Wilderness Camping

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A raised platform above water, with trees and a blue sky in the background. There is a portable toilet on the platform and 2 covered camping areas.
Sweetwater Chickee wilderness campsite in Everglades National Park

NPS / Jane Gamble

Plan Your Wilderness Trip

Wilderness permits are required for all overnight camping in the backcountry.

Campers can make advanced reservations through Recreation.gov. Advanced reservations are available on a rolling basis, three months in advance of the start date. Wilderness permits must still be picked up in-person at the Gulf Coast or Flamingo Visitor Centers no sooner than 24 hours in advance of your trip. Wilderness permits can be picked up between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm year-round (hours subject to change, please call ahead to confirm).

Reservations are not required for wilderness permits. Campers may still pick up a permit in-person at the Gulf Coast or Flamingo Visitor Centers on a first-come, first-served basis. Permits cannot be obtained sooner than 24 hours in advance of the start of the trip.

There is a $21 administrative fee plus an additional $2 per person, per night use fee. The costs will apply for advanced reservations and walk-up permits year-round. A credit card is needed for both online and in-person permit reservations.

Remember: Most wilderness campsites are only accessible by water. Use the Wilderness Trip Planner to ensure you are fully prepared for your trip.

Practice Leave No Trace principles, including "pack-it-in, pack-it-out."

Plan to bring all your needed supplies and leave with all belongings including waste. Be aware that many sites do not have restrooms and those that do are not always serviced regularly.
Feeding wildlife anywhere in the park is prohibited. If wildlife associate humans with food, they may exhibit more aggressive behaviors.


 
A tent on a lifted, wooden platform that sits above water. 2 kayaks are tied to the side, next to trees.
Crooked Creek wilderness campsite in Everglades National Park

NPS / Jane Gamble

Other Important Information

Visit our "Frequently Asked Questions" page to learn more about wilderness camping reservations and permits.

Wilderness users originating from the Florida Keys can also obtain permits by phone for North Nest Key, Little Rabbit Key, Johnson Key, Shark Point Chickee and Cape Sable. Call the Flamingo Visitor Center at (239) 695-2945, no more than 24 hours prior to the start of your trip. You may call (239) 695-3311 for these sites if no one is available at Flamingo during the summer.
No camping in Everglades National Park for more than a total of 30 days in a calendar year and no more than 14 consecutive days during the period from November 1 through April 30.
 

Updates on Wilderness Conditions

Hazard cleanup and repairs are ongoing in the backcountry. Please use caution when navigating in park waters as there are underwater hazards and missing or damaged navigational markers. Check conditions at the Flamingo or Gulf Coast Visitor Centers before departing for your trip.

Broad Creek and "The Nightmare" between the Broad River Chickee and Harney River Chickee are passable.
The Gopher Creek / Charley Creek (Gulf of Mexico to Darwins Place wilderness campsite) route is not passable. It is blocked by trees on the Gulf side.
Shark River Chickee has been repaired and it reopened on August 1, 2021.

Last updated: August 1, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

40001 State Road 9336
Homestead, FL 33034

Phone:

(305) 242-7700

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