Indian Key Travel Guide

  • Indian Key at dawn from Hawks Channel
    Indian Key at dawn from Hawks Channel
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  • Schooner going out to anchorage
    Schooner going out to anchorage
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    Mooring and closeup
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Indian Key Things to Do

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    Wreckers Station and Botanist's Haven

    by grandmaR Written Mar 20, 2004

    Indian Key is now a state park. It is accessible only by private boat or charter boats available at nearby marinas. An observation tower, boat dock, shelter and trails are provided; however, there are no restrooms or picnic facilities.

    Ranger-guided tours are available at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., Thursday through Monday. The tour fee is $1 per person. Children under 6 are admitted free of charge.
    Tour boat service available. For reservations please call (305) 664-9814 or 664-4196. Tour boat departs 1/2-hour before listed tour times.

    Book a guided walking tour at the MM 78.5 boat ramp. 305-664-4815.

    The official address is:
    Indian Key State Historic Site
    P.O. Box 1052
    Islamorada, Florida 33036

    The main site however is on Long Key and they no longer handle tours etc. as the park service no longer runs a boat out to Indian Key. So calling there won't help any as they have no information. You have to call the private marina on Matecombe Key.

    Park service dock and sign
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    • Sailing and Boating
    • Budget Travel
    • National/State Park

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    Free Moorings

    by grandmaR Updated Apr 4, 2011

    There are 5 or 6 moorings near Indian Key which are free provided by the park service. The moorings are free so that the park service has no liability. The area on the other side of the cove is marked as an anchorage area on the chart.

    The park service inspects the moorings at least yearly, and renews the line when necessary. But the moorings sometimes break loose in a storm or are sabotaged by the crab fishermen. When we came back in March there were only two left.

    Equipment: The mooring has a line (which floats) on it and it can be picked up with a boat hook and attached to the boat. The mooring ball does not have a ring on it however. If the mooring line has been there for some time be careful as it will be slimey.

    Do not anchor on the grass flats (usually marked by a yellow ball) unless you want a massive fine.

    Mooring and closeup
    Related to:
    • Water Sports
    • National/State Park
    • Family Travel

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