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.

Land a Lunker

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. There is also the fact that Lake Kissimmee is a big lake, the largest in Polk County, in fact.

But there is more to Lake Kissimmee than bass fishing. Casts toward hydrilla beds are known to produce Central Florida panfish such as bluegills, shell crackers and speckled perch (crappies).

Freshwater Fishing in Central Florida
Freshwater Fishing in Central Florida

Here Fishy, Fishy…Luring Lunkers

Luring lunkers requires more than luck. Top anglers agree that shiners do a great job of drawing bass out from under heavy cover that’s common Lake Kissimmee’s shores, but there are LOTS of lures that work depending on the weather and season. If you’re inexperienced with fishing our central Florida waters or fishing in general, might we suggest a fishing guide such as TMC Guide Service or Camp Mack’s fishing guide service. They’ll provide the proper tackle and take you right to where you need be.

Don’t Rock the Boat

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 paddle boarders, kayakers and fisherman. Lake Kissimmee is renowned for its nature; learn more about our watersport friendly lakes like Polk County’s Chain of Lakes waterways.

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

Eagle Eye Views

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… in Central Florida

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: Play and Stay

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.

Address / Location

14248 Camp Mack Rd
Lake Wales, FL 33898
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Hours of Operation

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


5 Star Rating

Camped here over thanks giving weekend. The Park is Beautiful with great hikes, a handy concession stand, docks, playground, observation tower and pavilion. The Campsites are very nice, most were... Read Full Review

5 Star Rating

A lovely place to see Florida country and wildlife. If you like a good hike then I can thoroughly recommend this park, there are various trails from easy to difficult so it should suit anyone. Read Full Review

5 Star Rating

If you're looking for a place to unwind, you'll find that place at Kissimmee State Park. Picnicking, camping, hiking, fishing, or just relaxing--this place has it all. There is also a small store on... Read Full Review

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