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Karick Lake Campground

Sunset at Karick Lake

It’s time to go camping . . . or fishing or hiking! You can do all this and more at Karick Lake. Located in the Blackwater River State Forest, just 7.5 miles north of Baker tucked away in our little neck of the woods is this spectacular 65-acre spot. Karick Lake has become one of my family’s favorite camping spots.

There is a man-made lake with 15 camping sites on the north side of the lake and 15 camping sites on the south side of the lake. The camp sites have electricity and water. There is a bath house on each side with well-maintained toilet and shower facilities. There is even a lend-a-book section in the women’s bathroom on the south side.

If you want to fish, there is a boat ramp and pier. You can also canoe or kayak. And, if you just want to spend the day, bring a lunch to enjoy at the picnic tables near the lake.

Fishing on Karick

However, no swimming is allowed. Why? I imagine it’s because they allow you to bring your pets as long as they are on a leash.

The sunrise and sunsets at the Karick Lake create some great backdrops for photographers. You might want to keep your camera close by to snap a shot of the deer that walk right up to your campsite.

Surrounding the lake is a 3.8 mile hiking trail. For those who enjoy bird watching, the trail is a great spot for that too!

Camping is on a first come/first serve basis. Camping fees are $15.00 per day. Don’t forget to bring the firewood, since you will probably want to hang out by the fire and watch stars twinkle. You will enjoy the peace and quiet that this area has to offer.

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Sandy O’Neal is a professional photographer based in Milton, Florida.  While she especially enjoys portrait, and wedding photography, she can be found capturing photos wherever her life’s journey takes her.  www.sandyonealphotography.com

One Comment

  1. Karick is such a beautiful lake. We stayed at the north campground and the only thing wrong was the bathrooms were uncleaned until we called and mentioned it. The trash can wasn’t emptied for 4 days and there was litter along the pier that could have been easily removed with a net by the camp host……