District Changes Camping Rules

The District offers a variety of free camping opportunities across our 16 counties. Starting Oct. 1, new rules will be enforced to create a more consistent and efficient system and increase availability to more campers.

 The Florida Legislature updated camping rules during the 2021 legislative session. These rules govern camping reservations on District lands. Here are some of the key changes:

 Making Reservations

  • Reservations must be made in advance. You cannot make a reservation for the current day.
  • Camping is limited to no more than seven consecutive days and 30 total days per calendar year.
  • Permittees can hold no more than two active camping reservations at any one time.
  • Any attempt to circumvent the 7-day maximum or 30-day total annual length of stay is prohibited.
  • An updated mobile emergency contact phone number is now required on each reservation. 


  • Campers may arrive no earlier than 3 p.m. on the first day of their reservation.
  • Campers must depart by 11 a.m. on the final day of their permit.
  • Quiet period is from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. at all campsites.

The District may revoke a camping permit if the permittee fails to comply with camping rules. You can view a complete list of camping rules on District properties here.