Everglades National Park offers wonderful camping opportunities in both the frontcountry and the backcountry.
Visitors should also be well-prepared as camping equipment is not available for rent or purchase in the park.
DEET is commonly known as the king of mosquito repellents, though not everyone is keen to slather it on their skin.
A study conducted in the late 1980s on Everglades National Park employees (Figures, don't it! - (hint hint)) to determine the effects of DEET found that a full one-quarter of the subjects studied experienced negative health effects that they blamed on exposure to the chemical.
Effects included rashes, skin irritation, numb or burning lips, nausea, headaches, dizziness and difficulty concentrating. That last one is me.
The Flamingo Park Ranger Station and main gate is 40 +/- Miles from the Bay and Campgrounds. There is a general store with small store prices and basic supplies to survive on. DEET in Particular.
Hopefully you'll arrive in a AC RV or Trailer, otherwise you have no business being at Flamingo in the rainy season or you're a nut and it does it really matter?
Most important, you are forty miles from civilization and a gas station, Sooooo my friends, gas up before go to your campsite.
It's a long walk if you have the misfortune not to have enough gas to go back to the World. I was low , very low on gas, didn't know it was that far. I turned around nervously and drove the 40 miles hoping I could make it to a gas station. I did, amen!
Good news though, some of the best fishing on the planet is to be had and no crowds during season. You can count your fellow campers with your ten fingers and thumbs,(234 sites) well maybe just your fingers.
They do sell extra strong DEET Mosquitoe repellent. I don't no if it's legal but buy it anyway.
Back to my story. During the afternoons you will experience daily a refreshing sun shower for 1-2 hours (June-Nov). Typical South Florida weather.
You will also experience the combo of hot hot hot with a oppressive humidity. If it says 95 degrees...its really 105. Hence a AC RV/Trailer is required in the rainy season. It's all good.
I lasted 3 or 4 days, I forget which, probably the effects of the DEET (wasn't fishing but was in a AC Trailer) before asking to leave and can a get a refund on the remainder of my reservation?
Forewarned is Forearmed
Remember, If you love to fish, you are in VALHALA.
There are two drive-in campgrounds accessible from the Homestead entrance of the park: Long Pine Key Campground and Flamingo Campground. Both accommodate tents and RV's with a limited number of group sites.
There are no front country campsites anywhere else in Everglades National Park.
There are generally enough single campsites to meet demand in the frontcountry, but reservations are strongly recommended for Flamingo during the busy winter months, especially holidays such as the week between Christmas and New Year and other winter holiday weekends.
Both Flamingo and Long Pine Key campgrounds can accommodate tents and RVs.
GROUPS - A limited number of group sites (up to 15 people) are also available. There is only 1 group site at Long Pine Key and that is available on a first-come first-serve basis, larger groups may need to take two sites if the group site is unavailable. At Flamingo, during the busy season November 20 - April 15 group sites require a reservation.
There are a number of ground sites, beach sites, and elevated camping platforms ("chickees") available in various locations in the park. Most sites are accessible by canoe, kayak, or motorboat, though a few may be reached by hikers.
A backcountry permit is required for all wilderness campsites and issued the day before or day of your trip at either the Flamingo or Gulf Coast Visitor Centers or the fee station at the main park entrance in Homestead.
Please go to backcountry camping for more details.