Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge (BPKFL) occupies ten pristine acres between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Perfectly positioned in the middle keys at MM33, the BPKFL offers a friendly home-base from which to enjoy all the Florida Keys has to offer.
The BPKFL has several lodging options to choose from including motel rooms, rustic campsites, electric/water RV sites and even waterfront sites. With a boat ramp and canals, you can put your boat in the water (and leave it in the water) during your stay. This idea of “boat-side” camping gives you the freedom to jump in your boat and go when the mood strikes.
Our 2000 square foot camp store is stocked with everything you need to be comfortable at camp and out on the water. This includes food, beverages and snacks plus fishing and marine supplies like marine gas, bait and basic water sports equipment. We are one of the few campgrounds in the area where you can come with an empty cooler and get everything you need right on property.
Recreation is a big part of life in the Florida Keys and at the BPKFL we have the facilities to help you make the most of your vacation. Play ping-pong, take a long walk on the beach or just relax under a palm tree; do as much or as little as you care to do. From our 25,000 gallon roof top pool to our calendar of parties and planned activities, BPKFL has something for visitors of all ages.
If you need anything at all, please call our office at 305-872-2351 or complete our contact form and a member of the Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge will return your call within 24 hours. Whether this is your first visit to BPKFL or your fiftieth, we look forward to sharing out little slice of paradise with you.
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33000 Overseas Highway, MM 33 Big Pine Key, Florida 33043
The history of the Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge (BPKFL) is rooted in the raw beauty of its landscape and the remoteness of its location. For the earliest residents of Big Pine Key this meant clean water didn’t arrive until the mid-1940’s and that the island was without electricity until 1953. Still largely unpopulated at that time, the power company began service with just 54 customers on record.
It was the Undell family that first saw the potential of the property as a vacation destination. In 1959, they bought and transformed a simple bait shop into a place where visitors could enjoy the unique environment of the Florida Keys. The original bait shop occupied a natural inlet that was formed during the dredging of Flagler’s railroad to Key West. During their ownership, the Undells dug out the canal that is still in use to this day. Always resourceful, they allowed Border Patrol to erect a tower on the property in exchange for bringing much-needed power to the fishing lodge itself. (A tribute to this tower is located in the northwest corner of the recreation room.)
Soon the Threlkeld family took over operations at the Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge. During this time electric and water were added to each campsite, the office was expanded and the family planted many of the trees that make the park a lush oasis among the mangroves.
The third and current owners of the property, the Gladwells, have owned BPKFL since 1972. The addition of the pool, game room, lodge rooms, laundry facilities, and the acquisition of rustic camping, are just some of the improvements the Gladwells have made during that time. Over their 40+ year history, members of the family have always resided on the property. This hands-on approach is just one of the many reasons the camp has retained the family atmosphere that our campers return for year after year. Many of our guests have spent the fondest days of their childhood at BPKFL enjoying all the Florida Keys has to offer: boating, fishing, lobstering and just spending time together. “Seeing these experiences handed from parent to child to grandchild has been immensely satisfying,” says Joan Gladwell, the family matriarch and the first of four generations of Gladwells to occupy the property, “We are delighted to be part of so many wonderful memories.”
Whether you are a long-standing member of our extended campground family or brand new to the BPKFL way of life, we invite you to share your vacation with us. Our goal is to make you feel right at home while you fish, explore, enjoy and relax in the beautiful Florida Keys.
The Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge (BPKFL) is located between Marathon and Key West about 2.5 hours from Miami at MM33. When driving southon Overseas Highway, get in the left lane when you cross the Spanish Harbor Bridge. Turn left onto Long Beach Drive. BPKFL is on the immediate left.
Big Pine Fishing Lodge
33000 Overseas Highway, MM 33
Big Pine Key, Florida 33043