Wilderness Reservations and Permits FAQ

A tent and camping gear on a lifted wooden platform, above water. A kayak is on the side of the platform.
Sweetwater Chickee wilderness campsite in Everglades National Park

NPS Photo / Jane Gamble

 
Starting January 2, 2023, all Marjory Stoneman Douglas Wilderness campsites will only be available for advanced reservations on Recreation.gov. There will no longer be campsites held as "walk-up." Campsites will be open for reservations 90 days in advance. Rangers can still assist campers in booking an unreserved site on the day of their trip. This change allows campers to independently plan their wilderness camping itinerary. It also removes the need to travel to the visitor center to purchase "walk-up" sites. For questions about the Flamingo District please contact the Guy Bradley Visitor Center. For the Gulf Coast District, please direct questions to the Nathaniel P. Reed Visitor Center at Big Cypress National Preserve.
 
Please visit recreation.gov to make an advanced reservation for wilderness campsites.
Reservations are released daily on a rolling basis, 3 months in advance starting at 10 a.m. ET. You may book your reservation online up to and including the day of your trip.
Recreation.gov offers the ability to make advanced reservations by telephone at 1-877-444-6777. Alternatively, rangers can assist with permits in person at the Gulf Coast or Flamingo Visitor Centers.
Rangers can assist with permits in person at the Gulf Coast or Flamingo Visitor Centers.

Starting January 2, 2023, all Marjory Stoneman Douglas Wilderness campsites will only be available for advanced reservations on Recreation.gov. There will no longer be campsites held as "walk-up." Campsites will be open for reservations 90 days in advance. Rangers can still assist campers in booking an unreserved site on the day of their trip. This change allows campers to independently plan their wilderness camping itinerary. It also removes the need to travel to the visitor center to purchase "walk-up" sites. For questions about the Flamingo District please contact the Guy Bradley Visitor Center. For the Gulf Coast District, please direct questions to the Nathaniel P. Reed Visitor Center at Big Cypress National Preserve.

No. Your Recreation.gov confirmation e-mail will serve as your permit. Please print a copy or save a digital copy of your reservation and carry that with you during your trip. You are no longer required to pick up a physical permit.
No. Your Recreation.gov confirmation e-mail will serve as your permit. Please print a copy or save a digital copy of your reservation and carry that with you during your trip. You are no longer required to pick up a physical permit.

Call the Flamingo Visitor Center at (239) 695-2945 if you have questions. You may call (239) 695-4758 for these sites if no one is available at Flamingo during the summer.

Rangers can assist with permits in person at the Gulf Coast or Flamingo Visitor Centers.

The Wilderness Trip Planner on Everglades National Park’s website is a great resource for trip planning. You may also call the Gulf Coast or Flamingo visitor centers to speak with park staff.
Yes, you can use your smart phone to make a reservation on Recreation.gov.


Additional FAQs are available at Recreation.gov.

Learn more about camping by visiting the Wilderness Camping page

 

Last updated: January 10, 2023

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