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Island Camp Sites

A few of my friends always meet up at an island near Sebastian Inlet every year for a weekend. Due to water algae blooms in the area, we are looking for an alternative area. In the Big Bend region, are there any spoil/ICW islands ideal for boating/camping? We look for an island with a cove to protect boats and make beaching easy for 22-25' bay/flats boats. The group is coming together from Tampa to Jacksonville. We always love visiting new camp sites and pride ourselves on leaving it in better condition than when we got there.

I really appreciate all the help in advance!

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  • VertigoVertigo Yankeetown, FLPosts: 617 Officer
    There are spoil islands off the barge canal that have good campsites, and there are many islands north of the Rt 40 ramp where you can camp. You just have to find one that's unoccupied and without no trespassing signs. Some islands off the barge canal are bird sanctuaries so you can't camp on them. Look for the signs. The spoil island just south of the 40 channel marker on the barge canal has a nice campsite that might be suitable if not already occupied.

    The problem with north of the ramp is that you need to know where you're going to avoid hitting rocks and oyster bars. It's possible in a 25' bay boat on all but low tide, but not recommended without good local knowledge.
  • Reegs941Reegs941 Posts: 25 Greenhorn
    Vertigo wrote: »
    There are spoil islands off the barge canal that have good campsites, and there are many islands north of the Rt 40 ramp where you can camp. You just have to find one that's unoccupied and without no trespassing signs. Some islands off the barge canal are bird sanctuaries so you can't camp on them. Look for the signs. The spoil island just south of the 40 channel marker on the barge canal has a nice campsite that might be suitable if not already occupied.

    The problem with north of the ramp is that you need to know where you're going to avoid hitting rocks and oyster bars. It's possible in a 25' bay boat on all but low tide, but not recommended without good local knowledge.

    Thanks for the feedback, will look into it. Anyone else have any options? Your help is greatly appreciated.
  • ANUMBER1ANUMBER1 Posts: 10,947 AG
    Shell Island at the mouth of Crystal River is good and no problem with your boat.
    I am glad to only be a bird hunter with bird dogs...being a shooter or dog handler or whatever other niche exists to separate appears to generate far too much about which to worry.
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