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Cross Florida - Boat Ramp

A two lane boat ramp is located on the eastern downstream side of the Kirkpatrick (Rodman) Dam adjacent to the restroom facility. These ramps provide access to the approximately 8 miles of the lower Ocklawaha River below Rodman Reservoir to its confluence with the St. Johns River.

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Cross Florida - Boating

Boating in the lower Ocklawaha River below the Kirkpatrick (Rodman) Dam is available from this recreation site.

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Cross Florida - Canoe Kayak Launch

There is a hardened canoe/kayak launch area located along the historic Ocklawaha River channel on the western downstream side of the Kirkpatrick (Rodman) Dam. This is accessible via the dirt road located at the western Ocala National Forest end of the dam.

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Cross Florida - Canoeing and Kayaking

Canoeing and kayaking is available on the approximately 8 miles of lower Ocklawaha River between the downstream side of the Kirkpatrick (Rodman) Dam and the St. Johns River.

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Cross Florida - Fishing

There are accessible fishing platforms located downstream of the Kirkpatrick (Rodman) Dam on both the east and west sides of the discharge canal as well as bank fishing along the upstream (reservoir side) of the dam and spillway. Species caught include largemouth bass, various bream and catfish species as well as sunshine (hybrid) bass.

All fishing within the park must conform to regulations concerning size, number, method of capture and season.  A fishing license may be required.  More information is available at the Florida Wildlife Commission’s Fishing in Florida.

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Cross Florida - Parking

There is paved accessible parking on the eastern downstream side of the Kirkpatrick (Rodman) Dam adjacent to the restroom facility, and stabilized parking on the downstream western side of the dam.

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Cross Florida - Picnic Pavilion

There are picnic pavilions located on the eastern downstream side of the dam adjacent to the restroom facility.

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Cross Florida - Restroom Facilities

There is a public use restroom available on the eastern downstream side of the Kirkpatrick (Rodman) Dam adjacent to the boat ramps and picnic pavilions.

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Cross Florida - Water Fountain Potable Water

A public potable water supply is available at the restroom facility on the lower east side of the dam.

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Cross Florida - Wheelchair Accessible

Accessible picnic pavilion

Accessible parking

Accessible restroom

Accessible fishing dock/s

 

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Cross Florida - Wildlife Viewing

Numerous species of aquatic birds, alligator and turtles are commonly seen at the Rodman Recreation Area.

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Rodman Recreation Area - Accessible Amenities

  • Accessible picnic pavilion
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible restroom
  • Accessible fishing dock
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Rodman Recreation Area - Birding

Numerous aquatic bird species can be observed at the Rodman Recreation Area. Osprey, Blue Heron, Bald Eagle, Greater Cormorant and many other avian species are regularly seen here.

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Rodman Recreation Area - Hiking Nature Trail

The Florida National Scenic Trail (FNST) main orange blaze through trail runs across the Kirkpatrick (Rodman) Dam westward into the Ocala National Forest and eastward 1.4 miles to the Rodman Campground. The Florida Trail Association http://www.floridatrail.org/ produces detailed hiking maps by segment.

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Rodman Recreation Area - Pets

Well behaved dogs and cats are allowed on the Greenway with a maximum 6-foot, hand held leash and owners must clean up after the animals as needed. For detailed information on pet policy, see Florida State Parks pet policy.

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Rodman Recreation Area - Walking

The Florida National Scenic Trail (FNST) main orange blaze through trail runs across the Kirkpatrick (Rodman) Dam westward into the Ocala National Forest and eastward 1.4 miles to the Rodman Campground. The Florida Trail Association http://www.floridatrail.org/ produces detailed hiking maps by segment.