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.
Boating Permits are free and can be obtained in person at the Garden Key dock house.
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.
Last updated: February 5, 2021