RV Camping and Fishing

It is always fishing―and RV camping­―season somewhere in the U.S. and Canada.

Recreational or sport fishing has become a popular sport and outdoor recreation activity. Pictured above is Parker Lake in southern Arizona. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Recreational or sport fishing has become a popular sport and outdoor recreation activity. Pictured above is Parker Lake in southern Arizona. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Lakes, rivers, streams, ponds, and ocean waters are filled with fish just waiting to test your skills.

Recreational or sport fishing has become a popular sport and outdoor recreation activity. Estimates indicate more than 30 million anglers over the age of 16.

Start checking your supplies, packing your tackle box, and preparing the RV. There is no better time than now for an RV camping and fishing trip.

Preparation is the key to any successful RV camping and fishing trip. To avoid that, “Oh, no, I forgot…” scenario, get into the habit of making an RV checklist when you prepare for any RV camping trip.

Consider the following when you develop your RV camping and fishing list:

  • Are you fishing saltwater or freshwater?
  • What species are you fishing for?
  • What’s the weather like?
  • What season is it?
  • Are you fishing from a boat or the bank?
Fishing (and birding) is great along the Creole Nature Trail, a National Scenic Byway, in southwestern Louisiana. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Fishing (and birding) is great along the Creole Nature Trail, a National Scenic Byway, in southwestern Louisiana. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Your RV camping and fishing checklist may include fishing supplies and tackle box, fishing vest, fishing license, sun protection (wide brimmed hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, bandana), coolers with ice, first aid kit, insect repellent, compass, portable GPS, small fixed blade knife, needle-nosed pliers, and a multi tool. And don’t forget your digital camera for a photo of that one that didn’t get away.

RVers can choose from a variety of fishing experiences when they plan their trips―fly fishing, fresh water fishing, salt water fishing, and the popular winter activity of ice fishing.

At its most basic level, fishing is simply the act of catching fish. The variety comes in how you chose to fish. The most basic way is with rod and reel. Then comes the choice of bait―natural bait (salmon eggs, cheese), live bait (worms, minnows), or artificial lures (spoons, sonar, glitter).

Then there is fly fishing which uses a different type of rod, reel, and fishing line as well as artificial machine or hand-tied flies. Beyond that you can get into more exotic forms of sport fishing such as bow fishing and spear fishing. And the popular cold-weather pastime ice fishing.

Freshwater fish can be caught throughout North America in creeks, streams, rivers, ponds, and lakes. Pretty much anywhere there is a substantial body of water can be home to game fish. Fish may be caught from the shore, by wading into the water, from a boat, or from a dock or pier. Anyplace with solid footing to be able to cast a line will work.

Whether you prefer to drop a line from a cane pole or tie flies in hopes of catching fish, there’s a fishing hole that’s perfect for your next RV camping trip. In fact, there are RV resorts especially designed with the avid fisherman in mind.

Locate an RV park or campground as close as possible to where you’re fishing if you want to get those early biters.

As it name indicates the fishing is great at Utah's Fish Lake. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
As it name indicates the fishing is great at Utah’s Fish Lake. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Many RV campgrounds are located on lakes, rivers, or streams with game fish. It is not uncommon for an RV campground to have both a lake or pond as well as streams or creeks for fishing. Some RV parks offer fishing right on the property and even stock the lakes on their property with game fish.

Missouri’s Basswood Resort in Platte City, for one, has RV sites located just a few steps from stocked fishing lakes. Stocked with catfish, bass, crappie, bluegill, and carp, the four freshwater lakes at Basswood are fed by the ever-bubbling original Basswood spring.

Some RV parks including Live Oak Landing on the Florida panhandle (near Destin) partner with charter fishing services to help guests catch the big one. In Live Oak’s case, Wounded Warrior charters take guests out to the Choctawhatchee River and its tributaries.

Great fishing awaits you at Virginia’s Gwynn’s Island RV Resort on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay.

For additional RV camping/fishing locations, see Good Sam Top RV Parks for Fishing.

Worth Pondering…

There he stands, draped in more equipment than a telephone lineman, trying to outwit an organism with a brain no bigger than a breadcrumb, and getting licked in the process.

―Paul O’Neil, 1965

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RVC Outdoor Destinations Completes Upgrades at Florida Resort

Live Oak Landing, an RVC Outdoor Destination vacation property, announced the completion of numerous improvements to the resort, just in time for the summer travel season.

The property added more than three dozen modern RV sites and several new amenities designed to enhance each guest’s stay.

A screen-enclosed saline swimming pool with connected observation deck and lounge area, large playground area, and air conditioning in the resort’s pavilion are among the new additions to RVC’s Live Oak Landing.

Handicap-accessible boat tours are another new feature highlighted at the outdoor destination. These charters—called “Pondtoon” boats—allow individuals with disabilities to navigate the water on vessels specially manufactured to accommodate wheelchairs. Additionally, RVC increased the number of RV sites on the property, nearly tripling the number of space available for RV travelers.

“When we opened the property in November 2010, it was important to us to first define our core audience and add amenities as our guests requested them,” said Neil Sorrell, general manager at Live Oak Landing.

“So, after talking to our guests, we pinpointed additions that will give them exactly what they’re looking for in a memorable outdoor travel experience.”

At Live Oak Landing, guests have access to Florida’s Emerald Coast beaches and a wide range of onsite activities, including fishing charters, scooter, bicycle and boat rentals, and activities pavilion with a flat screen TV. The outdoor vacation property also features unique amenities in line with other RVC Outdoor Destination properties such as concierge service, coffee, beer and wine bars, a dog park and a variety of lodging options from RV sites to cottages.

Live Oak Landing is the only provider of overnight accommodations in the city of Freeport and is one of seven RVC Outdoor Destination locations in the United States.

RV sites at Live Oak Landing, an RVC Outdoor Destination. (Source: rvcoutdoors.com)
RV sites at Live Oak Landing, an RVC Outdoor Destination. (Source: rvcoutdoors.com)

“What we’re providing at RVC Outdoor Destinations is an upgraded version of what generally comes to mind when people think of camping,” said Andy Cates, president of RVC Outdoor Destinations.

“We’re redefining the outdoor vacation experience by combining guests’ favorite hotel amenities with their favorite outdoor activities, and it’s really gaining popularity with both avid and novice campers alike.”

Live Oak Landing is located along Black Creek in South Walton County at 229 Pitts Avenue in Freeport, Florida.

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RVC Outdoor Destinations
RVC Outdoor Destinations develops, owns, and operates a portfolio of high-quality outdoor hospitality properties located within some of the country’s most beautiful natural settings and offering upscale services and amenities.

Memphis, Tennessee-based RVC is redefining the traditional camping experience with its original Outdoor Destination concept and upgraded RV Resort properties that provides guests with a comfortable, customizable, outdoor vacation through a variety of affordable lodging options, including RV sites, yurts, cabins, and cottages, all with enhanced guest amenities and recreational activities.

RVC operates seven Outdoor Destinations and RV Resorts in Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Florida, and North Carolina.

Address: 429 N Main Street, Suite 100, Memphis, Tennessee 38103

Phone: (901) 432-4748

Website: rvcoutdoors.com

Live Oak Landing, an RVC Outdoor Destinations

Live Oak Landing, an RVC Outdoor Destinations location map.
Live Oak Landing, an RVC Outdoor Destinations location map.

Surrounded by water, and within minutes of the Emerald Coast beaches, Live Oak Landing, an RVC Outdoor Destinations, is just minutes from scenic Hwy 30A.

Live Oak Landing is on Black Creek just off of Choctawhatchee Bay in Freeport, north of Seaside and east of Destin.

Address: 229 Pitts Ave, Freeport, FL 32439

Phone: (877) 436-5063

Website: liveoaklanding.rvcoutdoors.com

Worth Pondering…

Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things.

—Peter Drucker

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RVC Outdoor Destinations Launches Wounded Warrior Fishing Partnership

Memphis, Tennessee-based RVC Outdoor Destinations, the leading provider of high-quality outdoor vacation properties in the United States, announced the launch of its Wounded Warrior Fishing sponsorship, an initiative underscoring the company’s commitment to active and retired military personnel.

RVC Outdoor Destinations has partnered with retired U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. and current U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Mark McDuffie, to offer the program, which is designed to help soldiers injured physically or mentally in Iraq or Afghanistan relax and enjoy the outdoors with their families, according to a news release.

The Wounded Warrior Fishing program, headquartered at the company’s Live Oak Landing property in Freeport, Florida, will host an injured soldier and his or her family one night each week to enjoy the outdoors through activities such as fishing trips, river tours, onsite recreation activities and a cookout—all free of charge.

McDuffie first started the program a year ago, as a nonprofit called Wounded Warrior Fishing. Injured while fighting in Iraq and now fully recovered, McDuffie operates at the Live Oak Landing property and will head up the new partnership sponsored by RVC.

“Having been wounded at war, I can relate to what many of these injured soldiers are going through,” said McDuffie.

“I know that when soldiers suffer, their families do too, and while I can’t take away their pain or completely understand their particular situation, I can offer them time to relax with their families. At the end of the day, if we can put a smile on their faces for a few hours or for a weekend, we’ve done our job.”

Wounded Warrior Fishing and RVC will officially kick-off the program on Memorial Day weekend to coincide with the unofficial start of the summer travel season.

In addition to the weekly sponsored accommodations, Live Oak Landing will host 10 injured soldiers and their families during an end-of-summer celebration the last weekend of September. The group will be able to fish with local professionals, take boat rides on the Choctawhatchee Bay, eat BBQ from local restaurants, enjoy massages, and relax.

Besides the new Wounded Warrior Fishing sponsorship, RVC also offers active and retired military discounts on lodging, and several of its properties offer a free RV site rental for active service men and women through the Tents for Troops program.

RVC locations individually raise money for regionally based military charities through their own events and fundraisers throughout the year.

“RVC believes in taking care of the military men and women who have made a tremendous sacrifice for our country,” said Andy Cates, president of RVC Outdoor Destinations.

“We wanted to find a meaningful way to say ‘thank you,’ and for us that means giving them a chance to have some fun in the great outdoors with their families. The Wounded Warrior Fishing program is part of RVC’s corporate commitment to give back to these brave individuals. At each of our properties, we have different ways of reaching out to the military community, knowing that each region has unique needs. We’re always searching for new ways to show them how truly grateful we are for everything they have done, for all of us.”

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RVC Outdoor Destinations

RVC Outdoor Destinations develops, owns, and operates a portfolio of high-quality outdoor vacation properties located within some of the country’s most beautiful natural settings and offering upscale services and amenities.

Memphis, Tennessee-based RVC is redefining the traditional camping experience with its original Outdoor Destination concept that provides guests with a customizable outdoor vacation through a variety of affordable lodging options, including RV sites, yurts, cabins and cottages, all with enhanced guest amenities and recreational activities.

RVC currently operates Outdoor Destinations and RV Resorts in Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Florida, and North Carolina.

Address: 429 N Main Street, Suite 100, Memphis, Tennessee 38103

Phone: (901) 432-4748

Website: rvcoutdoors.com

Wounded Warrior Fishing Program

To nominate someone for the Wounded Warrior Fishing program, please call RVC’s Live Oak Landing at (877) 436-5063.

Wounded Warrior Project

The mission of Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is to honor and empower wounded warriors. The purpose of WWP is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members; to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other; and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, non-partisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida.

Address: 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, Florida 32256

Phone: (904) 296-7350 or (877) TEAM.WWP (832.6997)

Website: woundedwarriorproject.org

Worth Pondering…

Life is a succession of moments. To live each one is to succeed.

—Conita Kent

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RVC Outdoor Destinations Update Amenities at Florida RV Resort

Live Oak Landing, an RVC Outdoor Destinations in Freeport, Florida, has come a long way from its beginnings as McDaniel’s Fish Camp.

“It had honky tonks, and stills, and Friday night fish frys, and a lot of colorful characters lived here,” said Neil Sorrell, general manager.

But now, the stills have been exchanged for a saltwater pool, and those who gather don’t have to endure the elements because Live Oak Landing has a heated and cooled gathering place, The Walton Sun reports.

“We turned it into a 21st Century RV resort,” said Sorrell of the RVC resort, which hosted its first guest in November 2010.

The resort also added 39 RV sites in preparation for the summer travel season.

Though it has changed from its rustic beginnings, the resort hasn’t lost its charm.

With the overhanging oaks and situation on Freeport’s Black Creek, Live Oak Landing is the picture of tranquility.

“There’s nothing but peace and quiet,” Sorrell said, relaying one visitor’s remarks.

But here quiet is not synonymous with dull.

Amenities offered at the 74-acre retreat range from a dog park to nature walks to the newest addition, a screened-in saline pool, reports The Walton Sun.

Avid anglers will be happy to know, local veteran and founder of Wounded Warrior Fishing Mark McDuffie is on-site to offer fishing charters. With the resort just 1.8 miles from the mouth of the bay, fishermen and women can catch an abundance of saltwater and freshwater fish.

RV sites at Live Oak Landing, an RVC Outdoor Destination. (Source: rvcoutdoors.com)
RV sites at Live Oak Landing, an RVC Outdoor Destination. (Source: rvcoutdoors.com)

With such offerings, the resort draws visitors from as far as Canada and the northwest, but Sorrell says he is beginning to see more and more visitors come from Northwest Florida.

“As the price of fuel goes up, people ask themselves ‘Where can we go to have fun nearby?’ ” said Sorrell.

Nine one-bedroom mini-cottages are available per night at $89.99 and by the week at $539.94. One-bedroom cottages with loft spaces are $129.99 per night and $779.94 per week.

RV spaces on water are available daily, weekly, and monthly, at $44.99, $269.94, and $749.99 respectively.

Off-the-water RV sites are available at $40.99, $242.94, and $649.99 respectively.

The Walton Sun reports each RV slip comes equipped with 100-amp service, Wi-Fi, city water, and sewer.

Amenities at Live Oak Landing include:

  • Private boat ramp and dock for guests
  • Charter fishing service on site
  • Screened activities pavilion with flat screen TV
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • GoPet Scooter rentals
  • Bicycle rentals
  • Horseshoes and darts
  • Boat rentals
  • Canoe and kayak rentals
  • New saline swimming pool

Details

RVC Outdoor Destinations

RVC Outdoor Destinations develops, owns, and operates a portfolio of high-quality outdoor hospitality properties located within some of the country’s most beautiful natural settings and offering upscale services and amenities.

Memphis, Tennessee-based RVC is redefining the traditional camping experience with its Outdoor Destination concept that provides guests with a comfortable, customizable, outdoor vacation through a variety of affordable lodging options, including RV sites, yurts, cabins, and cottages.

RVC operates seven Outdoor Destinations and RV Resorts in Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Florida, and North Carolina.

Address: 429 N Main Street, Suite 100, Memphis, Tennessee 38103

Phone: (901)432-4748

Website: rvcoutdoors.com

Live Oak Landing, an RVC Outdoor Destinations

Live Oak Landing, an RVC Outdoor Destinations location map.

Surrounded by water, and within minutes of the Emerald Coast beaches, Live Oak Landing, an RVC Outdoor Destinations, is just minutes from scenic Hwy 30A.

Live Oak Landing is on Black Creek just off of Choctawhatchee Bay in Freeport, north of Seaside and east of Destin.

Address: 229 Pitts Ave, Freeport, FL 32439

Phone: (877) 436-5063

Website: liveoaklanding.rvcoutdoors.com

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Worth Pondering…

There is something very special about the natural world, and each trip outdoors is like an unfinished book just waiting for you to write your own chapter.

—Paul Thompson

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