Frequently Asked Questions

1. I want to reserve a campsite, should I call the park?

No. Campsite reservations can only be made by calling 1-877-444-6777 or visiting www.recreation.gov.

2. Are there primitive camping opportunities in the park?

Yes! Primitive camping is a great way to experience Gulf Islands National Seashore, visit our Primitive Camping page to learn more.

3. How do I get to West Ship Island?

Weather permitting you can take a passenger ferry to West Ship Island during the open season. Learn more by visiting www.msshipisland.com.

4. How do I get to the other Mississippi islands part of Gulf Islands National Seashore?

All islands are accessible by private boat, however if you'd like authorized contractors are available to transport you to the islands.

5. Where can I purchase my entrance fees or Interagency Passes?

The Fort Pickens and Perdido Key Entrance Stations are open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Fort Barrancas Visitor Center sells interagency passes Friday through Sunday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

6. Can I purchase an Interagency Pass or pay my entrance fee at Park Headquarters - Naval Live Oaks Area?

No, the Naval Live Oaks Area - Park Headquarters does not sell passes or entrance fees.

7. Is there a visitor center at Naval Live Oaks?

No. While there are exhibits at Park Headquarters that are open to the public Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. there is not always someone on staff and the exhibits are self-serve.

8. Where can I find out about the park's rules and regulations?

The park's superintendent's compendium and a list of rules and regulations can be found by visiting our Laws & Policies page.

9. How do I contact the park?

If you cannot find what you're looking for or need more information, visit our Contact Us page.

10. What events or programs are happening in the park?

Visit our Calendar page for all information regarding upcoming events and programs. Ranger programs are updated monthly.

12. How do I reserve a Picnic Pavilion?

Reservations for the park's picnic pavilions must be made through the park's permits office. Please call 1-850-934-2605, email the office, or visit our Permits & Reservations page.

13. May I collect sea shells?

You may collect sea shells from the national seashore that do not have living creatures in them.

14. May I use my metal detector in the park?

No. The use of a metal detector, digging, and removing historic objects of any kind is prohibited in all areas of the park.

15. Is Fort Pickens Road open?

Temporary road and facility closures are posted on our Temporary Closures page. For the status of the Fort Pickens Road, you may also call the Fort Pickens Road Hotline (850) 934-2656.

16. Can my pet visit the national seashore?

Pets are welcome on park trails, multi-use paths, and park roads, but must be on a leash less than six feet in length. Pets are restricted from several areas of the park, please visit our Pets page for more information.

17. How do I volunteer at the national seashore?

Visit our Volunteer page to learn more about how you can volunteer with us. Additionally, all volunteer positions are posted on www.volunteer.gov.

18. Are there clothing optional areas at the national seashore?

No, there are no areas set aside for clothing optional recreation within Gulf Islands National Seashore.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1801 Gulf Breeze Parkway
Gulf Breeze, FL 32563

Phone:

(850) 934-2600
Contact Gulf Islands National Seashore Headquarters by phone.

Contact Us