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Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $40.00
We spent 5 nights at this park and liked it. It had been described to us as "...like a country club," and that description is pretty accurate. The grounds are beautiful; lots of lawn (well mowed and clipped) and pretty natural vegetation. Our site faced the bay, which afforded a sunset view. Sites are pretty private. Some sites look very difficult to back into and the roads are very narrow, with overhanging trees, in places. We reserved a site that looked like a reasonable back-in, which proved to be true. There is a nice walking beach, as well as a dog friendly park. All-in-all, a good place. We camped at Fort De Soto Campground in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $37.00
Rate is for a waterfront site ($5 more). Great water views, although some are limited by mangrove trees, as indicated on the campground map. Camp fee includes admission to the entire park. The North Beach is the best feature - white sand and clear, warm water, and only a few people on the mid-week days we were there. Sites are level, well-shaded, and somewhat separated from neighboring sites by the heavy vegetation. Sand is plentiful, but you're on the water, so it comes with the territory. A hand vac by the entrance minimized the problem. Restroom/bathouse was clean and also had washer ($1.00) & dryer ($.75). Staff was friendly and efficient. Camp store had the basic necessities and serves ice cream! Bring lots of quarters for the bridge tolls ($.75 & $.50) that you encounter getting to the park. AT&T cell phone service was good. We camped at Fort De Soto Campground in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $41.00
The campground is absolutely beautiful, many with water views, egrets walking through the campsites, and dolphins swimming by. It is well kept and the sites are very wooded, sometimes you can't even see the rig next door. The heavy growth may make getting into the site a little rough for some less experienced drivers especially those that have to back a large fifth wheel on a curve. If you want to get satellite, it may be all but impossible. I picked a site that I could put my portable dish by the water. The roads do need work as they have a lot of potholes. Some of the sites are narrow, but the length makes up for it. The beach is a bit of a drive, so don't plan on walking or biking to it. Water view sites are a little more expensive than the interior sites. They have a separate pet campground. The pad and sites are gravel/sand and are level. We would have stayed longer but weekends are difficult to get unless you make reservations months in advance. Wish it had sewer. We camped at Fort De Soto Campground in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: March, 2014 - $43.00
This is a wonderful campground in a great county park on a group of connected islands at the mouth of Tampa Bay. It is difficult to get reservations but a percentage of sites are kept available for walkups. On a Tuesday morning we were third in line 2 hours before the office opened and had our pick of a couple of "pet" sites. There is seven miles of paved recreational trail suitable for rollerblading, casual cycling, or walking. There is also a great dog park with an adjacent stretch of white sand beach for the canines. We camped at Fort De Soto Campground in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: November, 2013 - $25.00
Claims to be big rig friendly, but low hanging limbs, hard to get into sites and lots of pot holes. Rangers are very rude, not people persons. But with that being said, lovely sites on the water, nice walking/biking paths, beaches and picnic areas. And a couple of tolls to pay. We camped at Fort De Soto Campground in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $38.00
Pros: Wow - what a great location!! You can't get any closer to the water than this place without camping on a boat, you can actually anchor your boat right off the shore of your campground. Fishing galore, several beaches, great trails for walking and biking, canoe/kayak rentals, nice shop, all very well maintained, super nice park rangers. Cons: who brings their own fire ring? no campfires without one. REALLY tight roads and low branches in and out. We have 36' trailer and it took some patient maneuvering to get parked and more to get out, but plenty of room once we were set up. The strict no booze rule was kind of ridiculous. We camped at Fort De Soto Campground in a Travel Trailer.Undo
Date of Stay: June, 2013 - $42.00
Pretty much a perfect campground. Amazing sunsets, lots to do in the park. Excellent facilities, well laid out. Roads are a bit rough. We camped at Fort De Soto Campground in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
Date of Stay: December, 2012 - $40.00
We love Ft Desoto and have stayed here many many times. There are no black or grey water hookups. You have to dump at the dumping station with your blue boy if you fill up. We like the sites because it is very shady and you can be right on the water if you want. I don't like that it is super difficult to make a reservation unless you book almost 6 months out sometimes. We still camp here as this is only 20 minutes from home but not as much since they stared making reservations online as it is not possible to take a last minute camping trip unless you try to get there the morning you want to go and hope you get at walk up site. We camped at Fort De Soto Campground in a Travel Trailer.Undo
Date of Stay: February, 2013 - $38.00
You can't get much better than this park. Great beaches, great wildlife and a friendly professional staff. We had site 39 which is for tent and van campers. It was level and easy to back in and super quiet at night. Nothing larger than a 22' van could make the road turns however, pretty close vegetation. We got up early to photograph and at 5 am there was a line of 2 dozen people in the dark, at the camp office hoping to get a walk-in spot because all reservable spaces were taken (late Feb). Two fishing piers, multiple beaches including a dog-friendly one. We will be back again. (This was our second trip.) We camped at Fort De Soto Campground in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: February, 2013 - $38.00
Gorgeous park with so many waterfront sites! We were able to get a lovely site on the water but only for three nights - you need to book ahead in the winter months. Loved that sites were spacious and separated by trees. Also, there is so much to do in the park. We biked, explored the pier/fort/museum, hung out on the beach, watched the kayakers, and walked the trails looking at birds. Bathroom was really nice and clean. Only downside was the dump station had some kind of wasp infestation. We decided to skip and hold off dumping until the next park. We camped at Fort De Soto Campground in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
Date of Stay: January, 2012 - $36.00
We love going here with our two dogs! The pet park and beach area for them makes the trip well worth it. I wish there were more places that allowed us to bring our well-behaved pets to play in the water and spend t he day outside. The campgrounds are super, shady, private, wild birds, water views which keep us coming back several times out of the year. We camped at Fort De Soto Campground in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $38.00
I would recommend arriving early if you are arriving on a Sunday afternoon. The park is very nice and beautiful; it is moderately wooded, and I did not get any mosquito bites. I had site 179 which is a pull through. I could have fit 3-6 more trailers depending on how close I wanted them so the park had a roominess feel to it, and it did not seem that I was too close to my neighbors. There were a lot of racoons and bold squirrels, so I recommend keeping your food well hidden and secure. Being that there are no sewer hookups, I would recommend emptying before you start a full week of camping. They have a camping store to buy any last minute things that you, but if you need ice I would recommend the Publix near the interstate which is half price. I would also recommend getting a site not directly across from the bathrooms as there are bright lights on all night. All in all, it's a beautiful park and well worth the camping. I plan to go again next year, but this time I want to get water front. This place would be a 10 if there were sewer hook ups. We camped at Fort De Soto Campground in a Travel Trailer.Undo
Date of Stay: January, 2012 - $25.00
We loved this place! Very nice for a county park. Very close to the beach which has an area specifically for dogs with a great dog park and free run of the doggie beach. Sites are dirt but fairly level with lots of vegetation. A little difficult getting into our first site but we came back a couple days later and had a much bigger pull-through site. Sites have electric and water but not sewer hook ups. The sewer hook ups are central dump stations. Lots to do nearby. Would have stayed longer if we had the time! We camped at Fort De Soto Campground in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: March, 2012 - $45.00
This park is justifiably popular so book early. (Six months ahead is earliest, 7 months out for Pinellas County residents.) we booked a waterfront site and loved it. Boaters or kayaks can pull right up to the sea wall by their sites (note, no swimming from campground itself but beaches are in the park.) Tropical foliage separates sites, which are paved with crushed shells and is easily tracked in, so a mat outside is handy. There are two dump stations as you leave the campground. We were there on a spring break weekend so had noisy, unsupervised kids next site over. Will return sometime midweek in winter for quieter atmosphere. Will also bring bikes as the park has trails throughout. We enjoyed visiting the fort and museum. Park rangers run a tight ship in this very busy park. If you plan to go to the beach section on a sunny weekend, head over before mid morning to avoid a long line of day visitors' cars waiting to pay a fee of $5 to enter that section of the park. Your camping fee covers it, but only one road in. We camped at Fort De Soto Campground in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: September, 2011 - $40.00
Very private sites with lots of shade. Showers were clean. Staff very helpful We camped at Fort De Soto Campground in a Motorhome.Undo
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