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part ofLake Okeechobee, US Army Corps of Engineers
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates


Ortona South is a perfect campground for a quiet, sunny escape to inland South Florida. The campground is set along the Caloosahatchee River portion of the Okeechobee Waterway.

Campers will enjoy watching the boats and manatees pass through the Ortona Lock. Alligators, osprey and otters are also frequently spotted in this area.

Ortona South is in the Okeechobee Waterway, due west of Lake Okeechobee. Okeechobee means "big water" in the Muskogean Native American language.

Natural Features:

The campground's terrain is flat and lined with tropical greenery like the cabbage palm, Florida's official state tree.

Ortona South is a short drive from Lake Okeechobee, the largest freshwater lake in Florida, spanning 730 square miles. It's shallow for a lake of its size, averaging depths of just nine feet.


Activities here are focused on simple, relaxing pleasures like fishing and strolling the grounds.

Largemouth bass, bluegill and crappie are the most commonly caught fish at the piers.

A boat ramp and picnic areas are just across the river.


All of the 51 campsites have electric and water hookups. Campers can look forward to hot showers and laundry facilities as well. Waterfront sites are available, but are generally the first to book up.

Nearby Attractions:

Head west to LaBelle, Florida, where an annual Swamp Cabbage Festival is held. Or travel east to hike or bike along the Herbert Hoover Dike, part of the 1,400-mile long Florida Trail.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Fishing Dock
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Accessible Showers
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Electric Hookups
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Trash Collection
  • Water Hookups
  • Waterfront Sites
Know Before You Go
  • No all-terrain vehicles or off-road vehicles allowed.
  • First come, first served sites available.

    Ortona South Campground and St. Lucie South Campground are part of the same water resource project. Both campgrounds fall under the same 14 day maximum in any 30-consecutive day period regulation. Campers cannot stay at Ortona South for 14 days and then camp St. Lucie South for 14 days without camping elsewhere for 16 days. Campers also cannot use different names to get around this regulation.
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect your forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
26.78722, -81.30861
26°47'14"N, 81°18'31"W

From LaBelle, Florida, travel SR 80 8 mi E to Dalton Lane. Turn north on Dalton Lane following signs into the campground.

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Phone Number:

Information:  (863)675-8400
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