More POTA! Exploring Big Bass Campground in the Ocala National Forest K-4471

Following my departure from HamCation, I headed to Big Bass Campground in the Ocala National Forest for my first POTA activation in Febuary. Located just north of Orlando, Florida, the campground was only a 30-45 minute drive from the Fairgrounds where I was staying during HamCation. The Ocala National Forest is designated as K-4471 on the POTA website.

Big Bass Campground Ocala National Forest

big bass campground ocala national forest K-4471

Big Bass Campground is a seasonal camping spot located in the southern part of the Ocala National Forest, not far from the Doe Lake Recreation Area. It is included in the Ham Radio "Parks On The Air" list of parks. Here are some details about this picturesque campground:

  • Location: Big Bass Campground is situated on the south edge of the Ocala National Forest, close to the Ocklawaha River via CR 42.
  • Camping Options: Whether you prefer tent camping or have an RV, Big Bass offers both. It’s an excellent place to escape the hustle of the city and immerse yourself in nature.
  • Wildlife Sightings: Keep your eyes peeled! There have been occasional black bear sightings in the area.
  • Gate Hours: The campground gates are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Seasonal Operation: Big Bass Campground operates from October to April.
  • Campsite Availability: There are 19 sites available for campers.
  • Fees: The camping fee is $15 per night, and there’s an additional $5 fee for non-campers who need to dump waste water.
  • Pet-Friendly: Pets are allowed in all Ocala National Forest campgrounds, but they must be kept on a leash no longer than six feet. Please note that pets are not permitted in designated swimming and picnicking areas.
  • Maximum Stay: You can stay for a maximum of 14 consecutive days within a 30-day period.
  • Closest Towns: Weirsdale, Altoona, and Eustis are the nearest towns.

Remember to check in at 3 p.m. and check out by 11 a.m. during your stay. And if you’re planning to make a reservation, note that payment operations are now cashless—so bring your card! For reservations, visit the Big Bass Campground on Recreation.gov.

Enjoy the tranquility, the natural beauty, and the chance to unwind at Big Bass Campground! 🏕️🌲🌞

Amenities of Park K-7389

It was a nice spot to camp, however like at many Federal campgrounds I've camped at in National Forests, there is no electricity at the campsite, so generators and solar power is a must if you plan to stay long. No water spigots at the campsites either but there were many closeby. There was a fire ring at each spot and picnic table.

I rely on AT&T cellular service for my phone, and although I had a signal just sufficient to upload my live log, it was inconsistent. It was good enough to send texts and even stream a movie or two, but the connection was often unreliable. I wasn’t using a booster. 📶📱🎥

There are some well marked hiking trails that go into the forest. The best thing about this place is the size. This is a smaller campground with only 19 sites. It is a quiet camping experience because the camping spots were a good distance apart from each other.

POTA Activation of K-4471

In total I made 118 QSO's again at this park using my Icom 7300 and HiQ 5/80 mobile antenna on the rear of the camper. I could have put up a wire easily but opted not to. I have a live log that works when I have Internet access, You can find it here.

POTA Activation Video

Escape to the serene beauty of Big Bass Campground in Ocala National Forest with us! Join us on a virtual tour of this hidden gem, surrounded by towering trees and pristine waters. Whether you're a seasoned camper or a nature enthusiast, this video will inspire you to pack your bags and experience the tranquility of the great outdoors at Big Bass Campground. Don't miss out on this unforgettable adventure!

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I'm an Amateur Radio enthusiast. I love the hobby and experimenting with radios, antennas and software. On my YouTube channel I upload videos on the Icom 7300 and Icom 7610 along with Ham radio software programs. I hope to inspire people to try new things in Amateur Radio.

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John Boedeker
2 months ago

Thanks for sharing my friend. What a wonderful video. Are you a drone pilot? The over head photography was spectacular! De AC5VB

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