8.8 Excellent
     
Sarasota, Florida

Myakka River State Park

Sarasota, Florida



Sarasota, Florida
Phone: (941) 361-6511

Sites: 97
Recent Rate: $15 8/2016

Latitude: 27.239473880305
Longitude: -82.316550884808

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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 no
  • $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 no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • 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 no
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $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 no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
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 no
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • yes-lake Waterfront Waterfront yes-lake
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar yes
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp yes
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals yes
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) yes
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals yes
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • 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 yes
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River yes
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

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53 Reviews

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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 4

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

The site we had (14) was well shaded,stone and almost level. Everyone was friendly, it was clean, quiet and peaceful with lots of wildlife to see. We stayed for a week and liked it so much we stayed another three days. We camped at Myakka River State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
14
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
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
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

For shopping and restaurants Sarasota is only eight miles away.

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Review Count: 149
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 34

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

There are 3 campgrounds in this park. We stayed at Palmetto Ridge, which is the nicest campground. Old Ridge and Big Flats have dirt/sand sites with only water & electric. Palmetto Ridge has paved road and crushed rock sites with water, sewer & 50 amp. The sites are wide & deep with heavy vegetation between sites. The restrooms are modern & spotless. Our Verizon was almost non-existent but we received many over-the-air TV stations. It rained & standing water was an issue as were mosquitoes. Big Flats is closest to the concession area. This is a beautiful park and we would stay again, in Palmetto Ridge. We camped at Myakka River State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
75
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Sites 69 & 71 in Palmetto Ridge have beware of alligator signs at the back of the site, so beware if you have small pets or kids.

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Review Count: 166
States Visited: 38
Helpful Reviews: 14

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $17.00
Overall Rating:      

Camped in the 45" motor home with tow car. Suggest you unhook tow car in the area provided after entry station at the south park entrance. Some of the interior roads within the Palmetto Ridge have sharp curves, which are difficult to maneuver. The interior roads are paved and sites are gravel. We stayed in the new Palmetto Ridge campground. It has full hookups including 50 amp power. The sewer connections at each site might require an extension hose and are rather elevated. There is a good distance between you and your neighbor with vegetation between. Some sites were open, some had partial shade, and a few had extensive shade. Verizon cell was spotty at the campground with usually no service. Our site was open, so we had no problem with satellite TV. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring. Biking, hiking, fishing, and critter watching are wonderful. Don't miss the Canopy Walk. We camped at Myakka River State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
82
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Campground is 13 miles from I-75 and its amenities. Other than the huge park, there is nothing nearby. We took the boat ride on the upper lake. The boat tour guy was great. The concession area next to the upper lake offers dining and supplies as well. You can rent canoes and other gear.

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Review Count: 33
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: February, 2016 - $29.00
Overall Rating:      

We had a pleasant stay in the Palmetto Ridge loop. Quiet, attractive and clean. Not a 10 only because of the amount of standing water after rains. Site 64 had both ends blocked by standing water the entire two weeks, other sites (62, 65, 70, 52, 54) and approaches to the bathhouses also impacted. Our site (52) was a large and level pull through and conveniently located across from one bathhouse. Both bathhouses have one washer and one dryer. Single stream recycling available next to the dumpster and a recycling bin for the small 1-lb propane bottles is across the road at the entrance to the Old Prairie campground. No dedicated lanes for campers at park entrance so there is sometimes a wait to enter on weeekends. Firewood is available at the concession at the marina for $6/bundle. We camped at Myakka River State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
52
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 136
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 30

Date of Stay: December, 2015 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

Discount rate for Florida Senior Resident for four nights. Site was a large, pull-thru, gravel, level site with FHU and 50 amp service. We had good satellite reception. Verizon cell/MiFi reception was weak and intermittent. We would stay here again. We camped at Myakka River State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
70
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 116
States Visited: 31
Helpful Reviews: 30

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $29.00
Overall Rating:      

As others have noted, the Palmetto Ridge section is awesome! It has full hookups, very unusual for a state park, and very well spaced, private sites, which is unusual for full hookups. The bathrooms were very clean, and the personnel actually rake each site after each camper leaves. Oh, yeah, the sites are full gravel and level, very neat and clean. The only reason we didn't rate it higher is because we had virtually no phone (Verizon) and therefore no internet. For an overnight stay we didn't care, but it would not have worked for long term. Great park, though, we would return. We camped at Myakka River State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Palmetto Ridge 52
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Check out the Canopy Walkway...very neat.

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Review Count: 76
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: March, 2015 - $27.00
Overall Rating:      

Rate includes taxes. This is our first time at this state park, and we are very impressed! We are in the newer Palmetto Ridge campground, with 50 amp electric, water, and sewer hookups at each site. The two older campgrounds in the park are electric and water only. The sites here on the ridge are spacious and separated by bushes and trees. Each site is paved with raked gravel, except for two ADA sites at each bath house that are paved with blacktop. There's a fire ring and a raised grill at each site, along with a picnic table. The park is very quiet at night, and during the day the volunteer hosts are constantly taking care of cleaning the bath houses, raking vacant sites when a guest leaves, and other maintenance chores. Verizon cell service is marginal but useable, and the closest local TV stations are about 40 miles away. Every Wednesday morning there's a coffee hour at a pavilion near the campground, where we can meet and greet our neighbors. The same pavilion hosts a "Florida Tales" story telling session Wednesday evenings. Other parts of the park offer hiking trails, a tram tour, air boat lake tour, guided walking tours, and other attractions. Our two week stay here has been fantastic, and we very much look forward to coming back again. We camped at Myakka River State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
82 Palmetto Ridge
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

The Sarasota National Cemetery is a few miles west of the park, and the city of Sarasota is about 12 miles west for serious shopping.

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Review Count: 27
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

We love this campground! Some of the roads had some standing water due to lots of rain, but not a big deal. Bathrooms here are always spotless thanks to the volunteers. Sites are spread out and nice sizes. Also have lots of pull thru sites and plenty for a 40' MH easily! Staff is always friendly.....love fishing on the bridge, even though I don't catch much, watching all the gators and birds is always fun. Plenty of deer roaming the marshes during the day as well as dusk! One of our favorite stays in the Florida State Park system! We camped at Myakka River State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 292
States Visited: 39
Helpful Reviews: 50

Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

It was very confusing trying to figure out where to camp based on the on-line information. So, to sort it out continue reading. There are three campgrounds. None of the campgrounds are actually on the lake. Big Flats campground is the furthest into the park at 2.8 miles past the entrance. There is water and good, solid 50 amp service. This is where we stayed and it was very nice. Spaces were close but vegetation provided some privacy. There are camp hosts and it is relatively quiet. The road that goes past to the boat and tram tours is busy during the day, but calms down at night. We did not use them, but the restrooms and showers seemed to be good. There is a gray water dump station but not one you can reach by driving. The only dump station for the park is along the main park road about a mile from the entrance. The Old Prairie campground is close to the park entrance. The sites are very close together and it has a very old feel. We were glad we did not stay there. The new, modern, very nice campground is the Palmetto Ridge campground. It has full hookups and is very nice. We would probably stay in this CG if we visited here again, but we were quite pleased with Big Flats. As noted, this is a beautiful park with lots of good biking. Just be aware that some of the trails/roads are sandy and hard biking. We were not able to get satellite because of tree cover. We had very spotty Verizon data, sometimes 4G and sometimes nothing. We would certainly stay here again. We camped at Myakka River State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 125
States Visited: 26
Helpful Reviews: 17

Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

Palmetto Ridge camping area is the newest gem in Myakka River State Park. Large sites, clean, modern facilities. Plus Myakka River State Park is our FAVORITE bicycling spot in Florida for spotting birds and wildlife. We camped at Myakka River State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 33
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: January, 2014 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

New campsites and great pull-through for a 34' motor home with tow. New clean bath house with handicap access. Bike trails, hiking trails, be sure and take the boat ride on the lake. The guide was very informative and entertaining. Arrive early to get your ticket. Lots of alligators, birds, and other wildlife. Would highly recommend this for a winter get away. Sarasota is just a few miles away if you tire of looking at the alligators! We camped at Myakka River State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 182
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: December, 2013 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

Rate reflects FL SR citizen. We stayed at Big Flats area, the older RV area. Still great but the newer Palmetto Ridge will appeal to the BIG motorhomes and 5ers. Full hookups, including sewer. Our favorite is still Big Flats and we were not disappointed. Rangers to volunteers are what makes this whole park great. Will stay here again and again. We camped at Myakka River State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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

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

We loved this state park. Plenty of bike riding (we rode 82 miles in three days), hiking, nature, and wildlife. Wi-Fi is available at camp store. We used our antenna and had plenty of TV channels. Our site was #76, paved, and right next to the restrooms. We were in the newer section and had sewer hook up. You can either bring your own kayak or canoe or rent one. They also rent bicycles. The restrooms were new and clean. We camped at Myakka River State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: November, 2013 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

WOW! What a great state park. We stayed in the newer section called Palmetto Ridge site # 61, an ADA site. The bath houses are nicer than my home bathroom. Spotless, granite counter tops, tile throughout. The park is 12 miles from light pollution which enables you to see the stars in an unbelievable fashion. The wildlife is abundant. You will most likely have visitors throughout the night. Deer at dusk, gators everywhere, pink spoonbills, and many others. This park should be on every campers bucket list. Happy camping. We camped at Myakka River State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: November, 2013 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

Myakka was great! We stayed in the Palmetto Ridge campground which is tailored for modern motor homes with full water/sewer hookups - a rarity for State Parks. Hookups were fine, but sewer connection was a little loose on our site. Site was enormous. It was a bit overgrown but in a nice, natural way. We had a pull thru spot right across from the bathhouse which was kept very clean. Our 35 foot RV almost got lost on it. Campground is isolated and quiet. Great opportunities for hiking, birding, biking, etc. Sadly, my wife and I are new to RVing and we don’t have a tow car or bicycles yet. As such, Myakka is a bit limited as it is a really long (5 miles or more) walk from the campground to the bird trails, etc. We made it about halfway but still had a great time. There are many trails throughout that are close to the campground. We saw TONS of wildlife. All in all a wonderful place to spend some time. We camped at Myakka River State Park in a Motorhome.

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