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Florida Keys Wilderness

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Area Management

The Florida Keys Wilderness is part of the 110 million acre National Wilderness Preservation System. This System of lands provides clean air, water, and habitat critical for rare and endangered plants and animals. In wilderness, you can enjoy challenging recreational activities like hiking, backpacking, climbing, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, horse packing, bird watching, stargazing, and extraordinary opportunities for solitude. You play an important role in helping to "secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness" as called for by the Congress of the United States through the Wilderness Act of 1964. Please follow the requirements outlined below and use Leave No Trace techniques when visiting the Florida Keys Wilderness to ensure protection of this unique area.

Within the administrative boundaries of Key West and Great White Heron, Prohibited are personal watercraft (PWC), seaplane landings, hovercraft, airboats, and water skiing. Vessel and personal access around certain islands is limited or prohibited. Visitors on the refuge islands are permitted only from one half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset. Access to the islands in National Key Deer Refuge is by a free permit only. Contact refuge management as noted below. Prohibited are, pets on the islands, overnight camping, searching for and removing antiquities, open fires, and geocaching (considered littering). There are no facilities on any of the refuge managed islands.

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