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2013-10-18 Ft. Clinch Biking & Fishing Campout

posted Sep 24, 2013, 1:05 PM by Dan Walton   [ updated Jun 16, 2017, 3:04 PM ]
October 18th - 20th, 2013
Ft. Clinch State Park on Amelia Island has it all:  Six miles of exciting Biking Trails, Beautiful Beaches, Surf and Pier Fishing, an Historic Fort, an Awesome Group Campsite, Hiking Trails, Shelling on the Beach, Volleyball, Swimming, and more.  And all of this on an Island at the very top of Florida!   We'll be able to look across an inlet and see wild horses roaming around in Georgia.

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Be sure to do your job to read and explore all information about this campout, so that you can prepare yourself and your Patrol.

  1. INFORMATION SHEET - Print it, READ IT, and put it in your Troop notebook  Use it to prepare/pack for the trip.   
  2. PERMISSION FORM  - Print it, have your parents sign it, and bring it to the Troop Meeting with payment on October 1st.
  3. CAMPOUT AGENDA - Print this, and bring it with you!
  4. Pack using the PACKING LIST and your Scout Book.
  5. Ft. Clinch Map - Print it and Pack it for the campout.  You'll need it on Patrol hikes, and bike hikes.
  6. Explore the Fort Clinch State Park Website and think about what you and your Patrol would like to do!
  7. Read EVERYTHING on the rest of this Campout Information Page below, and familiarize yourself with all of the maps, including the interactive google map of the area (the secret word is somewhere on this page).


There are over 6 miles of biking trails on the island.   The trail parallels a road, so if things get too rough on your bike, you can opt to go on the flat surface.  

  1. HELMETS - Required on the bike trail for ALL Scouts and Leaders, regardless of age.   This is a Park rule, due to the fact that there are some drop-offs and trees.
  2. BICYCLES - Try your best to get your bike ready, or make arrangements to borrow one from a friend.   The most perfect bike would be a BMX or Mountain Bike, but other will do.
    • Tires - If you have thin street tires, like on a 10 speed, you will not be able to do the trail, only the street
    • Gears - Multi-speed bikes are best.   If you have a 1 speed bike , it should be geared LOW (meaning you have to pedal a lot to go a short distance).  This allows you to go up and down hills.   If you can't run your bike easily through thick grass and up and down the driveway, it won't work for the trails, just the street
  3. BICYCLE DROP OFF! - We will have a bicycle drop-off on Thursday, October 17th, at 7:00 pm at Faith Fellowship.  We will take the bikes to a secure location overnight, and they'll be ready to go Friday!

Amelia Island 6 Mile Bike Trail at Ft. Clinch

  1. WHERE? Fishing will be available on a super-long Pier (pictured to the right), on the Jetty's near the ruins (also pictured to the right), and in the surf!
    • Surf Fishing - Bring a long rod if possible (6-15') so you can cast past the waves, and 20 lb test or higher to handle rocks, heavy weights to battle the waves, and good Gulf Rigs.  Walmart has it all.
    • Pier & Jetty Fishing - Bring a bridge rod (stout rod long is fine, can use a Surf Rod), with some pretty heavy line 20 lb if possible.  A drop rig might be helpful.
    • Tackle - If you're using bait, just bring the appropriate heavy-duty rigs and weights.  If you're using lures, they need to be substantial, we'll be in surf, so they need to be big, and weighty.  Don't forget bait buckets, pliers, rags, and all the rest!
  3. BAIT - Good baits are Live Shimp, Dead Shrimp, Cut Bait (Clams & Squid), Fiddler Crabs, finger mullet.  You can bring some in a cooler (bring all in zip-locks to prevent smell).   We'll try to find a live bait shop and will take guys there that need it.
  4. SALTWATER SHORELINE FISHING LICENSES - Anyone age 16 or older MUST have a Saltwater Shoreline Fishing License (15 and under not needed).   However, they are free with just a small $3 processing Fee at WalMart.  Or, if you have a Florida ID, or License, you can get them for about $5 online HERE.
  5. DON'T HAVE EQUIPMENT - We're all friends, just plan ahead and ask a buddy if you can fish together, take turns!
  6. QUESTIONS? - Ask the expert, Scoutmaster Walton, any time of day or night, I'll talk fishing
            (secret word is "Teeth" as in "Ft. Clinch your Teeth")

The Fishing Pier

Fishing the Jetty at the Ruins

YOUTH CAMPING AREA PHOTOS   (Taken by Mr. Nifakos)


MAPS   (continue to Scroll down)


View Ft. Clinch State Park in a larger map


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