Tent Camping

COVID-19 Updates

Visit our Closures & Cancellations page to view the latest Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources closures, cancellations and updates related to Coronavirus.

Tent Camping is available at Rye Preserve on Friday and Saturday nights September through May only on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Camping Fees & Registration

Camping fees: $20 per night per site plus tax (max 6 people per single campsite). Cash or check only. No debit/credit cards.

Camping registration: You must register at the Rangers Station prior to setting up your campsite. Registration is from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Checkout time is 2 p.m. 

Rye Preserve Tent Camping Rules

  • Maximum of 6 people per single campsite.
  • Camping permitted at campground only.
  • Campsites must have at least one responsible camper present who is 21 years of age or older.
  • No RVs, camping trailers or generators are permitted.
  • Pets are allowed but must be on leash at all times.
  • Firewood is provided when available and camp fires are permitted, except during periods of extreme drought.
    • Camp fires may be banned during drought conditions. Violators may lose future camping privileges and face penalties from the State Division of Forestry.
  • Please do not cut limbs, or nail, hang, or tie anything to trees or shrubs.
  • Be courteous to others and keep noise to a minimum after 10 p.m.

Download the Rye Preserve Brochure.