gator, I won't be doing that one again any time soon. Didn't seem to bother anyone else in the canoe.

    Rob & Sheila
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