• Dry Tortugas

    Dry Tortugas

    National Park Florida

Dry Tortugas Visitor Boat Slips

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Boat slips at Garden Key are now available for loading and unloading equipment and touring Fort Jefferson.

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Construction has been completed on five visitor boat slips on Garden Key in Dry Tortugas National Park. These slips are a great addition for boaters who visit this remote park.

Slip Usage
Boaters can use the slips on a first come first service basis to unload camping gear and supplies or take a walking tour of the fort. As the harbor can be busy with many small private boats there is a two hour limit for slip usage.

Boat permits
Boat permits are required for all vessels in the park with the exception of those transiting across park waters. These are free and can be acquired from park rangers on site or contact VHF Marine Radio Channel 16.

 
Garden Key map

Map of garden key

National Park Service

Visitor Slip Location
The visitor slips are located between the park dock and the dinghy beach. This is easy walking distance to the camping and beach areas and the fort entrance.

Click here to access a pdf of this map.

Did You Know?

Dr. Samuel Mudd

Fort Jefferson served for a time as a remote prison facility. One of its most famous inmates was none other than Dr. Samuel Mudd, who set the leg of John Wilkes Booth following the assassination of President Lincoln. Mudd was incarcerated on the Dry Tortugas for only four years, from 1865 to 1869.