Ocean Pond Campground


Sunset at Ocean Pond

Sunset at Ocean Pond

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

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 located approximately one hour from the First Coast Atlantic beaches and a short half-hour to multiple state parks, local springs and caves. 

This area is a favorite for boaters and water-skiers, as well as 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.

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. If you are interested in day-use activities, the Olustee Beach has full bathrooms with showers, beach, boat launch, fishing pier, trails and picnic areas. The Great Florida Birding Trail and the Florida National Scenic Trail pass through the campground. Motor boats and trailers can be kept in the boat trailer parking across from the boat ramp.

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.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open at 50% capacity.
Operational Hours: Ocean Pond Campground is open at 50% capacity. Effective date March 31, 2021 at 9 a.m.
Reservations: All sites are first-come, first served and worth the early arrival.
Area Amenities: Accessible,Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees Camping fees:
  • $30 for electric
  • $20 for water sites
  • $12 for primitive sites
RV Dump station fees:
  • Free to campers
  • $5 for visitors
Usage: Medium-Heavy
  • There is no OHV access or use at the campground. Pets are welcome but must be kept out of the beach area.
  • The beach at Ocean Pond is for campers only, and there are no day-use facilities. If you are not camping and would like to swim, picnic, or launch your watercraft, please use Olustee Beach
Closest Towns: Lake City
Water: Potable
Restroom: Flush toilets
Operated By: National Forests in Florida

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