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Old 01-19-2008, 06:38 AM   #2 (permalink)
JRH
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Entry fee at the front park entrance was $15 for vehicle and boat.

AT&T was the only cell phone provider with service. Everything else goes dead as soon as you enter the park. It was helpful to have VHF radios.

The Flamingo marina has the bare necessities....ice, water, beer, coffee and breakfast sandwiches in the morning.

Camping

For camping in Flamingo, I was able to reserve a group site by calling 239-695-2945. We were put in Loop B due to the "Group Site" being closed while they were repairing the restrooms. The cost for the group site was $30/night for up to 15 people.

The park rangers were really cool and didn't mind that we had extra people, extra tents, and extra vehicles and boats. As long as you're not parked on the grass, the park rangers didn't seem to care what you did.

A fire pit was on each site in Loop A and Loop B. If we were gonna camp at the "Group Site" I was told to bring your own fire pit. Bring lots of firewood and a fireman...just in case.

For camping in the backcountry, you can only reserve the chickees 24 hours in advance. Check-in is at the Visitor's Center right next to the boat ramp. Backcountry camping was $10/night and you are only allowed one night per chickee.


Fishing

Most of us fished Florida Bay within 12 miles of the Flamingo Boat ramp. Lake Ingraham, Bradley Key, and House Boat canal were some of the more productive areas on an outgoing tide.
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