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Gulf Islands Wilderness

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Area Management

The Gulf Islands 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 Gulf Islands Wilderness to ensure protection of this unique area.

Gulf Islands Wilderness is managed by the National Park Service, Gulf Islands National Seashore. The following are prohibited on the wilderness islands: vehicles, bicycles, walking on the dunes, collecting sea oats, feeding wildlife, pets, and glass. Wilderness camping is allowed all year-round and groups over 10 individuals require a permit. Sections of the wilderness islands are seasonally closed (and posted) to public use during various bird nesting seasons. Regulations protect all vegetation from excessive human impact with regard to camping and other human activities.

Special regulations govern the use personal water craft (i.e. jetski) within the jurisdictional boundary (extends one mile from the islands water edge) Gulf Islands National Seashore.

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