John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park - Key Largo
N 25° 07.675 W 080° 24.604
17R E 559468 N 2779241
Quick Description: A campground, aquarium, boat tours and all the snorkeling you desire.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 6/13/2009 9:58:49 AM
Waymark Code: WM6K62
CAMPING: 47 full-facility sites for both tent and RV campers are available. Restrooms and hot showers are easily accessible. Call 1-800-326-3521.
FISHING: Fishing is allowed only in designated areas in accordance with Florida law. Saltwater fishing licenses are required. Spearfishing and collecting of tropical fish is prohibited inside the park.
SWIMMING: Three areas are designated for swimming, including Canon Beach, which features remnants of an early Spanish shipwreck 100 feet offshore.
PICNICKING: Designated areas are located throughout the park. Barbeque grills are provided. No ground fires are permitted. To rent a pavillion, call 1-305-451-1202.
Established in 1963, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park was the first undersea park created in the United States. The park, combined with the adjacent Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, encompasses 178 nautical square miles of coral reefs, seagrass beds and mangrove swamps. These areas were established to protect and preserve the only living coral reef in the continental United States.
Named for the late Miami newspaper editor John D. Pennekamp, who was also instrumental in preserving the land that would become the Everglades National Park, Coral Reef State Park now enjoys over a million visitors per year from around the world.