Oscar Scherer State Park

     


Osprey, Florida
Phone: (941) 483-5956

Sites: 108
Recent Rate: $32 2/2015


Latitude: 27.1695205809475
Longitude: -82.4771118164062

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites
  • Big Rig Access
  • Tent Camping
  • Restrooms (Plumbed)
  • Pit Toilets
  • Showers
  • $0.00 Shower Fee
  • Laundry Facilities
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee
  • Dump Station
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee
  • Propane Available
  • Firewood Available
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts
  • Water Spigot
  • Picnic Shelter
  • RV Wash
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee
  • Corral
  • Landing Strip
  • Overflow Parking
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP)
  • Electric (50 AMP)
  • Water
  • Sewer
  • WiFi
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee
  • Cellular Phone Service
  • Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup
  • Phone
  • Central Modem
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.)
  • Pool Access
  • Family Friendly
  • Playground
  • Pet Area
  • yes-stream Waterfront
  • Clubhouse
  • Camp Store
  • Cafe / Snack Bar
  • Business Center
  • Group Camping
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Group Kitchen
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Concierge Services
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s)
  • Recreation Room
  • Gym/Workout Facilities
  • Beach Access
  • Boat Ramp
  • Marina
  • Boat Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Golfing
  • Bike Path(s)
  • Bike Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Spa
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Volley Ball
  • Sports Field
  • Arcade Games
  • Live Entertainment
  • Amphitheatre
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf
  • Billiards
  • Ping Pong
  • Lake
  • Pond
  • River
  • Creek
  • Ocean
  • Water Park
  • Casino

Review Details

Ratings overview

26 Reviews

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RagTopDay

Review Count: 17
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $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.

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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Clean Restrooms

Clean Showers

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Vic and Marsha

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: - $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.

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Clean Restrooms

Clean Showers

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Janet794

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $29.00
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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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TaShoulders

Review Count: 15
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $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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NC Writer

Review Count: 94
States Visited: 27
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: - $29.00
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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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Fl Adventurer

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $26.00
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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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Jay/Ang

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

Date of Stay: - $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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jmthompson

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $30.00
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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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Wink

Review Count: 44
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: - $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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CPGII

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $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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nosticks

Review Count: 9
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $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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nautifish

Review Count: 97
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: - $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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AKR1947

Review Count: 22
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $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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GuySR

Review Count: 21
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $32.00
Overall Rating:      

Oscar Scherer is one of the finest state parks in Florida. Clean restrooms, courteous and competent staff, lots of volunteers and activities. Highly recommended not withstanding difficulty in obtaining reservations. We camped at Oscar Scherer State Park in a Motorhome.

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KayLar

Review Count: 24
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $15.00
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Rate shown is Florida resident, senior rate. Great park convenient to beaches, museums and golf. Trails are well marked, clear, personnel friendly, sites are shaded and private with none that looked bad. Showers, restrooms, were clean and well kept. Sites 16, 17 and 18 looked the best with a creek view and close to trail heads, swimming and the Nature Center (Wireless Internet at the center only-slow but works). I was able to push a standard wheelchair on some trails. The ranger station has a "Loaner" sand wheelchair-no charge. No pets allowed on sites 68 to 98. Definitely drive up Casey Key and admire the huge houses and mansions, some probably 40 to 60 and more years old. Good maps are available when you check in at the main gate, complete with many discount coupons. We found a very good, reasonably priced restaurant about a mile South of the park on U. S. 41 called, "WaterfronToo" (Not miss-spelled). Request a table at the South end of the building where you can see down the waterway, or sit outside. Our only complaint about the park was the host on the site (21) next to us had chopped down palmettos and underbrush and planted his TV dish 12-15 feet into our site and left the pile of dead brush there. When we were under our awning, the dish was less than 10' away. We reported it to the rangers, but nothing was done about it other than a ranger came to our site and looked at it. We camped at Oscar Scherer State Park in a Motorhome.

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