Backcountry Camping is Open
Campers can obtain permits at the Flamingo Visitor Center and the Gulf Coast Visitor Contact Station daily, from 8 am to 4:30 pm. Campers must register in person. Permits are currently free and obtainable no more than a day in advance of the start of a trip.
Please click on the map to the left for campsite status. Green means there are no issues and the site is open. Yellow means the site is partially open or may have some damage. Red with a slash means the site is closed and unusable. Check back for updates on campsite status. Broad Creek and "The Nightmare" between the Broad River chickee and Harney River chickee are impassable.
Please practice Leave No Trace principles and plan to pack in and pack out all waste. Be aware that many sites do not have restrooms and those that do are not able to serviced regularly.
Hazard cleanup and repairs are ongoing in the backcountry. Please continue to use caution as there are underwater hazards and missing or damaged navigational markers.
Permits are now required for ALL backcountry campsites. Permits may obtained from either the Gulf Coast Visitor Contact Station or the Flamingo Visitor Center prior to backcountry camping. All sites marked red with a slash are closed.
Backcountry camp sites provide the perfect opportunity to experience the vast wilderness of the Everglades. Visitors can select between a variety of ground sites, beach sites and elevated camping platforms known as chickees. Backcountry sites are found from the Ten Thousand Islands, south around Cape Sable, the interior waterways, and in Florida Bay.
The majority of sites are accessible by canoe, kayak or motorboat, though one may be reached by foot from Flamingo. Visitors should be aware that no backcountry site is available by car.