Details for Everglades Rod and Gun Club

Everglades Rod and Gun Club

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Average rating 3.4 stars from 35 reviews

Address Highway 29 PO Box 190
Everglades City, FL 34139


After hours contact

Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - NO
Fuel - NO
Repair - NO
Municipal - NO
Other - NO

VHF channel

Does not monitor the VHF. Also, does not open until 11:00 am, so there is no one to answer the phone.

Web site

Email contact

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - NO
Checks - YES

Payment info

Cash preferred - 10% discount. No credit cards.

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info:


Approach is easy from the gulf with about 6'.





Tide & current additional info

Current can reach 4 knots. You should plan arrival and departure with the current.


Approach: 6
Transient dockage: 6
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info: No fuel

Dock typesWood - NO
Concrete - NO
Floating - NO
Fixed - NO
T/Alongside - YES
Other - NO

Additional info: Current can really be strong at the dock. Make sure to use spring lines fore and aft. The farther up the pier you tie (nearer the boat launch) the less the current and the wakes from passing boats will affect you.

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info: Long bulkhead with pilings, no problem to at least 60 feet.


Transient: 20
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $1.75/ft (2013-01-07)

Other price info: Rate includes electric use. Rate vary and are negotiable if you stay more than a day.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - YES
100 amp - NO

Additional info:

Pricing info: Included with the dockage fee.

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)

No - Very good Verizon signal.

Water (and pricing)

Yes - Water along thr dock is not potable. Potable water can be obtained from a hose on one of the cottages near the dock

Dinghy access

Yes - Not really necessary.

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access


Launch service


Pump out






Yes - Available at the pool house.


Yes - Only one. Available at the pool house. No soap or paper towels.




Yes - Small grocery store in town.


Yes - Hardware store in town.


Yes - Restaurant on site. Others in town.


Hotels or motels

Yes - The Club is a hotel, with a nice old Florida atmosphere.

Repair capabilities


Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities


Fishing supplies

Yes - At the hardware store one block into town.

Chartering capabilities


Internet access

Yes - Sprint MiFi worked well.

Boat ramp availability


No - No taxi service in town, no car rental, stores are within walking distance.

Other services

Computers at the library, as well as fax and internet at city hall across from the docks.

A swimming pool with a waterfall which boaters renting space at the dock have access to.


Swim in the pool. Nice museum of local history (free/donation box) within walking distance.

Reviews for Everglades Rod and Gun Club
less nice off season, 2016-06-25
Captain: , Englewood, FL (905)

Our first issue was that the many of the pilings along the dock are leaning outward. We docked and even with full fenders
deployed, a piling damaged the top rail on our Europa style boat.
We stayed 2 nights due to a boat issue & asked for, but did not receive any discount. We had to ask for toilet paper for the rest room & discovered the pool on our own, with no help from staff.
We asked about dinner when we first checked in & were given a menu, but when we showed up that evening (hoping for dinner & a game of pool) the club was closed. We're suffering the off-season blues.

Worthwhile, 2016-06-02
Captain: , Safety Harbor, FL (45)

The historic building is very interesting. The dockage is adequate. We did not check out the marina restroom or showers. We had very good fish sandwiches. Our server was extremely attentive and efficient. She was very personable.

hidden gem, 2016-03-31
Captain: , Key West (10)

Had a memorable 2 nights here with our 34' sailboat. The manager gave us a great rate (just had to ask) and he went above and beyond in service. Drove us in his own p/u to get diesel fuel since none at any docks. Gave us a tour of the town. Pepople in this town were extremely friendly everywhere we went. This is truly the "other" Florida. On site restaurant is good and reasonable price.

Nice, but you can do better up river, 2016-03-10
Captain: , Yorktown, VA (300)

This would be a good overnight experience, but high winds forecast for the next six days made us to stay at Everglades Isle RV resort up river...check it out.

Nice stop in a historical setting, 2016-01-27
Captain: , Grand Rivers, Ky (1522)

Tied up to the wall in front of the club for a few days waiting on a better weather patern to head south. Channel coming in can be very shallow at low tide. We left 2 hours before low tide and bumped the bottom in the middle of channel at marker 11. We draw 4 ft. They will only except cash or checks, no credit cards. 30 and 50 amp power and water available. Only one bathroom with shower, clean. $1.50/ ft

Lovely and historic, 2015-02-26
Captain: , Penetanguishene, ON (162)

You tie up to a wall with very easy access. There is no potable water at the dock but there is a tap out back. 50 amp service but they will lend an adapter. We spent the evening in the lodge playing pool with other boaters. Great stop with shopping nearby. Beautiful building with a charming pool. Wonderful.

walk n bring CASH, 2015-01-27
Captain: , Colonial Beach Va (30)

lovely place to visit n enjoy lunch. but bring CASH (or checks). tasty food n beautiful ambiance. better to watch fish boats n current than docked in....

Out of the way old time Florida, 2015-01-11
Captain: , Vinegar Post,VA (122)

The Rod and Gun Club is an interesting place to stop. The Club has a long history of celebrities vacationing here. It does not seem to get a lot of transient boat traffic or overnight guests. There has been discussion about varying dockage prices. We were charged $1.50/foot. The water line to our part of the dock was broken. We had to ask to have the electric and hot water turned on in the single boaters bathroom/shower which is located behind swimming pool. The bathroom was very clean and had been updated with ceramic tile. The front desk does not open until 11:30. The grocery is within walking distance is poorly stocked. There is a hardware, post office, and many restaurants within walking distance. The restaurants are mostly cafes serving local seafood. During the day Local boat traffic and Air-Boat traffic can be noisy. Commerical fishing boats will wake you between 3:30 and 6:00 AM - FENDER WELL!!

Interesting Place, 2014-03-13
Captain: , Little River, SC (1967)

The building is very historic and fascinating. We called ahead for a dock and were told to come in and then call agin for docking assistance. We werte met at the dock and docked easily. The docks are a seawall with posts very 10-12ft, 50A electric and water. Swam in a beautiful pool with waterfall and great landscaping. The restaurant was OK. It was not busy when we were there but our waitress kept disappearing for long periods of time. Service was slow, the food was OK, but nothing special. The restroom/shower facilities were ion the pool building. There is only one room hich could have been cleaner. No soap or towels for handwashing. Must visit once but no need to return.

Great stop with several but's, 2014-02-08
Captain: , Ft Myers, Florida (1663)

Easy along side dock, no help docking, hotel front desk no staffed until about noon. Cost $1.75/ft. No cable, do have 30 and 50 amp and water. Lots of current but not too hard to deal with as you face into current when docking.
Restaurant is below average, poor service and below average food.
Great location for biking and walking, very secure, friendly people. 5 of so great local seafood restaurants located 1 to 2 miles. Havana Cafe great place for breakfast, about 5 miles away bike path along the way.
Rod and Gun has rooms for rent again below average.
rod and Gun lobby built in 1860, very interesting Museum on site. Wood structure old fla style. Very nice up heated pool on site. Grocery store about 3/4 mile. No fuel on site, fuel at another place on river.
Deep easy entry well marked from Gulf, easy to enter at night.
Docks well lighted.
Pool table in hotel lobby is fun along with a bar open on weekends.
Bike rental about 2 miles away. Limo service from Naples very reasonable for trips to Ft Myers airport named Sunlight.
Great sweets at Sweet Mayberry's Cafe across street from docks.
Interesting town for walking and biking.

Charming 'Old Florida', 2014-01-02
Captain: , Cleveland (2062)

Upated review 12/2013: Almost 3 years later we spent a night here. Our rating is still a 4. If you are looking for a marina with full services, don't look here. Assume you will not be greeted at the dock nor will you recieve any assistance in docking (unless some other boaters happen to already be there!).

The folks working inside the Rod and Gun Club were very helpful and the club itself is truly a step back in time. Lots of very interesting articles about visitors to the club during it's heyday years. In my opinion, it's still worth a stop!

Oringinal review 1/2011: Although it was a short stay (only one night), we enjoyed the Rod & Gun Club immensly. This iconic hotel/restaurant was like a step back in time. The restaurant is definitely pricey but we found the food to be excellent.

We needed 30 amp power - they provided a 50 amp splitter for us to use. Fun place but watch the tide - it's pretty fierce. Time your entrance and exit appropriately!

Interesting Place, 2013-11-13
Captain: , Palmetto (412)

We enjoyed our stay at this beautiful hotel/marina; however, the other reviews all appear accurate %u2013 absent staff, early morning wakes from fishing boats, strong currents, and shallow spots in the channel. WiFi is available at the public library, about two blocks from the hotel.

Beautiful Place, 2013-04-30
Captain: , wichita falls (260)

For those who like peaceful and quiet place Rod and Gun Club has it all. Friendly staff, good food, clean bathrooms and the pool. Aging docks. Strong current. We loved this place. It is worth visiting.

Pretty Lodge You Ought To Dodge, 2013-02-12
Captain: , Tampa, FL (83)

I was not expecting much from the Rod and Gun Club docks based on info in the cruising guides, but I was surprised at the abysmal service level. We called ahead on two occasions regarding dockage and were quoted a price. %u201CCome on in we have plenty of space.%u201D That we did. We got in early, about 10:15AM, got ourselves docked and went to the registration desk, No one around. We waited in the lobby and read the entire %u201CMullet Rapper%u201D (very small local paper). The restaurant had workers, but no customers. After about 30 minutes we asked in the restaurant for assistance, to no avail. We returned to the boat, unloaded and prepared our bikes for a ride. We tried once again to %u201Ccheck in%u201D and did in fact find a person at the desk. When we indicated that we were on the boat and wanted to check in, we were told that the rate was nearly twice what we were quoted. We discussed the issue to no resolution and left. We will not return, since there is a much better alternative.

The lodge is very neat to view, but its much easier to walk in from the street. The lodge did in fact increase the rating.

Loved the old time atmosphere, 2013-02-11
Captain: , Stony Point, NY (852)

We came up at low water and touched bottom at markers 17/18 and again almost at 25/26. We draw 4' 2" Had no problem at mid tide going out.

The Rod and Gun club des not answer the radio, and we had no cell service. We arrived and tied up in a heavy current, assisted by other boaters on the dock. We enjoyed the old time atmosphere of the club and town. Lots of comercial fishing boats, air boats and other day tour boats. We enjoyed meeting some other crusisers who were there at the time. I am very glad we made the trip up through the beautiful sceenery.

Old Florida, 2013-02-07
Captain: , Montreal, PQ (141)

Great place to stay. Old Florida at its best, no condos or strip malls. We took an amazing kayak tour of the swamp with Shurr Adventures, we highly recommend it. Everglades City is a great place to bike around. Rod and Gun friendly and such a neat old place. No potable water. Best for sound sleepers, the fishing boats (15-20) leave from 3:30-5:30AM and everyone sends you slamming against the pilings.

Boat Wakes on Barron River, 2013-01-08
Captain: , St. Clair, Michigan (456)

I agree with all the previos comments but we had an issue with the rvier traffic from the fishing boats leaving for the day on the bay. They start leaving between 3:30 am and 4:00 am and they have no respect for the "No Wake Signs" and you get rocked hard up against the pilings. We were going to stay 2 days but left that morning and called back about a refund for the 2nd night dockage. The Club agreed to send a check and they are aware of the problem but never mentioned anything to us.
I would rate it higher if it was not for the wake problem.

Rod and Gun Club is cool, 2012-12-29
Captain: , Kingman Yacht Center Cataumet, MA (223)

Maybe not the easiest destination to get to but if you pay attention to the tides and enter after high tide at the coast you will follow the flood all the way to Everglades City. Once there tie to the dock at the Rod and gun Club carefully because the current runs swiftly here.
The Club is quite interesting, from a past era with dark paneling and plenty of history on the walls.
Very convenient to the Air Boat rides through the mangroves.
Not much else for the boater besides a couple restaurants and easy walking paths.

Some Other Fun Things to Do, 2012-12-19
Captain: , St Petersburg (120)

We were there with our kids. They loved the airboat rides thru the glades and holding a live aligator (a small one) at Totch's Airboats just up the river from the Rod and Gun Club. Hanging out at the Rod and Gun Club seeing all the trophies of past hunting and fishing expeditions and playing billiards in the game room. Walking around town and meeting some of the friendly and eclectic residents of Everglades City.

Step back in time, 2012-09-27
Captain: , charleston (761)

It is late September and we are out of season so were the only boat here. Club manager/worker helped us dock. Quaint town and very quiet. This is old Florida at its best. No condos or high rises. Club has lots of history to share and is very interesting. Restaurant was adequate but nothing special. Pool is one of most attractive I have seen.

WOW! What a great experience, 2012-06-16
Captain: , North Myrtle Beach, SC (3210)

If you like history, quaiint, and the club is fantastic to east at, then this is for you. We are here in Summer and even the bugs werenot as bad as people state. Just do not be out at dusk, but after the sun has set for a while, then you can survive just fine. Ditto at sunrise. Easy, nice walking around town. Of course, it is dead in town this time of year, but you get first class service. Pool is nice. We had water at dock.

Long in the tooth, 2012-06-05
Captain: , Punta Gorda, FL (639)

The facility is over 100 years old and it shows. The docks are just OK. No water at the docks. Good 50 amp electrical service. The pool is fantastic. The restrooms are not up to par. The town has some charm, but it closes up for the summer after Memorial day. It is worth a visit, and the Rod & Gun Club is the only game in town - don't expect too much and you won't be disappointed.

Trip in time, worth the side trip, 2012-04-13
Captain: , Dunedin, FL (6425)

Easy navigation into Everglades City. Bulkhead tie-up in front of the Rod & Gun Club building, wait staff came out to grab a line. Showers marginal, but pool was great. Lots of places in town to eat, try the buffet at the Depot, just a short walk/bike ride. After dinner, come back to the Rod & Gun Club for dessert & coffee. Two museums, one right in town, both worth a visit, lots of history here.

Not yachty but....., 2012-03-03
Captain: , Reedville, VA (688)

If you are looking for that Ft. Lauderdale type of place, this isn't it. What it is is a great cruising experience. The Rod and Gun Club is a bit "long in the tooth" but the staff is as nice as anywhere to be found. The food is just above average but the ambiance kicks it up a notch. The pool is beautiful. All in all, a great stay.

Good for short stay, 2012-02-24
Captain: , Port Clinton (20)

Beautiful old time Florida hotel with nice dining on screened porch. Rooms are clean and ample space. Lots of dockage space with price still at 1.50 per foot. Very relaxing atmosphere, but service is slow, as not enough employees. Great for overnight.

No repeat for visit us, 2012-01-27
Captain: , hampstead.n.c. (219)

Very poor stay at the Rod and Gun Club. The staff seemed to have no idea of what they were doing nor did they care. Docking assistance was nowhere to be found for us or anyone else. Dockside water is NOT potable, no light in the one shower/bathroom. How would these people fare on a busy week-end. We stayed 2 nights and paid $1.75/foot the first night and $1.50 the second night. Over the phone, $1.50 had been quoted as the rate, but the first person insisted that it was $1.75.

The ride up to Everglades vcity was nice and we did enjoy biking around town. We wisdh there was someplace else to stay.

Second the motion, 2012-01-03
Captain: , Pinnacle, NC, USA (1340)

Hard to improve Nova's comments. Sentiment would grant ii 3*. The boating ammeninties are poor. Still worth the visit

Quaint spot, wonderful approach, 2011-12-06
Captain: , Marthas Vineyard (506)

A wonderful apporach thru mangrove islands, shallow, stay in the channel, no problem with our 4' draft at low tid.
This is not a marina, its a bulkhead in front of a vintage hotel that you tie up to. The hotel is an interesting and beautiful building, old for Florida; the upstairs rooms are unrentable as they're are code issues, they have separate cottages that rent. There is a dining room and a bar, we did not eat there. There is power and water, there was one bathroom open when we were there. We paid $1.50/ft in Dec. You can walk to a limited grocery store and a great general store, and other nearby restaurants.

If you go, try to tie up beyond the hotel, we were tied right opposite the dining porch -- a channel just opposite was used by fishing boats which waked us coming in around 5 pm and then again at 5 am when they left. Plus we got ravaged by no-see-ums -- this is, after all, the everglades.

A Journey Back in Time, 2011-03-10
Captain: , Annapolis (1465)

It isn't often you get to relive history. The hotel dates back to the Civil War and the list of VIP's who have been here is impressive. You can spend hours just reading the old newspaper clippings on the wall.

Had a great dinner in the dining room ($73 + tip) for two.

Docks are pretty shaky and a number of the pilings lean out and can get under the upper part of the boat as the tide (4 ft) drops.

Overall, a great experience!

Well protected, very neat stop, 2010-12-02
Captain: , Pasadena, MD (1496)

Ony 3 stars because state or repair is medocre. This is an excellent place to wait out nasty weather on the Gulf. Contrary to another review, showers are available at the pool house, but they correctly report there is no laundry. It's a short walk into "town," where there is a very small grocery and hardware store. There are ATMs at two gas stations in town, if needed. There is a small but interesting local culture museum run by Collier County. The streets are clean and well maintained. Restaurant prices at the Rod & Gun Cub are high; ambiance, service and food quality are all good. Other restaurant choices are available in town, but I can't comment on quality or prices. Cell phone signal is good, and VZ broadband connectivity is both good and fast.

if you haven't been...., 2008-10-08
Captain: , Key Largo (5304)

It's a worth while stop. Everglade city is a one of a kind place, and the hotel is realy old and great. But don't expect cheap, they are the only game in town.

Good Value, 2008-04-15
Captain: , Prior Lake, MN (14)

They don't take credit cards, and there were no showers or laundry facilities, but the place is unique and worth the visit. We biked around town and enjoyed this historic location.

Old Florida Getaway, 2008-04-11
Captain: , Punta Gorda. FL (360)

A quaint and delightful change from modern glitzy Florida, the Rod & Gun Club itself is a shrine to a long-gone era of country elegance from the 1920’s. An excellent museum is located across the street. The dining room service and food is very good.

The long dock can accommodate a lot of boats. There is 50 amp and 20 amp service on the dock (no 30 amp). Arrive with full water tanks - the local stuff smells strongly of sulfur. Docking and dinghying can be challenging due to strong tidal river current.

The town itself still has a rising-from-the-ashes-like character though condos are sprouting. The streets and sidewalks are surprisingly well maintained. It’s a short walk to everywhere, including grocery store, gas station and casual restaurants. The locals are very friendly.

Great place to stop..., 2008-02-06
Captain: , Miami, fl (3544)

lovely old Florid charm... we spent a couple of nights there, although in 2005. A little out of the way when running from Cape Sable to Marco.

Only "legal" place in town for cruising vessels, 2008-01-29
Captain: , fairland (2653)

In need of repair. The abandoned condo project at the entrance of the Barron river has better docks, but no services.

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