While most parks are free, several charge a modest day use fee. Park pass holders enjoy year round savings to the parks that charge a fee, with the exception of KP Hole Park. Residents may also purchase a KP Hole Park pass (additional information found here).
What the park pass covers
A Marion County Parks pass provides free access for a vehicle with up to eight people (additional passengers $1 each) and an attached vessel to the following parks:
- Carney Island.
- Gores Landing.
- Hampton Beach.
- Hope Boat Ramp (available exclusively to pass holders).
- Horseshoe Lake Park and Retreat.
- Moss Bluff North and South.
- Ray Wayside Park (Ocala Boat Basin).
Marion County residents: Annual park pass: $35, plus tax and an administrative fee.
First-time pass holders must visit Parks and Recreation's main office and provide proof of residency in Marion County by providing a valid Florida driver’s license with a physical address. Seasonal residents may also provide a recent Marion County tax bill if they do not possess a Florida driver's license.
Non-Marion County residents: Annual park pass: $70, plus tax and an administrative fee. First-time pass holders must visit Parks and Recreation's main office to purchase a pass.
Disabled/active-duty military: Marion County residents who are 100 percent disabled or are active duty military personnel (determined by presenting a military-issued identification card stating active duty status) are eligible to receive one complimentary annual park pass. These are available only at the main office.
Proof of disability requirements:
1. U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs certification indicating 100% disability.
2. Any branch of the armed forces certification indicating 100% disability.
3. Holding at 100% service connected permanent disability card.
4. A current letter from a licensed physician on his/her physician’s letterhead stating 100% disability.
5. State of Florida physician’s certificate of total and permanent disability.
Where to purchase/renew resident passes
First-time pass holders must visit Parks and Recreation's main office. Park pass renewals may be purchased at the Parks and Recreation main office, any branch Tax Collector's office and at the Carney Island Recreation and Conservation Area (when staff is present). Pass renewals may also be completed by contacting the Parks and Recreation main office at 352-671-8560. Please allow passes renewed via phone 7 to 10 business days to arrive in the mail.
KP Hole pass
KP Hole individual park pass: Marion County residents may purchase an annual park pass for individual admittance to KP Hole for $35, plus tax and an administrative fee.
KP Hole family park pass: Marion County residents may purchase an annual park pass for their family to enter KP Hole for $50, plus an administrative fee. This pass is good for up to four family members residing in the same household. Additional family members living at the same household will be charged $5 at the gate.
These passes are only issued at KP Hole.
What if I lose my park pass?
Lost passes can be replaced for $5 per pass, plus taxes and an administrative fee. The replacement pass will carry the same expiration date as the original park pass.
Why park passes?
The Marion County Board of County Commissioners authorized Parks and Recreation to collect fees at various parks to offset the operational costs associated with keeping the park system safe and clean. As part of the department's strategy to provide options for paying such fees, the Park Pass system was created. A variety of passes are offered to Marion County citizens, non-citizens, businesses, disabled citizens and active duty personnel.