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Shell Key Preserve

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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.

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  • Boat-In
    Sites accessible by watercraft.

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  • WiFi
  • Verizon
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Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • Dispersed
  • Group


For Campers

  • Phone Service
  • Reservable
  • Fires


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

Get your permit online.

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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Shell Key Preserve is located in Florida


27.663516 N
82.741454 W

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