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The Shady Acre at Fat Point

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This is a Boondockers Welcome host in Punta Gorda, FL

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Hosted By

JimQuince

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    < 35 (ft)

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    2

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    2

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    No

This is a semi-private and partly shaded location with old mossy oaks, pines & palms. We have a small stilt house here with decks and patio. We put down a shell fill material which gives a good base for most vehicles and campers This is a nice accessible and safe place to stay for free. Should be an easy in and out. 10 minutes from I-75, 5 minutes north to Publix & Home Depot & Walmart. We prefer no pets. Beaches can be found about an hour away. Gasparilla Island SP, Sanibel Island & Ft Myers Beach are on the Gulf. Going early may ease the traffic pain! There are also a couple of nice beach areas on the islands accessible by ferry service....Cayo Costa SP & Don Pedro SP. Picnic Table & Clothesline nearby for your use. We have critters, wild hogs that root around at night? ...But we have never seen them. Also possums & raccoons, even bobcats & coyotes in the area. It’s Florida, lots of possibilities! Our Potable Tap Water from a newer Reverse Osmosis system is excellent for all uses! Use it to fill your tank. Propane fill is available in Punta Gorda, Pinch a Penny Pool just north on HWY 41 or nearby just south on HWY 41 at Horner RV. Dump Stations (maybe?) at nearby campgrounds, but call first: Sun n Shade RV - 6 mi (south on Hwy 41, east side) $10? Also? Pine Island KOA - 27 mi SW Waters Edge RV - 7 mi (by airport) Loves in North Ft Myers I-75 $10 WP Franklin Campground in Alva State Parks with campgrounds Suggested Local Attractions:Punta Gorda, Cape Coral, Ft Myers, FM Beach, Pine Island, Gasparilla Island, ICW. https://www.travelzoo.com/blog/discovering-the-beaches-of-fort-myers-sanibel-a-different-side-of-florida/?utm_source=newsflash_us&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2919973_html_-_deal%3a2919973&utm_content=2919973&ec=0&dlinkId=2919973 Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall by Laishley Park in Punta Gorda Babcock Webb wildlife management area to the east of I-75 (80,000 acres) 4 miles away! https://myfwc.com/recreation/lead/fred-babcockwebb/things-to-do/. They also offer Primitive Camping! ... Primitive sites are available at the Webb Lake campground (see map) during hunting seasons. Check the Planning Your Visit page for dates. During the remainder of the year, camping is allowed each weekend from 5 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Sunday, and on Memorial Day, Independence Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Labor Day. Camping is prohibited on the Yucca Pens Unit. All campers must obtain a free permit/site reservation using the online reservation system. Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park is just west of us offering outdoor activity... https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/charlotte-harbor-preserve-state-park Matlacha artist community at bridge to Pine Island, Berts Bar, fresh fish shop......also Lazy Flamingo Restaurant in Bokeelia & places in St James City on Pine Island. Manatee Park https://www.leegov.com/parks/parks/manateepark We are on the flyway for Punta Gorda so a few flights of Allegiant Airlines are seen. Also, at twilight and dawn there are flocks of cranes that go back & forth from northeast to southwest.

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Vehicle Suitability Information

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Generators Allowed

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Water Hookup

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Slideouts Allowed

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Outdoor Cooking Allowed

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Electric Hookup: 15A

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Separate Tow Vehicle Parking

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Campfire Ring Provided

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House Rules

Boondocking! ....Relax & Enjoy yourselves! ....Leave it like you were never there! Owner will be sleeping in the morning so please do not disturb mornings! Thank-you. We do prefer NO PETS Plenty of fire starting material on the grounds like palm leaves & twigs.... bring larger firewood. Please let us know approximately what time you expect to be arriving, but come anytime in the afternoon after 2pm. Owner works nights and may be gone for later arrivals. Alcohol is not an issue with us as we drink red wine and can enjoy a beer on a hot day. Common courtesies are obvious. If you need electricity we have a 50’ long extension cord for 110 volt 15 amp service for tv, lights and battery charging. $5 per day. We do have 30amp outlets on the house and shed if you need more electric for A/C or heat and suggest $10/day for that. You may need to park closer to the 30a outlets unless you have a long extension cord! (Don’t blow the breaker by overloading circuits!)

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Location

Access Road Conditions: Nicely paved road with concrete entrance apron on to property ( Use the East Driveway Entrance ... Across from the mailboxes! ). DO NOT USE CURVY ASPHALT DRIVEWAY WEST OF THE HOUSE! Access and camping areas are generally level shell gravel & grass. There is room to enter and back into spaces but not really pull through. There is access traveling east or west on the side road we live on. Florida is flat! There are some 2x6 wood pieces for camper jacks if needed. I-75 exit #161 at Jones Loop is north of us and I-75 exit #158 at Tuckers Grade is east of us. In both cases you cross HWY 41 going south or west, respectively. Tow Vehicle Parking Details: There is room on site for your tow vehicle or trailer, particularly if there is only one or two RV’s. There is also room on the road shoulder. Larger rigs and those towing long trailers/5th wheels need to turn into the property with a wide swing but the adventurous make it!

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Gravel

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Hosted By JimQuince

Age:

65+

Retired, Now Traveling Itinerant Boaters, Campers & Cooks! Details: Former Environmental (assessment & cleanup) business professionals who like to travel via air, land & sea. Love a bonfire at sunset with a glass of red wine. Grew up in Canada, worked in the Midwest and travel to Europe regularly, particularly Spain. Michigan summers & Florida winters. Two kids & our two Twin grandkids, pictured on Lake Michigan, now teens. Interested in history, architecture and natural wonders. Love to cook & eat! Home Town: Ludington, MI / Punta Gorda, FL / Javea, Spain ... or Coastal Cruising & Gunkholing ....knee deep somewhere! Favorite Boondocking Locations: Lake Superior Shore, Michigan Sioux Lookout, Ontario Keweenaw Peninsula National Forests Skills or Expertise to Share: Firebuilding Cooking Smoking Wood fired Paella Boondocking Gunkholing

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References for this location from other RVers

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    DavidRoux

    7 months ago

    Thank you verry much! It was verry nice to stay at your place even if you were absent

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    Mike_and_Nic

    8 months ago

    No one there when we got in...but found a spot. Level and lots of trees.... very nice! Went exploring the area. Found the Fishermen's Village in Punta Gorda..... Well worth the visit. Nice quiet night and met Jim the following morning when we are leaving........ Great spot! Thank You!

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    Nabooster

    8 months ago

    Great location, super quiet, peaceful and shady! Best water we’ve had at a location. Would definitely recommend!

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    lunaluna

    8 months ago

    What a wonderful stay. Our spot was private, wooded with moss draped trees… the true Florida experience. A few other BW guests there, but the layout of the property offers privacy. Super nice host, a treat to hear a few of his travel stories. So close to the historic waterfront town of Punta Gorda and plan to return with bikes.

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    Steveaws

    8 months ago

    Never did meet them but we communicated well through HH! It was easy to find and drive into. It is how he discribed it! It was great to use the 15 amp cord. It is very shady which made things a lot cooler! I would recomend this place!

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