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Lake Kissimmee State Park

 Activities at Lake Kissimmee State Park

Birding

Birding

Lake Kissimmee State Park hosts excellent opportunities for birders. The park's abundance of water, wetlands and numerous different habitats offers birders views of different water fowl and birds of prey and scrub habitat through out the park is home to the Florida scrub jay.

Boat Ramp

Boat Ramp

Air Boats are not permitted to launch from the park due to limited space and safety concerns in the marina area. If visiting or camping, air boats may be towed into the park on their trailers, providing the prop has been tied to the rigging so it cannot be started. There are a number of private boat ramps within a few miles of the park that allow air boat launching.

Boating

Boating

Launch your boat from the park and explore the 35,000 acres of Lake Kissimmee and the neighboring lakes and creeks on the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes. Boating activities include wildlife viewing, sight seeing, bass fishing, and pan fishing on some of Florida’s most pristine waterways. The park has an on site boat ramp and marina.

Camping, Equestrian

Camping, Equestrian

Primitive Equestrian Camping is available at Lake Kissimmee State Park. Come prepared there is no water, electric, or restrooms. For more information or to make reservations please call the ranger station at 863-696-1112.

Camping, Full Facility

Camping, Full Facility

Sixty campsites are available with electric and water hookups. A dump station is located nearby. The oak hammock in which the camping area is located provides shade and a natural buffer for a little seclusion. Park amenities include a boat ramp and marina as well as trails, a playground and an observation tower providing a view of Lake Kissimmee. Well behaved pets are welcome in the campground.

Florida's cowboy heritage comes alive with living history demonstrations of the early Florida cow hunters in an 1870s cow camp, open 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. every Saturday, Sunday and holidays (except Christmas) from October 1 through May 1.

Maximum RV length = 55 ft.

Reservations: Reservations may be made up to 11 months in advance through ReserveAmerica. Book Online or call (800) 326-3521 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) or TDD (888) 433-0287.

Camping, Primitive

Camping, Primitive

For those who prefer primitive camping, two campsites are located on the 13 miles of hiking trails within the park. Everything must be backpacked in, including water. Each site includes two picnic tables and two ground grills. No facilities are available at either campsite. The sites are available for individuals or groups, with a maximum of 12 persons per site. At least one of the camping party must be 18 years of age or older. Campers must arrive at the park at least three hours before sunset. Pets are prohibited in the primitive campsites. To reserve a primitive campsite, call the park at (863) 696-1112.

Camping, Youth

Camping, Youth

Lake Kissimmee State Park offers two primitive youth tent camping sites. Each site accommodates up to 25 campers. A minimum of 12 campers is required to use each site. The sites are located just off the beaten path under ample shade provided by live oaks that cover most of the camping area. Amenities include cold showers, restrooms, picnic tables and benches around a fire pit. The parking area is located less than 200 feet from the sites. Pets are prohibited in the youth camping sites. Reservations can be made up to 11 months in advance. To reserve a youth campsite, call the park at (863) 696-1112.

Canoeing & Kayaking

Canoeing & Kayaking

Tour the waterways within the park and/or along the shores of Lake Kissimmee, Lake Rosalie and Tiger Lake. View some of the incredible birds and wildlife inhabiting the area known as the "headwaters" to the Everglades. 

Concession & Restaurant

Concession & Restaurant

Camp store hours--May 1,2014 - September 30,2014: Open Thursday - Sunday 8:00AM - 5:00 PM. Closed Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.


Firewood, ice, general camping items and ice cream. Kayaks are now available for rental.  Please call 863- 696-4888 for more information.

Family Reunions

Family Reunions

The picnic area offers plenty of space for reunions. There are 3 small pavilions that hold 20-25 persons. One large pavilion that holds 100 persons with electric. You may reserve the pavilions for a fee. To reserve a pavilion please contact the ranger station at 863-696-1112.

Fishing

Fishing

Located on the shores of Lakes Kissimmee, Rosalie and Tiger, the park offers some of the best fishing opportunities in the state. A variety of fish that can be caught include the largemouth bass, crappie, catfish, chain pickerel and bluegill. A boat ramp in the park offers direct access to Lake Kissimmee. For those without boats fishing opportunities from the canal banks, marina and dam offer the same variety of fish. A Freshwater fishing license may be required. 

Geo-Seeking

Geo-Seeking

...otherwise known as geocaching. There are more than five hidden geocaches located throughout Lake Kissimmee State Park. The ranger station offers a brochure with tips and coordinates of the hidden treasures. Look at the Geocaching website for more information.

Hiking/Nature Trail

Hiking/Nature Trail

The park offers 13 miles of hiking trails which showcase white-tailed deer, bobcat, bald eagles, sandhill cranes, turkeys and other bird life. The trails take you through pine flatwoods, oak hammocks, by freshwater marshes and out to Lake Kissimmee. You may take your pick from a half-mile self-guided nature trail, two loop trails and a spur trail out to the lake. There are two backcountry campsites along the trails available for those who wish to spend the night under the stars.

The Florida National Scenic Trail runs through Lake Kissimmee State Park and is maintained by Florida Trail Assocation volunteers.

Horse/Equestrian Trail

Horse/Equestrian Trail

Lake Kissimmee State Park has more than six miles of equestrian trails located on beautiful Buster Island. These trails take you through some of Florida's most precious natural habitats including Pine Flatwoods, Scrubby Flat Woods and some beautiful Marsh lands. There is equestrian parking just across the cow camp bridge in the hay fields. This is considered a primitive area, so come prepared; there's no water, bathrooms or facilities on the island. YET. Stay tuned for future equestrian improvements at Lake Kissimmee.

Interpretive Exhibit

Interpretive Exhibit

Lake Kissimmee State Park offers a 3 story (30 ft) observation tower that overlooks the marsh plain and Lake Kissimmee, offering fantastic views of the landscape and wildlife.

Picnic Pavilion

Picnic Pavilion

Four picnic pavilions are located in the day use area of the park. The large pavilion can accommodate 100 people and has an electrical outlet. The fee is $60.00 plus tax. The park has three small pavilions can accommodate 20-25 people. The fee for the small pavilion is $30.00 plus tax. To make reservations for a wedding or pavilion, please contact the park at (863) 696-1112.

Picnicking

Picnicking

There is a large picnic area located in an oak hammock near the bottom of the park. Large, sprawling live oak trees provide shade for those interested in picnicking at the park. There are numerous picnic tables and four pavilions available. For further information on the availability and prices of renting the pavilions please call the park office.

Playground

Playground

For your children's enjoyment our playground facility is conveniently located in the day use area near the picnic pavilion. The playground features 2 regular swings and 2 baby swings, 3 slides, and a set of monkey bars.

For your child's safety please insure that adult supervision is provided at all times.

Recycling

Recycling

Lake Kissimmee has recycling program. We have recycle containers located in the camp ground and in the day use areas including the boat ramp.

Restroom Facilities

Restroom Facilities

The Park offers two restrooms for day use visitors. Both restrooms are ADA accessible. The campground has a large bathhouse in each loop for registered campers.

Tours

Tours

Come enjoy a Segway tour at the park.  Advance reservations required.  Please call Back Trail Adventures at 863.393.3417 or visit us on our website, www.backtrailfla.com   .

Weddings

Weddings

Lake Kissimmee State Park offers the facilities to host your wedding in the beautiful outdoor scenery that Florida has to offer. There is a $50.00 special event fee. There is also a fee if you choose to rent a pavilion for use during the wedding. For more information or to make reservations please call the ranger station at 863-696-1112.