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Oscar Scherer State Park

Osprey, Florida


1843 S Tamiami Trl
Osprey, Florida 34229
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Sites: 108
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 27.16952
Longitude: -82.47711

Elevation: 9' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ 55+ no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup yes
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • Phone Phone yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Pet Area Pet Area yes
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room yes
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Beach Beach yes
  • Biking Biking yes
  • Boating Boating yes
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts yes
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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44 Reviews

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Review Count: 65
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 19

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $13.00
Overall Rating:

A revisit for us and not much has changed. A good thing. Friendly, helpful staff. Family oriented with two picnic areasThe park is kept clean and maintained. A lot of shade, clean bathhouses (5-a couple could use updating), loop road is good, most sites are spacious and level. Six pull throughs, all with 50 amp, and 92 back-ins (32 have 50 amp). There is a small museum (has ice cream) and a wi-fi porch by the lake (nice beach). Some of the sites back up to South Creek. There are 6 hiking trails ranging from a third mile (around the lake) to 5 miles. All are easily navigable and interesting. There is a rails-to-trails bike trail which goes from Venice to Sarasota which includes the remains of the rail bridge across South Creek. This park is just off Hwy 41, where a variety of shopping, eateries, etc are available. We frequent this park and have never heard traffic noise. 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
Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Kayak South Creek, hike the trails, enjoy the beach.

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

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

Check in was quick and the park staff were friendly and helpful. Most of the sites have vegetation between them for privacy. We stayed for the weekend and it was very quiet and peaceful. There is a small lake to swim in, and several hiking trails. Wifi is available at the nature center. We didn't use it, so I am not sure how fast it is. Cell service (Metro) was strong, no problems at all. We didn't bring a TV, but there were lots of OTA radio stations. We camped at Oscar Scherer State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
47
Site Surface
Concrete, Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The Walmart in Osprey is a few minutes up 41. Nokomis Beach is nearby. The Legacy Trail goes right through the park and offers miles of paved trail for cycling, running, walking, skating, or whatever not-motorized activity makes you happy.

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Review Count: 20
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $13.00
Overall Rating:

I have stayed here two times now. The sites have been easy to get into, its clean and everyone I have dealt with is friendly. We camped at Oscar Scherer State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
103
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Public beaches on Casey Key are close by. There are a multitude of restaurants in the area, my wife's favorite is Frankie's pizza, just north of the park. Will be back.

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Review Count: 20
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

Very nice park. Lots of "buffer" between slots. Negatives were many sites were extremely difficult to back in to and we arrived in a thunderstorm and many sites, including our original assigned site, were flooded. If you are selective when picking a site I feel you will truly enjoy your stay in this beautiful area. We camped at Oscar Scherer State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
B53
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Difficult site to back in to. We were in a 34' unit. Would work better for a shorter unit

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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: December, 2017 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Spacious sites, great biking, close to shopping, restaurants, and wifi at the pavilion. We camped at Oscar Scherer State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Sand
Campsite Features
Fire Ring
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

This park was great for a quick weekend away from our home in Tampa. Miles and miles of great, flat, paved bike paths. And numerous hiking trails throughout the park. Staff at the check in desk is super friendly and helpful. We were fortunate to get a pull-thru site but it was still a little tight. We will definitely return. We camped at Oscar Scherer State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
103
Site Surface
Asphalt, Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Visit the beaches of Venice which are within 20-30 minutes of the park. Well worth the drive. Park also has a fresh water swim area and some sites are along the river which provides a great view.

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

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

Florida Seniors get a discount. Certain sites will require a long hose to reach a water faucet. Camp sites are very private and shaded for the most part. Restrooms were clean. Enjoying our stay. We camped at Oscar Scherer State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
100
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
No Others In Sight, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Biking, hiking and fishing.

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Review Count: 23
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

Super State Park. Love the "growies" between sites. You don't even know you have neighbors. Some tight turns for large rigs. Interior roads were tight and a narrow bridge crossing a creek. Of the 5 shower houses #2 & 4 were closed for repairs/ updates. Once again the Ranger assigned us a site upon check in and we were very happy with his choice. We tend to go without reservations, never knowing how long we'll be where. Would definitely come back to this park. Decent location, super nice Rangers and terrific sites! We camped at Oscar Scherer State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
76
Site Surface
Sand
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
No Others In Sight
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

Park is very nice, lots of hiking. Close to beach. They have a lake you can swim in. Some sites small, some really far from water hookup. No full hookups, some 50 amp sites. Sites 68-98 are no pets due to the river. Our site was covered in poison ivy. Bath houses are being upgraded this year. The tight one lane bridge into the campground will be upgraded next year. We camped at Oscar Scherer State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
1
Site Surface
Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Ranger Station sells ice, put your food away, raccoons were everywhere.

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Review Count: 75
States Visited: 32
Helpful Reviews: 20

Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Each site is surrounded with nice trees and hanging moss. Very quiet. The roads were rather narrow, but still manageable. Not a place for Big rigs. Very narrow bridge coming into the campground. We camped at Oscar Scherer State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Go to Myaaki State Park to see the Alligators and birds.

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Review Count: 20
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: December, 2016 - $12.00
Overall Rating:

Everyone was friendly. The park was clean and has numerous trails. Lots are spacious and mostly shady. Sites are gravel and feature a fire ring and picnic table. We camped at Oscar Scherer State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
9
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The park is central located to shop at Venice, Sarasota and St. Armands. The best pizza is at Frankie's just north of the park on the West side of the road.

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Review Count: 41
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 15

Date of Stay: November, 2016 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

This was our third time staying at this park while visiting family. Our site on the river required a little leveling. There is enough ground cover and space between sites for privacy and the feeling of being in the Florida woodlands. Lots of trails to hike in the park along with fishing, canoeing, kyaking and bike riding. No problems with water or electric. The restroom near our site has been updated a little since our last visit with some new tile, counter top, sinks and one shower made for ADA use. Restroom was kept clean and supplied even during a busy holiday weekend. The showers could use a little taller door or shower curtain for more privacy. Park staff very friendly and helpful and check-in was quick and easy. 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
97
Site Surface
Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 85
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 26

Date of Stay: November, 2016 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

Our site was on the river; we selected the site thinking we could launch our kayak from the site. We discovered that this was against regulation because of damage to the banks. Also the site was an odd shape with a palm tree in middle of the site. This caused us quite a problem to park and level the trailer. I would advise to not select this site. It was perfect however for tent campers in that the tent could be pitched in a back corner for plenty of privacy.
The campground has a number of excellent trails for hiking. Kayaking on the river is excellent. The launch area is the best I have ever seen. The kayak fits between two floating piers for easy boarding. Just across Tamiami Trail is the Legacy rails to trails bike path for riding into town. You can run north or south on the trail. Get a map at the ranger station.
AT&T worked well, dish reception was not possible because of the trees. We stayed for three days; this was our second visit to the campground. We camped at Oscar Scherer State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
88
Site Surface
Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 65
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

This is s beautiful state park with gorgeous views. We camped here in a 31' motorhome and has no issues at all getting in and around the campground. We saw much larger rigs in the campground as well. Many sites were quite large both length and width wise. The vegetation between sites provided a sense of privacy. The bathhouses were clean and well maintained. Verizon worked well. We would definitely recommend this campground. We camped at Oscar Scherer State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

An unexpected find of a great state park. Very nice stay. As with all of Florida's State Parks the staff are friendly and helpful. The campground is set well back into the park so it is very quiet and away from US-41 Tamiami Trail. Sites are mostly packed sand but ours was a drive-through with asphalt that required some extra leveling effort. Many of the sites along Spring Creek do not allow pets but the others do. Pets on a leash are allowed on most of the many hiking trails. Though small, the sites are well buffered with vegetation for privacy and plenty of trees for shade. All have water and electric with fire ring, picnic table and small clothes/towel hanger. We had to use extra water hose as our site shared water with the adjoining site. The many restrooms put them in close proximity to the sites. They are well maintained. Dump site was easy access toward the back of the campground. We will camp here again. While pets are permitted in the family campgrounds for the most part they are not permitted in some of the campsites along the Spring Creek. We camped at Oscar Scherer State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
104
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Convenient to shopping and restaurants. A Walmart Supercenter is about a mile and a 1/2 north of the park entrance with Siesta Key public beach only a short distance making the Gulf of Mexico very convenient.

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