• Beach walkway to white sandy beach and bluegreen waters

    Gulf Islands

    National Seashore FL,MS

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  • Partial Closure on Horn Island

    Small portion of Horn Island, Mississippi, closed to entry due to discovery of asbestos and possible other bio hazards. Click on more for map and press release. More »

  • Shorebirds Nesting Near Roads - 20 mph

    Shorebirds are nesting near roads and cross the road regularly. Observe posted speed limits and be alert for tiny birds on the roads. Last year 155 birds were killed on park roads, help us reduce the mortality rate of these beautiful birds and go slow.

Local Lifeguard Certification

Gulf Islands National Seashore requires lifeguard applicants to have a current American Red Cross or equivalent lifeguard certification. Those applicants who are not currently certified can contact their local Red Cross chapters or local aquatic facilities to inquire when classes will be held.

Pensacola, Florida

University of West Florida 850-474-2981

Pensacola Junior College 850-484-1311

Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Red Cross 228-762-2455

YMCA 228-875-2966

Those interested in applying for a position as a National Park lifeguard may still apply even if enrolled in a lifeguard class during the job announcement period.

Did You Know?

The arches at Fort Massachusetts are made of red and tan bricks.

Gulf Islands National Seashore's Fort Massachusetts, on West Ship Island 12 miles off the Mississippi coastline, was covered by the 30-foot storm surge from Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005. The fort has been reopened to the public.