Grande Lakes Outfitters is a full-service facility where guests of the Ritz-Carlton Orlando can go back to nature and spend a few away from the hustle and bustle of everyday, fish, relax, enjoy the great natural beauty of the area and its wildlife. Grande Lakes Outfitters center of operations is located at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Shop in the Orvis Fly Fishing Corner. Here anglers and guests can pick up the latest in Orvis Fly gear and apparel.
Grande Lakes Outfitters offers an ORVIS Two-Day Fly Fishing School, private fly fishing instructions, full-day fly fishing seminars, fly fishing tours with professional guides and private guided eco-tours on Shingle Creek. You can book the outings through the hotel concierge or directly through The Ritz-Carlton Golf Shop.
Surrounded by the headwaters of the Everglades, Shingle Pond is the most remote section of Grande Lakes. A 12-acre pond that runs parallel with Shingle Creek, the home of Grande Lakes Outfitters offers on-site Fly Fishing for Largemouth Bass. The Outfitters provide two Hyde Drift Boats that can carry four guests over what’s surely one of Florida’s most beautiful natural areas. Anglers compete for their trophy sized catch with Southern Bald Eagles and Osprey. On land, Bobcats, Deer and Wild Turkey wander the shoreline for a morning or afternoon snack.
Grande Lakes Outfitters also offers an opportunity to step back in time on a guided canoe or kayak trip along Old Florida’s Shingle Creek with an Interpretive Eco-Tour by one of our water guides. All of the adventures can be enjoyed place right there at Grande Lakes. You’ll be picked up in the Hotel Lobby by Grande Lakes Outfitters unmistakable Camouflaged Real Tree Cart. The adventures can be booked through either The Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott Concierge or The Ritz-Carlton Golf Shop.
Private Fly Fishing Instruction
A Professional Guide will pick you up at the front of your hotel and shuttle you to the center for in depth Fly Fishing instruction. For the more experienced anglers pond side instruction is available. $50 per hour, per person, includes use of Orvis equipment.
Fly Fishing on Shingle Pond from Hyde Drift Boats
For a true Fly Fishing Experience a Professional Guide will pick you up at the front of your hotel and shuttle you to Shingle Pond located at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club. There you’ll enjoy a three-hour excursion Fly Fishing for Largemouth Bass from Pro Series Hyde Drift Boats; tours leaving early morning or late afternoon. $160 per person (max 4 guests), includes use of Orvis equipment.
Full Day Fly Fishing Seminars
You’ll spend an entire day at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club with a Professional Guide learning all aspects of the art. Inside instruction, combined with outside casting, culminating in an afternoon fishing excursion on Shingle Pond. $230 per person, includes breakfast and lunch (max 8 guests), includes use of Orvis equipment.
Group Fly Fishing Seminars
These group seminars offer a three-hour view into the art of Fly Fishing. Family and Corporate groups are welcome for a classroom seminar and dry-land casting training provided by a Professional Guide. $140 per person (max 20 guests), includes use of Orvis equipment.
Private Guided Eco-Tours on Shingle Creek
Travel back in time on Shingle Creek and enjoy a three-hour Guided Canoe and Kayak Eco-Journey. Professional Water Guides will tell you the story of Shingle Creek and all its inhabitants while paddling through scenic old Florida. Includes use of all water craft, equipment, and safety gear. $80 per person (max 10 guests).
For further information please contact Matthew Calderaro, Director of Fly Fishing and Grande Lakes Outfitters, at 321-388-7349.
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How to Get There:
Grande Lakes is just 15 minutes from the Orlando International Airport, five minutes from the Orlando/Orange County Convention Center, and minutes from all the major theme parks.
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Contact:Telephone: 407-206-2400, Reservations 1-800-576-5760 or visit www.grandelakes.com