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

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 until the day before your trip. For same day reservations, go in person to the visitor center to reserve your campsite and get your permit at the same time.
Recreation.gov offers the ability to make advanced reservations by telephone. Alternatively, some campsites may be available for permitting in person at the Gulf Coast or Flamingo Visitor Centers on the day of or the day before your trip.
Advanced reservations are only available online.

In addition to campsites which have not been reserved in advance, these sites are held for day-of or day-before reservations:

Flamingo Area

  • Alligator Creek
  • Clubhouse Beach
  • East Clubhouse Beach
  • Lard Can
  • Robert’s River Chickee
  • South Joe River Chickee
  • East Cape Sable
  • Middle Cape Sable
  • Northwest Cape Sable
  • Little Rabbit Key
  • North Nest Key
  • Shark Point Chickee (Umbrella Key)

Gulf Coast Area

  • Jewell Key
  • Mormon Key
  • New Turkey Key
  • Pavilion Key
  • Picnic Key
  • Tiger Key
  • Crooked Creek Chickee
  • Sweetwater Chickee
YES! Picking up your permit the day of or the day before your trip will enable you to check current conditions. Park staff will review park rules and regulations and inform you of any recent changes in the area to ensure you have a safe and successful camping trip. Confirming that your camping group will be at that location will also aid park rangers if the need to make an emergency response or notification. (Note there is an exception for North Nest Key and Little Rabbit Key)
No, these two locations are exempted from picking up the permit in person. You may print a confirmation of your permit as proof of permit. We recommend also calling the visitor center for current conditions before starting your trip.

Yes, sites that have not been reserved will be available for permitting the day of the trip.

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: November 23, 2020

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