Myakka's Youth and Group Camping

Overview of Myakka Youth Area 3

Overview of Myakka Youth Area 3

Myakka's group camping areas are for organized, non-profit groups, with special privileges given to youth groups. Boy/Girl Scouts, church groups, school classes and clubs all love spending the night experiencing nature at these primitive sites. 

Reservations can be made 11 months in advance for youth groups and 30 days in advance for adult groups. A youth group is defined by having more than half of the members being under the age of 18.

Each campground holds up to 20 people. There are three campgrounds total. Campground #1 is closest to the bathroom. Campgrounds 2 and 3 are connected via trail, which makes them nice for larger groups. All campgrounds come with benches, a large fire ring, and a water spigot (water is safe to drink). There is no electricity available at the youth areas.


  • $5, plus tax per adult per night (18 or over)
  • $1, plus tax per child per night (under 18)

The fees will be collected on the day of check-in. The leader will need to bring the exact headcount. Late check-in requests must be made via the Ranger Station in advance. 


  • There must be at least 1 adult for every 10 children on a campsite. All children must stay on the site after 11 p.m. If they need to leave, they must be accompanied by an adult chaperone. 
  • Groups must supply their own paper towel, soap, and firewood. Firewood may NOT be collected within the park. (Groups may purchase firewood at the Myakka Outpost.) Fires are only permitted in designated pits.
  • There are only 2 vehicles permitted on the site per night. All vehicles must be registered and given a pink camper tag. Vehicles beyond the 2 permitted should be parked overnight in overflow parking (the Administrative parking lot). Visitors are welcome to drive the car to the site to unload, but only two cars can stay there overnight.
  • There is a maximum of 6 tents permitted on each site. Tents must be setup within the designated site, not infringing on vegetation buffers or the road.
  • Campers are not allowed to hang items on trees (including ropes, lanterns, hammocks, etc.)
  • No alcohol permitted.
  • No pets permitted.
  • Saws and machetes are not permitted. All plant and animal life are protected; cutting, bending, breaking, molesting, feeding and defacing nature is banned.

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