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Yellow River - Escribano Point Parcels

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Enjoy year-round camping at two shady campgrounds offering excellent scenery and easy access to beautiful stretches of undeveloped coastline. These primitive sites offer portable toilets and bear-proof trash cans; all sites have fires rings and picnic tables. No potable water or electricity is available.

Small boats can be hand-launched from shore at the Bayside Campground.

Bayside Campground, on the east shore of Blackwater Bay, has a sandy shoreline and views of the shallow bay. All 12 sites are suitable for tents, campers or small RVs. One group site is available.  

Bayou Campground overlooks the salt marshes of Fundy Bayou, a meandering tidal creek that connects with Blackwater Bay. The 4 sites are for tent-only camping.

All campers must obtain a free permit/site reservation using online reservation system (below) or by calling the Northwest Regional Office at (850)265-3676 during regular business hours only (Mon-Fri, 7am-4pm CST). The permit must be displayed at the campsite at all times.

Campground Photos and Maps

Bayou-Campground.jpgBayou Campground Map Adobe PDF

Bayside-Campground.jpgBayside Campground Map Adobe PDF

 

Our Rules

  • The permit must be displayed at the campsite at all times.
  • 14 consecutive days must pass before an individual may obtain a new permit in either campground and the campgrounds must be vacated upon expiration of the permit. The only exception is quota hunt permit holders may obtain a new camping permit anytime while their quota permit is valid.
  • No individual may hold more than one permit at a time. The only exception is quota hunt permit holders booking separate weekend reservations within the time their quota permit is valid.
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General Camping and Permit Information

Camping at the Grassy Point Area of Yellow River Wildlife Management Area is allowed within designated Bayside and Bayou campgrounds by permit only and subject to permit provisions. Camping is prohibited outside designated campgrounds.

Permits may be obtained up to 30 days in advance. Individuals may apply for a maximum of 14 days (either campground) in the Grassy Point Area within a given month; 14 days must pass before an individual may obtain a new permit after the maximum allotted dates. 

 

Designated Campground Information

 

There are two designated campgrounds on the Grassy Point Area of the Yellow River WMA in Santa Rosa County: Bayside Campground contains 12 campsites and 1 group site; Bayou Campground contains 4 campsites. (See campground map)

 Camping is primitive with no amenities, other than bear resistant trash receptacles and portable toilets. Some picnic tables and fire rings and/or grills are available at some of the campsites. If a campsite does not have a designated fire ring and/or grill, campers are asked to keep campfires within the designated campsite. Other amenities are being considered for future installation.

All camping equipment is to be contained within the boundary of the designated campsite. FWC asks all visitors to either properly dispose of trash in the receptacles provided or haul out what you hauled in. Please help keep these natural areas natural.

Any violation of permit stipulations may result in cancellation of the permit or in citation.

Permit Provisions

  1. The possession or consumption of alcohol is prohibited.
  2. Campers must observe all WMA rules and regulations.
  3. No more than eight people and two tents allowed per site.
  4. At the group site, no more than 16 people and four tents are allowed.
  5. All equipment must be contained within the boundary of the designated sites.
  6. No person shall bring building materials onto the area or erect permanent or semi-permanent structures.
  7. Camping permit must be displayed in a manner visible to law enforcement and FWC area staff or must be readily available if checked by staff.
  8. Camping is limited to tents, trailers or self propelled camping vehicles. Kitchen stoves, refrigerators, and freezers are prohibited, unless contained in mobile campers. Lumber, sheet metal or other building materials are prohibited.
  9. Permit holder is responsible for the actions and/or violation of permit provisions of all persons using the site.
  10. Cutting of vegetation and standing trees (alive or dead) is prohibited.
  11. All campfires must be kept within available fire rings or kept small as warming fires only.
  12. Store all food and garbage in a manner that will prevent access by wildlife.
  13. Pets are allowed but must be kept under physical restraint at all times.
  14. All camp fires are to be extinguished before leaving campsite.
  15. All trash must be properly disposed of in waste receptacles or hauled out of the area.
  16. Littering and disposing of any waste products such as graywater, petroleum products, toxic materials, batteries, etc. is prohibited anywhere in the campground or the WMA.
  17. Any violation of permit stipulations may result in permit cancellation and/or citation.


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