In 1836, Indian Key became the first county seat for Dade County.
At that time, this tiny island was the site of a lucrative business-salvaging cargo from shipwrecks in the Florida Keys.
Accessible only by boat, visitors come here to swim, sunbathe and hike. Kayak rentals are available from several local charter companies.
Visitors may access the island by canoe or kayak. Kayaks and canoes can float across most flats offering spectacular opportunities to see a variety of wildlife from dolphins and manatees to sharks and rays
Anglers can fish for a variety of species from bonefish on the flats, to tarpon in the channels. Snapper, Spanish mackerel and snook are also found in the area. No fishing is permitted within 100 feet of the dock.
All fishing within the park must conform to regulations concerning size, number, method of capture and season. A fishing license may be required. More information is available at the Florida Wildlife Commission’s Fishing in Florida.
Hiking Nature Trail
Visitors may explore the island and learn about its unique past by following the re-created street system. This interpretive trail takes you through the historic community of Indian Key, the first county seat of Dade County.
Ranger-led or Self-guided Walking Tour
In order to participate in this program, one:
Must have ability to board and disembark from boat transportation independently or with the assistance of a companion and/or with the use of adaptive equipment.
Must have ability to traverse trail terrain independently or with the assistance of a companion for approximately 1/3-mile or 1,896 feet.
Must have the ability to tolerate warm to hot humid temperatures.
Must have the ability to follow verbal and/or visual instructions independently or with the assistance of a companion.
Must have the ability to withstand exposure to the outdoors for a period of approximately 1½ hours.
In the event of capsize, one:
Must have the ability to right oneself and remain face up in the water with aid of a properly fitted personal floatation device.
Some local charters run Eco-tours that involve brief stops at the island and snorkeling in the area around the island and out on the reef. Remember, all snorkeling requires a 'Diver-Down' flag. All snorkeling must be conducted 100 feet from the nearest dock.
A variety of shore and wading birds may be viewed on the island.