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Whether you enjoy camping with modern amenities or you prefer to camp in the backcountry, the beauty of Florida’s wilderness is waiting to be experienced.

Types of Camping on the District

Primitive Camp Areas

Primitive campsites are provided for campers with tents. Only personal vehicles are allowed in the campsites. Primitive campsites are generally equipped with picnic tables, fire rings and/or grills and usually have portable toilets available for use by campers. Campsites are available to individuals and groups. Equestrian use not permitted in these areas.

Backcountry Camp Areas

Backcountry campsites are small cleared areas that are accessible only by foot or from a water body and provide unique opportunities for visitors desiring a remote camping experience. These campsites generally have no amenities or water sources. Visitors are expected to pack in/pack out all supplies. Keep fires small and only use sticks from the ground.

Equestrian/Group Camp Areas

Equestrian/Group campsites provide camping for tents and/or horse trailer camping rigs. These campsites are generally equipped with picnic tables, fire rings and/or grills, and usually have nonpotable water and portable toilets available for use by campers. Horse trailers may be driven into equestrian campsites. Campsites are available to non-equestrian campers.

District-Managed Campgrounds

Conner Preserve

Site Name Type Cost Comments Reservations Required
Conner   Primitive Free   Make a Reservation

Cypress Creek Preserve

Site Name Type Cost Comments Reservations Required
Pine Flats  photo Primitive Free   Make a Reservation
Equestrian Group  photo Equestrian/Group Free   Make a Reservation

Deep Creek Preserve

Site Name Type Cost Comments Reservations Required
Equestrian  photo Equestrian/Group Free This site will accommodate both equestrian and non-equestrian campers. Make a Reservation
River Backcountry Backcountry Free   Make a Reservation

Flying Eagle Preserve

Site Name Type Cost Comments Reservations Required
River Backcountry Free   Make a Reservation
Primitive  photo Primitive Free   Make a Reservation
Equestrian Group  photo Equestrian/Group Free   Make a Reservation

Green Swamp — East Tract

Site Name Type Cost Comments Reservations Required
Trial Ford  photo Backcountry Free   Make a Reservation
Tillman Lake  photo Backcountry Free   Make a Reservation
Mott Prairie  photo Backcountry Free   Make a Reservation

Green Swamp — Hampton Tract

Site Name Type Cost Comments Reservations Required
Hampton  photo Equestrian/Group Free This site will accommodate both equestrian and non-equestrian campers. Make a Reservation

Green Swamp — West Tract

Site Name Type Cost Comments Reservations Required
McNeil  photo Primitive Free This campground is also referred to as the "McNeil Group Campground" because some sites are large enough for group camping. Groups are welcome at this primitive campground; however, equestrian camping is permitted only at Cumpressco and Ashley campgrounds. Make a Reservation
High Bluff  photo Backcountry Free   Make a Reservation
Gator Hole  photo Backcountry Free   Make a Reservation
Foster Bridge  photo Backcountry Free   Make a Reservation
Concession  photo Backcountry Free   Make a Reservation
Cumpressco  photo Equestrian/Group Free Access is through the main entrance, 13347 Ranch Rd., Dade City, FL 33525 Make a Reservation
Ashley  photo Equestrian/Group Free   Make a Reservation

Lake Panasoffkee

Site Name Type Cost Comments Reservations Required
Primitive Primitive Free   Make a Reservation
Equestrian Group Equestrian/Group Free   Make a Reservation

Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve

Site Name Type Cost Comments Reservations Required
Washburn  photo Equestrian/Group Free Located in the Oak Ridge Equestrian Area at the parking area of the Washburn Gate entrance on Morris Bridge Road. This site will accommodate both equestrian and non-equestrian campers. Make a Reservation
Oak Ridge  photo Equestrian/Group Free Located in the Oak Ridge Equestrian Area. To access the campground, enter the recreation tract at the Primary Access entrance on Morris Bridge Road. Take the Main Trail (Oak Ridge Trail) approx. ¾ miles. This site will accommodate both equestrian and non-equestrian campers. Make a Reservation

Potts Preserve

Site Name Type Cost Comments Reservations Required
River Primitive Free   Make a Reservation
Oak Hammock Primitive Free   Make a Reservation
Holly Tree Backcountry Free   Make a Reservation
Equestrian Group  photo Equestrian/Group Free   Make a Reservation

Starkey Wilderness Preserve — Serenova Tract

Site Name Type Cost Comments Reservations Required
Primitive Primitive Free   Make a Reservation
Crockett Equestrian/Group Free   Make a Reservation

Upper Hillsborough Preserve — Alston Tract

Site Name Type Cost Comments Reservations Required
Equestrian Group  photo Equestrian/Group Free This site will accommodate both equestrian and non-equestrian campers. Make a Reservation

Upper Hillsborough Preserve — Upper Hillsborough Tract

Site Name Type Cost Comments Reservations Required
Backcountry  photo Backcountry Free   Make a Reservation
Equestrian Group Equestrian/Group Free This site will accommodate both equestrian and non-equestrian campers. Make a Reservation



Additional Camping Areas

The following tracts also have campgrounds. The campgrounds on these tracts are managed by other government agencies. See individual tract for type of camping available and reservation contact information.




Camping Rules
(other site-specific rules may apply)

  • Camping is allowed in designated campsites only and requires a free reservation.
  • Campfires are permitted only in fire rings.
  • Firewood should be collected from the ground; DO NOT cut any standing trees, dead or alive.
  • Campfires must be put out completely.
  • To protect the natural experience for all campers, no loud music is allowed at any time.
  • Built-in generators are allowed at equestrian/group campsites only.
  • Horses are only permitted in camp areas designated for equestrian use. Horses are not allowed in primitive campsites.
  • Where permitted, dogs must be on a six-foot leash and be well-mannered at all times.
  • Dog owners are required to pick up after their dogs; do not allow your dog to wander outside your campsite. No other pets are permitted on District lands.
  • Quiet time is from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m.
  • Any additional rules and regulations will be provided on the reservation or posted at the campground kiosk.

Equestrian/Group Campground Rules

  • Built-in generators are allowed in equestrian/group campsites; however, generators are permitted to run only from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and must be kept within your campsite. No generator is permitted to be left unattended and running.
  • Portable toilets are available for use.
  • Horse trailers may be driven/pulled into equestrian campsites.
  • A nonpotable water source is provided for watering horses.
  • Horses are not permitted in primitive sites.
  • Horses may not be tethered to trees.
  • Tether stakes are not permitted on District property.
  • Trees and their roots are to be protected at all times; do not tie or tether horses directly to trees.
  • All manure is to be pulverized and spread out where your horse has been kept. Do not place manure in holes or pile around trees or plants.
  • Fill in all holes and level out the site where your horse has been kept.
  • All leftover hay should be removed from property.
  • Horses are not permitted on hiking trails.
  • Each rider must carry proof of horse’s current negative Coggins test.

Camping Reservations Are Required

  • Reservations are based on availability and on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • A new reservation is required for each camping trip.
  • Reservations may be made up to three months prior to the requested camping date. Online applications are preferred; completed forms may be mailed or faxed. Please allow up to 10 working days to process reservations.
  • Camping is limited to seven consecutive days.
  • Groups of 20 or more vehicles or 50 or more people must submit a request in writing for a special recreational use reservation. Include in your letter where you want to camp, how many vehicles, trailers and horses will be arriving and the dates and times of your arrival and departure. A limited number of weekends will be set aside for groups so get your requests in early. Please allow 30 days to process group reservations.
  • Reservations will include gate combinations for vehicle access where allowed.
  • Personal automobiles are permitted into equestrian, group and primitive campsites. Vehicles may be driven from gate to campsite ONLY.
  • Reservations must be displayed on dashboard at campsite.



How to contact us:

Land Use and Protection Section (LND)
Southwest Florida Water Management District
2379 Broad Street, Brooksville, FL 34604-6899

Telephone: 1-800-423-1476 (toll-free, FL only) or (352) 796-7211, ext. 4470
Fax: (352) 754-6877
Email: Recreation@WaterMatters.org



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