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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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Beautiful spot overlooking Lake Weir in The Ocala National Forest. 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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Grace S.doesn't recommend
June 21, 2024
Ocala Forest Lakefront Paradise
Marci is rude, camp in your yard!!!
Hip camp only allows 1500 characters so I am going to try to hit everything with no detail: -It is a home lot, both campsites are behind her house so not only will you see the other campers but you can be watched by Marci from her home. -RVs are not welcome, we had a truck and standard size trailer and got rude texts after we left even though she came out to greet us when we got there and said nothing -the $10 wheelbarrow is a mini wheelbarrow total joke - bathroom and outdoor shower nasty with massive bugs. Her dog scratches at the door everytime you use the bathroom -tub is not a hot tub and not worth the $20 -when we left she sent super rude text messages and accused us of dirtying her bathroom walls and even made incorrect and insulting accusations about my children but I have pictures timestamped that proves that nasty crap was there when we got there. -As we were packing up to leave it began to pour. This delayed our packing efforts a bit and even though check out is at 12 it was 1 when the last items were going on the trailer and I was getting the kids settled in the truck. We were about to do our last look through and cleaning when she came out and began yelling that we were late for check out. So we just left. We ended up leaving our cleaning products there and I wasn’t able to clean her nasty bathroom. RENTER BEWARE TAKE PHOTOS DONT EXPECT ANYTHING MORE THAN CAMPING IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD. WE SHOULD HAVE DONE THAT INSTEAD OF DEAL WITH MARCI
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Leanne L.recommends
May 28, 2024
Ocala Forest Lakefront Paradise
Nice little spot to relax.
Nice little spot to relax. We even got to see an otter in the lake. Stayed in the shaded area on the water near the dock. Very pretty place. Fresh water and power at our tent door. Our dogs enjoyed a little exploring. Host was right there to meet us and then we saw no one.
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Jaineandjames M.recommends
May 22, 2024
Ocala Forest Lakefront Paradise
Peaceful Retreat
We thoroughly enjoyed everything about our stay at Marci’s site. Serene and beautiful. Lovely outdoor shower and clean and cool bathroom. We are repeat campers to this site!
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Jennifer S.recommends
May 6, 2024
Ocala Forest Lakefront Paradise
Nice and quiet! Easy pull in and out with our pop-up. Nice lake for kayaking and or paddle boarding!. Very nice host!
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Jaineandjames M.recommends
April 30, 2024
Ocala Forest Lakefront Paradise
There’s no where else we’ll pitch a tent for a long weekend between Ocala, Silver Springs, and Ocklawaha. Just spent our 3rd weekend in two months, and every stay was better than the last.
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Nikki B.recommends
April 23, 2024
Ocala Forest Lakefront Paradise
Love this place and will come back!
Very beautiful location. I will say this is a personal home and you camp in the back yard, BUT, you have all the privacy as you would at any other camp ground. You do not see the host unless you want to. Its a secluded area that faces the lake. It is a very gorgeous place to be. We camped at the site that was more off to the side by itself and we got to wake up every morning and see the beautiful water. I enjoyed listening to the frogs croak and the singing of the bugs at night. It was a very peaceful and enjoyable vacation! I would love to come back here the next time I visit Florida!! Thank you so much! Host is very nice and welcoming!!
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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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