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