Davenport Landing

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Lake surrounded by trees with their reflections.

Deep in the floodplain forest along the Ocklawaha River, Davenport Landing is a former steamboat stop along this twisting, winding waterway. Three primitive campsites provide a stop for paddlers working their way along the river.


  • Paddle your canoe or kayak across the beautiful waters of Davenport Lading in search of a quiet spot along the shoreline. 


  • Sitting along the Ocklawaha River, this is the perfect location to cast a line from the shallows for a chance to catch that big one. Just keep an eye out for any alligators that may be roaming the area. 


  • The Davenport Landing Trail is a 0.6-mile interpretive walk to a former steamboat landing along the Ocklawaha River (1.2 mile round-trip). Since it is within the river's floodplain area, expect a high concentration of mosquitoes and dress / prepare accordingly.

Interpretive Area 

  • In addition to leading you to the site of a historic steamboat landing, interpretive information along the Davenport Landing Trail includes middens along the Ocklawaha River from the Timucuan period as well as a Civil War-era gravesite.

Primitive Camping 

  • Three primitive sites, maximum 15 people total (five per campsite). Four-day stay limit. Primitive campsites can be used by individuals camping with tents or any motorized vehicle. These specific areas in the forest offer no facilities.

  • While any motorized vehicle is permitted in these primitive campsites, not all areas are accessible by all types of vehicles. Sandy and narrow woods roads may make navigation difficult or impossible for some vehicles. Visitors should treat these roads with cautious respect.

At a Glance

Fees Free
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Limit 15 people (5 per campsite). Remember to remove all garbage and trash, "pack it in, pack it out".
Closest Towns: The community of Salt Springs is to the south, with groceries, gas and hardware. Palatka, a small city and county seat of Putnam County, is to the north. Both are along SR 19.

General Information

General Notes:

Since Devenport Landing is within the river's floodplain area, expect a high concentration of mosquitoes and dress / prepare accordingly. The trail by Davenport Landing leads into a lush river bottom forest with many colorful wildflowers during the spring and summer months. In late fall and early winter, sweetgum and red maple trees turn bright hues of crimson and gold and shed their leaves across the landscape.

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.  

Camping – Dispersed/Primitive Camping 

  • Many people enjoy this solitude and primitive experience, but knowing your limits, skills and abilities is a must. Following certain rules and regulations will help make your experience safer and ensure settings remain unspoiled.  



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