I want to start with a quote from the ranger who checked us in, "This time of the year with the weather cooling in the evening and it being rattlesnake breeding season you will see rattlesnakes on the roads, sidewalks, and campsite and since our park is "rampant" with rattlesnakes normally it is a definite this time of the year." My response, "Um seriously this should be on your brochure and website." We were also informed there is a substantial fine imposed if you injure or kill a rattlesnake inside the park and then you are asked to leave. First day, I thought this was a ranger joke on the tourist. Second day, I discovered the hard way not a joke when walking down the sidewalk from the laundry facilities and one met me. The campsite next to the laundry facility found a 4 foot long one next to their tent and the tent we have set up for the teenagers (family reunion so lots of people) had one right outside the wall of the tent.
My only other complaint is the lack of force by the park rangers when it is anything not related to harming a rattlesnake. A group of self proclaimed hippies (their words not mine) checked in a couple days into our stay and were on a site somewhat in the middle of all of ours. They had FAR more than the allowed number of cars on the site, smoked pot right out in the open (I had teenagers on the adjoining site) and sat up to 3, 4, and 5 am singing songs (of which not a soul on that campsite knew the full song to any of the chosen songs) and playing guitars and symbols. The family with 3 children ranging from 8 down literally packed up at 2 am on the 2nd night of the hippie invasion and were gone by 3 am. The park rangers stopped by a couple times with warnings but NEVER enforced anything. The rules state no more than 2 tents and 2 cars per site, but this site literally had 6 tents on it and I lost count on the cars. Our teenagers were screaming from their tent for the people to shut up in the middle of the night.
Now with that being said, the park is heavily shaded which is great for the Florida heat, not so much when it rains because the sites don't get sun to dry out in a timely manner. The bathrooms are clean for the most part. Cobweb and spider webs in many places but the showers and toilets were scrubbed a couple times a day. The campstore is great. The beach is beautiful. The canoeing the people who run the shop are wonderful. Prices are reasonable and they are great with the kids of all ages.
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