National Park Service
Camping at Garden Key is an incredible experience. Amazing star gazing, snorkeling, sunsets and more! But you must be prepared to camp in this remote location.
Campsite Information: A 10-site, primitive campground is located on Garden Key, the same island as Fort Jefferson, and is a short walk from the public dock. Eight individual sites can each accommodate up to 3 2-person tents (total of 6 people), and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Should a regular campsite not be available, an overflow area is provided. Gas camping stoves or charcoal briquettes placed in campsite BBQ units are the only fires allowed.
Fees: The campground is a self-service fee area with a nightly fee of $3 per person. A 50% discount applies to holders of the Golden Age or Golden Access Pass. No other discounts apply. Fees paid for transportation (seaplane or ferry) do not include camping fees.
Camping Facilities and Supply needs: Campsites have picnic tables and grills. Campers must bring all supplies, including fresh water, fuel, ice, and food. All trash and garbage must be carried out upon departure.
Ferry Transportation The ferry will bring campers and their gear to the Dry Tortugas. Fuel cannot be transported on the ferry. You should check with the ferry operator for details. Once you arrive, there are wheeled carts at the dock to assist in moving your camping gear to the campgrounds.
Did You Know?
Despite over 30 years of construction, massive Fort Jefferson was never truly completed on the islands of the Dry Tortugas. Advances in weapon technology would come to render the fort obsolete by 1862.