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Why do Skunk Apes smell so bad? They hide in the air pockets of underground alligator dens, and their bodies absorb a lot of stinky methane. It's hot down here. And the Skunk Ape sweats and it doesn't bathe.

Skunk Ape
Research Headquarters

40904 Tamiami Trail East
Ochopee, Florida 34141
Dave Shealy
Dave ShealyDave Shealy has spent nearly his whole life looking for a creature, believed by many, to be only a figment of his imagination...

You know him from his appearances on national television; Discovery Channel, Travel, Channel, TLC, Unsolved Mysteries, The Daily Show, The Pulse, Inside Edition, and you have read about his adventures in the Enquirer, The Sun, Miami NewTimes, and Readers Digest.

Dave spends most of his time in the Big Cypress Swamp searching for the Skunk Ape when he's not maintaining the Trail Lakes Campground.
About Us

Image Step into our Gift Shop SkunkApe.Info is the official website of Dave Shealy's Skunk Ape Research Headquarters and Trail Lakes Campground in Ochopee, Florida. Voted #1 by Trip Advisor.

Skunk Ape Research Headquarters is open to the public 7 days a week from 9am to 5pm. You can purchase Skunk Ape memorabilia along with blow guns, knives and alligator heads at the Headquarters Store or on line, here. The Headquarters also features a Reptile & Bird Exhibit of huge gators, constrictors and a variety of exotic birds. Admission is $5 per person, children 5 and under free.

Trail Lakes Campground
Trail LakesTrail Lakes Campground sits on 30 acres surrounded by the Big Cypress National Preserve and is at the same location as the Skunk Ape Research Headquarters, 2012 recipient of the EXCELLENCE award by TRIP ADVISOR.  We have 150 RV & tent camping sites, most are lakefront. If you would like to make a reservation, please call us or visit

Pole Boat Tours & Buggy Tours; call or visit to make reservations: #1 on TRIP ADVISOR. Also available; Canoe & Kayak Eco Tours & Rentals, Hiking & Fishing.

Campground Amenities
Restrooms, hot showers, ice, laundry, pets on leash, picnic area, picnic shelter, picnic tables, campfires permitted, firewood, concessions, dump station, electric/30 amp, pull thru sites, tent camping & Free WIFI.  

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Where We Are
We are located at the Trail Lakes Campground on Highway 41 in Ochopee, Florida. We are fifteen miles south of Interstate 75 (old Alligator Alley) then four miles east of Highway 29. We are 36 miles east of Naples, 60 miles west of Miami and just 90 minutes from either the Miami International or Regional Southwest Florida International Airports.

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