Year-round sunrise to sunset
Mid-March through October: Historic fort, restrooms, and other services 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Swim Beach: Located on the gulf side of the island, the island concessioner offers chair and umbrella rentals. Lifeguards are on duty at the Ship Island swim beach during the summer months.
Ship Island is only accessible by boat. If traveling in your private vessel consult navigational charts. A public ferry boat is available between March and October from Gulfport, Mississippi. The ferry departure pier is located at the Gulfport's Jones Park 1022 23rd Avenue, Gulfport, MS 39501. A public ferry boat is also available between May and August from Biloxi, Mississippi. The departure pier is located at Margaritaville Resort Biloxi 195 Beach Blvd. Biloxi, MS 39530.
Ship Island Restoration Areas
Ship Island (formerly known as East and West Ship Islands) was reconnected by the US Army Corps of Engineers in Spring 2019 as part of the Mississippi Coastal Improvement Projects. Though the island has been reconnected, the restored area and the area formerly known as East Ship Island remain an active construction area. For visitor safety, camping and beach fires will not be permitted on the area formerly known as East Ship Island and no visitor use will be permitted in the restored area until construction is completed in Spring 2021. Management of Ship Island once the project is completed was outlined in the park's General Management Plan issued in 2014.
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Last updated: May 1, 2020