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Is it necessary to register to a camp site when camping in teh 10k Islands?

Do people really go through the hassle of obtaining camp site permits?
Shipoke 18. Hoppin Chop, gettin skinny.


  • lemaymiamilemaymiami Posts: 4,418 Captain
    Yes, particularly in winter when the Park gets the most visitors... The place to do it is on the right just before you hit the causeway out to Chokoloskee... And yes, the Rangers do visit campsites regularly... Go to enp.gov for the info you need.
    Tight Lines
    Bob LeMay
    (954) 435-5666
  • ManbeastManbeast Posts: 34 Deckhand
    Thanks Bob. Whats your email i wanted to inquire about a few things.
    Shipoke 18. Hoppin Chop, gettin skinny.
  • BobberBobber Posts: 943 Officer
    Just after Easter until just before Thanksgiving, you can self-register at the Gulf Coast station. Check the log book at the base of the stairs for whats open, fill in your imfo, grab your tag and go - 24/7 and no fees.

    Also, lots of good spots north of the Park that are first come,first serve which need no permit.
  • MegalopsAtlanticusMegalopsAtlanticus Port of the Islands, FLPosts: 91 Greenhorn
    If you won't be needing a port-a-potty, the camping is every bit as awesome and just as pristine north of Tiger Key. You can camp on Lulu Key, Whitehorse Key, Round Key, Hog Key, Gullivan Key and plenty of others (for as long as you wish) at NO cost with no permit.

    As for camping within the park, as a former NPS Ranger in the Gulf Coast District, I can assure you that you will need a permit. Especially from now till the end of Spring Break. Life is a LOT easier and less regulated outside the National Park. I'd highly recommend it. (the fishing is identical as well, perhaps even a bit less pressured outside the park boundaries, to be honest).
    "Once in awhile you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right"
  • lemaymiamilemaymiami Posts: 4,418 Captain
    Man, my email is an easy one to remember... [email protected]
    Tight Lines
    Bob LeMay
    (954) 435-5666
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