Deep Creek Preserve closed:
Due to site conditions and carrying capacity concerns the Deep Creek Equestrian/Primitive Campground is closed via the standard reservation system. Camping is currently being offered by special use authorization (SUA) only. To request a SUA for this site please email Recreation@watermatters.orgThis email request will need to include the following information:
- Name and address of the organization
- Organizer, including email address and telephone number
- Property being requested
- Type of activity, include trails to be used and proposed staging area
- Start and end dates
- Approximate number of participants
- Number of vehicles
- Types and number of vehicles and participants
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.
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.
10797 SW Peace River Street
Arcadia, FL 34269
- Available at Deep Creek Park.
- Available at Deep Creek Park.
- Separate sites available for equestrian/primitive and backcountry camping.
- Sites have a picnic table, fire ring and/or grill.
- A "free reservation is required and must be displayed or available at campground.
- 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.
- Bank fishing available along river.
- Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for license requirements.
- Approximately 9 miles of multiuse trails.
- Prepare for wet hiking; some trails are excessively wet during certain times of year.
- Pavilion available at Deep Creek Park.
- 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.
- 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
- Reservations may be made at WaterMatters.org.
- Land Resources, Southwest Florida Water Management District, 1-800-423-1476 (FL only) or (352) 796-7211, ext. 4470
Scheduled Site Closings
|Backcountry Camping (hike in only no vehicle access)||Closed starting 04/01/2021 until further notice.|
|Equestrian/Primitive Camping||Closed starting 04/01/2021 until further notice.|