Facility Rules and Policies

Rules and Policies

  1. Bird sanctuaries – Several beaches are closed to visitors year-round while some beaches are closed seasonally. These closed beaches offer colonial sea birds and shorebirds and sea turtles the undisturbed nesting and loafing habitat that they need to survive. 

  2. Only service animals are allowed on Egmont Key National Wildlife Refuge. 

  3. The collection, destruction or disturbance of plants, animals or refuge property is prohibited. Only dead sea shells can be collected along the island’s shores.  

  4. Hunting, alcohol, fireworks, camping, open fires, glass containers and several other activities are also prohibited. 

  1. Egmont Key is open from sunrise to sunset only. 

Rules and Regulations:

Open to public from sunrise to sunset

The following items and activities are:


-Fishing                -Hiking                  -Wildlife Observation

-Picnicking           -Shelling               -Wildlife Photography

-Boating               -Swimming


-Pets                     -Littering              -Hunting

-Camping             -Open Fires*      -Intoxicants

-Nudity                 -Fireworks          -Kites

-Metal Shovels-Kite Surfing       -Glass Containers

-Parasailing         -Probing Equipment

*Grilling is allowed on the beach if contained in a portable grill. No grilling in dunes.

Do Not:

-Enter protected areas or bird sanctuaries

-Feed/disturb wildlife and/or plants

-Take/collect live shells or artifacts

-Construct any structure structure
Something temporarily or permanently constructed, built, or placed; and constructed of natural or manufactured parts including, but not limited to, a building, shed, cabin, porch, bridge, walkway, stair steps, sign, landing, platform, dock, rack, fence, telecommunication device, antennae, fish cleaning table, satellite dish/mount, or well head.

Learn more about structure
(forts, shelters)

-Disturb by audio (person or wildlife)

A USFWS permit is requires to conduct commercial operations or research activities.