Boat Tours, Paddle-craft Rentals and Select Conveniences Temporarily Unavailable
Glass-bottom, snorkel, diving and island boat tours, and rentals for canoes and other paddle-craft, are temporarily unavailable. The park is working to resolve the issue as soon as possible and regrets the inconvenience. Limited snack items are available.
Elliott Key Harbor and Campground Closed Until Further Notice
Contractors began work to repair damaged boardwalks and marina at Elliott Key and the visitor center grounds. The marina and campground at Elliott Key are closed until the repairs are complete. University Dock on Elliott Key remains open for day use only. More »
Closure to Manage Damaged Reef Sites Announced
Effective immediately, the following areas, located south of Pacific Reef Channel are closed to all public entry except to those individuals with a special use permit. Special use permits can be applied for by contacting Biscayne's Visitor Protection Office at 305-230-1144 ext 3043. The closures are being made to facilitate National Park Service case management and control of damaged sites, and will remain closed until further notice.
The coordinates (UTM 17N NAD 83, units of meters) of the four corners of each closed area are as follows:
Northwest Corner 582915 2806462
Northeast Corner 583303 2806462
Southeast Corner 583303 2806069
Southwest Corner 582915 2806069
Northwest Corner 583353 2805790
Northeast Corner 583522 2805790
Southeast Corner 583522 2805629
Southwest Corner 583353 2805629
Did You Know?
In 2001, scientists taking a plant inventory in Biscayne National Park discovered a population of semaphore pricklypear cactus, one of the world's rarest plants. Previously known as only 9 plants in the lower Florida Keys, the new population numbered 570 plants...over 60 times the previous count.