Boat ramps, bait and tackle, Groceries and More
When fishing without a guide you most possess a valid Florida saltwater fishing license. Licenses can be purchased online at myFWC.com or by phone at (888) 347-4356. You can also buy a license in person at Walmart in New Smyrna Beach.
If fishing in Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, you must also have a current, signed MINWR, fishing permit. The permit is free and self-issuing. Simply download, print, and sign it.
We recommend Top Spot map number N219 for Mosquito Lagoon fishing. The map is available at many local tackle shops and marine supply stores, including Anchor Hardware near the camp. You can also order it from Amazon.
The most convenient ramp is just north of the camp at Lopez RV Park. It is within walking distance of the fish camp, so you can retrieve your vehicle easily and park it by your unit. There is a fee of $5 cash which you leave at the kiosk by the ramp.
For larger boats, the ramp at River Breeze Park is better. It's free and has several lanes, but you'll need someone to drive your vehicle back to the camp. You'll also have about 1.5 miles of slow zone to get back to the camp.
Bait and Tackle
Livewire Bait Supply offers top-quality bait on the water. Jenny and Allen are typically at or near the River Breeze boat ramp in their bright red boat, but they can sometimes meet you close to the camp or in the lagoon. You may need to reserve bait as they only have so much. Call or text (386) 416-9879.
Anchor Hardware also sells a variety of live and frozen bait and has a complete selection of tackle and some marine supplies.
Lagoon Bait and Tackle, four miles north on U.S. 1, shares a building with Oak Hill Seafoods. In addition to live and frozen bait, they carry a small selection of tackle.
Ethanol-free fuel is available on the water at several marinas in New Smyrna Beach, plus at the Citgo S & B, 3001 India Palm Drive, Edgewater, (386) 423-8615, and Gate Food Mart, 115 N. Ridgewood Ave., Edgewater, (386) 424-9694
Scragg's Grove and Gift Shop is located very close to the camp on the corner of US-1 and Canal Road in Oak Hill. They carry some basics such as ice, milk, fresh vegetables.
Publix is about 10 minutes north via U.S. 1. If you're in the mood to cook, Oak Hill Seafood offers a variable selection of same-day fresh local seafood, from flounder to wahoo and oysters to rock shrimp.