The Refuges in Our Waters

Warm breezes and crystal-clear waters—yes, these things are a part of the National Park System! But not every island is a tropical paradise. The national parks contain all kinds of islands and atolls ranging from Pacific Ocean atolls to the frigid waters of Isle Royale. Come explore these water-surrounded treasures and learn more about the rich natural resources found out in America’s waters. These island refuges are waiting just offshore!

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Last updated: February 5, 2019