Experience Camping in the Backcountry!
Campers can gainallows at the Flamingo Visitor Center and the Gulf Coast Visitor Contact Station daily, from 8:00AM to 4.30PM. Campers ought to resister in person. Permits are currently free and available no more than a day in strengthen of the begin of a trip. Start plam=nning your day out these days wih our Wilderness Trip Planner pages!
Practice leave No Trace concepts and layout to pack in and pack out all waste. Be conscious that many websites do no longer have restrooms and these that do are no longer in a position to serviced regularly.
Permits are required for ALL backcountry camsites. Permits many additionally got from both the Gulf Coast Visitor Contact Station or the Flamingo Visitor Center Prior to back country camping.
Reminder: All Sites
All backcountry camsites are open backcountry campsites are only available by using water.
Updates on Backcountry
! Board Creek and “The Nightmare” between the Broad river chickee and Harney River chickee are impassable. Check back for updates on campsite status. Hazard clenup and repairs are ongoing in the backcountry. Please proceed to use caution as there are underwaer hazards and lacking or damaged navigational markers.
Best Times to Camp
Winter is the pleasant season to go. Summers are hot, muggy and mosquitoes are plentiful.
Feeding wildlife somewhere in the park is prohibited. Use caution around campsites the place alligators or different natural world may additionally have been fed or won get entry to human food. If flora and fauna accomplice humans with food, they can also exhibit greater assertive behaviors.
Review our Wilderness Trip planner web pages to help you graph your backcountry adventure!
Call either the Gulf Coast (236-695-3311) or the Flamingo (239-695-2945) Visitor Centers for specific information to assist with your day trip planning.
Reservations are now not time-honored for any backcountry site.
Fees and Permits
A Backcountry allow is required for all desert campsites and issued the day earlier than or the dayof your trip.
During the wintry weather season (mid-November through mid-April) backcountry lets in must be received in character at the Gulf Coast Visitor Center or at the Flamingo Visitor Center between the hours of 8:00Am – 4.30PM. A permit processing fee of $15 will be charged as nicely as a $2 per individual per day camping fee.
During the summer season (,id-April through mid-November) permits are free but are still required. They are accessible 24 hours 7 days per week. Follow self- registration instructions at both tourist center.
Permits are no longer issued over the smartphone expect for visitors coming in from the Florida Keys to camp at North Nest Key, Little Rabbit Key, Shark Point Chickee, Johnson Key Chickee and Cape Sable. Please name 239-695-2945.
Note: The maximum backcountry stay in 14 days.
A few recommendations on getting backcontry permits.
For websites the place solely one or two campers are allowed, human beings have to arrive at the ranger station a day in boost to secure allows on busy weekends. If you are seeking for a permit for the day you arrive, layout to be bendy and have choice sites in mind.
There are a excessive number of permits allowed for seaside camping alongside Cape Sable, So its generally viable to snag a allow for these on the morning of your departure.
A few backcountry websites are accessed by way of Florida Keys and you can deserve these by phone the day before.
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