Canoe Outpost Peace River
Overnight Camping on Peace River in Florida. Wildness camping on the banks

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Let's have some fun on camping on the banks of the Peace River!

When was the last time you ate a S'more, slept in a tent, or looked at a sky filled with a million stars? Relive those childhood memories or help your kids create their own memories. Camping on the banks of the Peace by canoe is an experience you'll never forget.     

The trip descriptions below are starting from the north put-in and going downstream, south, as the river flows, to the take-out. We bus you upriver and you paddle downstream back to your vehicles. The runs listed #5 through #9 are on property that Canoe Outpost-Peace River owns (except #7). You can also do any of the below runs and not camp at the areas listed, just find your own spot. Camping spots on the stretches south of Gardner are just not as plentiful at the Zolfo Springs to Gardner stretch. All overnight trips where you take your camping gear with you are wilderness, primitive campsites. Camping at Oak Hill is semi-wilderness. The names in Green are the only trips where camping gear can be delivered and camping areas can be reserved.

All overnight trips require a reservation and a completed CCA form. Click here for CCA form to download (PDF).

Please check the availabillity link in the box to confirm which runs are open. Water level and season can affect which runs are open.

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#1 Zolfo Springs (Pioneer Park) to Arcadia

 Distance:  31.5 miles
Cost: $105.00 per canoe for two people plus tax
Time: Three days, two nights. Each additional night after the first night is $25 plus tax per canoe/kayak.    

Come to Arcadia, check-in and park. We transport you  to Zolfo Springs. Camping the first night (19.5 mile wilderness section) is anywhere on the right hand side of the river (west side), down by the water. On your second night, find a spot farther downstream or camp at the Canoe Outpost-Oak Hill. You take your camping gear with you. Paddle downstream back to Arcadia to your vehicles. No end of trip bus rides. This is a 3 day trip at least unless the water is about two feet above normal, then it can be done in 2 days ($80). Reserve Now. Check current available departure times.  


 


    

 

 

 


#2 Zolfo Springs (Pioneer Park) to Gardner

Distance: 19.5 miles
Cost: $80.00 per canoe for two people plus tax
Time: Two days, one night. Each additional night after the first night is $25 plus tax per canoe/kayak.

This is the most popular overnight run if you are looking for a wilderness experience. Though this is the normal 2 day/1 night run, you can also do it in 3 days and 2 nights, just camp in the same spot for both nights. We take you upriver to Zolfo Springs and you canoe downstream to Gardner. You take your camping gear with you. Camping is anywhere on the right hand side of the river (west side), down by the water. There are a lot of low, grassy meadows for camping and there is a lot of wildlife. You always park in Gardner, end of the trip. Check-in at Gardner is only during Spring and Fall and if we are busy so you need to double check which office you need to go to. Weekdays, always come to Arcadia. When in doubt, come to Arcadia. Canoe Outpost-Gardner has restrooms and trash disposal at end of trip in Gardner.   Reserve Now. Check current available departure times .       


 


#3 Gardner to Gardner/Upstream:

Distance: Up to you
Cost: $80.00 per canoe for two people plus tax
Time: Two days, one night. Each additional night after the first night is $25 plus tax per canoe/kayak.

Check-in Arcadia, then drive to Gardner to park and depart from Gardner. Paddle upstream to into wilderness Zolfo Springs stretch, camp anywhere on left-hand side (right hand side when you're coming down!). Paddle back to Gardner when done, back to your vehicles in Gardner. You take your camping gear with you. This is a good one for when the water is low, there's not much paddling (depends on how far you go) and you're still doing wilderness.  Check-in procedures for Gardner to Gardner Reserve Now. Check current available departure times .     

 



#4 Gardner to Arcadia/Upstream

Distance: 12+ miles
Cost: $80.00 per canoe for two people plus tax
Time: Two days, one night. Each additional night after the first night is $25 plus tax per canoe/kayak.

Check-in and park in Arcadia. We take you upriver by bus to Gardner. Paddle upstream to into 19.5-mile wilderness stretch, camp anywhere on left-hand side. When done, paddle back to Arcadia (12 miles) the last day as a normal day run, back to your vehicles in Arcadia. You take your camping gear with you.   Reserve Now. Check current available departure times .  

 


#5 Gardner to Gardner/ Gardner South

Distance: Up to you
Cost: $80.00 per canoe for two people plus tax
Time: Two days, one night. Each additional night after the first night is $25 plus tax per canoe/kayak.

Check-in and pay in Arcadia then you drive to Gardner to park and depart from Gardner. Paddle downstream (just a short distance) from Gardner to camp on left hand-side south of Gardner on wilderness Canoe Outpost property. Paddle upstream back to your vehicles in Gardner when done on. Paddle up and down the river from your campsite to get some paddling in. You take your camping gear with you. More camping than canoeing. Reserve Now. Check current available departure times .   

 


#6 Gardner to Arcadia/Gardner South

Distance: 12 miles
Cost: $80.00 per canoe for two people plus tax
Time: Two days, one night. Each additional night after the first night is $25 plus tax per canoe/kayak.

Check-in and park in Arcadia. We take you upriver by bus to Gardner and you paddle downstream to camp within the first 20 minutes on the left-hand side south of Gardner on wilderness Canoe Outpost property. Paddle up and down the river from your campsite. Next day continue paddling downstream to Arcadia (10+ miles) and back to vehicles in Arcadia. You take your camping gear with you. Reserve Now. Check current available departure times.

    

#7 Gardner to Arcadia/Brownville

Distance: 12 miles
Cost: $80.00 per canoe for two people plus tax
Time: Two days, one night. Each additional night after the first night is $25 plus tax per canoe/kayak.

Check-in and park in Arcadia. We take you upriver by bus to Gardner and you paddle downstream (4 miles) toward Arcadia, make camp just above Brownville bridge on any of the sandbars and beaches or right around the bridge. You can also camp at Brownville Park for a fee. Brownville has restrooms, water, and tables. These sites are first come, first serve, open to public. Next day paddle down to Arcadia (8 miles) and back to vehicles in Arcadia. Must stay down by the water. You take your camping gear with you. Reserve Now. Check current available departure times.

 


#8 Gardner to Arcadia/Oak Hill

Distance: 12 miles
Cost: $80.00 per canoe for two people plus tax
Time: Two days, one night. Each additional night after the first night is $25 plus tax per canoe/kayak.

Check-in and park in Arcadia. We take you upriver by bus to Gardner and you paddle downstream to Canoe Outpost-Oak Hill (7.75 miles downstream) to make camp at a reserved site. Next day paddle downstream to Arcadia (4.25 miles), back to vehicles in Arcadia. We can guarantee a campsite as long as supply lasts. We can deliver your camping gear to your site or you take it with you, call for details.  This is the standard 12 mile day run. Reserve Now. Check current available departure times.    

Because of the popularity of the camping gear delivery at Oak Hill, only those wanting camping gear delivery can camp at Oak Hill on Saturday nights during February, March, April, May, October and November. This includes Saturday nights on holiday weekends. If you are taking your camping gear with you in the canoe, you will not be able to camp at Oak Hill during the busy times unless you have your camping gear delivered.


#9 Brownville to Arcadia/Oak Hill

Distance: 8 miles
Cost: $80.00 per canoe for two people plus tax
Time: Two days, one night. Each additional night after the first night is $25 plus tax per canoe/kayak.

Check-in and park in Arcadia. We take you upriver by bus to Brownville and you paddle downstream to Canoe Outpost-Oak Hill (3.75 miles downstream) to make camp at a reserved site. Next day paddle downstream to Arcadia (4.25 miles), back to vehicles in Arcadia. We can guarantee a campsite as long as supply lasts. We can deliver your camping gear to your site or you take it with you, call for details. This is the standard 8 mile run. Reserve Now. Check current available departure times.

Because of the popularity of the camping gear delivery at Oak Hill, only those wanting camping gear delivery can camp at Oak Hill on Saturday nights during February, March, April, May, October and November. This includes Saturday nights on holiday weekends. If you are taking your camping gear with you in the canoe, you will not be able to camp at Oak Hill during the busy times unless you have your camping gear delivered.  

 


 

Reservations Required.    Overnight Camping on the Peace River in Arcadia Florida

Call us at 800-268-0083 or see our Reservations page.
We offer group, church, and youth discounts, see our Group Specials .

Prices are based on time on the river not mileage length of trip. The above runs are priced at 2 days and one night with two people in the canoe/kayak. Price includes all transportation, use of canoe for two days and one night, parking, use of facilities including camping, 2 paddles per canoe, lifejacket for each person, boat cushion for each person, trash disposal, and river map. This is with your camping gear. Kids, 12 & under, as extra people in the canoe are free. Extra person, 13 and older, in middle of canoe, add $15.00 per day plus tax. Add $25.00 plus tax for each additional night for each canoe or kayak. Kayaks are priced the same as canoes, solo or tandem. Prices are plus 7% sales tax if applicable.     

 

Other Trips are Available for Experienced Paddlers!   


At this time we are not currently going North of Ft. Meade because of downfalls and possible portages. 6/28/14 is date of last report.  


The runs below are for the experienced paddlers or those wanting a workout. The river is narrower and most of the time real low which means walking occasionally. Camping is limited on the trips below, a lot more higher bank terrain. All these sections are wilderness trips. River condition reports are welcome. Contact Peace Paddler. Call for 800-268-0083 for more information on these or other trips on the paddle trail. These trips are only available if the river is at the normal or above waterlevel.

Prices for the below runs are $35 per day per canoe for two people plus the transportation to the put-in. (Transportation fees: to Wauchula- $25.00, to Bowling Green-$35.00, to to Ft. Meade-$40.00, to Homeland-$45.00, to Bartow-$50.00. All prices are per canoe or kayak plus tax. Transportation for each vessel is 1/2 price after the first vessel.

Note: All mileages are to the Arcadia dock. Add 1.5 miles to the boat ramp off SR 70, which is the end of the official Peace River Paddle Trail.

 

Bartow to Arcadia (68.5 miles)

Come to Arcadia, check-in and park. We transport you upriver to Bartow, to start. Camping on the Bartow to Zolfo Springs (37 mile section) is anywhere you can find, down by the water. Sites are limited. Figure this is a 2 night run at normal or higher. This is the wild and wooly section of the river, experienced paddlers only. Zolfo Springs to Gardner (19.5 miles section) is anywhere on the right hand side of the river (west side), down by the water. Once south of Gardner, camping is limited, we'll show you on the map and our customers can camp at Canoe Outpost Oak Hill. You take your camping gear with you. Paddle downstream back to Arcadia to your vehicles. No end of trip bus rides. This is a 4 day trip at least. Call 800-268-0083 for reservations. ($35.00 per day plus $50.00 transportation to Bartow for the first vessel, 1/2 price for each vessel after the first)

 

Bartow to Gardner (56.5 miles)

Come to Arcadia, check-in and park. We transport you upriver to Bartow, to start. Camping on the Bartow to Zolfo Springs (37 mile section) is anywhere you can find, down by the water. Sites are limited. Figure this is a minimum 3 night run at normal or higher water levels. This is the wild and wooly section of the river, experienced paddlers only. Zolfo Springs to Gardner (19.5 miles section) camping is anywhere on the right hand side of the river (west side), down by the water. You take your camping gear with you. Paddle downstream back to Gardner to your vehicles. No end of trip bus rides. This is a 4 day trip at least. Call 800-268-0083 for reservations. ($35.00 per day plus $50.00 transportation to Bartow for the first vessel, 1/2 price transportation for each vessel after the first)

              

Fort Meade to Arcadia (55.5 miles)

Come to Arcadia, check-in and park. We transport you upriver to Ft. Meade, to start. Camping on the first night, Ft. Meade to Zolfo Springs (24 mile section) is anywhere you can find, down by the water. Sites are limited. This is the wild and wooly section of the river, experienced paddlers only. On the Zolfo Springs to Gardner section (19.5 miles section) camping is anywhere on the right hand side of the river (west side), down by the water, camp at Canoe Outpost Oak Hill the second night. You take your camping gear with you. Paddle downstream back to Arcadia to your vehicles. No end of trip bus rides. This is a 4 day trip at least. Call 800-268-0083 for reservations. ($35.00 per day plus $40.00 transportation to Ft. Meade for the first vessel, 1/2 price transportation for each vessel after the first)


Fort Meade to Gardner (43.5 miles)

Come to Arcadia, check-in and park. We transport you upriver to Ft. Meade, the start. Camping on the first night, Ft. Meade to Zolfo Springs (24 mile section) is anywhere you can find, down by the water. Sites are limited. This is the wild and wooly section of the river, experienced paddlers only. On the next leg of your trip, Zolfo Springs to Gardner (19.5 miles section), camping is anywhere on the right hand side of the river (west side), down by the water. You take your camping gear with you. Paddle downstream back to Gardner to your vehicles. No end of trip bus rides. This is a 3 day trip at least. Call 800-268-0083 for reservations. ($35.00 per day plus $40.00 transportation to Ft. Meade for the first vessel, 1/2 price transportation for each vessel after the first, park in Gardner, no pick-up fee)   


Wauchula (Crews Park) to Arcadia (36 miles)

Come to Arcadia, check-in and park. We transport you upriver to Wauchula. Camping on the first night (19.5 miles section) is anywhere on the right hand side of the river (west side), down by the water, camp at Canoe Outpost Oak Hill the second night. You take your camping gear with you. Paddle downstream back to Arcadia to your vehicles. No end of trip bus rides. This is a 3 day trip at least unless the water is about two feet above normal, then it can be done in 2 days. Call 800-268-0083 for reservations. ($35.00 per day plus $25.00 transportation to Wauchula for the first vessel, 1/2 price transportation each vessel after the first)


Wauchula (Crews Park) to Gardner (24 miles)

This is really a 19.5 mile trip with a bonus 4.5 miles! We take you upriver to Wauchula and you canoe downstream to Gardner. You take your camping gear with you. Camping is anywhere on the right hand side of the river (west side), down by the water. Paddle downstream to Gardner, back to your vehicle. This is a two day trip at least. Call 800-268-0083 for reservations. ($35.00 per day plus $25.00 transportation to Wauchula for the first vessel, 1/2 price transportation for each vessel after the first)


Run Length, Leisure Paddle Times, Check-in/Departure Times

Call first to verify times and check-in location. Location and departure times can vary because of season and water levels.

Check-in times for the 19.5 mile on Saturday mornings in Gardner (confirm which office to go to first) requires you get to the Outpost at least one hour prior to departure. You need 1/2 hour to check-in and 1/2 hour to load. Anyone checking in less than 1/2 hr. before their scheduled departure will have to wait for the next run that has room for them. We can't hold the bus for latecomers and make everyone else wait.

At Arcadia, if you don't check-in at least 30 mins. before departure time you have to wait for the next bus. You should be checked-in at least a half hour before departure so you have time to load the bus and/or gear trailer. If you are a large group, plan on checking in at least an hour earlier just to round everyone up.

Gardner has free primitive camping the night before on weekdays for groups of 8 or more canoes doing an overnight run but it is by reservation only. Gardner also has free primitive camping on Friday nights for those going out on Saturday morning on the overnight early runs (6:30 am & 8:00 am only) but only if we are busy. Friday night camping is not available to groups of less than 8 canoes during slow season. Tax-exempt groups (scouts & church groups) can camp the night before if they have a later run. A completed CCA form is required 2 days before the gates will be unlocked for camping. Not showing up to camp will result in a $50 service fee (staff stays after hours).  

Overnight camping the night before a day trip for groups of 10 or more canoes is also available for a fee. Reservations are required and you need to call ahead for details and restrictions.

Note:
On all overnight runs you can keep the canoe till closing time in Arcadia . Need to be back to the dock in Arcadia by 5:00 p.m. on weekdays and 6:00 p.m. on weekends. In Gardner, you need to return the canoe by designated times determined at check-in. If there aren't many canoes coming in at Gardner, the return time will be 2 p.m. or 4 p.m., we'll determine that when you check-in. Late fees will be incurred if you are late getting back to the take-out late, see the second page of the CCA form.

Your vehicle is always parked at the end of the trip in either Arcadia or Gardner, no end of trip bus rides!
It's really important that you read our Overnight Helpful Hints for rules and hints that will make your overnight camping trip more enjoyable. Please do it now!

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