Frequently Asked Questions


I want to reserve a campsite. Should I call the park?

No. Campsite reservations can only be made by calling 1 (877) 444-6777 or by visiting

Rules & Regulations

Where can I find out about the park's rules and regulations?

The park's superintendent's compendium and a list of rules and regulations can be found by visiting the Laws and Policies page.

May I collect sea shells?

You may collect sea shells from the national seashore that do not have living creatures in them. Please double-check closely and wait to see if a creature emerges. By law, you must return them to the water.

May I use a metal detector in the park?

No. The use of a metal detector, digging, and removing historic objects of any kind is prohibited in all areas of the park.

Are there clothing optional areas at the national seashore?

No. There are no areas set aside for clothing optional recreation within Gulf Islands National Seashore.

What events or programs are happening in the park?

Visit the park's calendar page for all information regarding upcoming events and programs. Ranger programs are updated monthly.

Is the Fort Pickens Road open?

For the status of the Fort Pickens Road, you may call the Fort Pickens Road Hotline at (850) 934-2656.