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A Canoe Outpost-Peace River exclusive, Oak Hill, is located on the Peace River between Brownville and Arcadia. It is 150 acres of Florida wilderness with shady picnicking and camping areas, hiking trails, and scattered picnic tables for the exclusive use of Canoe Outpost customers. Oak Hill is extremely popular with groups because of the camping area sizes and the convenience of camping gear delivery.
If camping at Oak Hill, you do not share a camping spot, each group has its own spot. You won't see other campers unless you walk out of your spot but you may hear other campers. We take in consideration the size of groups, number of canoes, and if camping gear is being delivered or not when assigning spots. On Saturday nights during busy season, Spring Breaks, and holiday weekends, Oak Hill is only available to those wanting their camping gear delivered. Paddlers may request a particular spot and we try to our best to make sure they get their favorite spot but we can't hold the group spots for just a couple of canoes. Many camping spots are reserved as far as a year in advance.
The advantages of Oak Hill are that on the stretch from Gardner to Arcadia, camping spots are limited, we can guarantee you a spot. We can also deliver your camping gear to a spot which is real handy when the river is low or you're paddling with kids and need the room in the canoes. Worried about being out in the woods? There is usually someone nearby in case of trouble or emergency services has access to the property. When it's camping weather, better make reservations for Oak Hill as soon as you can, it fills up fast. A completed CCA form is required for camping at Oak Hill. For gear delivery and other services see our Concierge Service.
Here are a few things you should know about Oak Hill which includes some of the do's and don'ts:
Popularity: Oak Hill is so popular that on busy weekends there is sometimes a waiting list. On holiday weekends every spot will be taken and everyone is there to have a good time. If you are looking for wilderness peace and quiet on a holiday, Fall, or Spring weekend Oak Hill may not be the place for you. As a matter of fact, the entire Peace River, will be jamming during those times. Weekdays and during slower times of the year Oak Hill is a wonderful place to get away. During busy times, it is still a wonderful place to camp but it's more of a big community of happy campers with folks running around everywhere.
Accessibility: Oak Hill is only accessible by canoe or kayak. We will not drive anyone into Oak Hill. No one other that Canoe Outpost-Peace River staff can drive into Oak Hill. You cannot bring a boat and picnic or camp at the Oak Hill area. You have to paddle to get there in a Canoe Outpost-Peace River canoe or kayak or in your canoe/kayak that Canoe Outpost-Peace River transported. No exceptions.
It's Exclusive: Oak Hill is for the exclusive use of Canoe Outpost-Peace River customers. If you arrive at your assigned camping or picnic area and someone else is there, call the Outpost at 800-268-0083 or 863-494-1215. Any canoes other than Canoe Outpost-Peace River canoes/kayaks are to leave. There might be day trippers at your spot, they're only there taking a break and will be leaving soon.
Primitive: Camping at Oak Hill is primitive tent camping. No electricity, no water, no generators, no RVs, and no popups.
Camping Gear Delivery: Delivery to campsites starts at 12 noon and ends at 5 p.m. A staff member will be at Oak Hill checking on the camping gear during that time. If you do the 8:00 a.m. Brownville Run, do not expect your camping gear before noon. Pack a lunch and bring drinks. Camping gear delivery starts at 12:00 noon (we don't leave the Outpost until then) and it is first come, first serve. If you checked in at 8:00, your gear is delivered first. Staff leaves the Outpost at noon and continuously delivers gear until it is all done. Usually one to two trucks delivers the gear in trailers. Gear delivery by bus is not done until a driver is available so bus deliveries will be later than noon. Please leave the gear bus alone. Don't let the kids play with all the lights and run the battery dead. Your gear will be delayed in getting back if we have to try and start a dead bus. Do not play with the bus horn!
During busy season (February-May, October-November, and on holiday weekends, only those who are having their camping gear delivered can camp at Oak Hill on Saturday nights. On three day weekends, you must have your gear delivered if staying a Sunday night. If you want to camp at Oak Hill and take your camping gear with you, it needs to be during the week or during slow times. Those that want their gear delivered get a higher priority when reserving campsites.
Camping Gear Pick Up: Starts at 10:00 a.m. except on Saturdays, which is 12:00 p.m. Upon check-in at office set a time for the camping gear to be picked up or call by cell phone when ready to leave campsite. Gear is picked up by order of phone call. If you don't call, your gear will be the last to be returned to the Outpost. If you leave camp before the rest of the group is done loading and you get back early, you will have to wait for the camping gear. If leaving early, bring your camping gear with you.
Oak Hill is patrolled during the day and into the night. No other vehicles are allowed at Oak Hill except Outpost trucks and/or buses delivering camping gear or checking on campers. The gates are locked at all times. In case of emergency, there is access for law and EMS personnel.
Wee-Wee in the Woods: All campsites have access to a portable toilet via a short hike. If you want an in-site or private portable toilet, just let us know and we can order one for you. Call 800-268-0083 for details. Please don't throw your trash on the ground around the portocan, take it back to the camp, please.
Be courteous to fellow campers and burn, bury, or bring toilet paper out if you don't use the portable toilets. See the “wee-wee in the woods” attached to your map. Feminine hygiene products and bags of human waste do not biodegrade. The animals will tear into them if left behind. They must be brought out. Be kind to Mother Nature and other campers and don't leave "calling cards" (white piles of toilet paper). Bring paper bags to collect toilet paper and burn it after meals are cooked. FYI, Baby wipes don't biodegrade right away, they take years!
No guns of any kind: This includes paintball, bb, air, airsoft, or pellet guns. No slingshots or bow and arrows of any sort. No fireworks which includes no bottle rockets! There are beautiful wild animals here and we want them to stay. There are neighbors across the river and they will call the Sheriff. You also may have neighboring campers you can't see. You will be disturbing other campers and could possibly hurt someone. Knock on wood, but in 40 years, Canoe Outpost-Peace River has never had a problem where a customer needed a firearm for "protection". You leave others and the animals alone, they won't mess with you. And... you do not have permission to hunt!
Trespassing: Do not trespass on private property. Do not go across the river at Oak Hill (eastside) and go up the bank. Stay on the west side, on Outpost property. If at Gardner South, stay only on the east side.
Use existing firepits: please do not start new ones. Firepits cause the ground to die, become sterile and grass does not come back for years. Every tent does not need a firepit. Some sites hardly have room for tents because of all the pits. Be careful with fires especially in grassy areas. Make sure your fire is put out before leaving. Remember to bring buckets for putting out fires. 5 gallon buckets are handy...sit on them, store items in them, and use them for water to put out the fire!
Trash: Do not throw cans and bottles in firepits. Cans and bottles do not burn. The Campsite Cleaning Fee and hourly fee will be charged if the campfire has to be cleaned. Bring back all trash unless instructed otherwise. If you do not have your camping gear delivered, do not assume your trash will be picked up! If camping gear is in a bus, place bagged trash by the front door of bus. It will be put on the bus or in the back of a truck or trailer. If your trailer is full of camping gear, leave the bagged trash next to it and staff will pick it up. All trash around and in the campsite is to picked up around by campers. Staff will pick it up for a fee, see below.
Campsite Clean-up: $50.00 plus $20.00 per hour per staff member needed to clean up campsite. This includes cleaning the beach, paths, around the portocans, and any toilet paper left behind on the ground. This is not a "by request service". Campsites are inspected after each use. This service will be charged to your Credit Card Authorization if needed after your departure. Please see CCA fee schedule for additional info or additional fees that may be incurred.
Firewood: There is no firewood at Oak Hill. You need to bring it from home, buy it from us, or pick it up as you come down the river. Be kind to the woods, don't build 20 foot tall fires, they use up all the wood. Bring firewood or scrap wood from home, less going into the landfill. Green trees and shrubs are not to be cut down and used for firewood! Green trees are the shade trees. Don't hack on live trees, they become diseased and die. Don't cut saplings for walking sticks, those are the future shade trees. It gets hot out there without any shade! Firewood can be delivered.
Tables: Do not take a table from another campsite unless o.k. with main office. Every campsite gets a least one table. Don't be rude and short other campers. If you move a picnic table onto the beach please put it back in the campsite for the next camper. Extra tables can be ordered for a fee.
Be Nice: Do not take someone else's spot. Areas are assigned by group size, by specific request, and/or reservation date. Don't try switching the signs, we know where everyone is assigned. Sometimes Outpost day-trippers will be picnicking but they leave in just a little while. Camping gear, if being delivered, will be there shortly or already there.
Be courteous to fellow campers, you may not see them but they can hear you. Please keep the music and party noise down. 10:00 p.m.-6:00 a.m. is quiet time.
Speaking of noise, NO Generators!! Anything that runs on gasoline is prohibited. This is wilderness camping and you are infringing are the rights of others to enjoy the wilderness river experience. There have been too many complaints about the noise. There is a regular campground next door to the Arcadia office that can is more suited to the type of camping that requires generators.
Hiking: Hiking is available via services roads to the rear of each camping area. If you hike towards the west (follow the sunset and with your back to the river) and come to a closed but not locked gate, you can go thru the gate, just make sure you close it behind you. We have cows on the property. The cows are a necessity, the help keep the property taxes down at Oak Hill. Be courteous to fellow campers and do not walk through their campsite. Don't forget, you can also explore on the river, just paddle up and down. You have the canoes, paddle as much as you'd like.
Outfitted Canoes: All campers including outfitted canoes set up their own camp and take down their own camp. Please repack the equipment back into the containers and original bags if possible if using Outpost equipment unless you have contracted with the Outpost Campmaster.
Emergency? If there is an emergency, call 911. The DeSoto County Sheriff's Office will contact staff and work with staff resolving any emergency situations. During the day call 863-494-1215 or 800-268-0083. If it's not an emergency, then please don't call emergency services. Noise outside your tent doesn't constitute an emergency.
Click here for a little more detail on the rules of Oak Hill if you have trouble understanding them or need more explanation on the rules that are broken most frequently.