We know you have felt it; that itch to cast your line into the ocean, reel in a record-breaking fish, feel the wind on your face from a boat, and fall asleep to the sound of the breaking ocean waves. The best way to answer the call of the sea is with a trip for some fishing fun at Chokoloskee Island Park and Marina. Rent a unit or bring your RV and head down for some Chokoloskee fishing on your next vacation!
Fisherman’s Paradise: Chokoloskee Fishing
Location Is Key
This hidden gem can be found in the Chokoloskee Bay, between the outlying islands of the 10,000 Islands National Wildlife Refuge and the outer edges of the Everglades National Park, making both easily accessible for fishing or exploring. The accessibility of this beautiful park lets you enjoy the peace and quiet of a small-town setting while retaining close proximity to a larger city. Come for the fishing and stay for the serene beauty of nature.
Everglades City provides the entrance of the bridge to the island and is known as the gateway to 10,000 Islands. The city offers a variety of boat and swamp tours, visits to historic sites, amazing dining at fabulous restaurants, and a delicious seafood festival guaranteed to have your mouth watering. The trip from the Island Park is less than 10 minutes, making it a quick trip for those in your group who need a daily dose of the busier city life.
Places to Stay
The Island Park offers rental units and RV sites. The majority of the rental units accommodate three people and can include a screened-in lanai, but there are options available for as many as ten. We recommend The Captain’s Lodge for a large family as it sleeps ten people, has a washer/dryer, and two full bathrooms. Check out the website for a look at the floorplan that will best meet the needs of your group!
The RV campsites can accommodate campers up to 30′ tall and include water, sewer, and electricity in the rates. They provide more of a campground atmosphere for your stay whether you utilize it as such and pitch a tent or bring an RV with you for more comfort. The park also contains a bathhouse and laundry facilities are available as well. This locally owned and operated park comes with amenities for the variety of people in your group.
Getting Around in Style
Rent one of the park-owned Mako Skiffs for half or a whole day and receive safety equipment, a navigation system, and a full tank of gas. The Island Park also offers kayak rentals, which is the perfect way to explore the smaller canals of the inland river system. Be ready to leave the kayak and explore one of the 10,000 islands as the kayak has room for accessories in a water-resistant space.
Marina spots are available for a daily use fee if you want to bring your own boat or kayak and the launching fees are waived if you are staying at the park. Long-term boat storage options are also available with amenities ramp use and parking for a higher fee if you fall in love and just can’t leave. All this and more are waiting to satisfy that need to get away from it all and just relax in a quiet setting.
The fishing opportunities accessible from the park’s marina are unrivaled. Directly across from the entrance lie the 10,000 Islands, offering plenty of spots along the banks where fish like the tarpon go to eat and rest. Boat around the island to the mouth of the system of inland rivers in the National Park and cast your luck there for largemouth bass. If you’re looking for bigger game, head through the islands to the Gulf and try for a red snapper!
If you are looking for a more family-friendly fishing adventure, consider booking a fishing charter at one of the local shops on the island that run tours from the park. The Marina Store has all you need to stock up for a day full of teaching the kids to fish. The store carries supplies such as live bait, lures, and snacks to fuel your adventure and an array of souvenir shirts, hats, and other gift items to remember the experience by.
Relax and Reconnect
Looking to add some romance to a fishing trip with your spouse? Then make sure to check out the Liar’s Bench Pavilion where you can enjoy a beautiful sunset from the comfort of a rocking chair, lounge chair, or a bench swing. Reconnect while roasting marshmallows and talking around the firepit or tell ghost stories if it’s a family vacation. The Pavilion is also equipped with a grill for cooking hamburgers or freshly caught fish.
Rates and Availability
RV site rates vary between $47.20-$59.00 per night during the offseason and $55.20-$69.00 per night during the peak season. These rates vary depending on if you are staying less than a week, less than a month, or for a longer period of time. Looking for a more permanent change of scenery? Long-term rates are available for mobile homes and travel trailers.
Boat rentals are from $155-$185 depending on whether you want to fish during the day or at night and the all-day rental fee of $259 provides an almost $50 discount. The Hobie kayaks can be rented for one or two people and range from $55-$75 for four hours.
Come enjoy the leisurely pace of life on a small island, fantastic fishing just a stone’s throw away, and a plethora of natural and man-made amenities to occupy everyone in your group. Chokoloskee Island Park and Marina offers a calendar of events that includes bingo every Wednesday from 7:00-9:00 pm and frequently hosts numerous activities around the various holidays. If you’re ready for some Chokoloskee fishing, call the Chokoloskee Island Park and Marina at 239-695-2414 and book your relaxing getaway today!