Gulf Islands National Seashore Park Birding & Wildlife Viewing Areaupdated: May 2016

Welcome to the Mississippi areas of Gulf Islands National Seashore, home of a historic fort and some of the most beautiful barrier islands in the United States. Relax and enjoy the scenery, hike a trail or explore the fort. Whether you visit the seashore for a day or a week there are many activities and places to explore.

Visitors can do a variety of activities while visiting the seashore’s Mississippi areas including swimming, bicycling, snorkeling, fishing, hiking, beach combing, bird watching, boating, and camping.

The Davis Bayou Area is located near Ocean Springs, Mississippi and is a great place to start your visit.

Cat Island is partially owned by the National Park Service and is accessible by private boat year-round.

West Ship Island is accessible by private boat year-round and by passenger ferry seasonally.

East Ship Island is accessible by private boat year-round.

Horn Island is accessible by private boat year-round.

West Petit Bois Island is accessible by private boat year-round.

Petit Bois Island is accessible by private boat year-round.

Island & Wilderness Camping - Mississippi

Camping is allowed Petit Bois, Sand, Horn, and East Ship Islands, as well as the National Park Service owned portion of Cat Island. Camping is prohibited on West Ship Island. During the osprey nesting season visitors will notice "Area Closed" signs. These signs protect the osprey and help visitors select appropriate camping locations. Practice Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics. Keep a respectful distance from wildlife. Pets are not allowed on Horn or Petit Bois Islands.The use of personal watercraft (PWC) has restrictions.


Contact Gulf Islands National Seashore Park Birding & Wildlife Viewing Area


William M. Colmer Visitor Center
3500 Park Road
Ocean Springs, Mississippi  39564
Phone: (228) 875-9057

 

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