I tried in vain to reserve a week at Payne’s Prairie State Park—knowing that our friends John and Judy, who were visiting from Oregon, would enjoy hiking the trails and experiencing the abundant wildlife that inhabits the park. It’s also a good location for visiting Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings State Park, the cute little town of Micanopy, and Gainesville. We figured that Judy and John could either camp with us (we travel with a tent for guests) or stay in a B & B in Micanopy. But with no spaces available at Paynes’s Prairie, I had to cast a wider net in my search for accommodations. There’s not much available in the area. But then, I found the fish camp.
Twin Lakes Fish Camp has campsites and cabins, and the location couldn’t possibly have been better. The fish camp is actually on Cross Creek, just down the road from the homestead of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author who wrote about Florida Cracker life.
Mind you, this is a rustic, funky, old Florida fish camp. A contingent of about a dozen permanent residents in an assortment of aging RV’s occupies the front of the park, a handful of overnight sites are scattered throughout, and there are three quaint cabins with fishing gear/ruffled pillow/doily décor.
We paid a visit to Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings’ home, kayaked on Cross Creek, explored Gainesville and Payne’s Prairie, and enjoyed dinners on the screened porch of Judy and John’s cabin. It was just perfect.