In order to offer additional protection to wildlife habitat, the following areas have been closed to public entry.
Keys and beaches of Florida Bay
-All keys (islands) in Florida Bay are closed to protect bird nesting areas (see exceptions below).
-Wading within 100 feet of any closed area is prohibited.
-Moats and internal creeks associated with Buchanan Keys.
-Exceptions: Landing and camping is permitted on North Nest Key, Little Rabbit Key and Cape Sable.
*Pets are prohibited on all keys.
Northeast Florida Bay
The following areas are closed for the protection of American crocodiles and their nesting habitat: Little Madeira Bay, Taylor River, East Creek, Mud Creek, Mud Bay, Davis Creek, and all creeks inland from the northern shoreline of Long Sound to U.S. Highway 1.
-Rogers Bay Rookery
-Cuthbert Lakes and their attendant rookery.
Ten Thousand Islands Area
Landing is prohibited on the small group of islands at the southeast entrance to Gaskin Bay, known as Indian Key Rookery. Landing is allowed only on the northernmost sandspit of Pavilion Key. The rest of the island is closed.
Other areas may be posted closed by order of the Park Superintendent. Closed areas represent less than 1% of the total park area.