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Primitive camping is allowed in designated locations within the reserve. These "Designated Areas" are marked with on the map above. Designated camping locations within the Reserve include: Dickman's Point, Gullivan Key, White Horse Key, Hog Key, and Camp Lulu. We do not have a permitting or reservation system, and these sites are only available on a first-come, first-served basis. Campers found camping in locations that are not designated for this use may be asked to leave by FWC or other law enforcement entity.
Keewaydin Island, Morgan Beach, NEW BEACH and Second Chance Shoal have restricted access April - August. There is no overnight parking at Collier County boat ramps, except for at Port of the Islands marina and at the Goodland boat park (fee is $10 per vehicle per night).
We strongly encourage all boaters to file a float plan with a friend or family member who will be responsible for notifying the coast guard in the event the boater does not return as scheduled.
Remember, this is a “wilderness experience!” Campers must be aware there are NO facilities available. In order to maintain a pristine environment for wildlife and other visitors please observe the following guidelines at all times when visiting or camping in natural areas:
- Pack out all your trash including unsanitary and unsightly toilet paper
- Human feces are a health hazard – see wilderness hygiene guidelines below
- Do not leave camping equipment behind – take everything back with you.
- Properly dispose all food items: and do not discard food or rinds on the island or in the water.
Fires are permitted in designated camping areas, but they must be attended at all times.
- Do not burn wood pallets. They leave behind dangerous nails.
- Do not burn trash. Broken glass bottles and cans are dangerous.
- If you dig a fire pit, fill it in when you are done.
- If you use charcoal, do not leave briquettes behind on the beach or in vegetation.
- Use facilities on board your boat, or a “portable potty”, and dispose of properly when in port.
- Urinate below the high tide line and away from other people.
- Dig a cat hole above the high tide line and at least eight inches deep for any fecal waste. Carry out waste paper in a ziplock baggie for proper disposal.