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Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center


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Camp Bayou is nether a campground nor a summer camp. It was an RV park before Hillsborough County's ELAP program purchased the land but it is now open for day use only, open to the general public. Through volunteers, donations, membership and grants,we offer pre-scheduled programs to schools, youth groups, adult groups and families.

It is open from Thursday- Saturday from 9am-2pm for passive recreational pursuits such as wildlife watching, nature photography, trail walks, canoeing/kayaking, etc. Camp Bayou is a public- private partnership between the non-profit Bayou Outdoor Learning and Discovery, Inc. (BOLD), the Ruskin Community Development Foundation, Inc. (RCDF) and Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation. Camp Bayou is located 3 miles south of SR674 at the end of 24th St SE in Ruskin.

Mission: To sustain a portion of Florida's original habitats, in the Little Manatee River Watershed, and to use this Center for the purpose of promoting appreciation and understanding of our natural resources and of our local culture and history through education. More information and a calendar of eventsis on the web at .

  • Amenities:
  • Covered Pavilion, Off-site Venues Nearby, Parking
  • Average Visit Time:
  • 1 - 2 hours,
  • Disabled Traveler Information:
  • Handicapped Parking,

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