Fisheating Creek Outpost

Fisheating Creek Wildlife Management Area, Palmdale, Florida
Management: April 2015 – Present

The Property

Fisheating Creek Outpost is in rural Glades County, Florida along the banks of the Fisheating Creek.

Back between 1000 and 500 BCE, the area got its unique name from the early Native American settlers of this region who named it Thlothlopopkahatchee, meaning “the creek where fish are eaten.”

These early inhabitants subsisted by netting fish and harvesting turtles, snakes, and alligators. The Creek also became a canoe highway leading to Lake Okeechobee and its resources to the east and other settlements to the west.

The State of Florida purchased an 18,272-acre corridor along the Creek which became the Fisheating Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA). Cape Leisure now manages Fisheating Creek Outpost, a campground, under a concession contract with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The campground offers visitors full RV hookups on concrete parking pads, individual and group tent sites, a fully outfitted cabin, and a camp store. Paddling is also an important part of the Fisheating Creek experience. At the Outpost, visitors can choose from a wide array of paddling adventures from a one-hour “out-and-back” excursion to a 16-mile wilderness adventure.

Management Strategies

Challenge: Introduce modern systems, processes, and procedures to the campground’s operations to improve the camper experience.

Strategy: Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission selected Cape Leisure to take Fisheating Creek to the next phase of service offerings.

To meet this challenge, Cape Leisure immediately upgraded the point-of-sale and reservations systems, providing visitors access to online campground and paddling reservations. We completed remodeling projects of the camp store and within the two bathhouse facilities. Additionally, we implemented new safety procedures, environmental policies, guest service programs and most importantly, financial control and oversight.

The marketing and online reservations system put in place by Cape Leisure, coupled with major facility improvements to the park by Florida Fish & Wildlife, have resulted in significant increases in public utilization of the campground.

Featured Services

Fisheating Creek Wildlife Management Area attracts campers, hikers, paddlers, hunters, and fishermen from all over Florida and beyond. Cape Leisure operates a campground, a camp store, and provides canoe and kayak rentals.

  • Campground

    • 120 campsites, including 48 full-hookup RV sites with water, sewer and electric.
    • Five group sites accommodating between 20 and 150 tent campers.
    • Cabin rentals.

  • Outpost Camp Store

    • Camping, fishing and picnic supplies, groceries, snacks, and drinks, along with sundries, field guides, gifts, and souvenirs.

  • Public Boat Ramp

    • Management of the boat ramp located within the campground.

  • Day Use Fees

    • Collection of day-use fees from non-campers.

  • Paddling Rentals

    • Fleet of 80 canoes, kayaks and stand up paddleboards are available for rental by the hour at the boat ramp within the campground.
    • Canoes and kayaks may also be rented for paddle trips from launch points 8 and 16 miles upstream back to the campground. Transportation is included.

  • Riverside Grill

    • Seasonal food trailer offering hot and cold entrees as well as snacks and drinks.

  • Grounds and Facility Maintenance

  • Marketing and Sales Services

Partnership Opportunities

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