We've been down this way for past couple of weeks. Found it interesting that while we were in Pennekamp State Park, which is always so full, people were able to get walk-in sites some nights.
We also stopped by Long Key State Park and they are taking walk-ins.
Spent the past two nights down at Flamingo in Everglades and had no problem getting a site with electricity (you can't reserve these ahead.) lots of RVs here in the T Loop but still sites open. Yes, those showers are cold.
Everglades has been glorious...strong breeze keeping the bugs away and ideal sunny weather. Ranger programs have been great though they taper off as of March 31. Really enjoyed the backwater boat ride from the Flamingo Marina. Saw lots of crocs and a gator. Manatees frolicking every day in the marina harbor.
Just the luck of the draw I suspect. We were down to Key West a couple weeks ago, stayed at the Sugarloaf KOA (with reservations) and every state park we saw, had a "full" sign up at the gate. One of the problems we find, in the Keys and Everglades areas, if you go there without a reservation, hoping to find a "walk-in", if there are none, it can be a long ways to find a campsite somewhere else. Boondocking is virtually impossible in the lower keys, to find. I had called and talked to one of the rangers at Flamingo and was told, the electric sites were very hard to get, as they are on a first come, first serve basis. They were not accepting anymore reservations as they were scheduled to be full, the days we wanted to be there. I wasn't willing to take a chance of not having a site and with the warmer weather here now, I wouldn't try to camp at Flamingo without electricity and AC.
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That shouldn't happen at Pennecamp unless the FL reservation system is broken. The deal at Long Key, according to their gate ranger three days ago, is they are officially closed for overnight camping because of construction work, but, as sites are freed up by work completion, they will take walk-ins on a first come-first served basis. We were driving by on Rt 1 and saw a couple of RVs in sites, so we checked. I suspect they will be criticized by some for changing the reservation rules on an ad hoc basis, but I commend them for trying to slot a few folks in.
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