• Dry Tortugas

    Dry Tortugas

    National Park Florida

Dry Tortugas Boat Permits & Mooring Buoys

Garden Key Harbor

Boats anchored in Garden Key Harbor

National Park Service

Boat permits are required for all vessels in the park, including the Research Natural Area (RNA). Boating permits apply to all recreational vessels including kayaks and dinghies, vessels operating under a Commercial Use Authorization (CUA), and commercial fishing vessels. The only vessels exempt from this rule are those transiting the area without interruption.

Six recreational mooring buoys are available for day use only, on a first come, first serve basis.

RNAMB1/Windjammer: N24° 37.461 W82° 56.564
Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Swimming, Research, and Educational Diving, Snorkeling, Swimming, Research, Education

RNAMB3:/Davis Rock N24° 41.208 W82° 54.450
Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Swimming, Research, Education

RNAMB4/Texas Rock: N24° 40.814 W82° 53.120
Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Swimming, Research, Education

RNAB5 (Off Ramp) N24°40.166 W082°54.510
Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Swimming, Research, Education

LMBSE (Loggerhead SE) N24°37.832 W082°55.188
Use for access to Loggerhead Key, Visit Historic Structures, Swimming, Research, Education

MBSW (Loggerhead SW) N24°37.802 W082°55.542
Use for access to Loggerhead Key. Visit Historic Structures, Snorkeling, Swimming, Research, Education

Vessels may only anchor overnight within one nautical mile of the Garden Key Harbor Light on sandy bottom.

 

How to get your Boat Permit

 

Boating Permits are FREE and can be obtained in person at the Garden Key Visitor Center or Park Headquarters Office. Visitors will also receive information regarding the Research Natural Area as well as park rules and regulations.

If you are boating in the park and have questions the park monitors VHF Radio Channel 16.

 

Did You Know?

Loggerhead Sea Turtle on the Beach

The Dry Tortugas derived their name from the abundance of turtles that could be found in the area. Even today, lucky visitors may be able to spot loggerhead, green, hawksbill, and leatherback sea turtles plying the waters.