• Beach walkway to white sandy beach and bluegreen waters

    Gulf Islands

    National Seashore FL,MS

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Frequently Asked Questions

A female ranger stands in front of beach users at the Naval Live Oaks Area.

Rangers can provide answers to Seashore questions.

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1. Does the passenger ferry operate to West Ship Island in Mississippi from Gulfport?

Yes. Weather permitting and the passenger ferry operates daily from March through the end of October.

3. Are personal watercraft (PWC) allowed to operate in the Seashore?

Restrictions apply when operating Personal Watercraft (PWC) within the Seashore. For visitor safety, resource protection, and wilderness protection, certain areas of the Seashore are closed to PWC operation. Know the rules and regulations before you go.

4. Can sea shells be collected?

Sea shells can be picked up if there are no living creatures in them.

5. Are fireworks allowed in the park?

Fireworks are prohibited in the park.

6. Are metal detectors allowed?

Metal detectors are prohibited.

Did You Know?

Two Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins ride the bow wave of the wooden passenger ferry.

Did you know that two thirds of Gulf Islands National Seashore is under water? The largest, most common, mammal in this underwater realm is the Atlantic bottlenose dolphin.