Ocean Pond Campground

Area Status: Open

A campsite with a tent and several chairs.

Ocean Pond Campground's two-mile wide lake with its shallow, sandy beach provides an escape from everyday life for more than 100,000 visitors each year. The site is about an hour from the First Coast Atlantic beaches and only 30 minutes to multiple state parks, local springs and caves. 


Boating, Fishing and Waterskiing

  • This area is a favorite for boaters and water-skiers, anglers and hikers. Facilities includes restrooms, fire rings and picnic tables. A public boat launch and a 67-site campground attracts visitors from near and far.
  • Motor boats and trailers can be kept in the boat trailer parking across from the boat ramp.


  • The early bird gets the worm! Come early for lakeshore camping. Nineteen sites have electric and water hook-ups, 28 have water hook ups and 20 sites are primitive. Water and electric are paved spurs with a 50-foot capacity. Each site has a lantern post, picnic table, fire ring and convenient access to bathrooms and hot showers.

Ocean Pond is just four miles away from the Olustee Battlefield State Park, site of Florida's largest Civil War battle, which took place in 1864. The Olustee Battle Festival is held annually in Lake City. The Battle Re-enactment is held annually at the Olustee Battlefield State Park.

Olustee Beach Information

Come join the fun! If you are interested in day-use activities, please visit Olustee Beach which has full bathrooms with showers, beach, boat launch, fishing pier, trails and picnic areas. Swim along a shallow sandy beach and watch the water birds wade through the cypress. Water ski along the glassy lake or watch the white caps roll in on windy days.

You may also enjoy fishing on the pier, picnicking under the hammock, or walking the Trampled Track Trail, which tells the story of Osceola's turpentining history.

At a Glance

Operational Hours:
  • Check in at 2 p.m.
  • Check out at 11 a.m.
Reservations: First come, first served.
Fees: Camping: $12 for primitive sites; $20 for water sites; $30 for sites with electric RV dump station: Free for campers; $5 for visitors Showers: $2 for hikers on the trail
  • No OHV access or use at the campground.
  • Pets are welcome but are not allowed in the beach area.
  • The beach at Ocean Pond is for campers only. If you are not camping and would like to swim picnic, or launch your watercraft, please visit Olustee Beach. 
Closest Towns: Lake City

General Information

General Notes:


  • Accessible
  • Boat ramp
  • Drinking water
  • Tent camping
  • Trailer camping
  • Parking
  • Picnic tables
  • Toilets

Licenses and Passes


  • Boating in the National Forests in Florida is regulated by the state of Florida. Please visit our boating web page before you grab your personal floatation device and head out onto the water.  


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

RV Camping

Lake and Pond Fishing

Permit required?: Y

Day Hiking


Boating - Motorized

Boating - Non-Motorized



Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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