Rodman Reservoir is located South of Palatka, Florida on Highway 19. If you are looking to do some fishing particularly large mouth bass fishing this is the place you want to be. The reservoir was built in 1968 when a damn was built across the Ocklawaha River. The Kirkpatrick Dam controls the water levels of the reservoir. Fishing is not the only thing that the Rodman has to offer though. Wildlife is plenty in this park from alligators to a huge birding system.
Bird Watching - Rodman Reservoir is home to the most vast populaton of aquatic birds in Florida. Making it a fantastic area for bird watchers.
Hiking - There are several nature trails in the area for hiking. One is the trail from Lake Delancey to the Rodman Reservoir. This trail is 7.6 miles and elevation changes as you travel through the pine forest . The St.Johns loop is about a 2 mile loop. You might like Buck man Lock which has a observation platform and a good view of the locking system.
Camping - If you'd like to stay a few nights check out the Rodman Campground. There are nice bath and shower facilities here. The campground is divided into two sections the old campground and new. There are sites with electricity and water hook up..To reserve a site with electricity and water hook up it is $22 + tax. To camp primitive it is just $12+tax. Lunker Lodge offers both RV sites and cabins for rent. Ocklawaha Outpost has cabins and tent camping. They also have kayak and canoe rentals for a day or days at a time.