Shore Name: Fort Pickens Jetties
Location: Fort Pickens
Diving Level: Open Water Diver
Popularity: Very Popular
Diving the Fort Pickens Jetties
Although considered a relatively easy dive, depths can range between 10′ – 50′. The site is subject to strong currents during tide changes. Best dive conditions are usually best one hour before to one hour after the peak high tide.
Getting to the Dive Site
The Jetties are located in the Gulf Island National Seashore National Park. As you enter the fort, make your way to the northern most road that runs east to west along the seawall, turn west. As you travel west, you’ll see the road & the seawall make a sharp bend to the South (left). There are several parking spaces at this location, as well as rinse showers and bathrooms. Cross over the seawall using the stairs at the Northwest point.
Marine life seen around the Fort Pickens Jetties
When diving the reef you will see a lot of different marine life, some of them are:
- Gag Grouper
- Red Snapper
- Gulf Flounder
- Longspined Porcupine Fish
- Sea Urchin
- Moon Jellyfish
- Stone Crab
- Blue Crab
- Orange Filefish
- Sea Robin
There are many other types of marine life that are around the wreck, if you want to identify the species you can look at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Saltwater identification page.