Everglades Diary



Campsite Directory
In addition to the more developed campgrounds of the interior, the National Park Service has designated about 45 backcountry camping sites between the northwestern borders of the Park near Everglades City, and it's southeastern border at Key Largo. These are the only places within the Park boundaries where it is legal to camp, and a permit is required for each site. This directory provides an overview of each campsite, including the type of site, capacity, facilities, and GPS coordinates. Your help with keeping this information up to date is most welcome, and if you see anything here that needs correction or updating, please feel free to send an email to webmaster@evergladesdiary.com.
The campsite directory is geographically divided into four groups:

North - This section of the guide includes the Ten Thousand Islands and the Gulf coast as far south as Lostman's River. It also lists the campsites located along the rivers and bays that make up the "inside" portions of the Waterway from the Lopez River south to Lostman's Five Bay. The history of the pre-Park Glades can be seen at many of the sites here, with traces of pioneer settlement still clearly evident in spots such as the Lopez River groundsite, Darwin's Place, and the Watson Place.
North Campsite Directory

Central - The Central directory includes the Gulf coast campsites from Highland Beach to Graveyard Creek, and the string of Waterway sites that stretch from Willy Willy to the Shark River Chickee. This portion of the Waterway is notable for the series of big tidal rivers that drain the freshwater Glades between Lostman's River and the Shark River delta, and it encompasses some of the most remote and beautiful areas of the Park.
Central Campsite Directory

South - This portion of the guide lists the campsites that are located between the Shark River delta and the the Visitor's Center and campground at Flamingo. Cape Sable and Whitewater Bay make up the bulk of the area, with the Joe River and Oyster Bay creating a boundary between the two. The area is rich with history, and places like the Lard Can campsite and the Hell's Bay trail provide a glimpse into the life led by some of the hardiest pioneers ever to settle the south Florida mosquito coast.
South Campsite Directory

Florida Bay - Florida Bay is home to some of the most difficult to reach campsites in the Park. The strong prevailing southeasterlies that blow across the Bay, not to mention the wicked north winds that follow a cold front, will test your endurance while crossing the miles of open water, and the mosquito population along the southern coastline is legendary. For all of it's difficulties, the south coast of Florida is worth visiting, if only to get a feel for the Everglades as it was in the time of the early settlers, when Flamingo was just a tiny fishing village, and the Gladesmen poled their skiffs through hidden waterways and walked the marl prairies. It's still my favorite part of the Glades.
Florida Bay Campsite Directory

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