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Clewiston, FL

Located on the Caloosahatchee River section of the Okeechobee Waterway, W.P. Franklin Lock Recreation Area has a tropical atmosphere that provides an excellent setting for visitors to camp, swim, fish, picnic, boat, or enjoy hours of quiet contemplation. Visitors can view manatees, abundant bird life, and watch boats locking

through the W.P. Franklin Lock and Dam as they travel the Okeechobee Waterway. Downtown Fort Myers flea markets, grocery stores, malls, the historic Thomas Edison/Henry Ford Home, and the beautiful Gulf beaches are all within 15 minutes of driving time.

Contact Information
W.P. Franklin N
CLEWISTON FL 33440-5399

For more information about the park, please call ( 239)694-8770

Operating Hours

The W.P. Franklin North Campground is open 6am to 10pm. The campground entrance gate is closed at 10pm. All visitors are required to leave at 10pm. Quiet hours are observed 10pm to 6am. The W.P. Franklin South Day Use Area is open from 8am to sunset.

Getting There

To WP Franklin North Campground
From I-75, take Exit 141 (Highway 80-Ft. Myers/LaBelle). Travel east to Highway 31, turn north and follow to Highway 78. Turn east on Highway 78 and follow 5 miles to North Franklin Lock Road. Turn south on North Franklin Lock Road and follow into campground.

From LaBelle, travel north on Highway 29, turn left on Highway 78 and travel west for 19.2 miles, then turn left on North Franklin Lock Road and follow into campground.

To WP Franklin South Day Use Area
From I-75, take Exit 141 (Highway 80-Ft. Myers/LaBelle). Travel east 2.4 miles past Highway 31 to Old Olga Road. Turn left on Old Olga Road and travel 2.2 miles to the WP Franklin Lock Recreation Area entrance road, turn left and follow to recreation area.

From LaBelle, travel west on Highway 80, 5.5 miles past the intersection with Highway 884. Turn right onto Old Olga Road, travel 0.3 miles to the WP Franklin Lock Recreation Area entrance road, turn right and follow to recreation area.

On the north side of the river, the W.P. Franklin North Campground offers 30 Class A tent/RV sites and 8 Cruiser (boat) sites, all with electric and water hookups. Additional amenities include a trailer dump station, hot showers, public phones, a fishing pier, boat ramp, and group picnic shelters.

On the south side of the river, at the W.P. Franklin South Day Use Area, visitors can enjoy the swim beach, a visitor center, group picnic shelters, individual picnic sites, playcourts, boat ramp, and a playground.

Reservations must be made at least 3 days in advance. The campground is open all year round. Campground gates open at 6am and close at 10pm. Gate attendants are on duty and the campground telephone number is 239-694-8770. Cruiser sites are ONLY for boats that accommodate sleeping. Campers reserving Cruiser sites (sites B1-B8) must sleep on the boat. Absolutely NO TENT or RV camping is allowed at these sites. This campground has first-come, first-serve sites.

Camping is permitted in designated areas only. Check out time is 12 noon. Camping is limited to 14 days within a 30 day period.


Pet owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets. Pets must be penned or kept on a 6’ leash at all times.

Fires are permitted in grills & fire rings only. Please extinguish all unattended fires.

Campers are expected to keep their site free of litter at all times. Trash cans are located throughout the north and south recreation areas for your convenience.

Vehicles must be parked on camp pads or in designated areas.

Trailer Dump Station
A dump station is provided for the disposal of waste water or similar material. Dumping "gray water" onto the ground is prohibited.

Group Picnic Shelters
Boat Launch Ramps

There is a daily fee to use a boat launch ramp, or you may purchase an Annual Pass at the W.P. Franklin North Campground Office. Annual Passes are valid for day use fees at all US Army Corps of Engineers Recreation Areas nationwide.

Swimming Beach

Golden Age/Golden Access
The lifetime pass entitles cardholder to a 50% discount of user fees at a federal project. Visitors who possess proper identification that they are a U.S. Citizen, either 62 years or older or receiving handicap disability assistance are eligible for the program. The cards may be obtained at the W.P. Franklin North Campground Office.