Indian Key Historic State Park
The forgotten shores and ancient relics tell of the storied past of this tiny piece of paradise
Know Before You Go
Effective Sept. 29, 2021: Indian Key Historic State Park is accessible only via kayak launch. The boat ramp at Indian Key Fill is closed due to storm damage. The observation tower is also closed.
8 a.m. until sundown, 365 days a year
$2.50 per person
Welcome to Indian Key Historic State Park
In 1836, Indian Key became the first county seat for Dade County.
At the time, the tiny island was the site of a lucrative business that salvaged cargo from shipwrecks in the Florida Keys.
Accessible only by boat, the park welcomes visitors who come here to swim, sunbathe and hike. Kayak rentals are available from local charter companies.
Park fees can be paid in cash at the iron ranger near the kayak launch or in advance using the "Pay Online Single-Use Day Pass" link.
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Plan Your Visit
Immerse yourself in the long ago ways of the wrecking industry. This 11-acre island is deserted except for the ruins of a town that existed in the early 1800s, when folks made their living salvaging boats that ran aground on local reefs.
Kayak Indian Key
Indian Key is located only a half-mile offshore but feels a world away. One of the best ways to reach the 11-acre island is by paddling over the shallow seagrass flats.
Indian Key Historic State Park Photo Gallery
Seagrass Restoration at Indian Key
The island of Indian Key is surround by an incredibly healthy seagrass bed brimming with sea life. Bird stakes installed at injury sites along the boating channels help restore this beautiful resource.
People Make the Parks
Ranger Chris Herald has a passion for interpreting the natural and cultural resources of the Islamorada Area Parks.
Peyton is interested in working in conservation for the Florida Park Service after college. Volunteering for the Florida State Parks is a great way to gain experience for her future career.