Experience Camping in the Wilderness
Start planning your trip today with our Wilderness Trip Planner page
Permits are required for ALL wilderness camping year-round. Campers can obtain permits at the Flamingo and Gulf Coast Visitor Centers daily. Campers must register in person no more than one day in advance of the trip start date. Permit fees apply.
Updates on Wilderness Campsites
Broad Creek and "The Nightmare" between the Broad River Chickee and Harney River Chickee are passable. Watson River Chickee is now open. Roberts River Chickee is closed indefinitely for repairs. 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.
Best Times to Camp
Winter is the best season to go. Summers are hot, muggy, and mosquitoes are plentiful. Review our Wilderness Trip Planner page to help you plan your backcountry adventure!
Call either the Gulf Coast (239-695-3311) or the Flamingo (239-695-2945) Visitor Centers for detailed information to help with your trip planning.
Reservations are not accepted for any wilderness campsite.
Fees and Permits
A wilderness permit is required for all wilderness campsites and permits must be obtained no more than 24 hours in advance.
Note: 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.
A few tips on getting wilderness permits:
Last updated: October 27, 2020