Monument Lake Campground is a public, dog-friendly campground located in the Big Cypress National Preserve in Ochopee, Florida. It offers a total of 36 sites with lakeside views, 10 of which are tent sites and 15 accommodating RVs. It is the second most popular campground by the Monument Lake, but because it does not provide hookups for electricity, water, or sewer, it is not always fully booked. Length of stay is limited to 10 to 14 days depending on the season, and sites need to be reserved in advance if you are planning on staying more than one night. Since the roads that lead up to the campground are dirt covered and unpaved, make sure to factor in the weather conditions before visiting.
One of the biggest advantages of staying at the Monument Lake Campground is the lakeside views, with some sites situated close to the shoreline. The scenic view, sounds of the water, and a light, cool breeze after a day of hiking make camping here that much more enjoyable. Although fishing is allowed at the lake, patrons are advised against it due to alligators that reside in the lake. Needless to say, swimming is not permitted. It is also the primary reason that dogs are to be kept on-leash at all times.
Each tent site at the campground features a picnic table and a fire ring, while RV sites are only equipped with picnic tables. There are two restrooms; one consists of a pit toilet while the other one is flushing. There is also a drinking fountain and a free dump station, but no showers are available at the campground, so make sure to pack some wet wipes. Lastly, there is a large picnic area open to the public that's where most of the socializing takes place.
The open campground is cozy but does not provide much shade for campers to cool off in, except for two tent sites which are surrounded by mature trees. That means camping can get hot during the summer, and there is not much privacy, which is something to consider. Daily fees start at $24 per tent site and $28 for an RV site.
If you do end up staying here, make sure to check out the nearby Miccosukee Cultural Center, the Oasis Visitor Center, the local museum, and Shark Valley.