Bird Key WreckThe Bird Key Wreck, also known as the Brick Wreck, is located in shallow, 4-6 feet deep waters on Bird Key Bank. Be cautious: strong currents sometimes sweep across Bird Key Bank. Dive flags are required for snorkeling or diving.
Boat permits are required for all vessels engaged in recreational activities in the Park. For vessels transiting the park without interruption a boat is not required.
CampingAre you looking for a memorable camping experience? Do you enjoy relaxing sunsets and breathtaking nighttime skies? Camping in Dry Tortugas National Park offers that and more.
Camping ChecklistSpending a night among the Dry Tortugas can be a magical and memorable experience. But for those that come unprepared, the islands can present an formidable exercise in frustration. To help you enjoy your stay, we've prepared a basic checklist of items you should plan to bring with you.
Engineering Officers' QuartersThe Engineering Officers' Quarters are listed in the National Register of Historic Places as contributing buildings of Fort Jefferson and are historically significant properties.
Garden Key Fishing
Junior Ranger Program
Kayaking in the Dry Tortugas
Keeping Watch on Surging Seas
Life on Loggerhead
Preserving Fort Jefferson
Research Natural Area
The RNA is a 46 square-mile no-take ecological preserve that provides a sanctuary for species aff ected by fi shing and loss of habitat in this region of the Gulf.
Park Map and Guide
El Área Natural de Investigaciones (ANI) impone nuevas protecciones para proteger los recursos marinos del Parque Nacional Dry Tortugas.
I already pay taxes, why do I have to pay an entrance fee?
Normas del parque nacional
¡Bienvenido al Parque Nacional Dry Tortugas! Nosotros compartimos el deber de proteger las frágiles características naturales e históricas de este ambiente espectacular. Si tiene dudas, comuníquese con los guardaparques. ¡Qué disfrute una experiencia agradable y segura!
The Windjammer Wreck, located less than a mile southwest of Loggerhead Key, has gone by several names over its long history.
Construction of Fort Jefferson began in 1846 and continued through the Civil War until the 1870's. Fort Jefferson is part of the Third System of seacoast fortifications defined by systematic and refined casemate details. One of the most important features of Fort Jefferson is the original iron Totten Shutters;a uniquely designed and highly engineered defense feature. Ultimately the Totten Shutter became the first time that armor became a standard element of harbor defenses as a result of extensive experimentation and exhaustive study by one man;Joseph G. Totten
The Underground Railroad at Fort Jefferson
Shortly after midnight on July 10, 1847, seven enslaved African Americans fled Garden Key. Over the lengthy construction of Fort Jefferson, large numbers of enslaved workers were employed by the Army. The conditions were harsh, and the hopes of escape virtually nonexistent. Freedom seekers faced incredible odds. Surrounded by miles of open sea and treacherous reefs, perhaps no area in North America presented greater challenges to selfemancipation. Undaunted by these long odds, seven men set out to do the impossible
Lighthouses of Garden Key
Conserving and Remounting Fort Jefferson's Cannon
Tortugas Harbor Light
In 1876 the Tortugas Harbor Light structure replaced the original 1825 lighthouse located on the parade ground of Fort Jefferson. Plans are underway to rehabilitate the deteriorating lighthouse.
Loggerhead Key LighthouseThe Loggerhead Key Light Station is significant for its role in facilitating America’s ocean-borne commerce and as a notable example of a civilian public works project undertaken by Army engineers prior to the Civil War. Since it was first lit in 1858, it has helped to alert mariners to the dangerous waters and shallow reefs of the Dry Tortugas. It also marks the western end of the Florida Reef.
Last updated: January 19, 2018