Finding waterfront campgrounds in South Florida can be difficult! While South Florida has many campgrounds and A LOT of water, most of the waterfront campgrounds are either booked way in advance or extremely expensive. Fortunately, there is another option! The Army Corps of Engineers operates 3 campgrounds in Florida, with all 3 located in South Florida. These 3 waterfront campgrounds run along the Okeechobee Waterway. They are W.P. Franklin Lock & Dam located on the west coast near Fort Myers, Ortona Lock Campground centrally located near LaBelle, and St. Lucie Lock Campground on the east coast near Stuart. All of these Campgrounds have waterfront sites and reservations can be made through the Recreation.gov website or mobile app. While they don’t have the RV resort amenities, the views and the price more than make up for the lack of resort type amenities!
If you’d like to find more Army Corps of Engineers campgrounds, this book has them all! We have used this book to find WONDERFUL campgrounds in several states!
0:54 W.P. Franklin Lock & Dam Campground
2:21 Ortona Lock Campground
9:23 St Lucie Lock Campground