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.
Because of the miles of shoreline and water access, opportunities to swim throughout the Seashore are numerous. However, it is better to swim in lifeguarded or designated swim beaches that are located at Johnson Beach, Langdon Beach, Opal Beach and Perdido Key Area in Florida and at West Ship Island in Mississippi.
Season for Lifeguards will end in September. For information on times please call 850-232-5883.
Lifeguards' Safety Tips:
Learn to swim.
Watch for beach safety flags and heed the warnings. During lifeguard season call 850-934-2600 for current Florida District flag conditions at Opal Beach, Langdon Beach, and Perdido Key Beach after 10:00 A.M.
Swim near a lifeguard.
Never swim alone.
Parents should always watch their children.
No Diving. Sandbars can be shallow. Feet first first time!
If you are in trouble, call or wave for help.
Follow all rules and regulations of lifeguard or local beach patrols.
Please No glass containers at the beach.
Junior Lifeguard is offered in the summer months, for more information please call 850-916-5634.
Did You Know?
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.