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.
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.
Junior Ranger Program
Kayaking in the Dry Tortugas
Keeping Watch on Surging Seas
Life on Loggerhead
Preserving Fort Jefferson
Park Map and Guide
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: April 22, 2021