Deep Creek Preserve

Deep Creek Preserve closed:

Proximity to the Charlotte Harbor estuary is reflected in the tidal nature of the river and its associated floodplain wetlands. The Peace River is highly braided in these lower reaches and the name of the property is derived from a prominent branch of the river, known historically as "Deep Creek," which parallels the eastern boundary of the site.

About half of the property is pine flatwoods consisting of longleaf pines and a diverse mixture of native shrubs and herbs. A large number of freshwater marshes and wet prairies dot the landscape, and a series of intermittent streams discharge overflow from these wetland areas into Deep Creek during periods of high water. Narrow ridges of well-drained oak scrub and scrubby flatwoods line the margins of several of the creeks. Tidal swamp, bordered by small areas of salt marsh and mangrove forest, dominates the riverine floodplain.

A small area of improved pasture accounts for the only portion of the property that has been altered substantially from its natural state. The pasture's location, near the intersection of Kings Highway (CR 769) and SW Peace River Street, provides convenient access.

Park Details

Street Address

10797 SW Peace River Street
Arcadia, FL 34269
United States

2000 Acres
Hours of Operation
District lands shall be open to the public from 30 minutes prior to sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset only, unless otherwise authorized by the District per Chapter 40D-9 Florida Administrative Code.

Recreation Opportunities

Recreation Term


Recreation Description
  • Available at Deep Creek Park.

Recreation Term


Recreation Description
  • Available at Deep Creek Park.

Recreation Term


Recreation Description
  • Sites have a picnic table, fire ring and/or grill.
  • A free Special Use Authorization reservation is required and must be displayed or available at campground.

Due to site conditions and carrying capacity concerns the Deep Creek Equestrian/Primitive Campground is closed via the standard reservation system. Group camping is currently being offered by special use authorization (SUA) only. To request a SUA for this site please email This email request will need to include the following information:

  1. Name and address of the organization (Organized group consisting of 6 or more individuals)
  2. Organizer, including email address and telephone number
  3. Type of activity
  4. Start and end dates
  5. Approximate number of participants
  6. Types and number of vehicles requesting access

Requests will need to be submitted 2-weeks prior to visit to allow for processing and will be issued on a first come first served basis.

Recreation Term


Recreation Description
  • Approximately 7 miles of multiuse trails.
  • Riders are required to stay on designated or marked trails.
  • Each rider must carry proof of horse's current negative Coggins test.
  • Florida law requires equestrians under 16 to wear helmets.

Recreation Term


Recreation Description
  • Bank fishing available along river.
  • Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for license requirements.

Recreation Term


Recreation Description
  • Approximately 9 miles of multiuse trails.
  • Prepare for wet hiking; some trails are excessively wet during certain times of year.

Recreation Term

Picnic Facilities

Recreation Description
  • Pavilion available at Deep Creek Park.

Additional Information

Access and Parking
  • Access is from SW Peace River Street off Kings Highway (CR 769). Parking area and walkthrough available.
  • Additional access available from Deep Creek Park, adjacent to public boat ramp.
  • ADA access and facilities available at Deep Creek Park.
Restrooms and Water
  • No restrooms or water available at entrance.
  • ADA accessible portable toilet and nonpotable water available in equestrian campground.
  • Restrooms available at Deep Creek Park.

Southwestern DeSoto County, east of Port Charlotte

For more Information
  • Land Resources, Southwest Florida Water Management District, 1-800-423-1476 (FL only) or (352) 796-7211, ext. 4470
Closure Reasons
Date Closure

Scheduled Site Closings

Deep Creek equestrian/primitive camping 01/01/2023 - 03/31/2023