Elliott Key Harbor and Campground Closed
Winds, surge and tides associated with Hurricane Sandy caused considerable damage to docks & boardwalk at Elliott Key. The harbor and campground are closed until further notice. University Dock remains open for day use only. More »
What Are They?
Mooring buoys help preserve the fragile coral reef ecosystem by preventing anchors from striking the coral and anchor ropes or chains from chafing or breaking coral. They also provide a convenient way to secure your boat. Mooring buoys are located adjacent to some of the more popular reefs in the park. Some of these reefs are very shallow so do not attempt to motor across a reef to reach a mooring buoy.
What does a mooring buoy look like?
Mooring buoys are hard, white plastic spheres about 18" in diameter. Lobster trap buoys are smaller Styrofoam balls, many of which are painted with bright colors.
How do I use a mooring buoy?
Please report any problems, such as broken or frayed lines to Biscayne National Park (305) 230-7275, ext. 0.
Where are they?
See the park's Mooring Buoy Locations.
What if a mooring buoy is not available?
When anchoring near reefs, place your anchor in clean sandy areas downwind from the reef. This will keep the anchor line from being dragged across the reef. Placing an anchor in the reef can cause great damage to the reef and also result in a substantial fine. Use 5 to 7 times the length of rope as the depth of the water; in rough seas use more line. Snorkel or dive to check that the anchor and line are secure and not touching any coral.
Our national park system was established to preserve and protect America's natural and cultural treasures. Do your part to help.
Did You Know?
Manatees are aquatic relatives of elephants. They have thick gray skin, coarse hairs, big toenails on their flippers, and lips that can rip and tear plants. Ask a Biscayne National Park ranger for suggestions on good places to look for these gentle giants.