Lake Kissimmee State Park is about ten miles outside of Lake Wales, Florida. It’s a spot we always enjoy when we have a chance to get out there again.
About two weeks ago we made it out again for 3 days/2 nights of camping and had a great time.
There are so many beautiful sites all over this park. As you may have heard me say repeatedly, the Florida State Park system is one of the best in the country and LKSP is a real gem.
Here’s a part of the park I’m very fond of. It makes for plenty of photo opportunities and it leads to the observation deck one finds at the edge of the part of the park reserved for camping.
This is a view of the part of the park where you can set off in three different directions. One of those leads but to the camp store. I’ll have a little more to say about that in a while.
About that store. Here’s the thing I like about it: it’s stocked with all the staples one expects when camping at just about any State or County park. The thing I don’t like: this one is only open Friday through Sunday. Now it’s true that we can get all the same stuff and more at the General Store about a mile outside the Park’s entrance. But I’d like to see them open for more than three days. We usually book in the middle of the week because of our work schedules and would love to have that option on our camping excursions.
A little more detail: it’s called the “Cracker Shack General Store” and is situated a manageable walking distance from most camp sites, quite close if you’re driving. And it’s right on the edge of the marina and the main boat ramp. And sells–among many other things–the live bait that anglers in the Park need to bring in the day’s catch.
I mentioned an observation tower and another “General Store” located outside the boundaries of the Park and I’ll have more to say about those two things in posts coming soon. But that’s a rundown of some of the features at Lake Kissimmee State Park that stand out for me. And it will do for now.
Truthfully, I’ve just scratched the surface here. To learn more about this fabulous Park–including how to book your own camping adventure–just follow this link.
“Bulldog Ben” Basile
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