22-23 Florida

Winter Florida 2022/23

November 2, 2022 to March 8, 2023

Circuit Leader Needed to Proceed

This circuit will start in Pensacola, FL early in November and will continue down the Gulf Coast side of Florida. After spending Christmas and New Years Eve near Brandon and Punta Gorda, the circuit will continue around the tip of Florida and up the central area and east coast of Florida. Activities will include hiking, biking, kayaking and of course sightseeing.

The number of participants will need to be limited to approximately 12 due to the size of the locations. A second group can start a week behind if there is enough interest. It will also need a circuit leader. It is strongly recommended that you have an Elks and Moose membership as some of the lodges require membership to stay there. There are a few places that require reservations and they are noted. They will need to be made as soon as you confirm with the circuit leader availability to join.

A circuit leader has not yet been identified. Until one is named, please text/email Adrienne Leibowitz 805-458-2206, adriennelulu@gmail.com to indicate your interest in the circuit and/or to volunteer to lead the circuit or host a stop.


PENSACOLA, FL

November 2, 2022 to November 9, 2022
Activity Ideas

Naval Aviation Museum, Fort Barrancas, Pensacola Lighthouse, Pensacola Hop On Hop Off Bus, Boat Charters, Perdido Key State Park, Blackwater River State Recreation Area, Bayview Dog Beach plus biking, hiking and kayaking.

Parking Location

Pensacola Elks Lodge #2108, 850-455-5522, 727 S. 72nd Avenue, Pensacola, FL 32526

Directions and Other Information

Use address or GPS coordinates. 10 sites with 30 amp at $20 a night, 35′ length max, $10/night – dry camping. 4 – 50 amp sites at $25 a nite. Some dry camping available. Members only. Dump station on site. Host or Circuit Leader to verify availability in advance for the size of the group.

GPS Coordinates

N30.40090,W87.30850Click on link to see Google Map


EBRO/PANAMA CITY, FL

November 9, 2022 to November 16, 2022
Activity Ideas

Hiking, biking, fishing, swimming and horse back riding. Take a trip to Panama City for more activities.

Parking Location

Pine Log State Forest – Sand Pond Rec Campground, Ebro, Florida, 32437. 14 miles north of Panama City Beach on State Road 79.You can only access the campground from the south.

Directions and Other Information

Water and electric available, toilets, showers and dump. Need Reservations, only 20 spots, ReserveAmerica.com, 1-877-879-3859. Approximately $25 a night with water and electric.

GPS Coordinates

N30.429750,W85.881583Click on link to see Google Map


TALLAHASSEE, FL

November 16, 2022 to November 23, 2022
Activity Ideas

Tallahassee’s Public Art on the Map, Cascades Park, Frenchtown, John G. Riley House and Museum, Bradfordville Blues Club, Capital City Tours, 22nd floor of Capitol Observatory, and the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory. Enjoy hiking trails in area, and kayak in the nearby State Parks.

Parking Location

Elks Lodge 937, 276 N. Magnolia Dr., Tallahassee, Fl. 32301-2638

Directions and Other Information

Use the address or GPS coordinates

GPS Coordinates

N30.445422,W84.263281Click on link to see Google Map


PERRY, FL

November 23, 2022 to November 30, 2022
Activity Ideas

Visit the Forest Capitol Museum State Park and explore Saint Marks National Wildlife Refuge. Kayak on the Econfino River, Bike ride on the Nature Coast State Trail. Ride your bike and then take a swim at the Wakulla Springs State Park, the largest and deepest freshwater spring in Florida. Celebrate Thanksgiving.

Parking Location

Elks Lodge #1851, 305 Puckett Rd, Perry, FL 32348

Directions and Other Information

Use address or GPS coordinates. 14 RV sites with E/W. Dump available. Donation.

GPS Coordinates

N30.09455,W83.58559Click on link to see Google Map


FANNING SPRINGS/OLD TOWN, FL

November 30, 2022 to December 6, 2022
Activity Ideas

Visit Fanning Springs State Park for snorkeling, swimming and/or a walk to take in nature and wildlife. Visit nearby Cedar Key. Lots of opportunities for kayaking.

Parking Location

Moose Lodge #325, 8231 NW 167Th Place, Fanning Springs, FL 32693

Directions and Other Information

Use address or GPS coordinates. 8 RV Spaces, limited electric and water. Dry camping available. No dump or sewer.

GPS Coordinates

N29.57327,W82.91078Click on link to see Google Map


LECANTO, FL

December 6, 2022 to December 13, 2022
Activity Ideas

Kayaking at its best! Kayak on the beautiful Crystal River to access Three Sisters Spring, home to the largest population of manatees. Other kayak opportunities at Homosassa State Park, and the Rainbow River up to the Rainbow Springs State Park and Silver Springs. There are several bike paths, including the Withlacoochee Trail and the Suncoast Trail.

Parking Location

Moose Lodge #2112, 221 S Haid Terr, Lecanto, FL 34461

Directions and Other Information

Use address or GPS coordinates. There is also an Elks Lodge and Moose Lodge in Homosassa that could be used for overflow.

GPS Coordinates

N28.860068,W82.426034Click on link to see Google Map


HUDSON, FL

December 13, 2022 to December 20, 2022
Activity Ideas

Visit Weeki Wachee State Park to kayak the Springs and visit the manatees at Hospital Hole. Relax and swim at SunWest Park. Bike the Suncoast Trail and the Pinellas Trail. Kayak at Tarpon Springs. Spend the day on the beach at Honeymoon Island State Park.

Parking Location

Elks Lodge #2520, 9135 Denton, Ave, Hudson, FL

Directions and Other Information

Use address or GPS coordinates. Boondocking only. No facilities.

GPS Coordinates

N28.39026,W82.66285Click on link to see Google Map


BRANDON, FL

December 20, 2022 to December 27, 2022
Activity Ideas

Busch Gardens, Florida Aquarium, Tampa Bay History Center, Tampa Bay Brewing Company, Big Cat Rescue, Adventure Island Water Park, Hillsborough State Park, Historic Ybor City, Henry B. Plant Museum, near Tampa with lots of shopping and other things to do. Bike trails near Tampa and St. Petersburg. Visit Fort DeSoto. Celebrate Christmas

Parking Location

Elks Lodge, 820 Centennial Lodge Dr, Brandon, FL 33510

Directions and Other Information

Use address or GPS coordinates. $20/day with 7th day free for E/W and wifi. Dump on site. Boondocking may be available at a lesser amount.

GPS Coordinates

N27.941783,W82.271072Click on link to see Google Map


PUNTA GORDA, FL

December 27, 2022 to January 4, 2023
Activity Ideas

Lots of activities and shopping here with Fort Myers, Punta Gorda, and Port Charlotte close by.
Fort Myers: Fleamaster flea market, Edison-Ford Museum, Manatee Park, Sanibel Island and Darling Wildlife Refuge (drive or bike). Punta Gorda: Gilchrist Park music jamming, Tuesday and Thursday starting about 5:30-8:30 bluegrass and oldies, dance; lots of biking along waterfront. Also, free shooting range at Webb WMA. You are here over New Years and may want to plan something special.

Parking Location

Webb/Babcock Wildlife Management Area Moose Center 1693 can be used as a back up. 27590 Disston Ave. Punta Gorda, Fl. 33982 GPS 26.955213,-81.991581 Dry Camp only

Directions and Other Information

Cecil Webb WMA [Wildlife Management Area] Punta Gorda area, I-75, exit 158. Go east on Tuckers Grade for 0.2 mi. Turn right at entrance gate. Fee ($27 annual non-resident permit covers all WMA areas If you are a senior AND a resident of Florida, you do NOT need a permit. ALL OTHER campers should have a State of Florida Fish and Wildlife Recreation Permit, available from sporting goods stores and Wal-Mart (hunting and fishing counter) for $27. It s good for one year. Even though there is not a charge for the camp site, RESERVATIONS NEED TO BE MADE ASAP AT https:/myfwc.com/recreation/lead/babcockwebb/things-to-do/camping/
No fees, but you will get an email with a form that is to be displayed in your RV.

GPS Coordinates

N26.857972,W81.962444Click on link to see Google Map


FORT MYERS, FL

January 4, 2023 to January 11, 2023
Activity Ideas

Fleamaster flea market, Edison-Ford Museum, Manatee Park, Sanibel Island and Darling Wildlife Refuge (drive or bike).

Parking Location

Elks Lodge, 2163 Twin Brooks Rd, Fort Myers, FL Must be an Elk, dry camping only

Directions and Other Information

Use address or GPS Coordinates. Dry Camping, donation.

GPS Coordinates

N26.69676,W81.85733Click on link to see Google Map


HOMESTEAD, FL

January 11, 2023 to January 18, 2023
Activity Ideas

Biscayne National Park, Everglades, Coral Castle and airboat rides. Kayak at Key Largo, Bike on nearby trails. Visit the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens for free on the first Wednesday of the Month.

Parking Location

Homestead Moose Lodge, 15490 SW 288th St., Homestead, FL

Directions and Other Information

Use address or GPS coordinates. Donation. 5 or 6 30AMP sites available.

GPS Coordinates

N25.49926,W80.44194Click on link to see Google Map


LAKE OKEECHOBEE, FL

January 18, 2023 to January 25, 2023
Activity Ideas

Golfing, Seminole Casino, Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail, boat rentals, airboat tours, kayaking, Arnold’s Wildlife and Rehabilitation Center

Parking Location

Moose Lodge 1753, 159 NW 36th St. Okeechobee, Fl.34972. 863-763-4954

Directions and Other Information
GPS Coordinates

N27.27925,W080.83056Click on link to see Google Map


PORT ST. LUCIE, FL

January 25, 2023 to February 1, 2023
Parking Location

Elks Lodge #2658, 2290 SE Lennard Rd, Port St. Lucie, FL. $10 night, dry camping only, must be an Elk. No dump or water. Melbourne Elks can also be used, 4 spaces only with 120 volt/30 amp and water available at Building. No Dump, call for reservations at 321-768-1744. Members only 211 Nieman Ave. Melbourne, Fl. 32901-1273 GPS N28.105333,W80.625750

Directions and Other Information

Use Address or GPS Coordinates. Dry Camping.

GPS Coordinates

N27.272695,W80.285453Click on link to see Google Map


WINTER HAVEN, FL

February 1, 2023 to February 7, 2023
Activity Ideas

Kayaking on the Chain of Lakes and biking on the Teco-Auburndate Trail.

Parking Location

Moose Lodge, 2305 Havendale Blvd NW, Winter Haven, FL

Directions and Other Information

Use address or GPS coordinates. Some electric, water, and dump on site. Members only. 863-294-1727

GPS Coordinates

N28.046347,W81.754806Click on link to see Google Map


FRUITLAND PARK, FL

February 7, 2023 to February 14, 2023
Activity Ideas

Venetian Gardens Park, Pacquettes Tractor Museum, Flat Island Preserve, Bourlay Historic Nature Park, Seminole State Forest, dancing in the VILLAGES, golfing, hiking, kayaking, fishing and biking.

Parking Location

Windy Acres, 1350 Miller Blvd. Fruitland Park, FL First come, approximately $10 to $30 a night. Host or Circuit Leader to verify cost and availability. 352-643-1638

Directions and Other Information

Use address or GPS coordinates, 20 acres, no campfires, pets are welcome on leash, no dump station.

GPS Coordinates

N28.86081,W81.93128Click on link to see Google Map


OCALA, FL

February 14, 2023 to February 21, 2023
Activity Ideas

Kayak Silver Springs, ride the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway, and visit the Ocala National Forrest.

Parking Location

Moose Lodge, 7165 SE Maricamp Rd, Ocala, FL. Host or circuit leader to verify space, availability and donation. 352-687-3744

Directions and Other Information

Use address or GPS coordinates. Boondocking only. No facilities.

GPS Coordinates

N29.12579,W82.03335Click on link to see Google Map


LAKE CITY, FL

February 21, 2023 to February 28, 2023
Activity Ideas

Tube or kayak at the Itchetucknee Springs State Park and visit O Leno State Park, built in by the CCC in the mid 1930s. O Leno is also part of the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail. There is a bike trail that connects these 2 state parks. Kayak on the Sante Fe River which has several springs, there are a couple of places where part of the river falls and travels underground until it rises. The Olustee Battlefield State Park, the site of Floridas largest Civil War battle is also nearby.

Parking Location

Moose Center #624, 624 NE Williams St, Lake City, FL. 32055, Phone (386) 755-4830

Directions and Other Information

Use address or GPS coordinates. 23 sites with electric 30 amps and water, dump on site. Parking on grass, fairly level. $15/night. Fanning Springs Moose Lodge could serve as an alternate location.

GPS Coordinates

N30.19246,W82.60326Click on link to see Google Map


JACKSONVILLE, FL

February 28, 2023 to March 8, 2023
Activity Ideas

Visit Kingsley Plantation, the oldest(1790s) and best-preserved plantation site in Florida. Bike the Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail Trail and walk the Jacksonville Beach Pier. Many hiking options such as the Timucuan Preserve and Talbot Island State Park. Drive to St. Augustine to tour the Castillo De San Marco Fort (built by the Spanish in the 1600s), the lighthouse, and the Fountain of Youth.

Parking Location

Elks 2605, 5920 Collins RD. Jacksonville, Fl. 32244-5802. 904-771-6732 Host or Circuit Leader to contact the Elks a couple of weeks prior to arriving to verify space and donations.

Directions and Other Information

Orange Park Elks #2605, easy access to interstate 295. $20 per night, $30 a night for water and electric, all first come, Dump on premises. Members only

GPS Coordinates

N30.203936,W81.737350Click on link to see Google Map