The Lure of the Islands in the Gulf of Mexico
What is it that entices people to the sea? Poet John Masefield wrote, “I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied.” Millions of visitors are drawn to the islands in the northern Gulf of Mexico for the white sandy beaches, the aquamarine waters, a boat ride, a camping spot, a tour of an old fort, or a place to fish.
Personal Watecraft (PWC)
Gulf Islands prepared an Environmental Assessment for the NEPA compliance for a regulation allowing continued PWC use. Public comments are reqested.Read More
Enjoy a guided program or fishing, picnicking, boating, birding, swimming, biking, hiking or exploring the historic forts and walking the beach.Read More
Enjoy camping in a developed campground, or primitive island camping in Florida and Mississippi.Read More
Gulf Islands protects a number of historic fortifications that represent the nation's coastal defense.Read More
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Trading Cards for Kids
Discover more that 500 stories about America's journey from the Civil War to Civil Rights. View online or visit this park to collect your own copies.Read More
Road Conditions in Florida
Fort Pickens and J. Earl BowdenWay, roads and bike lanes can flood or be covered with sand. For updates on roads call 850-934-2656.Read More
Oil Spill Response
All areas of the park are open to visitors. Clean-up of the Deep Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is ongoing.Read More
Did You Know?
Because of the tropical-like conditions, the U. S. Army established the Cat Island War Dog Training Camp in south Mississippi during World War II. A variety of dog breeds were trained to guard, deliver messages, and attack the enemy. Cat Island is part of Gulf Islands National Seashore.