This was a gorgeous property and Alex was an amazing host. He answered my many questions, gave us a small tour around the area, and gave us some tips on the best spots to fish. We did make use of the Kayaks and had a blast scooting around the lake. Apart from the occasional bit of traffic, it was very peaceful. We even got to see a Belted kingfisher hunting the waters with us.
At night we heard a whole zoo worth of wildlife - coyotes, owls, bugs, birds. Something came snuffling around the campsite at some point, though Im not sure what. Both my fiance and I wished we could have stayed longer and would love to visit again. The pictures do not do this place justice - the quiet, the gorgeous sunrises and sunsets, the wildlife!
The sunrises and sunsets were gorgeous. It was quiet in the evenings and early mornings, but not as private or isolated as I'd hoped. The weekend brought heavy boat and pedestrian traffic on both rivers. There were crowds of younger people revving engines or bikes. Lots of hollering. The weekdays were much better for peace and quiet or enjoying the spring.
If you're coming here to fish, I suggest going down to the point and walking along the Sante Fe to the trees where it meets the itchetucknee. We tried quite a few lures and had the best luck with a 6$ med. Crawfish lure we picked up in Branford. The Bass aren't gonna break any records, but they made for a nice dinner. We were told there is a nice catfish hole near The Point. We did find a tick on my fiance so wear bug protection.
I am severely claustrophobic so I didnt make use of the shower shed. There are porta potties at The Point and Midway for those like me, who cant do the bucket toilets.
Overall I had a great time. Michael was an awesome host with a gorgeous property and the cutest dogs. The people we met were friendly and I loved seeing all the deer scattered around the neighborhood.
I am so happy we went with Dockside and cannot wait to return! Despite being a short drive off the road, it feels very isolated and private. We didn't hear much of the "outside" world except the occasional dog bark or truck in the distance, but it was always muffled by the trees and faint. Mostly it was a lovely soundtrack of birds, bugs, and wind. There was no rooster or chickens as mentioned by some of the other posts, so I did a whole lot of napping.
Every so often we would hear fish hit the surface of the pond, or see a crane (I think) fly over. We did manage to reel in a nice size bass the second day we were there, and made friends with one of the turtles. I am happy to note the overall lack of mosquito swarms. There were a few, but they were not a persistent irritant after we lit a few bug-be-gone candles.
The firepit made cooking easy, and while the bathroom situation is not for the faint of heart, it definitely adds to the experience. The campsite is at a slight angle though and some of the pallet board walkways are starting to rot and may give underfoot, so be mindful of your step. I definitely recommend Dockside and its host, Alex. The pictures do not do justice to how beautiful this piece of property is.
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