Site 1: Fort Mead Recreational Area (65 miles north of Arcadia)

The fort Mead recreational area is the largest park maintained by the City of Fort Mead.  This page provides details on this location and what to do if you would like to join us on this leg of the trip.  Stay tuned as I will be posting regular updates and important links.  We know that this trip will be challenging but beginning in this location is important for two reasons:  (1) We want to ensure that we paddle 65 miles and (2) This site has been instrumental in the development of the Fort Mead area.

 

To get to the Fort Mead Recreational area, use directions to the Fort Meade Launch Site:

 

Tampa area: From I-75 at Exit 240A near Ruskin and drive east on SR 674. At FL/SR 37 turn left and in approximately 3 miles turn right on SR 630 to Fort Meade. In Fort Meade SR 630 becomes FL 700/US 98 toward Frostproof. Entrance to the Fort Meade Outdoor Recreation Area is on the right about 1.5 miles east of town.

 

Orlando area: From I-4 westbound, take exit 48, SR 557, toward Lake Alfred/Winter Haven. Stay on SR 557 to US 92. Turn right on US 92 then left on US 17 to Bartow. Continue on US 17/US 98/FL 700 to Fort Meade and turn left on Broadway Street to stay on US 98/FL 700 toward Frostproof. Entrance to the Fort Meade Outdoor Recreation Area is on the right about 1.5 miles east of town.

 

Fort Myers area: Drive north on I-75 to US 17 north in Punta Gorda. Follow US 17 to Fort Meade and turn right on Broadway Street, US 98/FL 700, toward Frostproof. Entrance to the Fort Meade Outdoor Recreation Area is on the right about 1.5 miles east of town.

 

Southeast Florida area: Exit the Florida Turnpike at Yeehaw Junction, heading northwest on SR 60. At Indian Lake Estates (about 13.5 miles) turn left on County Road 630E toward Frostproof. East of Frostproof go left (heading south) to stay on CR 630 then turn right at Fort Meade Road. At US 27, Fort Meade Road also becomes FL 700/US 98 to Fort Meade. Entrance to the Fort Meade Outdoor Recreation Area is on the left about 13 miles.

 

Setup your own directions: Entrance to the road leading to the Fort Meade Outdoor Recreation Area is at approximately "1376 Frostproof Hwy, Fort Meade, FL 33841."

 

 

 

 

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