Tent Sites
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Water Unknown
About Bear Island

Bear Island is an ideal campground for campers looking to get away. Perfectly situated in Big Cypress National Preserve, campers can enjoy the peaceful sounds of nature while experiencing the diverse Florida landscape. Natural Features: This campground is located in an old Florida pine forest. There is abundant wildlife freely roaming the area. Recreation: Bear Island offers a multitude of recreation opportunities such as hiking, fishing, hunting, birding, and off-road vehicle trails (permit required). Facilities: This is a primitive campground with no fresh water. Vault toilets, picnic tables, fire rings with grills are available. There is no trash service within the campground, so please take your trash with you. Nearby Attractions: This is a remote campground with the nearest town approximately 35 miles away.

National Park Service
Drive In
ADA Accessible
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Bear Island is located in Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida
26.1832 N
-81.2475 W
Get Directions
From Naples: Follow US HWY 41 east to Turner River Rd (CR 839) and go north approximately 20 miles. From Miami: Follow US HWY 41 west to Turner River Rd (CR 839) and go north approximately 20 miles.
3 Reviews of Bear Island
Nice camp

You will spend about hour to get there from alligator highway, despite it close location (you need make a loop). 

camp by itself is very nice and quiet. it also has two locked entrances to special off-road  trails (ORV permit required).

Nice distant campground.

No access from 75, don’t be fooled by close location to it. Overall it’s nice

First to Review
Primitive camping in the swamp

Campground itself has few amenities, vault toilets among them. Be prepared for mosquitoes, but you knew that. Lots of shade in some sites from pine trees, and a decent distance from closest water.