From Jordan —
You won’t find high-rise resorts, five-star restaurants, outlet shopping, theme parks, or spas in St. Marks, Florida. That’s what makes it special. Instead, you’ll find boat ramps, an abundance of wildlife, and practical lodging for sportsman.
There are two primary lodging locations in St. Marks: Shell Island Fish Camp and Sweet Magnolia Inn. Shell Island Fish Camp is conveniently located on the Wakulla River about 6 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico. The camp hoists a slew of amenities including a hotel, cabins, boat rentals, fishing charters, boat ramp, large fish cleaning station, and a store loaded with all your fishing and boating needs.
If the fish camp doesn’t fit your fancy, head to the Sweet Magnolia Inn, located in the City of St. Marks, right off Woodville Highway. The Inn is a depiction of the old Forgotten Coast. As a bed and breakfast, it offers elegant cuisine and live music, and is conveniently located one mile from two boat ramps on the upper St. Marks River.
Nicole and I are making a trip to Shell Island Fish Camp in June for a long weekend. We’ll launch the boat on a Thursday evening and head out in pursuit of redfish, trout, and cobia. If we play the weather and tides right, all three species could be in the cards for us.
If saltwater species aren’t your cup of tea, the upper St. Marks and upper Wakulla are home to several freshwater species, including panfish, bass (including Suwannee and striper), and catfish.
Make sure to check out the St. Marks Wildlife Refuge while you’re in town. The views on the way to the lighthouse make it worth the drive.
Be sure to check back for pictures and reports from our backyard fishing vacation later in June. Fingers crossed the weather cooperates.