Experience Camping in the Backcountry!
Campers can obtain permits at the Flamingo Visitor Center and the Gulf Coast Visitor Contact Station daily, from 8:00AM to 4:30PM. Campers must register in person. Permits are currently free and obtainable no more than a day in advance of the start of a trip.
All backcountry campsites are open! Please note that campers should expect that chickees north of Harney River will not have roofs. Broad Creek and "The Nightmare" between the Broad River chickee and Harney River chickee are impassable. Check back for updates on campsite status.
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 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.
Reminder: All backcountry campsites are only accessible by water.