Mack’s Fish Camp is Old Florida at its best: Rustic, remote and plenty of fish to be caught.
That’s partly due to its location on the edge of the Everglades, just north of the Broward-Miami-Dade county line.
Although it’s easy enough to get to — take Interstate 75 to U.S. Highway 27, go south to Krome Avenue, go west a little ways, turn at the Mack’s sign and go two miles down a dusty levee —Mack’s gets very little fishing pressure, even though its produced a bunch of 4- and 5-pound bass this spring as well as loads of bluegills.
“Even on a busy day on the weekends, there might be three or four boats out here,” said Marshall Jones.
Most visitors come for the 90-minute airboat tours operated by Jones, 33, and his twin brother Keith. They took over the camp in 1999 following the death of their grandmother Nell Jones, an Everglades legend. The brothers’ great-grandfather began farming the land in 1938.
Marshall and Keith and their wives and kids — they each have two sons and two daughters — live at the camp, which has four rental cabins available for nightly or weekend stays. The air-conditioned cabins, which are $85 a night and $160 for the weekend, sleep up to six people.