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 Watercraft (PWC)
Gulf Islands is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement for the continued use of PWC within the waters of the Seashore. Comments are welcome.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
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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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?
In 1828, John Q. Adams designated the Naval Live Oaks Area of Gulf Islands National Seashore as the first United States tree farm. Live oak trees are known for their incredible density and resistance to disease. They provided durable wood for the construction of early naval vessels.