There are several ways to enjoy camping on the Peace, total wilderness, semi-wilderness, and campground camping. We specialize in the wilderness and semi-wildness styles which are paddle in and paddle out.
Wilderness style is taking your camping gear with you, being bused upriver, paddling downstream, finding your own campsite, and paddling back. The most popular run for wilderness camping is the 19.5, Zolfo Springs to Gardner. You can also do the 12 or 8 mile runs and take your camping gear with you but campsites are very limited especially during busy season. Any run, north of Gardner is find your own, wildness camping.
Semi-Wilderness style is having your camping gear delivered to a reserved campsite at Oak Hill This is an Outpost exclusive and has become the most popular camping experience on the Peace River. You come to Arcadia, load your camping gear in a trailer or a bus (if you’re with a group) and we deliver it to a designated campsite while you are on the river. You paddle to the campsite where your camping gear awaits you (or will be there shortly), after a night or two, you paddle back to your vehicle and we pick up the camping gear and bring it back to Arcadia. Forget something? We even have a Campsite Concierge who’ll run to the store for you. The service is on the 12 or 8 mile runs only. Short paddle, more camping time.
Campground camping is camping at a campground and just doing a day trip or camp at campground along the river.The Peace River Campground is right next door or Brownville Park is a short drive away. You would meet us at the Arcadia Outpost, we would take you up river and you would paddle back to us by closing time. After your paddle, you head back to your campsite at one of the campgrounds. If you’re paddling an overnight run, you can camp at Brownville Park for a fee. We drop you off in Gardner, you paddle down to Brownville Park, camp, and the next day, paddle back to us.
If doing the wilderness runs
Most camping on the Peace River is wilderness camping except for the private camping areas owned by Canoe Outpost. There are no public designated camping areas, public designated picnic areas, or public restrooms except at some public boat ramps/parks. There is no access off or on the river except at public boat ramps. Public boat ramps at Homeland, Ft. Meade, Wauchula, Zolfo Springs, Gardner, Brownville, Arcadia, Nocatee, Liverpool, and DeSoto Marina are accessible to the public. There is only a canoe launch in Bartow. Only Ft. Meade (hike), Crews Park in Wauchula, Zolfo Springs, Brownville Park, Veteran’s Park (Arcadia) have public facilities.
Property on the river
If you don’t own it, someone else does. As a Canoe Outpost-Peace River customer you have the privilege to stop along the way and use Canoe Outpost-Peace River facilities at Gardner, Gardner South, Oak Hill, and Canoe Outpost-Arcadia. Any other tables, docks, garbage cans, and facilities along the river are privately owned if not at a public boat ramp. Please respect land owners rights and “No Trespassing” signs. Again, if you don’t own it, someone else does. As long as you stay down by the water, you are in accordance with the law.
When paddling on the Peace River, paddlers need to stay in their vessels and/or near their vessels while on the trip and at camp except at Oak Hill. There is no hiking around, no hiking out. Do not leave your friends, always stay within sight of each other. If there is a problem, paddlers need to paddle upstream back to Zolfo Springs or downstream to Gardner if on the 19.5 mile run. Emergency services cannot reach you easily while you are on the river especially during low water. There is also no road access, no quick drives to find you. This is wilderness paddling. If you question your ability to function safely and with care while in a wilderness situation we suggest you reconsider. Local authorities and outfitters are getting tired of 911 calls about “lost” drunk friends, folks who can’t stay in their canoes or kayaks and get “lost”, folks who hear “wild” animals outside their tent and folk fighting among themselves. 911 non-emergency calls involve a lot of money and manpower to handle and are usually false alarms and the frequency of them lately on the river will jeopardize the camping on the river. 911 is for emergency calls only i.e. someone is seriously hurt and is need of dire emergency care.