Permits & Reservations


The National Park Service requires permits for activities not normally associated with visiting the national seashore. For more information about activities requiring permits and how to apply visit see the options below. If you have additional questions or need assistance, contact the permits office by phone at (850) 934-2605 or by email.

Special Use Permits: Activities such as weddings, sporting events, public assemblies, religious ceremonies, and commercial filming and photography.

Research Permits: Research and collection activities within Gulf Islands National Seashore are managed to prevent damage to the resources, to coordinate research activities, and to assist in the application of science to the management of the Seashore.

Scattering Cremated Remains: With limitations, the National Park Service normally grants permission to those wishing to scatter cremated remains within the boundary of Gulf Islands National Seashore.

Waterfowl Hunting Permits: Between October and February each year, in accordance with State and Federal Regulations, Waterfowl Hunting is permitted within some Florida areas of Gulf Islands National Seashore. Please read all park regulations; a link to the permit form is located on the bottom of the regulations page.

Commercial Use Permits: Commercial activities within the national seashore are limited, but some are permitted through the Commercial Use Authorization.


Picnic Pavilions as well as individual and group campsites at Gulf Islands National Seashore may be reserved.

Fort Pickens Campground: 200 sites located at on the Western tip of Santa Rosa Island near the historic Fort Pickens. Visit or call 1-877-444-6777 to reserve your site today.

Davis Bayou Campground: 50 sites located near the William M. Colmer Visitor Center in Davis Bayou. Visit or call 1-877-444-6777 to reserve your site today.

Naval Live Oaks Youth Group Campsite: This area is reservable throughout the year for organized youth groups comprised primarily of young people under the age of 18. Scroll to the bottom of the campground page for more information.

Picnic Pavilions: Several picnic pavilions in Florida and Mississippi may be reserved in advance by the public. (Reservations fill up quickly, visitors should plan to reserve a pavilion at least 14 days in advance.)

Picnic Pavilion Reservation Fees:

Non-refundable administration fee................$50/day
Non-routine maintenance recovery fee.........$20/day
(maintenance fee refundable upon cancellation)


Reserve a Pavilion

Call 850-934-2605 or email the Permits Office to reserve a pavilion

Email The Permits Office

Last updated: November 8, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1801 Gulf Breeze Parkway
Gulf Breeze, FL 32563


(850) 934-2600

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