The former sheriff, a very close family friend, was a game warden back then. He can tell you that he tried to catch Joe poaching gators or illegally fishing for many years, but he never did find his old friend breaking wildlife laws.
There were four buildings in the village back then. Now there is a wonderful community at Blue Cypress Village and the business Joe built is still being run by his widow, Jeanne, much as she did before he passed. And even though Joe Middleton passed in 2014, his presence on the property is everywhere.
Today, the pristine beauty of the lake is still breathtaking. There are no gas stations, no fast food places and no honking horns around here. Joe's favorite saying was, "when you come here, we will treat you nice in so many ways, that you will return -- without a doubt!"
Since Joe's passing, the park has been renamed in his honor, and Jeanne continues to keep the camp running with help from friends and family.
Middleton's Fish Camp
Phone: +1 772-778-0150
Toll Free: +1 800-258-5002
No solicitors please.
Nov 1 - May 31
Open 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mon - Fri
6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat - Sun
June 1 - Oct 31
Open 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thu. - Fri
Open 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat - Sun
Closed M-T-W (Park remains open)
Shop may close early in extreme heat