• 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.

Park Training for Lifeguards


Gulf Islands NS conducts in-service training to prepare lifeguards for the summer. Training includes:

  • 40-hour National Registry First Responder course. This course covers: roles of the first responder, scene safety, patient assessment, care for medical and trauma patients, CPR, AED, and oxygen administration.
  • 40-hour United States Lifesaving Association Open Water class. This course prepares lifeguards for the open water environment.
  • 5-hour ATV safety. This meets the requirement of the ATV (All Terrain Vehicle) Safety Institute and prepares lifeguards for ATV operations.
  • Daily physical fitness requirements such as run/swim/run.
  • Monthly in-service to cover a variety of topics such as search and rescue.

Did You Know?

The long roots of the sea oats help hold the dunes together.

The stunning sugar white beaches of Gulf Islands National Seashore are composed of fine quartz eroded from granite in the Appalachian Mountains. The sand is carried seaward by rivers and creeks and deposited by currents along the shore.