Big Bass Campground

Area Status: Open

Spend your next short- or long-term camping trip at Big Bass. With the occasional black bear sighting, this the perfect location to escape the hustle of the city and get back to nature. We offer both tent and RV camping on the south edge of the Ocala National Forest, not far from the Ocklawaha River.


  • Big Bass is a seasonal campground in the southern part of the Ocala National Forest, not far from Doe Lake Recreation Area.

Small Game Hunting

  • Enjoy the hunting season as you get deeper in the woods to find your game. 

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Expect full recreation sites during weekends. Have backup plans. Sites may close when capacity is reached.
Operational Hours: This site is seasonally closed.
Gates open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Check in: 3 p.m.
Check out: 11 a.m.
Reservations: As of Oct. 1, 2023 -- Payment operations at this recreation site will be "Cashless." This means traditional cash fee-tube payment process will not be available. To make a reservation, visit: Big Bass Campground -   Download the Free Mobile App - to Android or Apple device in area with cellular service (before traveling to forest). For more guidance on using this App, and a the list of other affected Florida recreation sites, please read this Florida National Forests News Notice.  
Fees: $15 per night and a $5 fee for non-campers to dump waste water.
Open Season: October - April
Usage: Light-Medium
  • All Ocala National Forest campgrounds allow pets, but they must be kept on a leash no longer than six feet and are not permitted in designated swimming and picnicking areas.
  • There is a maximum stay limit of 14 consecutive days in a 30-day period.
Closest Towns: Weirsdale, Altoona and Eustis

General Information

General Notes:


  • Accessible campground: two sites
  • Accessible toilets
  • Drinking water 
  • Parking
  • Tent & RV campsites: 19 sites in the campground

Licenses and Passes


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

RV Camping

Small Game Hunting

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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