Be prepared for your visit!!!
This is a primitive camping experience. You must provide for all your basic needs; including food, water, shelter, medication, and other essentials. Composting toilets are available, but all trash and garbage must be packed out. There are no showers.
Each of the regular campsites contains a table and grill. Three tents and six campers are the maximum allowed per campsite. All tents must remain within ten feet of your table. Be prepared to share the limited campground area with others.
Prohibeted: Do not attach ropes, hammocks, tents, laundry lines, or any other materials to campground trees. All camping gear must be free standing. No wood fires, charcoal briquettes placed in campsite BBQ units are the only fires allowed.
Since we were here in 2001, they have added 'accessible' composting toilets. There was some discussion about whether the salt water toilets are still available. The ranger information was that they were. When I was there I was told that the toilets were composting toilets. Looking on the website, it explains that the salt water system imposed too much stress on the water systems and cisterns in the park.
I have not stayed here even though Golden Age passport holders pay only $1.50 instead of $3.00
The campground is open year round and is first come first serve. When the day boats leave campers and boaters have the whole place to themselves.
What you bring in you take back. This means all trash. You also have to bring everything with the most important is water. There is no drinkable fresh water available on the island.
You can see one of the campsites in the picture with a blue tent and picnic table. There are also grills available.
The campground has now re-opened according to what I read in the papers.
The only overnight accommodation if you don't come on your own boat is a campground which has bbq pits and some tables. There are also composting toilets which are only available from 3 pm to 10 am. Otherwise you are supposed to use the toilets on the catamarans. There is no phone service other than an expensive radio phone which may or may not work.
You can snorkel off the beach by the fort. However in the winter the water will be cold.
You have to bring everything with you - there is no fresh water, and no food available. And there is no trash disposal - you have to take all your trash back with you.
The cost was $3 per person per night on a first come, first served basis but this does not include the $5 per person fee to visit the park. This is an incentive to take the faster of the two ferries on busy week ends and holidays to get one of the choice shady spots. As there is no official public fresh water supply on the island, you must bring your own. (figure about 2 gallons per person per day). There are group sites which have to be reserved in advance.
Some of the folks we talked to included a mother and her grown son who were on an overnight 'get-away', and some folks who were kayakers.
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