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Fort Jefferson at Dry Tortugas National Park
Fort Jefferson camping and picnic grounds

and transportation

Dry Tortugas National Park is open all year. Transportation and day trips can be be booked in advance on the Tortugas Ferry.

Fort Jefferson on Garden Key is open during daylight hours. Loggerhead, East and Middle Keys are open year-round during daylight hours. Bush Key is closed to visitors February through September to protect bird nesting. Hospital and Long Keys are closed all year.

The 10-site campground is located on the same island as Fort Jefferson and is a short walk from the public dock. Eight individual camp sites can accommodate up to 6 people and 3 tents, and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. A group site is available for 10-40 people and must be reserved in advance. Call 305-242-7700 to obtain a reservation application. The campground is a self-service fee area with a nightly fee of $3 per person. Fees paid for transportation (seaplane or ferry) do not include camping fees. Campsites have picnic tables and grills. Saltwater flush toilets and saltwater sinks are available at the dock. Campers must bring all supplies, including fresh water, fuel, ice, and food. All trash and garbage must be carried out upon departure.

Getting there by ferry
You can arrange for transportation to the Tortugas aboard the Fast Cat II; a high speed catamaran ferry. The cost is $110 per person. The ferry departs at 8am and returns at 5pm. Advanced reservation are suggested. See more pictures in our Tortugas photo gallery.

Getting there by seaplane
Sea plane transportation is provided by Seaplanes of Key West. For schedules, prices, and reservations, contact 800-950-2FLY or 305-294-0709.

Getting there by private boat
Private boats are welcome, but must be fully self-sufficient. U.S. Coast Guard and Geodetic Survey Chart #11438 is necessary for navigation to the Dry Tortugas.

Entrance Fees
$5 for 7 days

Visitor Information
Phone: 305-242-7700
Web: www.nps.gov/drto

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