Deep Creek Preserve & Park

Proximity to the Charlotte Harbor estuary is reflected in the tidal nature of the river and its associated floodplain wetlands. The Peace River is highly braided in these lower reaches and the name of the property is derived from a prominent branch of the river, known historically as “Deep Creek,” which parallels the eastern boundary of the site.

About half of the property is pine flatwoods consisting of longleaf pines and a diverse mixture of native shrubs and herbs. A large number of freshwater marshes and wet prairies dot the landscape, and a series of intermittent streams discharge overflow from these wetland areas into Deep Creek during periods of high water. Narrow ridges of well-drained oak scrub and scrubby flatwoods line the margins of several of the creeks. Tidal swamp, bordered by small areas of salt marsh and mangrove forest, dominates the riverine floodplain.

A small area of improved pasture accounts for the only portion of the property that has been altered substantially from its natural state. The pasture’s location, near the intersection of Kings Highway (CR 769) and SW Peace River Street, provides convenient access.

Recreational Opportunities

Boating and Paddling

    Available at Deep Creek Park.


    Separate sites available for equestrian, group and primitive camping.
    Sites have a picnic table, fire ring and/or grill.
    Nonpotable water source available.
    Portable toilet available.
    A free reservation is required and must be displayed on dashboard at campground.


    This site has a picnic table, fire ring and/or grill.

Equestrian Use

    Approximately 9 miles of multiuse trails.
    Riders are required to stay on marked trails.
    Each rider must carry proof of horse’s current negative Coggins test.
    Florida law requires equestrians under 16 to wear helmets.


    Bank fishing available along river.
    Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for license requirements.


    9-mile network of multiuse trail roads.
    Prepare for wet hiking; some trails are excessively wet during certain times of year.
    Access to the District’s trail network at Deep Creek Park.

Picnic Facilities

    Limited picnic facilities available at campsite.
    Pavilion available at Deep Creek Park.