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Canaveral National Seashore Permits

Canaveral National Seashore



Canaveral National Seashore is a wonderful destination for those looking to explore Florida's east coast. Visitors can take part in activities such as fishing, hiking, wildlife watching, and guided sea turtle tours. Campers have the option to reserve primitive island campsites for up to 60 people for $20 a night. Reservations and fees are required for backcountry camping.


Canaveral National Seashore is located midway along Florida's east coast where warm waters and a temperate climate meet to host species as diverse as bald eagles and alligators or bromeliads and mangroves. The national seashore was designated in 1975 to preserve and protect this special area. Visitors to the seashore will discover its rich and diverse history, from its fertile estuaries once supporting Timucuan Indian populations to the area's first orange groves in the 1830s. Today, Canaveral National Seashore offers an inviting place to relax along the shores of the Atlantic, fish in an open lagoon, enjoy a self-guided hike, watch for wildlife like the West Indian manatee or even participate in a guided sea turtle tour.

Backcountry Camping on the Islands
For visitors wishing to backcountry camp in the seashore, primitive camping is available on designated islands throughout the Intracoastal Waterway and Mosquito Lagoon. These campsites are available by reservation only and require a permit. You may reserve campsites for $20 per night and up to six months in advance. RV or vehicle camping is not permitted within the seashore.   

Fourteen island campsites are available for reservation and include both natural island and spoil island campsites. All fourteen island campsites are accessible by campers with their own watercraft, such as a motor boat, kayak, or canoe. Canoe rentals are available (weather permitting) for campsites #1 - #5 only. Canoe rentals are $25 per night for individuals 18 years and older. Canoe capacity is two adults per canoe, plus gear. For canoe rentals, please inquire at the Apollo Beach Visitor Center or call (386) 428-3384, ext. 0 for more information.

Campsites - Group Size (# of People):

Orange Island - 6, 

Homestead - 8,

Shipyard - 10, 

Headwinds - 10, 

Government Cut - 20, 

Jones Canal - 20, 

Brickhouse Cove - 60, 

Bissette Bay - 15, 

Middle Dredge - 25, 

South Middle Dredge - 25, 

Scout Island - 20, 

South Dredge - 40, 

East Winds - 20, and 

County Line - 20.

Charges & Cancellations

Backcountry Overnight Primtive Island Camping Fees: .$20night .Island Capacities vary from6-60 people Refund and Cancellation Policy Full refunds will only be given in the event of park closure due to inclement weather or adninistrative purposes: Otherwise,refunds are as follows: .For cancellations requsted 30 days or more from date of reservation, guest will receive full refund . For cancellations request 29-8 days prior to reservation guests will receive refund of 1/2 the value of the reservation. Cancellations requested seven days or less prior to the resrvation date will not receive a refund. Reservation Changes: Once your permit is printed no changes will be allowed (refer to cancellation policy) changes in the number of people with the same dates and campsites are allowed when available and completed prior to printing your permit. Changing the date of entry requires a new reservation. Cancel your current permit and reserve a new permit. No-Shows: No refunds will be given in the event of a no-show
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Campground Matrix

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