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About Dry Tortugas National Park
Campgrounds in Dry Tortugas
You’ll have to pack strategically if you’re camping on Garden Key, since amenities are basically as bare bones as it gets. But hey, if that’s what...
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Reservations are required.
Pack all food in airtight containers to discourage rats.
Propane containers (i.e. Coleman Propane)are not allowed. Self starting charcoal or sterno cans are the only form of fuel allowed.
Arrive at the Yankee Freedom III, on the day of your departure to Fort Jefferson, NO LATER THAN 6:30 AM! Yankee Freedom III will only transport campers who wish to stay.
Limit your provisions & coolers to 60 pounds per person (not including water).
There is no store or showers.
A total of 3 kayaks/small canoes transported on any trip. $20 fee each
Quiet hours from 10 PM to 6PM.
Campers must have all gear on the dock (NOT left in camping area) by 10:30AM on the day of departure from Ft. Jefferson
Do not attach anything to a tree. Campground trees & shrubs are crucial for providing shade and windbreak. Help protect this valuable vegetation. Do not attach ropes, hammocks, tents, laundry lines, or any other materials to campground trees. All camping gear must be free standing*.
• The 11 campsites are available on a 1st come, 1st served basis. However, the Park Service reserves the right to designate camping sites to visitors of the park.
• Space is limited. Each of the regular campsites contains a table & grill. Three tents & 6 campers are the maximum allowed per campsite. All tents must remain within 10 feet of your table. Be prepared to share the limited campground area with others.
The ferry costs $195 return. If you choose to park your car there, it costs $15 per 24 hours. https://www.drytortugas.com/key-west-camping
The Park Service will collect a campsite fee of $15 to $30 per night based on the size of your party. This fee is payable to the National Park Service once you are at Fort Jefferson. Correct change is appreciated.
History of Dry Tortugas National Park
Fort Jefferson National Monument was designated by president Franklin D. Roosevelt under the Antiquities Act on January 4, 1935. (Comprising 47,125 acres (19,071 ha) The monument was expanded in 1983 and redesignated as Dry Tortugas National Park on October 26, 1992 by an act of Congress.
Dry Tortugas was established to protect the island and marine ecosystems of the Dry Tortugas, to preserve Fort Jefferson and submerged cultural resources such as shipwrecks, and to allow for public access in a regulated manner.
The rich cultural heritage of the Dry Tortugas all begins with its location 70 miles west of Key West, Florida. The seven keys (Garden, Loggerhead, Bush, Long, East, Hospital, and Middle) collectively known as the Dry Tortugas, are situated on the edge of the main shipping channel between the Gulf of Mexico, the western Caribbean, and the Atlantic Ocean. The strategic location of the Dry Tortugas brought a large number of vessels through its surrounding waters as they connect the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. Early on, the shipping channel was used among Spanish explorers and merchants traveling along the Gulf Coast.