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COVID-19 STATUS: KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

CAMPGROUND FULLY OPEN

Face Masks or Coverings Required in Certain Areas Social Distancing Required
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COVID-19 STATUS: KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

CAMPGROUND FULLY OPEN

If you believe this information is incorrect or needs updating, please let us know here.
So what does "Campground Fully Open" mean?

According to the U.S. National Park Service, Elliott Key Campground is currently fully open. This means all operations are back to normal. This can mean there are still restrictions on social distancing, travel and/or masks. Visit the source link below for more detailed information regarding this park's status.

What we know:

The below source link has more information about the status of the park. The National Park Service requires everyone at this park, regardless of vaccination status, to continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces, such as narrow/busy trails, overlooks, visitor center patios, & other congested areas.

Face Masks or Coverings Required in Certain Areas

Elliott Key Campground is currently requiring masks or face coverings in certain or all areas. Depending on your vaccination status, if you are not fully vaccinated (meaning two weeks after your final vaccination), and according to CDC guidelines, which currently depends on the COVID-19 transmissibility rate in the community in and around the park. Most parks requiring masks indoors have put an alert out (found below in the Alerts section). Please refer to the U.S. National Park Service and the local community for more detailed information.

Social Distancing Required

Elliott Key Campground is currently requiring everyone to social distance, 6 feet or more, from others. This usually means outside of your immediate group. Some parks may also have size restrictions on gatherings to help assist in social distancing. Please refer to the U.S. National Park Service and the local community for more detailed information.

Last Updated: September 1, 2021

Elliott Key Campground Overview

Eliott Key is only accessible by boat. No services are available on the island.

Elliott Key is the park's largest island. Restrooms with sinks and cold water showers, picnic tables and grills are available. Drinking water is available, but bring water as a precaution if the system goes down. There are 33 boat slips in the marina.

This location is available on a first-come, first-served basis only. Visitors are required to physically arrive at the campground to purchase and claim a site. Once on-site, you can pay for your campsite(s) by scanning a QR code using the Recreation.gov mobile app. 

There is limited cellular connectivity at this location. Please download the free Recreation.gov mobile app and create an account prior to arrival.

Recreation

Daytime use and overnight camping - the campground is located on the Biscayne Bay side. Overnight camping and docking fees are required. 

Picknicking - tables and barbecue grills are available in the campground and marina. 

Hiking - a mile-long loop trail starts near the campground. Also, "Spite Highway" runs approximately six miles down the center of the island. It affords a good opportunity to see a variety of habitats in the martime forest. 

Fishing - permitted from the maintenance dock (south of the harbor) or from the shoreline outside of the no-wake zone. Fishing regulations apply.

Facilities
  • Camping - the campground is located on the Biscayne Bay side. Overnight camping and docking fees are required.
  • Picknicking - tables and barbecue grills are available in the campground and marina.
  • Restrooms - cold water showers are available. Fresh drinking water is located outside the building. It is recommended that you bring your own fresh water, just in case the generator breaks down.
  • Hiking - a mile-long loop trail starts near the campground. Also, "Spite Highway" runs approximately six miles down the center of the island. It affords a good opportunity to see a variety of habitats in the martime forest.
  • Fishing - permitted from the maintenance dock (south of the harbor) or from the shoreline outside of the no-wake zone. Fishing regulations apply.

Things to Remember -

  • Mosquitoes and no-see-ums (biting midges) are prevalent year round.
  • Pack out all trash.
  • There are no sales facilities
  • Boats may dock among 33 slips.
  • Pets on a leash are permitted in the developed areas of Elliott Key. Pets may not be left unattended.
Natural Features

The largest island in the park was once a thriving community of pioneers engaged in pineapple farming, sponging, wrecking, and other pursuits. Today the island offers camping, picnicking, wildlife watching and a hiking trail.

A mile-long loop trail starts near the campground. Also, "Spite Highway" runs approximately six miles down the center of the island. It affords a good opportunity to see a variety of habitats in the martime forest.

Nearby Attractions

Elliott Key is located just south of Boca Chita Key. 

Charges & Cancellations

Ensure one of the designated campsites is available prior to paying. Once payment is made on-site, we do not offer refunds or modifications.

Directions to Campground

Elliott Key is only accessible by boat. Use of a nautical chart and/or GPS is recommended for safe navigation.

This page includes information about Elliott Key Campground in Biscayne National Park | Within sight of downtown Miami, yet worlds away, Biscayne protects a rare combination of aquamarine waters, emerald islands, and fish-bejeweled coral reefs. Here too is evidence of 10,000 years of human history, from pirates and shipwrecks to pineapple farmers and presidents. Outdoors enthusiasts can boat, snorkel, camp, watch wildlife…or simply relax in a rocking chair gazing out over the bay. | Florida | https://www.nps.gov/bisc/index.htm