Camping on District lands
Information and making a reservation
St. Johns River Water Management District lands are natural, wild and scenic places. While camping on District lands, you may have an opportunity to see various wildlife, sit under the stars, listen to a soft evening breeze rustling tree leaves and experience Florida much as some of the earliest settlers did.
However, be prepared to rough it. Only primitive tent camping is allowed on District lands and only at designated locations. No travel trailers, campers or RVs are allowed. Most properties offer no amenities such as rentals, restrooms, potable water or shelters.
Many of the campsites are remote areas and can be reached only by hiking, bicycling, boating or horseback riding. A special-use authorization may be issued by the District for mobility-impaired persons to use motorized vehicles. If such a permit is needed, call the District at (386) 329-4404.
Campers should use the designated campfire rings for fires and should carry out all garbage with them when they leave. Check the notices section of this website for updates on any current burn bans.
Individual and group camping sites are available at most District properties. Individual sites are for up to six people. Individual camping is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Group camping is for seven or more people and a reservation and permit are required from the District. Group campers must make a reservation at least seven days in advance.
All camping is limited to a maximum of seven days per visit.
To review group camping sites and to make a reservation, visit our camping reservation system.
The District co-manages several public lands with local governments or other agencies. The following properties and the camping reservations for these properties are managed by the agencies listed below.
- Caravelle Ranch Wildlife Management Area, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), (352) 732-1225
- Favor-Dykes State Park, Florida State Parks, (904) 794-0997
- Herky Huffman/Bull Creek Wildlife Management Area, FWC, (352) 732-1225
- Lake Norris Conservation Area, Lake County Water Authority, (352) 343-3777
- Princess Place Preserve, Flagler County Parks and Recreation, (386) 313-4020
- Ralph E. Simmons Memorial State Forest, Florida Forest Service, (904) 845-4933
- St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park, Florida State Parks, (321) 953-5005
- Triple N Ranch Wildlife Management Area, FWC, (352) 732-1225
Have a great adventure!