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Shell Key Preserve

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County

Overnight Camping the South Public Use Area Only Primitive camping is allowed only on the South Public Use area of Shell Key.

Camping Permits Camping Permits are required for any overnight activity on Shell Key. Permits can be obtained for free from the county.

Leave No Trace We are…

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Access

  • Boat In
    Boat to your campsite

Stay Connected

  • WiFi
    Unknown
  • Verizon
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  • At&t
    Unknown
  • T-Mobile
    Unknown

Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • Dispersed
  • Group

Features

For Campers

  • Phone Service
  • Reservable
  • Fires

Reviews

7 Reviews of Shell Key Preserve

Ratings Breakdown

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Dan X.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2021

Pack it (everything you'd need) in and pack it (all of your trash!) out

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Park off the Pinellas Byway before you get to the DeSoto bridge, paddle between Summer Resort Key and Sister Key and you're there. One of the easiest island paddles out there - just a little over a mile. Pick a spot on the beach and you're good to go (in the green area…

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Alyssa D.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2020

Years later it’s still one of my favorite places to camp in Florida..:

One of my favorite places to camp in Florida, hands-down. You can only get to this camping spot by water. Must reserve, no pets & no alcohol.

We saw sting rays, a baby turtle, many different birds & other wildlife within 5 minutes of parking the boat.

Amazing views.

Campfires not…

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Alacyn B.
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2020

Great primitive camping spot!

Shell key is a favorite local spot for my boyfriend and I. The greatest thing about camping here is that it's super cheap, secluded, and so beautiful. Sunsets are to die for. Tons of edible flora, and fishing of course. Plus, shell key is one of the very few places you are allowed to have a fire on…

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Location

Shell Key Preserve is located in Florida

Coordinates

27.6635161 N
82.74145482 W

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About This Campground

Overnight Camping the South Public Use Area Only Primitive camping is allowed only on the South Public Use area of Shell Key.

Camping Permits Camping Permits are required for any overnight activity on Shell Key. Permits can be obtained for free from the county.

Leave No Trace We are required to remove absolutely all trace of our camp – including food, refuse and anything that came with us on our boat.

Campfires You must remove all trace of your campfire before you leave. This means removing (not burying) all the charred wood from the fire. Remember that you are not at a permanent campsite. You are in a nature preserve and are required to leave no trace at all.

Portable Toilets Required The county requires all campers to bring a portable toilet for overnight activities. A simple DIY toilet can be made with a 5 gallon bucket, a trash bag and some sand. Place the trash bag in the bucket as a liner, put in a scoop of sand and use the toilet. When done, put another scoop of sand on top. Some people even bring some scented cat litter to use instead of sand.

No Pets or Alcohol It doesn’t seem fair to leave the member of the family that would perhaps get the most joy out of island wilderness camping. However, pets are completely banned from the entire preserve including all of the aquatic boundaries. Read more about the pet ban. Alcohol is also forbidden within the preserve boundaries.

Connection Details

We rate connection speeds from campers like you who submit speed tests with Field Reports.

  • Good- 10+Mbps

    Campers can make calls and send texts & emails, watch an HD movie, play multiplayer games, and more.

  • Fair- 3Mbps-10Mbps

    Campers can make calls, send texts & emails, video chat, stream video, and play online games.

  • Poor- 0Mbps-3Mbps

    Campers might be able check email, send texts, and make calls.

  • Available-

    Campers have been able to connect here but we don’t know the quality of the connection.

  • Unknown-

    Connectivity is not known for this campground.

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