Backcountry Camping

Charon's Garden Wilderness Area is a great place to go backcountry camping.

Backcountry camping is allowed by permit in designated portions of the Charon's Garden Wilderness Area. The following regulations and information are established for both the protection of the resource and for visitor enjoyment and safety. For full regulations, please download the Backcountry Camping Information Sheet or contact Refuge Headquarters.

Permits are issued on a first-come, first-served basis for a maximum of three days. Friday, Saturday, Sunday -or- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. No permits are issued for Thursday. A total of ten (10) permits can be issued for any time period. Reservations are taken up to 3 months in advance. 

If not under reservation, permits are available on a limited basis by contacting Refuge staff at Due to the popularity of these permits, walk-in availability is unlikely during the spring, fall and school break days.

A $10 administrative fee per permit plus $5 per-person fee will be charged. The fee is non-refundable once a permit is issued. Payment must be received by the refuge within 10 days after notice of tentative reservation is mailed from the refuge. Check or money order should be made payable to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Upon receipt of payment, the permit will be sent by return mail. 

It is your responsibility to know all refuge regulations. A regulation and information leaflet may be obtained at Refuge Headquarters or at each entrance to the refuge. Check the Backcountry Camping Information Sheet for specific information strictly prohibiting campfires or open fires of any kind and guidance on trenching, garbage, human waste, and dish washing.