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Lake Kissimmee State Park
LAKE KISSIMMEE STATE PARK
LAKE KISSIMMEE STATE PARK
14248 Camp Mack Road
Lake Wales, Florida   33853

Phone: 863-696-1112
Reservations: 863-696-1112
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Lake Kissimmee State Park
'Sunlight through The Oaks'

Lake Kissimmee State Park
'Mossy Oaks'

Moss covered Oaks with tangled roots.

Lake Kissimmee State Park
'Armadillo'

Lake Kissimmee State Park
'Owl'

Lake Kissimmee State Park
'Deer'

Lake Kissimmee State Park
'Owl'

Lake Kissimmee State Park
'Snake'

Lake Kissimmee State Park
'Squirrel '

Lake Kissimmee State Park
'Sky through the Pines'

Lake Kissimmee State Park
'Fallen Tree'

Lake Kissimmee State Park
'Owl Pair'

Lake Kissimmee State Park
'Path'

Lake Kissimmee State Park
'Path'

Lake Kissimmee State Park
'Turkey'

Lake Kissimmee State Park
'Turkey'

Lake Kissimmee State Park

Lake Kissimmee State Park
'Early Morning at the Canal'

Quiet and peaceful on the canal from the marina to Lake Kissimmee.

Lake Kissimmee State Park
'Another Campsite Visitor'

I was visited by up to eight turkies at once.

Lake Kissimmee State Park

Lake Kissimmee State Park
'My Peaceful Campsite'

My campsite, very roomy, very quiet.

Lake Kissimmee State Park
'Sandhill Crane'

A campsite visitor.

Lake Kissimmee State Park

Lake Kissimmee State Park
'The Campground'

The camp sites are amonst stately oaks.

Lake Kissimmee State Park

Lake Kissimmee State Park
'Oaks and Picnic Area'

Near the Marina

Lake Kissimmee State Park

Lake Kissimmee State Park

Lake Kissimmee State Park

Lake Kissimmee State Park
'Black and White Warbler'

Getting a bite.

Lake Kissimmee State Park
'Great Blue Heron'

Fishing

Lake Kissimmee State Park
'Scrub Jay'

Endangered Florida Scrub Jay

Lake Kissimmee State Park
'Out of the Old Shell'

Cicada almost out

Lake Kissimmee State Park
'Beauty and Thorns'

Along a trail, a flower with thorns.

Lake Kissimmee State Park
'Digging'

Doe Digging for snack.

Lake Kissimmee State Park
'Woodpecker'

Checking new spot for entry.

Lake Kissimmee State Park
'Mr. Bunny'

On the trail just waiting to run and hide.

Lake Kissimmee State Park
'Does in the grass.'

One munching and one watching the camera.

Lake Kissimmee State Park
'Mrs. Bunny snacking.'

Grass is good food

Lake Kissimmee State Park
'Spiky'

Strolling through the path

Lake Kissimmee State Park
'Hunting For lunch'

Armadillo hunting a snack.

Lake Kissimmee State Park
'Take Off'

Great Horned Owl headed out for the evening hunt

Lake Kissimmee State Park
'Turkey Vulture'

Just landed and searching for his next project

Lake Kissimmee State Park
'Great Horned Owl'

Out for the evening hunt

Lake Kissimmee State Park
'Male Grackle'

Waiting for a picnic

Lake Kissimmee State Park
'Making Tracks'

Left in a hurry

Lake Kissimmee State Park
'Searching'

Red Shouldered Hawk, a few minutes later he flew down to grab something.

Lake Kissimmee State Park
'In the Pines'

Loggerhead Shrike

Lake Kissimmee State Park
'Young Rabbit'

Munching on this green grass

Florida's cowboy heritage comes alive with living history demonstrations of the early Florida "cow hunters" in an 1876-era cow camp. White-tailed deer, bald eagles, sandhill cranes, turkeys, and bobcats have been seen in the park, located on the shores of lakes Kissimmee, Tiger, and Rosalie. Visitors enjoy boating, canoeing, and fishing in the picturesque lakes. Nature students can hike over 13 miles of trails to observe and study the abundant plant and animal life. Six miles of trails are open to equestrians. A large, shaded picnic area with pavilions is available. The park has full-facility campsites, as well as a primitive camping facility. The youth camping area can accommodate up to 50 people. The dark skies make stargazing a popular nighttime activity for campers. Located off State Road 60 15 miles east of Lake Wales.
History of the Area
European man arrived in Florida in the 1500's but his presence was not felt here until the 1800's. During the third Seminole War Fort Gardiner was built nearby as a temporary fortification. Later the area was widely used for timber and turpentine. The town of Rosalie was built and later abandoned after the turpentine industry pulled out of the area.

During the Civil War the area was used for raising cattle that were shipped to the Confederate Army or traded with Cuba for supplies. After the war, cattle were the main industry and this continues to the present day.

In 1969, the state of Florida purchased 5,030 acres of land from the William Zipprer estate for use as a state park. Lake Kissimmee State Park was opened to the public in 1977. An additional 900 acres were purchased in 1997 and added to the park's western boundary.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
Day-UseFishingyes
 Hiking Trailyes
 Swimming Beachyes
 Bike Trailsyes
 Bridle Trailsyes
BoatingLaunch Rampsyes
CampingWater/Electric Sitesyes
WinterActivitiesyes
Camping
Full Facility Camping

Sixty campsites are available with electric and water hookups. No sewage hookups are provided although a dump station is located nearby. The oak hammock in which the camping area is located makes this one of the most beautiful camping areas in the state.

RV Camping

Lake Kissimmee State Park's camp ground has sites with water, electric, plenty of shade, and a majority of the sites are surrounded by beautiful natural buffers for a little seclusion on your site. Although there are no septic hooks up's there is a dump station at the camp ground entrance.

Primitive Camping

For those who prefer primitive camping, there are two campsites located on the 13 miles of hiking trails within the park. Everything must be backpacked in including water. There are no facilities available at either of these campsites.

Youth Camping

Lake Kissimmee State Park offers 2 Primitive Youth Camping Sites to Youth groups with each site capable of holding up to 25 people. The sites are located just off the beaten path, under ample shade provided by beautiful live oaks that cover 85% of the camping area. In the Youth Camping area there are cold showers, restrooms, 1 fire pit for each site; surrounded by benches for the fire side chats and ghost stories. The Parking and Unloading area is located less than 200' from the sites for improved access. Reservations can be made at the Ranger Station, up to 11 Months in advance.
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Canoeing
Tour the waterways within the park and/or along the shores of Lake Kissimmee, Lake Rosalie and Tiger Lake. View some of the incredible birds and wildlife inhabiting the area known as the "headwaters" to the Everglades. Bring your own boat, as there are no rentals in the park.
Boating
Launch your boat from the park and explore the 35,000 acres of Lake Kissimmee and the neighboring lakes and creeks on the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes. Boating activities include wildlife viewing, sight seeing, bass fishing, and pan fishing on some of Florida's most pristine waterways. The park has an on site boat ramp and marina.

Boat Ramp

Air Boats are not permitted to launch from the park due to limited space and safety concerns in the marina area. If visiting or camping, air boats may be towed into the park on their trailers, providing the prop has been tied to the rigging so it cannot be started. There are a number of private boat ramps with in a few miles of the park that allow air boat launching.


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Day Use Area
Playground

For your children's enjoyment our playground facility is conveniently located in the day use area near the picnic pavilion. The playground features 2 regular swings and 2 baby swings, 3 slides, and a set of monkey bars.
Picnicking
There is a large picnic area located in an oak hammock near the bottom of the park. Large, sprawling live oak trees provide shade for those interested in picnicking at the park. There are numerous picnic tables and four pavilions available. At the edge of the picnic area is a 40 foot tall observation tower where you will be able to view the upper part of Lake Kissimmee. For further information on the availability and prices of renting the pavilions please call the park office.
Trails
The park offers 13 miles of hiking trails which showcase white-tailed deer, bobcat, bald eagles, sandhill cranes, turkeys, and other bird life. The trails take you through pine flatwoods, oak hammocks, by freshwater marshes, and out to Lake Kissimmee. You may take your pick from a ? mile self-guided nature trail, two loop trails, and a spur trail out to the lake. There are two backcountry campsites along the trails available for those who wish to spend the night under the stars.
Things To Do in the Area
Riverscape Boat Tours LLC - Ocala, FLBoating
Ride silently on nature tours on the silver river. The most beautiful river in the world. We transport guests back in time to wild Florida as it was thousands of years ago - untouched and untamed. Sparkling clear water that has over a hundred feet visibility. Book the Silver River trip now as the boats fill fast.
Web Site: riverscapesboattours.com
96.8 miles from park*
Red Fox Stables - Lithia, FLHorseback Riding
Riding Trails are located in the Alafia River Corridor Preserve directly behind the horse stables. Your trail ride will include a demonstration, followed by a one hour trail ride. Longer trail rides are available upon request.
Web Site: redfoxstables.com
46.8 miles from park*
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
November 23 Reservations by Larry
I feel the same way about having to make reservations so far in advance. I too live locally and would like to use our park more often. We like to go camping on the spur of the moment. This is so unfair to the people of Flordia that like to go camping. some spots should be left open for the local camper that likes to camp. This is to include some of the HANDICAP spots.
July 8 I LOVE THE PARK, BUT........ by D. Peavy
Having to make reservations so far in advance is very inconvenient. I live locally and love to camp often but cannot at my favorite park because of the reservations. Does not seem fair.
October 10 Outstanding Park
I used to live 15 miles from this park and never visited it - what a mistake that was. When I was there I camped for two days, and my site was visitd by a bobcat, three turkeys and two deer. It was unbelivable! The facilities are first rate, clean restrooms and showers, large shaded camp sites. You actually are camping in the woods instead of a level treeless lot. The layout is two circles with a bathhouse and laundry facilites in the center. So everyting is close except for the person in the next campsite. It makes me feel as a floridian that I am getting something good for my tax dollars.
September 17 Wildlife Abounds! by Don McDuffie
I camped for 3 days on site 14 last December. I enjoyed the beauty of the park while walking and driving around. Mostly, I relaxed and read several books I borrowed from the park office library. Most of the time during the day, there were eagles soaring overhead and it was so quiet that I could hear the swoooosh of air over their wings. I was visited on my site by deer, squirrels, lots of birds, wild hogs, many turkies, sand hill cranes, and, of course, armidillos. I got amazing photos with my digital camera. The bath house was modern and clean and conveniently located. I am just waiting now till cooler weather in November or December to spend a week at Kissimmee State Park, my favorite park in Florida.
November 20 For nature lovers by Jomarlin
We enjoyed this park greatly, spending several days camped there in our RV. Very large, roomy, shaded campsite; restrooms close and clean; varied and plentiful wildlife; huge live oaks; good bicycling; the lake itself a long walk unless you had a boat. We will return.
July 13 Wildlife Abounds in Spotless Park by The Vero Trio
The weekend of July 11, 2008 gave us an opportuinty to camp at LKSP. In the two days we camped at the park, we saw more wildlife than I have seen in the 30 years I have lived in Florida. A simple walk to the marina or restroom brought views of deer, turkeys, and even a Cypress squirrel, not to mention the various fish and fowl we spotted while boating out to Lake Kissimmee. After an exhausting day of biking, hiking, and boating we were more than impressed by the cleanliness of the public facilities. Campsites were kept tidy, picnic areas were well groomed, and the restroom was cleaner than my own! We will certainly be returning for another excursion through the park!


Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
Wynnhaven Riverside RV Park - Bushnell, FLCampgrounds
Wynnhaven Riverside is located on County Road 48 in the small town of Bushnell, Florida. Whether you are visiting Florida and want sun or prefer to camp in the shade of Florida's grand oak trees, we have units available for both.
Web Site: wynnhavenriverside.com
67.3 miles from park*
Pets
Pets must be confined, leashed (not to exceed six feet in length) or otherwise under the physical control of a person at all times. Tethered pets must not be left unattended for more than 30 minutes. Quiet hours must be observed from 11:00 p.m. - 8:00 a.m. Pet owners must pick up after their pets and properly dispose of all pet droppings in trash receptacles. Florida law requires that pets be vaccinated against rabies. Any pet that is noisy, dangerous, intimidating or destructive will not be allowed to remain in the park. Non-furbearing pets, such as reptiles, birds, or fish must be confined or under the physical control of the owner. Some animals may be prohibited on park property. Failure to abide by these rules may result in the camper being asked to board the pet outside the park or to leave the campground.
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Lake Kissimmee State Park is located off S.R. 60, 15 miles east of Lake Wales.

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