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


Visitors flock to W.P. Franklin Campground for its well-kept facilities and ideal placement on the Caloosahatchee River, where campers can fish, boat and take it easy in sunny southwest Florida.

The campground, between Fort Myers and Lake Okeechobee, provides visitors with a taste of tranquil, tropical country life.

Nearby Telegraph Creek, offers exciting opportunities to canoe Florida's backcountry swamps and view wildlife including alligators, birds and even a Llama farm.

Natural Features:

The campground is almost completely surrounded by the Caloosahatchee River with just a narrow stretch of land connecting it to the shore.

The Caloosahatchee River is part of South Florida's Okeechobee Waterway and flows southwest from Lake Hicpochee to the Gulf of Mexico.


Fishing for bass is popular, as is boating. A unique feature of the campground is its cruiser sites, where campers sleep on their boat while enjoying the perks of the campsite facilities.


The 30 tent and RV sites and the eight boat sites are equipped with electric and water hookups. A boat ramp and fishing pier are conveniently onsite.

Nearby Attractions:

Visit downtown Fort Myers for flea markets, grocery stores, shopping and the historic Thomas Edison and Henry Winter Estates.

Or spend a day exploring the sandy Gulf beaches, just 15 minutes from the campground.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Fishing Dock
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Accessible Showers
  • Boat Ramp
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Electric Hookups
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Trash Collection
  • Water Hookups
  • Waterfront Sites
Know Before You Go
  • Campers in cruiser sites (B1-B8) must sleep on the boat; no tent or RV camping 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):
26.72417, -81.69278
26°43'27"N, 81°41'34"W

From I-75, take Exit 141, following SR 80 E to SR 31. Turn on SR 31 N and travel 4 mi to SR 78. Turn E on SR 78 for 3 mi to North Franklin Lock Rd. Follow signs into campground.

From I-75, take Exit 143, following Bayshore Boulevard E to SR 31. Turn on SR 31 N and travel 1.5 mi to SR 78. Turn E on SR 78 for 3 mi to North Franklin Lock Rd. Follow signs into campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

ALVA  FL  33920

Phone Number:

Information:  (239)694-8770
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