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Marci's Magical Lakefront Oasis

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· Ocklawaha, Marion, Florida
5 acres hosted by Marci S.
2 RV/tent sites
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Off-leash friendly
Pets can be off-leash at this Hipcamp.
Amazing views
Hipcampers say this spot has amazing views.
Beautiful spot overlooking Lake Weir in The Ocala National Forest. You will have a private area with a large fire pit away from the house for privacy. Watch the otters play and count the many different birds that make this lake their home. Treat yourself to incredible sunsets every night as the sun disappears into the water and enjoy the awesome reflection of the moon as it sets on the lake. (Check the moonrise/moonset tables to see if there is a visible moon during your intended stay - it really is an incredible sight). We have an amazing outdoor shower, with hot and cold running water, overlooking the lake. The extra large soaking bathtub is available for your use for $20 per stay if there are not other campers at the time due to us only having one bathroom available. Great for relaxing, bathing kids, or a very romantic evening. Canoe, stand up paddle board and kayak available for your use at no charge. You can paddle to nearby Gator Joe's which is an awesome spot on the lake for great food, drinks, and live music. Electric and water hookup (garden hose) both sites. RV 30 amp electric hookup, as well as regular 15 amp electric hookup on hilltop site. Many trees on the property makes it tricky for large vehicles to maneuver, therefor we have a limit of 25 feet including tow vehicle. Dockside site has 15 amp hookup. We do have an adapter to connect to 30 amp hookup. It is closer to the house and bathroom than site 2 and has more shade and easy access to the dock. Pontoon boat rentals are available down the road. Being on the lake we do have mosquitos but they are mostly an issue at dusk and dawn for about an hour but we are out in nature so insect encounters of all kinds are to be expected. If there is a nice breeze, which is often the case, you can enjoy the sunset from the rocker loveseat at the edge of our dock. We also have citronella torches available for rent. We also offer a large bundle of firewood for $10. Campers MUST check in by 10 pm. We recommend arriving during daylight whenever possible. It is important you understand that our property is not in the wilderness. We are NOT a commercial campground. We have a couple of acres in a residential area and there are homes near the campsite. That being said, you will have complete privacy at your campsites as the two sites are on opposite ends of the property and you will not see me at all other than when you check in, unless you desire to do so. Both campsites face the lake however, and you may see some fisherman out there from time to time, but I guarantee you will see much more wildlife than people. Each site has its own fire pit. Our guests love this place because of the lake, the incredible sunsets and moonsets over the lake, and all the incredible wildlife we have here, as you can see from the reviews. Well behaved pets are welcome off leash as long as they are supervised and don't bother other campers. They are not allowed on the porches. Please pick up any mess that is in the path of foot traffic. There is a $20 pet fee per pet per stay. Add it under extras. Pet sitting is available for an additional charge. I'm a professional photographer with 30 years of experience. Please inquire if you are interested in having your portrait made at this incredible location. We are 20 minutes from world famous Silver Springs, 20 minutes from Ocala Drive-In Movie Theater that usually shows great films for both kids and adults, and 20 minutes from the Santos Trailhead that offers world class biking and hiking paths. Unfortunately, I cannot do anything about the people that come here that have not read the description, expecting a wilderness campground and choose to leave a negative review based on that but everyone that has read the description has loved it here and many return.Beautiful spot overlooking Lake Weir in The Ocala National Forest.  You will have a private area with a large fire pit away from the house for privacy.  Watch the otters play and count the many different birds that make this lake their home. Treat yourself to incredible sunsets every night as the sun disappears into the water and enjoy the awesome reflection of the moon as it sets on the lake.  (Check the moonrise/moonset tables to see if there is a visible moon during your intended stay - it really is an incredible sight).   We have an amazing outdoor shower, with hot and cold running water, overlooking the lake.  We also have a really nice, huge indoor bathroom available for your use.  The extra large soaking bathtub is available for your use for $20 per stay.  Great for relaxing, bathing kids, or a very romantic evening.   Canoe, stand up paddle board and kayak available for your use at no charge.  You can paddle to nearby Gator Joe's which is an awesome spot on the lake for great food, drinks, and live music.  Electric and water hookup (garden hose) both sites.  RV 30 amp electric hookup, as well as regular electric hookup on hilltop site. Dockside site has a 15 amp hookup.   Being on the lake we do have mosquitos but they are only an issue at dusk and dawn for about an hour but we are out in nature so insect encounters are to be expected.   If there is a nice breeze, which is often the case, you can enjoy the sunset from the rocker loveseat at the edge of our dock.  We also have citronella torches available for your use.  You can bring your own oil or purchase from us.  We also offer a wheelbarrow full of firewood for $10.  Campers MUST check in by 10 pm.  No checkins allowed after that. It is important you understand that our property is not in the wilderness. We are NOT a commercial campground.  We have a couple of acres in a residential area and there are homes near the campsite.   That being said, you will have complete privacy at your campsites as the two sites are on opposite ends of the property and you will not see me at all other than when you check in, unless you desire to do so.  Both campsites face the lake however, and you may see some fisherman out there from time to time, but I guarantee you will see much more wildlife than people.  Each site has its own fire pit.  Our guests love this place because of the lake, the incredible sunsets and moonsets over the lake, and all the incredible wildlife we have here, as you can see from the reviews.  I own a Photography Studio in Ocala and as I am not at the property 24/7,  Please inquire if you are interested in having your portrait made at this incredible location.  We are 20 minutes from world famous Silver Springs and also 20 minutes from Ocala Drive In Movie Theater that usually shows great films for both kids and adults.  Unfortunately,  I cannot do anything about the people that come here that have not read the description, expecting a wilderness campground and choose to leave a negative review based on that but everyone that has read the description has loved it here and many return.    We welcome all including BIPOC and LGBTQ.  :)
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Ocklawaha , Marion, Florida, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of Seminole, Timucua, Miccosukee, and Mascogo First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Marci S.Joined in August 2017
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Angelique G.recommends
March 1, 2024
Ocala Forest Lakefront Paradise
February travels
There were lake views for days. If it's kayaking, canoeing, jet skiing or just chilling on the water this spots for you. Marci was a gracious host, welcoming and hospitable. Site can accommodate a van and/or tent/vehicle accomodations. Bring your chairs, something for shade and let the relaxation begin
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Carina J.recommends
February 25, 2024
Ocala Forest Lakefront Paradise
Super private, lake front with beautiful views. Short paddle to Gator Joe’s 😬 and a clean bathroom!
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Sharon S.recommends
February 20, 2024
Ocala Forest Lakefront Paradise
I chose the site directly in front of the house, and parked my van with the door toward the water. I set up my little chair and table, looking out to the beautiful view of the lake. There is a lovely dock to walk out onto, and beautiful birds to enjoy.
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Dale W.recommends
February 19, 2024
Ocala Forest Lakefront Paradise
Marci's backyard is a great place for camping. Her assistant, Bentley, is very helpful and thoroughly inspected the tents after I set them up. The view of the lake is spectacular, especially at sunset. We really enjoyed our time there.
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Tommy N.recommends
February 13, 2024
Ocala Forest Lakefront Paradise
Private beautiful Lakefront!
Awesome private spot! Could spend all day being lazy and fishing on dock or just hanging out at campsite overlooking beautiful Lake Weir! Marci is a most gracious host and offers use of her kayaks and canoes as well. Hardly knew she was around but there if needed. Really enjoyed watching beautiful sunsets and seeing otters, bald eagles, ospreys, herons, cardinals and more! Be sure to bring your binoculars. Very nice bathroom for use with bathtub but we loved outdoor shower...Had both hot water and a view of the lake! Highly recommend for private, peaceful time. Hoping to visit Marci's beautiful paradise again!
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Wes R.recommends
February 10, 2024
Ocala Forest Lakefront Paradise
Very nice campsite right on a beautiful lake with gorgeous sunsets. We had the more private of the two campsites and enjoyed it very much. We would definitely stay there again.
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