Camping Areas

Staying at one of the many hunting camping areas on public land in Northwest Florida can be an enjoyable wilderness experience. There are several hunting camping sites provided in the wildlife management areas.

While many of these are primitive camp sites, some do have restrooms and water. If you're in need of supplies you might want to stock up before you go.

Each wildlife management area has its own rules for their camping areas. However, there are some management areas that do not allow camping.

Listed below is camping information for the wildlife management areas in Northwest Florida, along with a link to their WMA brochure.


Apalachicola Wildlife Management Area


CAMPING:

1. Hunting camping during the general gun season is allowed only in designated camping areas indicated on the hunt map and is limited to tents, trailers or self-propelled camping vehicles only. Camping is allowed from 14 days prior to 14 days after the general gun season. Outside this specified timeframe,camping is not confined to these designated areas, but is limited to a maximum of 14 days. Hickory, Whitehead and Mack Landings have restrooms and water and require camping fees. All other hunt camps are free of charge and have no permanent restrooms or water. For additional information on camping in the Apalachicola National Forest, contact the U.S. Forest Service at 850-926-3561 or 850-643-2282.

2. Camping is allowed year-round throughout that portion of the area posted as Northwest Florida Water Management District lands. The District provides a camping area at Florida River Island. Camping in the northern portion of that campground is limited to primitive camping while the southern portion of the campground has sites for motor homes. For additional information, contact the Northwest Florida Water Management District at (850) 539-5999.

Big Gully Landing - Off Highway 379, Franklin County.
Brown House Hunt Camp – Off Forest Road 309, Wakulla County.
Buckhorn Hunt Camp – Off Forest Road 304, Wakulla County.

Cliff Lake Campsite (slide show) – Off Forest Road 13, Liberty County.

Cotton Landing – Off Highway 379, Liberty County.
Harpers Hunt Camp – Off Forest Road 125, Liberty County.
Hickory Landing – Off Highway 65, Liberty County.
Hitchcock Lake – Off Highway 67, Liberty County.
Mack Landing Hunt Camp – Off Highway 375, Wakulla County.

Magnolia Landing Campsite (photos) - Off Forest Road 182, Liberty County.

Otter Hunt Camp – Off Forest Road 344, Wakulla County.
Pope Still Hunt Camp – Off Forest Road 13, Wakulla County.

Pine Creek Hunt Camp (photos) - Off Highway 375, Wakulla County.
Porter Lake Campsite (photos) - Off Forest Road 13, Liberty County.

Revell Landing – Off Highway 67, Liberty County.
Smith Creek Hunt Camp – Off Highway 65, Franklin County.

Twin Poles Campsite (photos) - Off Forest Road 13, Liberty County.

White Oak Landing – Off Forest Road 115, Liberty County.

Whitehead Lake Campsite (photos) - Off Forest Road 13, Liberty County.
Wood Lake Hunt Camp (photos) - Off Forest Road 338, Wakulla County.

Apalachicola Wildlife Management Area
Apalachicola National Forest Camping Areas MAP


Apalachee Wildlife Management Area
CAMPING: Prohibited.
Apalachee Wildlife Management Area

Blackwater Wildlife Management Area
CAMPING:
Hunting camping is allowed at the following sites: Blackwater State Park, Bear Lake, Hurricane Lake, Karick Lake, Krul Lake and other designated campsites. Some overnight camping areas require a fee. Some campsites may be closed for maintenance. Contact the Division of Forestry more information at (850) 957-6140.
Blackwater Wildlife Management Area

Blackwater - Carr Unit Wildlife Management Area
CAMPING: Prohibited
Blackwater-Carr Unit Wildlife Management Area

Blackwater - Hutton Unit Wildlife Management Area
CAMPING:
1. Hunting camping equipment may be taken onto the WMA after 8 a.m. the day before the opening of a season and shall be removed by 6 p.m. one day after the end of the season.
2. Camping is allowed only at designated campsites.
Blackwater-Hutton Unit Wildlife Management Area

Box-R Wildlife Management Area
CAMPING: Prohibited.
Box-R Wildlife Management Area

Bradwell Unit - Apalachicola Wildlife Management Area
CAMPING: Prohibited.
Bradwell Unit Wildlife Management Area

Choctawhatchee River Management Area
CAMPING:
Hunting camping is allowed throughout the area and limited to tents, trailers or self-propelled camping vehicles only. Kitchen stoves, refrigerators and freezers, unless contained in mobile campers, lumber, sheet metal or other building materials are prohibited. For additional information, call the Northwest Florida Water Management District at (850) 539-5999.
Choctawhatchee Wildlife Management Area

Econfina Creek Management Area
CAMPING:
Hunting camping is allowed only at designated camping areas or by permit from the Northwest Florida Water Management District (850) 539-5999.
Ecofina Creek Wildlife Management Area

Eglin Air Force Base Wildlife Management Area
CAMPING:
Contact:
Jackson Guard
107 Highway 85
Niceville, Florida
(850) 882-4164.
Eglin AFB Website
Eglin AFB Information

Escambia River Management Area
CAMPING:
Camping is allowed throughout the area (except where posted as no camping) and limited to tents, trailers, or self-propelled camping vehicles only. Kitchen stoves, refrigerators, and freezers, unless contained in mobile campers, lumber, sheet metal or other building materials, are prohibited. For additional information, call the Northwest Florida Water Management District at 850-539-5999.
Escambia River Wildlife Management Area

Flint Rock Wildlife Management Area
CAMPING: Prohibited.
Flint Rock Wildlife Management Area

Joe Budd Wildlife Management Area
CAMPING:
Hunting camping is prohibited, except at the High Bluff campground by permit from the Florida Division of Forestry. Permits are available at a self-service pay station located at the camping area. For fee and other information, call (850) 488-1871.
Joe Budd Wildlife Management Area

L. Kird Edwards Wildlife Management Area
CAMPING: Prohibited.
L. Kirk Edwards Wildlife Management Area

Lafayette Creek Wildlife Management Area
CAMPING:
Hunting camping is allowed only at the designated campsites along the Florida Trail provided that access to the area is by the Florida Trail.
Lafayette Creek Wildlife Management Area

Ochlockonee River Wildlife Management Area
CAMPING: Prohibited.
Ochlockonee River Wildlife Management Area

Perdido River Wildlife Management Area
CAMPING: Camping is allowed at designated campsites only or by permit from Northwest Florida Water Management District (850-539-5999).
Perdido River Information


Pine Log Wildlife Management Area
CAMPING: Camping is allowed only at designated primitive campsites and the Sand Pond campground on a first-come, first-served basis; daily fee required. Contact the Division of Forestry for additional information at (850-872-4175)
Pine Log Information

Point Washington Wildlife Management Area
CAMPING: Prohibited
Point Washington Information

St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge
CAMPING: Prohibited
St. Marks Information

St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge
CAMPING: Camping and fires are restricted to the two designated hunting camping area. Campsites are unimproved.
St. Vincent Information

Talquin Wildlife Management Area
CAMPING: Prohibited
Talquin Information

Tate's Hell Wildlife Management Area
CAMPING: Camping is allowed only in designated camping areas indicated on the hunt map. Camping permits must be obtained from the Division of Forestry (850-697-3734) prior to camping.

Tate's Hell WMA Information
Tate's Hell - Gully Branch (photos) - Off Highway 67, Wakulla County.
Tate's Hell - Womack Creek (photos) - Off Highway 67, Wakulla County.
Tate's Hell - Womack Creek WMA Information

Tyndall Air Force Base
Tyndall Air Force Base, Natural Resources
Flight, 325 CES/CEN
119 Alabama Avenue
Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida 32403
850-283-2641 or 850-283-2822
Tyndall AFB Hunting Program

Upper Chipola River Wildlife Management Area
CAMPING: Camping is allowed only at designated campsites or by permit from the Northwest Florida Water Management District. For additional information, call the Northwest Florida Water Management District (850-539-5999)
Chipola River Information

Wakulla State Forest Wildlife Management Area
CAMPING: Camping is allowed only at designated sites by permit from the Division of Forestry (850-697-3734)
Wakulla Information

Yellow River Wildlife Management Area
CAMPING:
1. Camping is allowed throughout the aera, except in the Grassy Point area.
2. In the Grassy Point area, camping is allowed only at designated campsites or by permit from the Northwest Florida Water Management District. For additional information, call the Northwest Florida Water Management District (850-539-5999).
Yellow River Information



Don't forget that state parks have camping and other amenities, such as running water and showers. Here's a link you can use to check and see if there's a state park near where you are going to be hunting.

Florida State Parks

In my travels to other states while hunting on public land, I have found state parks to be a good stopping off point if only for a day for a good, hot shower.



Here are some other informative links:

http://www.hunting-with-kenny.com/public-hunting-land.html

Florida Dept. of Agriculture & Consumer Services, Division of Forestry - Recreation Fees

Northwest Florida Water Management District Website

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