Area Status: Open
Surrounding one of the few crystal-clear lakes in the Apalachicola National Forest, Camel Lake Recreation Area provides a quiet place to relax and take in the beauty of the longleaf pine forest. Seepage slopes in the forest create pitcher plant bogs, easily visited along the Florida Trail headed west to Memery Island. Above the lake's rim, the focal points of this recreation area are the well-shaded ten-site campground, suitable for RVs or tents, and the day use recreation area with its picnic tables, picnic shelter, and sandy beach for swimming.
At a Glance
||04/01/2016: Now taking reservations! Search "Camel Lake" on Recreation.gov.
||Open year round.
Summer hours: 9am to 4pm. Winter hours: 8am to 6pm.
||All sites at Camel Lake are available to reserve. If you walk in or arrive without a reservation, you must either make a reservation by phone or understand that you may be asked to move at any time for a guest who has a reservation for the site, Reservations may be made by phone at 1-877-444-6777 or online:
||Accessible,Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
||Day Use Fees - $3/vehicle per day. Free for Senior or Access passholders.
Camping Fees - $10/campsite plus $5 for electric hookups. Half price for Senior or Access passholders.
||National Forests in Florida
||Electric trolling motors or paddle boats are welcome on the lake.
The parking area is paved, enabling accessible access from your vehicle to the picnic area and restrooms.
Take SR 20 west from Tallahassee through Hosford to Bristol. Turn south on SR 12. Continue south to the Apalachicola National Forest boundary sign and look for a sign for Camel Lake soon after you pass the work station and trailhead on the left. Turn left on Forest Road 105, which is an unpaved road. Drive 2 miles to the recreation area entrance on the right.