Camel Lake Recreation Area

Area Status: Open

A sandy beach at a lake in the forest.

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 National Scenic Trail headed west to Memory Island.


  • Electric trolling motors and paddle boats are welcome on the lake.


  • Above the lake's rim, the focal points of this recreation area are the well-shaded, 10-site campground, suitable for RVs or tents.


  • The day-use area has both picnic tables and a picnic shelter for visitors to enjoy. 


  • A beautiful sandy beach is available for swimming.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Open year round. Summer hours 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Winter hours 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Reservations: All campsites at Camel Lake are reservation only. If you walk in or arrive without a reservation, you must either make a reservation by calling 877-444-6777 or know that you may be asked to move at any time for a guest who has a reservation. Reservations may also be made online at
Fees: Day Use Fees - $5/vehicle per day. Half price for some passholders.
Camping Fees - Visit online for the most updated camping fees. Fees are subject to change without notification.
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Closest Towns: Bristol and Hosford

General Information


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.

General Notes:


  • Bathhouse 
  • Beach
  • Boat ramp
  • Drinking water
  • Picnic shelter
  • Picnic tables
  • RV hook ups (5) 
  • Toilets (flushable) 

Licenses and Passes



Paved parking area.

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