Elliott Key

University Dock at Elliott Key
The northern end of Elliott Key at University Dock.

Matt Johnson

 

The park's largest island was once a thriving community of pioneers engaged in pineapple farming, sponging, wrecking or other pursuits. Today the island offers camping, picnicking, swimming, wildlife watching and a hiking trail.

Camping - The campground is located on the Biscayne Bay side of the island. Camping is first-come, first-served. Reservations are not accepted.

Picknicking - Picnic tables and barbecue grills are available in the campground and marina.

Restrooms - Restrooms with cold water showers are available. Fresh drinking water is located outside of the restroom building. It is recommended that you bring your own fresh water, just in case the generator should go down.

Swimming - Visitors may enjoy the designated swim area near the campground (north of the harbor).

Walking and Hiking - A mile-long loop trail starts near the campground. Spite Highway, named by park opponents just before the park was established (learn more), runs approximately six miles down the center of the island. It affords a good opportunity to see a variety of habitats in the martime forest.

Fishing - Fishing is permitted from the maintenance dock located south of the harbor or from the shoreline outside of the buoyed swimming area and no-wake zone. A fishing license may be required and regulations apply (learn more).

Things to Remember:

  • Mosquitoes may be prevalent year round.
  • There is no backcountry camping in the park. Camp in designated areas only.
  • There are no sales facilities on the island.
  • There is no trash pickup on the island. Visitors must pack out all trash.
  • Elliott Key harbor is approximately 2 ½ feet at low tide. Low tide is calculated by adding three hours and twenty-five minutes to the low tide at Miami's Government Cut.
  • Boats may dock at any one of the 36 slips. An overnight docking fee of $25 is assessed between 6:00 PM and 6:00 AM. Use of tenting area (for two tents and up to six people) is included in the docking fee. Register at the manual kiosk by the harbor edge.
  • Pets on a leash are permitted in the developed areas of Elliott Key. Pets may not be left unattended.
  • A group campsite is located on the ocean side of the island, approximately a 1/3 mile walk from the harbor and restrooms. Call 786-335-3609 to reserve the group campsite. A fire ring is located here. This is the only location in the park where an open ground fire is permitted.
  • The open grass area north of the environmental education center building is used as a helicopter-landing zone in case of emergency. Camping is prohibited in this area.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

9700 SW 328th Street
Sir Lancelot Jones Way

Homestead, FL 33033

Phone:

(305) 230-1144

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