A secure campground with a guarded or (at night) locked gate. Security is enhanced by the presence of a law enforcement officer living in a cottage in the campground.
The campground has nice restroom and shower facilities.
Rodman Campground ramp is a good double ramp with plenty of safe parking that accesses Rodman through a small dredged canal that is dry during drawdowns. Once you clear the canal it is necessary to work your way across part of the main pool to reach the dredged barge canal. This can be somewhat frustrating because the stumps require that you cross this area at idle speed. OGT has been promising a marked channel from the ramp canal to the barge canal for years, but as yet there are no markers in place. For access to most points around the main pool it is probably easier and cheaper to launch at Kenwood.
Covered picnic tables are near the boat ramp.
The state owned Rodman Area Campground is operated by the Office of Greenways and Trails who can be contacted at:
Office of Greenways and Trails
8282 SE Hwy. 314
Ocala, FL 34470 (352) 236-7143
The campground is located on the east end of Rodman Reservoir within a short distance from the dam and spillway where the angler can fish from the handicapped accessible fishing piers or along the sides of the spillway. For those who like a slower pace, the connecting canal between the spillway and the old Ocklawaha river channel offers a quiet spot to cane pole fish, picnic or lay back and nap. Access to the Ocklawaha River below the dam is possible from a good concrete double ramp east of the spillway. There is plenty of good parking.
410 Rodman Road
Palatka, Fl 32177
|The Rodman Area Campground is divided into two areas. The first, which is the older campground, offers thirty-nine campsites, thirteen have 30 amp electricity and water. The remaining twenty-six are rustic in beautiful wooded settings and great for tent camping.|
The second area just recently competed has twenty eight full 50 amp hookup sites, two of which are handicapped compatible.
|This area is near the dredged canal connecting Buckman Lock and Rodman Reservoir and offers a wonderful view of the canal from sites 59 through 68.|
A sewage dump station is available at the campground entry area. There is a good boat ramp with plenty of safe parking. Covered picnic tables are near the boat ramp.
FEES & REGULATIONS (May 1, 2007)
All prices plus tax.
All plants, animals and other natural and cultural resources are protected
by FAC 62S-3
When I visited Rodman campground to take some pictures for this article I talked to a camper who wasn't sure he wanted me to write about the campground. He said that the campground was too nice a place to let a lot of folks know about it. It was much better to keep it a secret.
Directions to Rodman Recreation Area
TRAVELING NORTH ON I-75 .
Take SR 40 (Silver Springs Blvd.) east through Ocala and Silver Springs to CR 315. Turn north CR 315 and travel about 25 miles to CR 310. Turn east on CR 310 for about 5 miles until it ends at SR 19.
TO G0 TO KIRKPATRICK DAM OR RODMAN CAMPGROUND
Turn right and go over the Florida Barge Canal Bridge. Turn right onto Rodman Road at the foot of the bridge. Rodman Campground is approximately 3 miles on the right.
TO GO TO THE GREENWAY EAST VISITOR CENTER AND BUCKMAN LOCK
Turn left on SR 19 and go about one mile to the entrance road (Buckman Lock Road) on the right - The Lock and Visitor Center are about 1 mile south on this road.
TRAVELING SOUTH FROM JACKSONVILLE
Take I-95 South and exit onto 207 South. Take 207 South to SR 17. Turn right and go across the bridge to Palatka. Turn left onto SR 20. Turn left onto SR 19, and go south.. Go across the Cross Florida Barge Canal Bridge. Turn right onto Rodman Road and travel approximately 3 miles. Rodman Campground is on the right.
TRAVELING EAST FROM GAINESVILLE
Take SR 20 E. (Hawthorne Road) to Palatka. In Palatka, turn right onto SR 19 S. Take SR 19 approximately 10 miles. Cross over the Florida Barge Canal Bridge. Turn right onto Rodman Road at the foot of the bridge. Rodman Campground is approximately 3 miles on the right.
TRAVELING WEST FROM DAYTONA
Take SR 40 west through Aster and turn right onto SR 19. Travel north on SR 19 through Salt Springs. About 10 miles north of Salt Springs you will see the Cross Florida Barge Canal Bridge ahead. Turn left onto Rodman Road just before going over the bridge.