Come to Bear Lake East Primitive Group Campsite with your friends (furry friends included!) to share an outdoor vacation in the Blackwater River State Forest. This pawtastic facility offers a grassy area near the water where you can pitch your tents. There are fire rings and pit toilets here for your use, but there's no potable water. Pack in refreshments with your other supplies. Spend your days canoeing, boating, and fishing on the 107-acre reservoir, or explore the forest on one of the many hiking trails that are nearby.
The primitive campsite is in a secluded spot on the eastern shore of Bear Lake. There's a clearing where you can pitch your tents before you hit the water. You'll find a boat ramp here for your use -- come with your watercraft and a state fishing license. Bass, channel catfish, crappie, and panfish live in these waters. The park allows electric motors but not gas outboards.
Circle the reservoir on land by hiking the four-mile Bear Lake Loop. This pathway is part of the Panhandle Florida Birding Trail. You can expect to sight winged creatures like red-shouldered hawks, pied-billed grebes, ovenbirds, and swallow-tailed kites on your trek. Another route that you can explore is the 1.3-mile Sweetwater Trail. This out-and-back road leads to Krul Recreation Area where you can go swimming. A mountain bike loop through the woods also circumnavigates the water.
You can bring your fur-baby camping if they stay on a leash. Don't leave your pet unattended, and clean up after them. Pack out your trash when you exit the campground.
This furrific facility offers outdoor enthusiasts a rustic setting by Bear Lake. Plan your next group outing for the Bear Lake East Primitive Site -- the area can house up to 24 people. Enjoy a variety of land and water recreational activities during the daytime. At night, relax by the fire ring and watch the stars appear.