Dry Tortugas National Park

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Dry Tortugas

Dry Tortugas (tôrto͞oˈgəz), island group in the Gulf of Mexico, off S Fla., 60 mi (97 km) W of Key West. Named by the Spanish explorer Ponce de León in 1513, the islands later became a pirate base. They are famous for their bird and marine life. Loggerhead Key is the largest island. Centered on Garden Key is Dry Tortugas National Park (64,701 acres/26,195 hectares). The park caontains Fort Jefferson (1846), the largest all-masonry fort in the Western Hemisphere, which served as a prison until 1874. Designated Fort Jefferson National Monument in 1935, it was renamed and became a national park in 1992. See National Parks and Monuments (table). The island group is also known as Tortugas.
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Dry Tortugas National Park

Address:PO Box 6208
Key West, FL 33041

Web: www.nps.gov/drto/
Size: 64,701 acres.
Established: Proclaimed on January 4, 1935. Name changed from Fort Jefferson National Monument on October 26, 1992.
Location:70 miles west of Key West, Florida. Accessible only by boat or seaplane.
Facilities:Campground (é), picnic area, rest rooms (é), visitor center, museum/exhibit, self-guided tour/trail.
Activities:Camping, swimming, boating, fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, bird-watching, interpretive programs.
Special Features:Park is a cluster of seven small keys, with less than 40 acres of dry land. Fort Jefferson on Garden Key is the largest all-masonry fortification in the Western world, built in 1846-1866 to help control the Florida Straits. It served as a federal military prison during and after the Civil War. Bush Key is also home to some 100,000 sooty terns between March and September for their nesting season.

See other parks in Florida.
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Working with the National Park Service at Dry Tortugas National Park provided the inaugural Dry Tortugas National Park @ Loggerhead Key Artist-in-Residence program.
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In addition to the 150 square mile Tortugas Reserve, which is administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, the Department of Interior plans to close nearly half the adjoining 100 square mile Dry Tortugas National Park to all "consumptive" activities.
It entered service in the spring, making 135 mile round trips between Key West and Dry Tortugas National Park in the Gulf of Mexico.
THE BIRDS ARE THE FIRST THING MANY VISITORS NOTICE when they arrive at Dry Tortugas National Park. Clouds of sleek brown noddies wheel and screech between the keys, massive brown pelicans plunge into the shallow water after fish, and magnificent frigatebirds, prehistoric and alien with their enormous wings and long forked tails, drift ominously overhead.
FWC partnered with the National Park Service in doing so, rendering nearly half of the entire Dry Tortugas National Park a no-fishing zone.
On Monday, researchers from the University of Miami, working together with government scientists, reported that diluted oil and tar balls from the catastrophic BP spill, were heading towards the waters of  the Dry Tortugas National Park. The famed Florida Keys are just to the east of the Dry Tortugas.
On October 25, 1992, Congress named the site Dry Tortugas National Park. This was to be its final reincarnation.
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