Recreation & Sports

Lake Kissimmee

The pristine waters of Lake Kissimmee are known for producing loads of largemouth bass, and provide spectacular views of wildlife and unique ecosystems along its shores. At nearly 40,000-acres, it is Polk County’s largest lake.

Fishing in Central Florida

Although it’s well known that Lake Kissimmee produces quality largemouth bass catches, the fishing pressure remains light as bass and other species have ample area to hide bed along its heavily vegetated shores and in areas of the lake where conventional boats aren’t able to venture. The result is mature fish that have had few encounters with aggressive angler AKA a wealth of 5+ pound bass. Lake Kissimmee is a big lake, the largest in Polk County, in fact.

Captain Scott Taylor of TMC Guide Services will be happy to help you find largemouth bass, sunshine bass, bluegills, shell crackers and speckled perch (crappies) in Lake Kissimmee, Tenoroc Fishing Management Area or Winter Haven's Chain of Lakes. We encourage you to let TMC Guide Service plan your Florida fishing vacation. 

Freshwater Fishing in Central Florida
Freshwater Fishing in Central Florida

Jet Ski Rentals, Flyboarding, SUP and Pontoon Boats

Looking to have a little fun on the water with a Jet Ski rental, wakeboard tutorial or an Absolute Aqua Sports flyboarding adventure? We’ve got plenty of lakes for that, but if you head out on Lake Kissimmee with your large and in charge ski boat, you’re liable to get the look of disapproval from kayakers and fisherman. Lake Kissimmee is renowned for its nature; learn more about our watersport friendly lakes on the Winter Haven Chain of Lakes.

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Lake Kissimmee State Park

Central Florida Guided Segway Tours

Are you ready for a Lake Kissimmee State Park tour like no other? Hop aboard one of Backtrail Adventures’ Segway x2 Personal Transporters for a guided tour of the park’s pristine Florida landscape.

Lake Kissimmee State Park
Lake Kissimmee State Park

Wildlife Viewing

It’s been said that Lake Kissimmee shores provide a perfect vantage point for viewing the largest non-migratory bald eagle population in the continental United States.

Kayak, Canoe and Paddleboard Rentals

So you’re craving a water adventure, but you don’t happen to own a boat. No worries, friend. You can rent kayaks, canoes and paddleboards at Lake Kissimmee State Park’s marina for two, four or eight hours at a time.

Camp store telephone: 863-696-4888.

Kayaking in Central Florida
Kayaking in Central Florida

Kayak the Everglades Paddling Trail

Lake Kissimmee State Park just so happens to be a stop on the Everglades Paddling Trail, which allows paddlers to experience the Greater Everglades Ecosystem with a trek from Florida Bay to our Central Florida waters.

Lake Kissimmee Boat Ramps

Before you float your boat, you’ve got to launch it. Lake Kissimmee has several options for launching your vessel including ramps at Lake Kissimmee State Park, Camp Mack's River Resort and Coleman Landing at Shady Oaks Recreation Area, which is on the south end of the lake.

Don't have a boat? Westgate River Ranch Resort has a full service marina located just off the Kissimmee River. Rent a boat, go on a thrilling airboat ride, or view wildlife from atop a swamp buggy.

Camping at Lake Kissimmee State Park

Lake Kissimmee State Park has got your camping needs covered with everything from electric and water hook up sites to primitive camping areas. Well behaved pets are welcome, and a couple sites have handy amenities including picnic tables, grills and paved pathways that lead to accessible restrooms and showers.

Camp Mack’s River Resort is as cool as the name implies and offers loads of camping options including RV sites, cabins and a motel. Camp Mack’s also boasts a clubhouse, restaurant, saloon, airboat tours and guided fishing tours.

Bait Shops

Bridgemaster Fishing Products

Regulars refer to this place as the “fisherman’s candy store.” They’ve got a little bit of everything from high and low end rods, reels and combos, to apparel and novelty items.

You may also be interested in Winter Haven Chain of Lakes, Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo, Bok Tower Gardens or Freshwater Fishing.

Address / Location

14248 Camp Mack Rd
Lake Wales, FL 33898
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Contact Info

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863-696-1112

Hours of Operation

Park Open Daily 7:00 a.m. - Dusk
Boat Launches Dawn - Dusk

Reviews

5 Star Rating

Very nice mostly covered trails. We see wildlife frequently, and the trail runs right behind the pasture of the cracker ponies! (They like to come up to visit...sometimes rather quickly... Read Full Review

5 Star Rating

I went there for an afternoon in the park. Having had my bicycle in the back of my Jeep I left the car at the entrance and biked the whole park. The wildlife is so astonishing, there were deer and... Read Full Review

5 Star Rating

Our first experience at this park was exceptional. The park is beautiful and the campground is quiet and very well run. I've never seen such clean restrooms and showers. Read Full Review

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