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Long Key State Park - FL


In August of 2001, we headed to Long Key State Park with some old friends.  We met at their home in Fort Lauderdale and headed out as a group the next morning.  Chris' husband, Darren, had to work and two of her kids had school activities, so it was just Chris and her youngest son going with us that morning.  The rest of her party met up with us that weekend.  We stayed a week and spent the days sitting under sunbrellas, catching rays, kayaking, snorkeling, catching lobster, eating, and spending time with our friends.  We camped at sites #42 & #43.

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Chris is leading the way as she's been there so many times before.

We stopped at the campground's front office to register.  Note that we took our kayaks.

Notice how much lower our '95 camper is (closer of the two) than their '97 model.  Other than the A/C, I have a clear view of what's behind me.  The only way Chris knew we were behind her was with the aid of FRS radios.

The water in the area is a beautiful blue.  The darker patches have grass beds.

Chris was the first to setup.  The mosquitoes were very thick.  Spray had to be applied to prevent being eaten alive.

She placed a piece of carpet outside her door to limit the sand being carried inside the camper.  She made her kids take their shoes off before stepping on the carpet, which also helped.

These campsites are right on the water, well, part of the time.  The tide goes out, leaving sea grass and some mud.  Sites 50-60 tend to have sand rather than this.  This still wasn't bad but did require cleaning of our beach shoes under the faucet when coming out of the water.

This is the beachside of our campsite.  Our kayak is staged for another day on the water.  Even after paddling out a long way, the water is still only 4'-5' deep.

Some of the campsites have fairly good vegetation separating them.  Not much in the way of shade.  The heavy duty Sportsman Emergency Blankets I purchased from Cabelas limited the heat being absorbed by the bunks.  Price is $10 per blanket and are held in place with clothes pins.

From the back left: Chris' Mother Helen, my wife Jennie, Chris, and her husband Darren.  Darrin is the Lobster Mobster.  I went with him but only played bag-boy as he has mastered the grabbing technique from frequent trips.

Here's a plate full of freshly caught lobster.  The people in the campsite next to us asked plenty of questions and drooled.  Sorry we didn't have enough for their large party too.

We had already eaten the first course of steak gyros with a fresh cucumber sauce before stuffing ourselves with the lobster.  Darren is quite the cook and it was his night to do so.  Over the week, we shared cooking duties.

Here's the gang after dinner having fun.

Nothing like sitting in the shade while sipping on a cold drink.  No mosquitoes on the sandbar.

We anchored our kayaks while snorkeling.

Here's our kayak.  Same brand and model as the yellow one (Ocean Kayak Malibu Two).

Chris, Helen, Kara, and Christopher.

Me and a close-up of my wife's thumb.

Jennie leading the way.

Photo op. in the shallow water.  The campground is in the background.

Me & the wife with Darren attempting a "moon shot" in the background.  :-)

Here's what the ocean floor looks like in this area.  Small pieces of coral but no reef.

Here's a big starfish I found.

I put him back where I found him for others to enjoy.


We had such a great time that we already have reservations for June of 2002.  Chris has been camping here a lot the past few years (6 times in 2001 alone!).  She said June isn't as hot and the mosquitoes are almost non-existent.  We are really looking forward to our next trip there.  This campground is ideal for anyone with a small boat as each site as direct water access.  Several people with larger powerboats moored them out in slightly deeper water, otherwise they are left on a sandbar when the tide goes out.   

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Last updated August 26th, 2001