ISLAND CAMPING RULES
- Camping is not allowed on or beyond the sand dunes of the seashore.
- Litter must be removed from the campsite.
- No glass is allowed at the beach campsite.
- Campfires are permitted only within designated grills. Only dead or down wood can be used for campfires. Fires on the beach are permitted only within containers (hibachi, barbecue grill, chemical fuel stove. etc.)
- Pets must be on a leash, not more than 6 feet in length. Pets are prohibited on the beach.
- Sport fishing and the taking of shellfish are in accordance with State Regulations.
- Please do not feed or harm the animals or remove plant life within the Seashore; they are protected by Federal law.
- Firearms are prohibited within the park boundaries.
- All State Laws are enforced.
- A camper orientation will be given when a permit is issued at the Information Center at the New Smyrna Beach entrance.
- LEAVE NO TRACE
Island camping is available throughout the year. Beach camping is closed.
Canoes are available for the first five island campsites at $25 per canoe per day. There is no RV or trailer camping. The thirteen available island campsites are primitive and visitors must bring everything they will need including firewood and water. If you do not have biodegradable toilet paper you will be asked to purchase some for $1 per roll.
Our Backcountry Camping brochure in PDF format.
December 17, 2015 News Release
Contact: Laura Henning
Changes to Backcountry Camping Reservations at Canaveral National Seashore
Beginning January 8, 2016, visitors wishing to reserve one of the 14 backcountry island campsites with Canaveral National Seashore in Mosquito Lagoon must use a national reservation booking service, www.recreation.gov. The reservations may be made up to six months in advance and paid for at the time of the reservation. These changes come in response to visitors requesting a user friendly, more efficient way to enjoy these resources.
Another change to operations will be that there will no longer be backcountry beach camping in the seashore. The safety of the visitor and the protection of the resource were both factors in this decision reached by seashore management.
Recreation One-Stop is an interagency partnership among federal agencies to provide reservation services, sharable data and recreation trip-planning information for all federal lands and waters in the United States.
Recreation One-Stop's Recreation.gov is the website to plan, reserve and share federal land recreation experiences. There are about 3,000 facilities, with more than 90,000 individual campsites, hosted on Recreation.gov. The program also supports 12 ticketing and 26 permitting locations, and administers 10 lotteries for a variety of permits and special events. The website experiences about an 11 percent growth in visitors each year with the number of campsite reservations growing by the same amount. The total number of transactions increased 18 percent, from 8.1 million to 9.6 million, between 2009 and 2013.