The ranger station at the entrance to Rodman Campground
Primitive Camping area at Rodman Campground
The roadway entrance to Rodman campground leading up to the ranger station building
Primitive Camping area at Rodman Campground

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Rodman Campground

Welcome to Rodman Campground

The 67-site Rodman Campground is located approximately 9 miles southwest of Palatka off of State Route 19 on Rodman Dam Road. This campground provides optimal access via its two-lane boat ramp to some of Florida’s finest freshwater fishing in the 9,500 acre Rodman Reservoir, which is perennially rated in the Top 10 Trophy Bass Lakes in Florida by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

The Rodman Reservoir provides a diverse and extensive habitat for not only trophy fish, but numerous avian species as well. Many endangered and threatened species of wading birds, waterfowl, bald eagles and others use the reservoir, particularly during the cooler months. There are also numerous alligators, turtles and even manatees that live in and travel through the reservoir seasonally.

The campground and reservoir were originally created during the 1960s era Cross Florida Barge Canal project and serve as reminders today of this mammoth public works project, which was started in 1964 when then President Lyndon B. Johnson flew into Palatka and started the project with a ground-breaking explosion at the nearby Rodeheaver’s Boys Ranch.

Almost fifty years later, the nearby Kirkpatrick Dam still remains intact, impounding the Ocklawaha River and maintaining the reservoir. A political and environmental battle continues since the reservoir was first flooded in November of 1968 of whether to maintain and manage Rodman as it is, or to remove significant portions of the earthen dam and restore the “Free Flowing Ocklawaha River."

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