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There is a good anchorage off the fort. It used to be that you could come into it from either end, but the access from the north side has drifted shut, so you have to go all the way around the fort and come in from the south. Vessels may only anchor overnight on sandy bottom within one nautical mile of the Garden Key Harbor Light. Vessels in Garden Key Harbor may not anchor west of a line extending from SW Channel marker #12 to the westernmost tip of Bush Key
Boat permits are now required for all vessels in the park. They are free and can be obtained at Garden Key. Night activities, such as fishing and diving, will be allowed by permit only
You should have a holding tank for black water wastes and it should be possible to lock the overboard dumping facility (if any) shut. This is a no-discharge zone.
You will need a good anchoring system. Anchored vessels may not be left unattended for more than 4 hours unless the boat operator is within sight of the vessel and capable of responding to it for on board emergencies. The docks are reserved for the tourist ferries. If you drag into the coral, there will be a fine.
Equipment: There are no facilities here - no showers, no stores, no fuel docks, no place to purchase food. Nothing. Bring everything that you need. Small power boats will sometimes have to tow a dinghy with an extra fuel drum because they can't carry enough fuel to get all the way back.
You will need some kind of small boat to get from your boat to the beach. A kayak or inflatable dinghy will work.
Directions: approximately 70 miles west of Key West
Phone: (305) 809-4750
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