Primitive Camping

Primitive tent camping at Duette Preserve is available Friday and Saturday nights during non-hunt weekends. The campsite features a large open grass area with bathroom on site. No running water or power available on site.

Camping Fees & Registration

Camping fees: $20 a night per site (up to six people per site) + 7% sales tax + 5% Tourist tax = $22.40/night. Cash or check only. No credit cards.

Camping registration: You must come to the Duette Preserve Check Station on that Saturday between the times of 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. to pay for your camping.

Reserve a Campsite

  1. Check that there is no scheduled hunt for the particular weekend you plan on camping.
  2. Call the Duette Preserve check station at (941) 737-2661 in advance to let us know you would like to camp at Duette (preferably the Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday before you plan on camping – this gives us time to clean the bathrooms and mow if necessary).
  3. Leave a message with your name and number if no one answers.
  4. Print out the Annual Activities Pass and fill out the form completely, circling the dates you wish to camp (Friday, Saturday or both). Have this with you and your payment when you come to camp.
  5. You will receive the gate combination to the Preserve access gates for that particular weekend.
  6. You will then be able to enter the Preserve to camp on Friday, Saturday, or both days.

Duette Preserve Primitive Camping Rules

  • Camping permitted at campground only.
  • Maximum six adults per single tent campsite.
  • Persons under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • No generators permitted.
  • Pets are allowed but must be on leash at all times.
  • Campfires are permitted, except during burn bans issued by Florida Forest Service. Firewood is not available and collecting is not permitted. Fireworks are not permitted.
  • Please do not cut trees or shrubs or remove any plant or animal.
  • Quiet hours are from 10 p.m until sunrise.