The St. Joseph Bay Preserves Center provides support and overnight accommodations to individuals conducting research, education, resource management and other projects consistent with the goals and objectives of the St. Joseph Bay State Buffer and Aquatic Preserves and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The following provides information on facilities, usage and reservations.

For further information, or to make a reservation, please contact the St. Joseph Bay State Buffer and Aquatic Preserves at , .


Guests must bring their own towels and bed linens including pillows.

Two Dorm-Style Rooms: Room 1 sleeps 7 and room 7 sleeps 8, each with a combination of single/bunk and double beds, desks and single bathroom/shower.

Room 1 has 1 queen and 4 singles. Room 7 has 2 double and 4 singles.

Two Single-Style Rooms: Sleep up to 4 with combination of single/bunk and double bed, desk and single bathroom/shower. Room 4 has 1 full and 1 bunk bed.

Guest Laundry, Room 2: Washer and Dryer (guests provide their own laundry supplies) No coins needed.

Guest Kitchen, Room 5: 4 person dining table, refrigerator with freezer, stove, oven, sink, microwave, coffeepot and kitchenware.

Lodge: Wi-Fi internet access, 2 restrooms, 61 person capacity. Lodge Kitchen: 2 refrigerators with  freezers, 2 stoves, 2 ovens, 2 sinks, 2 microwaves, dishwasher, coffeepot and kitchenware.


The Friends of St. Joseph Bay Preserves, Inc., a non-profit citizen support organization for the St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve and the St. Joseph Bay State Aquatic Preserve, facilitates the operation of the Preserves Center accommodations. Our overnight facilities are available to eligible individuals and groups conducting research. Donations (tax deductible) are accepted to help offset the costs associated with maintenance and operation of the facilities.

Student: $10 per night

Non-student: $15 per night

Donations will automatically initiate membership to the Friends of St. Joseph Bay Preserves, Inc.

Make Check to:

Friends of St. Joseph Bay Preserves, Inc.

Mailing Address:

Friends of St. Joseph Bay Preserves, Inc.
3915 State Road 30-A
Port St. Joe, FL 32456



Please leave rooms in the condition you found them or better.

(Cleaning supplies are available in the Guest Kitchen, Room 5).

All food and beverages must be removed from the premises upon departure.

All trash must be removed to the dumpster in the parking area.

All dishes and cookware should be washed and stored properly.

Turn off lights and air conditioning, and close blinds upon departure.

*Failure to comply with these guidelines may revoke future reservations at the Preserve Center facilities.



Reservations must be made at least one week in advance and approved by the Buffer Preserve Manager.

Space is available on a first-reserve, first-serve basis.

Please provide a minimum of 2 days notice should you need to cancel your reservation.

Before making a reservation, please review the Facility Use & Maintenance Guidelines.

Note:  A combination to access the facilities can be obtained prior to arrival should overnight guests arrive before or after regular business hours (Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST).

To make a reservation, please call the St. Joseph Bay State Buffer and Aquatic Preserves Center

at ,.

In order to better accommodate our guests, we ask that you please submit a Guest Registration Form prior to your arrival. Return completed forms via e-mail to  or fax .


Guest Guidelines PDF