Boating During COVID-19

A single boat moves across open blue-green water just off shore.


The health and safety of National Park Service (NPS) visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners is our number one priority.

The NPS is taking extraordinary steps to implement the latest guidance from state and local public health authorities, which support the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s (CDC) efforts to promote social distancing and slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The NPS urges visitors to practice Leave No Trace principles, including pack-in and pack-out, to keep outdoor spaces safe and healthy. Park rangers remain on duty protecting the parks, and normal rules and regulations continue to apply.

When contemplating a visit to a national park, the NPS asks people to closely follow CDC guidance to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. Slowing the spread of novel coronavirus is everyone's responsibility. These measures include: practice social distancing; wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze; avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; most importantly, please stay home if you feel sick.

For high-risk populations, such as the elderly and people with underlying conditions, we ask that they take extra caution and follow CDC guidance for those at higher risk of serious illness.

When Boating At This Time:

  • Park waters are open, visit the maps page to know where park water are located.
  • All park islands are closed – Do not beach your vessel or walk on to dry land.
  • The CDC, FDH, and MSDH guidance of maintaining 6 ft of distancing between individuals must be adhered to.

  • In Mississippi recreational boating and fishing is permitted, however, more than 10 people will not be allowed on a vessel under any circumstances.

  • In Florida recreational boating and fishing is permitted, however, all recreational boats must be at least 50 feet apart, and must not have more than 10 people on board.

Rangers will be on patrol with state agencies to ensure visitors follow state and federation regulations and guidance. Please do your part to slow the spread.


Last updated: April 3, 2020

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