Boat Permits

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Boat Permits are Required

All private boats recreating or stopping in Dry Tortugas National Park must first stop at the Garden Key dock house before recreating within the park.

If you are simply transiting through the park, a boat permit is not necessary. Boat permits are required for all recreational vessels including kayaks and dinghies, vessels operating under a Commercial Use Authorization and commercial fishing vessels.

Recreational boating permits may be obtained in-person through a self-registration system at the Garden Key dock house.

 

Boat Permits Frequently Asked Questions

Permits are necessary to provide increased protection to the visitor, the Research Natural Area (RNA), and other marine resources outside of the RNA.

They also allow park staff to provide reliable information to the public about appropriate RNA visitation, provide park managers with reliable information about public use, increase the safety of the boating public by providing increased staff contact, and assist in monitoring recreational mooring buoy use to evaluate carrying capacity.

Boating permits are required for all recreational vessels including kayaks, paddle-boards, dinghies, vessels operating under a Commercial Use Authorization (CUA), and commercial fishing vessels.

NOTE: A permit is not necessary for vessels simply transiting through the park.

Boating Permits are free and can be obtained in person at the Garden Key dock house.

Visitors can find information about park rules and regulations, as well as information about things to do at the park.

 
 
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Plan Your Boating Trip

Bringing your own boat to Dry Tortugas National Park will provide you with the most opportunities to explore this remarkable national treasure. Situated approximately 70 miles west of Key West, Florida, with no food, water, or fuel available in the park, proper planning is a must.

Learn about boating, mooring buoys, anchoring/docking, and more by visiting our Boating page.

Last updated: February 5, 2021

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Mailing Address:

40001 SR-9336
Homestead, FL 33034

Phone:

(305) 242-7700

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