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 (info 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, including tax, plus an administrative fee.
First-time pass holders must purchase at the Parks and Recreation office and demonstrate residency in Marion County by providing a valid Florida driver’s license with a physical address, Marion County Florida Voter Information Card, a current utility bill with the applicant’s name and physical address or a current property tax statement with a physical address.
Non-Marion County residents: Annual park pass: $70, including tax, plus an administrative fee.
First-time pass holders must purchase at the Parks and Recreation office.
Disabled/active duty military: Marion County veterans who are 100 percent disabled or are active duty military personnel (determined by presenting a military-issued identification card stating active military duty) 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% disabled.
2. Any branch of the Armed Forces certification indicating 100% disabled.
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% disabled.
5. State of Florida physician’s certificate of total and permanent disability.
Where to purchase/renew resident passes
First time pass holders must purchase at the Parks and Recreation office. Renewal of park passes may be done at the Parks and Recreation department main office, Tax Collector's office and at Carney Island Recreation and Conservation Area (when staff is present).
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, including tax, plus 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, including tax, 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 applicable taxes and administration fees. Replacement pass will expire on the date of the original pass purchased.
Why park passes?
The Marion County Board of County Commissioners authorized the Parks and Recreation department to collect fees at various parks in order 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.