Florida Scalloping requires finding the right spot. There isn’t a “best” place. Instead, there are many great places to catch scallops in Florida. Finding the ideal location boils down to trial and error. With experience, you will find your spots or learn techniques that prove fruitful. We like to start on a shallow reef with coral surrounded by seagrass vs. just diving in seagrass. We find it easier to see the scallops. If you are on a full seagrass bed, you must have full sun; otherwise, they are difficult to spot. We also aim for shallow waters, but you will be at the mercy of the tide. Sometimes, you have to be willing to do some work. Ideally, you would be in water five feet deep or less. One other trick that never fails – follow the crowd. If boats are sitting on a spot, there are scallops there.

Here are some of the most popular locations to catch scallops, and of course, everyone has their favorite spots! Here’s a guide to all the Florida scalloping boat launch locations and the maps! If you have never scalloped before, read this first: Florida Scalloping Season 2022 – The Complete Guide. If you are a pro and just looking for a new place to launch, read on for all the boat ramps! Or select the location from the table of contents!

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Crystal River

City Boat Ramp

  • Open: 24 Hours
  • Address: 558 NW 3rd Ave, Crystal River, FL 34428
  • Parking Fee: No
  • Lunch Fee: $7.50

$50 Annual Pass available from the City of Crystal River.

Dockside Boat Launch

  • Open: 24 Hours
  • Address: 320 US-19, Crystal River, FL 34428
  • Parking Fee: No
  • Lunch Fee: $7.50

$50 Annual Pass available from the City of Crystal River.

Fort Island Beach Boat Ramp

  • Open: 24 Hours
  • Address: 16000 W Fort Island Trail, Crystal River, FL 34428
  • Parking Fee: No
  • Lunch Fee: $7.50

$50 Annual Pass available from the City of Crystal River.

Fort Island Trail Boat Ramp

  • Open: 24 Hours
  • Address: 11978 W Blue Bayou Ct, Crystal River, FL 34428
  • Parking Fee: No
  • Lunch Fee: $7.50

$50 Annual Pass available from the City of Crystal River.

Kings Bay Park

  • Open: 8am – 6pm
  • Address: 268 NW 3rd St, Crystal River, FL 34428
  • Parking Fee: No
  • Lunch Fee: $7.50

$50 Annual Pass available from the City of Crystal River.

Pete’s Pier

  • Open: 7am – 5pm
  • Address: 1 SW 1st Pl, Crystal River, FL 34429
  • Parking Fee: $10
  • Launch Fee: No 

Plantation Adventure Center and Dive Shop

  • Open: 8am – 6pm
  • Address: 9301 West Fort Island Trail, Crystal River
  • Parking Fee: No
  • Launch Fee: $10

Hernando Beach

Bayport Park Boat Ramp

  • Open: 24 Hours
  • Address: 4140 Cortez Blvd, Spring Hill, FL 34607
  • Parking Fee: Yes
  • Launch Fee: No

Hernando Beach Public Boat Ramp

  • Open: 24 Hours
  • Address: 4483 Calienta St, Hernando Beach, FL 34607
  • Parking Fee: Yes
  • Launch Fee: No

Osowaw Boat Ramp

  • Open: 24 Hours
  • Address: 221 Osowaw Blvd, Spring Hill, FL 34607
  • Parking Fee: No
  • Launch Fee: No

Homosassa

Chassahowitzka River Campground

  • Open: Dawn to dusk
  • Address: 8600 W Miss Maggie Dr, Homosassa, FL 34448
  • Parking Fee: $5 – A vehicle w/ trailer is $7
  • Launch Fee: No

Homosassa Duncan J. MacRae Public Boat Ramp

  • Open: 24 Hours
  • Address: 5424 S Cherokee Way, Homosassa, FL 34448
  • Parking Fee: It depends where you park. There are some free spots but be prepared to pay during high season.
  • Launch Fee: No

Florida Cracker Riverside Resort – Xanadu Path

  • Open: 24 Hours
  • Address: 10985 W Xanadu Ave, Homosassa, FL 34448, USA
  • Parking Fee: No if staying at the resort
  • Launch Fee: Not listed

Mason Creek

  • Open: 24 Hours
  • Address: 6891 S. Mason Creek Road, Homosassa, FL. 34448
  • Parking Fee: No
  • Launch Fee: No

Ozello Boat Ramps

Ozello Community Park

  • Open: 24 Hours
  • Address: 410 N. Pirate Point, Ozello, FL. 34429
  • Parking Fee: No
  • Launch Fee: No

Ozello Park

  • Open: 24 Hours
  • Address: 2045 S. John Brown Dr. Ozello, FL. 34429
  • Parking Fee: No
  • Launch Fee: No

Port St. Joe and Cape San Blas

Frank Pate City Park Boat Ramp

  • Open: Closes at 8 pm
  • Address: Port St Joe, FL 32456
  • Parking Fee: No
  • Launch Fee: No

Highland View Boat Ramp

  • Open: Closes at 10pm
  • Address: Port St Joe, FL 32456
  • Parking Fee: No
  • Launch Fee: No

Presnell’s Bayside Marina & RV Resort

  • Open: 24 Hours
  • Address: 2115 County Rd 30A, Port St Joe, FL 32456
  • Parking Fee: No
  • Launch Fee: $10.00

St Joseph State Park Boat Ramp

  • Open: Morning to sunset
  • Address: 8899 Cape San Blas Road, Port St Joe, FL 32456
  • Parking Fee: No
  • Launch Fee: $6.00

Steinhatchee & Keaton Beach

Jena Boat Ramp

  • Open: 24 Hours
  • Address: State Highway 51 (County Road 358), Jena, Florida 32359
  • Parking Fee: No
  • Launch Fee: No

Rocky Creek at Little John Futch Park Boat Ramp

  • Open: 24 Hours
  • Address: Steinhatchee, FL 32359. The closest intersection is: CR 361 & Rocky Creek Road Steinhatchee, FL 32648
  • Parking Fee: No
  • Launch Fee: No

Steinhatchee Boat Ramp

  • Open: 24 Hours
  • Address:7142 SW Hwy 358 #358, Steinhatchee, FL 32359
  • Parking Fee: No
  • Launch Fee: No