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Osprey, Florida

Oscar Scherer State Park

Osprey, Florida



Osprey, Florida
Phone: (941) 483-5956

Sites: 108
Recent Rate: $26 11/2015

Latitude: 27.169520580947
Longitude: -82.477111816406

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking yes
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • Verizon Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers Verizon
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone yes
  • Central Modem Central Modem yes
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area yes
  • yes-stream Waterfront Waterfront yes-stream
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room yes
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access yes
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp yes
  • Marina Marina yes
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals yes
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) yes
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball yes
  • Sports Field Sports Field yes
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre yes
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek yes
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

Ratings overview

28 Reviews

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Review Count: 22
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: November, 2015 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a nice state park in an area you wouldn't expect to find one. The campground is set well back into the park so it is very quiet. Sites are packed sand and ours required a little leveling. All sites are W/E only and have a fire ring, picnic table and small clothes/towel hanger. Good spacing between sites with ground vegetation for privacy and plenty of trees for shade. Playground, hiking and biking trails available. Restrooms are old and could use updating but are kept very clean. Check in was easy and staff friendly. We will camp here again. We camped at Oscar Scherer State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
95
Site Surface
Sand
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 39
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $13.00
Overall Rating:      

Great stay. Lot of hiking trail miles. And biking on hard road and some sand trails. Interactive museum, playground, pavilions, small beach on pond. Well designed park. Wildlife to be seen. Sand/dirt, level sites with plenty of shade and side privacy. Friendly staff. We camped at Oscar Scherer State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
17
Site Surface
Dirt, Sand
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Many miles of hiking and biking, kayaking, bird and wildlife present. One of few places to see scrub jays. Near gulf beaches and cities if you must.

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Review Count: 44
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: February, 2015 - $32.00
Overall Rating:      

We spent 8 nights at this State Park during our first retirement winter in Florida and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The campground sits nearly a mile back from US-41 Tamiami Trail, so it is convenient to shopping and restaurants, but a world away from the hustle and bustle of SW Florida in the winter. The state park is close to the Siesta Key public beach, which is nothing shy of incredible with FREE parking. There are many scheduled activities at the park including nature walks, movie nights, and exercise classes. There is free Wi-Fi at the Nature Center (speeds depend on usage at the time). The campsites are nice size, with plenty of vegetation between lots to provide privacy. The electric and water hookups worked well. Hubby did experience difficulty with DISH reception, but we were able to pick up quite a few network channels with our antenna. The only real downside is all 4 bath houses are ancient and are in serious need of remodeling. They were kept clean and scattered throughout the campground. There was one washer and one dryer at two of the bathhouses. There were multiple hiking trails starting at the Nature Center, and we were able to spot a pair of rare Scrub Jay birds and an Eagle's nest with two chicks on our walks. We loved this location, and we will definitely return in the future. We camped at Oscar Scherer State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Dirt, Sand
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

We ate twice at Mad Moe's Sports Bar about a mile or two north of the park. Great menu/food, great service, and great prices. If you are in Sarasota on Sunday evening, make sure you swing by Siesta Key Public Beach about an hour before sunset and take in the weekly drum circle. An amazing experience!

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Review Count: 19
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: January, 2015 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

Upon arrival, we were greeted by a ranger (with a reddish beard) who could hardly give us the time of day. I think we didn't fit into his schedule. The sites have some trees and shrubbery, with a little privacy. Our site was on the stream's edge, which was quite muddy. The sites were not level, and the water hook up and the electric hook up were on opposite sides of the site, so we were unable to use the water. The lake is small and there is a sign announcing the presence of alligators. The trails are flat and dull. We would not return. We camped at Oscar Scherer State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
84
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $29.00
Overall Rating:      

Fantastic park!! Wonderful sites, great kayaking, great trails, and many geocaches. Really felt like paradise. Very quiet and very clean. The only negative is the cleaning of the bathrooms. All the bathrooms were cleaned at the same time starting at 10 AM. The one closest to us took 2.5-3.0 hours to clean. The others took equally as long. So, if I didn't get a shower before 10 AM, I had to wait up to 3 hours to have the opportunity to shower. Plus, no toilets were available during cleaning time also. Somehow I think they could stagger the cleaning times. We camped at Oscar Scherer State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 111
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 13

Date of Stay: February, 2013 - $29.00
Overall Rating:      

Enjoyed a winter weekend at this quiet, woodsy park. Like many of Florida's parks, it is convenient to grocery stores etc., but a world away once you are inside. Easy access to I-75. There's a large RV dealer nearby with service department. Nice place for hiking, biking, kayaks, and there are ocean beaches a short drive away. We were here on Super Bowl Sunday, so happy to get lots of channels from our antenna. Enjoyed a lunch at Casey Key fish house nearby on the water. This is a fairly uncrowded area for Florida, very enjoyable to visit. We camped at Oscar Scherer State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: February, 2013 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

Great campground located close to Venice. Really nice sites with a neat creek running by some of the sites. We liked the nature center and the other facilities were all nice and clean. This is not a big-rig friendly campground. It was doable in our 38ft Class A, but there was some branch rubbing and white knuckle maneuvering. That said, the campground states there is a 36ft limit. Really friendly staff and easy check-in. It was worth the maneuvering and we will be back. We camped at Oscar Scherer State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

This is not a bad park if your staying in the Sarasota area. The park was well laid out with easy access. Although we did not swim in the lake, warm weather=amoebas, it did appear nice. We did see several people fishing on several times. I bet the lake is nice to swim in when its cooler. In order to get to the CG you have to cross a wooden bridge which goes over a fairly good size stream. That was neat and different. The campsites are surrounded with thick vegetation. The bath houses were clean. I did like there were several bath houses throughout the campground. The CG is close to several nice beaches and just down the road from Sarasota. We would camp here again. We camped at Oscar Scherer State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

Small state park with lots of character. Spaces range from small to large pull through. Park Rangers both friendly and helpful. Restrooms clean and well maintained. Wi-Fi available but we used Verizon mini Wi-Fi with perfect reception. Sites shaded and would be difficult to get TV reception with satellite dish as very shady. Some great sites right on the water. Kayaks and canoes available from Rangers. Located in Ospry, Florida between Sarasota and Venice beach Florida so close to some great beaches, restaurants and shopping. Will stay here again. We camped at Oscar Scherer State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: April, 2012 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a large and wonderful campground. It is kept very clean. There are a lot of walking and biking trails. There is a lake for swimming and it is close to the Gulf of Mexico. Our daughters were tickled to see lightning bugs at night (stayed in April) and American eagles nesting close to our site. Overall, it was a great experience and we'll definitely stay here again. We camped at Oscar Scherer State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 45
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: January, 2012 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

This is one of the older state parks and it shows. All sites are not gravel and can be messy to track in the RV on a wet day. Also, low palms will rub your roof and sides on a tall trailer. Ours is 11.1 and rubbed some pretty hard going in and out of our site 37. The rangers were nice and helpful when needed. Rest rooms and showers are old but clean. There is a lot of trails to walk and ride here, with a short ride to one of the Rails to Trails bike path. They do have Wi-Fi at the nature center but is very slow most of the time but free. There is kayak and canoe rentals at the park. Outside the park you will find a lot to do. You have to go see Siesta Beach that is a short drive north. It is rated the number one beach in the U.S.A. It is nice but get there early when the weather is good, if you want some place to park. There is lots of places to eat, some are pricey some are not. There is a Super Wal-Mart about a mile north and Publix stores within five miles from the park going north or south on US 41. Also, a big Mall about six miles north, that is really nice if the wife gets bored with camping. Satellite TV is a hit and miss depending on what site you are on, and what service you have. There is lots of shade. This is an older park, but we would go back. We camped at Oscar Scherer State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2011 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

The Park is a State Park on the main highway serving the western panhandle. It is a convenient stop point even if traveling the Interstate as it is an easy 10 minutes from an exit. Price is right but it fills up rapidly. The Park Rangers that help incoming campers are a mixed breed of government workers, i.e., some care, some don't. The rules are are specific and without exception as one might expect. Having said that, it is a lovely, shaded and nature-respecting park. No sewer or Internet, just the basics, but the peacefulness it exudes is immediate. We camped at Oscar Scherer State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: July, 2011 - $29.00
Overall Rating:      

Very nice park, bike trail runs adjacent to the park, swimming available in "Lake Oscar", many shaded sites with good privacy between. You'll need a 50' water hose as sites share water and often the water is located 30 - 40 feet from you, read the Reserve America notes for each site. The park has some pull through sites, but some are very difficult to make the turn into the site from the access road if you are in a fifth wheel. Site #103 is a no for a 5er. I stayed in that one and took a full half-hour to maneuver into position where I could deploy 4 slides and the awning. I did it, but would not do it again. Pulling out was even more fun. #102, 104 are doable. A really great site is #66: it is a back in, but on a curve giving you a straight shot to back in. It's another one of Florida's great State Parks. We'll be back, but in one of the better sites. We camped at Oscar Scherer State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 98
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: May, 2011 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

Our second time here. Felt like two different parks, depending on when you are there. Upon checking in, I had the displeasure of one of the most sour park rangers I have ever met. Very slow, no welcome, no smile..not even a hello. Never offered any helpful suggestions or directions and seemed to hate her job. Not a people person at all. The map she gave us was a bad copy and had a large portion of the sites blacked out without numbers due to the original having highlights of the "no pet" area. Was extremely confusing trying to find our site. Unfortunately we arrived during the weekend, and the place was over run with loud tent campers and hoards of unruly wild children and teenagers. Many parties on Friday night until the wee hours, with unattended "smudge pot" fire pits the rest of the night and most of the next day. By Sunday they had all cleared out, and the park was once again quiet, natural and beautiful for the rest of the week. Feels like a totally different park during the week. Good WI-FI at nature center was appreciated. We camped at Oscar Scherer State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 22
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: January, 2011 - $29.00
Overall Rating:      

We had heard a lot about this park from camping friends so we were excited to be going there. Our site #1 was very narrow as are most of the sites. Nearly all sites are on the same side of the road with dense vegetation on the other side, making backing into the site difficult without driving into the plants. The restrooms are older but clean and well maintained. Free Wi-Fi is available at the Nature Center. Oscar Scherer has a large group of volunteers who provide everything from breakfasts to musical entertainment. You can find some planned activity just about every day. When you are in the park you get the feeling you are camping in the middle of the jungle, but just outside the gate are beautiful beaches, restaurants, shopping and entertainment. They say it is all about location and Oscar Scherer has it. We will return for another stay in the future. We camped at Oscar Scherer State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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