KARS Park Policies

The following policies have been established to provide standards for Kennedy Space Center employees and guests in order to promote safety and health, preserve our park facilities and our natural environment and to assure your visit will be pleasant.

  1. Responsibility: Members, family members and guests assume a substantial degree of risk and responsibility for their own safety when visiting areas that are managed and maintained as natural or recreational environments. Members, family members and guests must abide by NASA/KSC safety, security and health regulations and by established park policies. Members and guests will be held responsible for their personal conduct and non-adherence to KARS Park policies, and/or damage(s) to park property or repeated violations of park policies will result in loss of membership and park use privileges.

  2. Supervision of Minor Children: Parents, guardians or other adults in charge are responsible for the supervision of minor children. Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Children are not be allowed to play and run around through occupied campsites, play in restrooms, or play unattended at the dock area.

  3. Park Management: The Park Manager has the authority to deny park admission or usage for any of the following reasons or for any other reason as deemed appropriate; repeated violations will result in loss of membership:
    • Non-adherence to established KARS policies or rules
    • Abusive or improper behavior
    • Fraudulent KARS Passes or use of a valid pass by unauthorized individual(s)
    • Entire park or campground is required for a NASA / KSC activity
    • Additional sites are required for a NASA / KSC activity
    • Excessive speed
    • Emergency situation(s)

  4. Facilities: Please report any facility not working properly immediately to the Park Manager by calling (321) 867-3891

  5. Swimming, Swimming, wading, skin or scuba diving, and use of jet skis are prohibited in the park. Air mattresses, inner tubes, surfboards, and Styrofoam flotation devices are prohibited

  6. Motor Vehicles: Vehicles shall not be operated at speeds greater than the posted speed limit or in a manner that will endanger the safety of persons, property or wildlife. Vehicles shall be parked only in authorized parking areas and shall not be parked in such a manner as to block access, restrict traffic, or inhibit the free movement of other vehicles, persons or wheelchairs. No motorcycles, mini-bikes or go-carts will be allowed within the park or campground for any purpose other than on the road leading into the park.

  7. No Motor Zone: KARS Park is a “no motor zone”, and use of motorized boats which include any boat having an attached motor (or non-attached and capable of use) including all outboard, inboard and electric trolling motors, air thrust boats, hovercraft and personal watercraft are prohibited. Boat speeds are restricted to “idle speed” in the KARS marina. Non-motorized boats such as canoes, kayaks, rowboats and sailboats are permitted.

  8. Pets: All pets must be on a leash and under the control of the owner at all times. The owner must clean up after their pets. Pets are not allowed in the picnic areas. It is the owner’s responsibility to prevent excessive barking, howling and loud noises, so as not to disturb others. Violation of these rules is grounds for removal from the park or termination of camping privileges. Abandonment of an animal or tying up pets and leaving the premises is prohibited.

  9. Fishing:
    • Fishing is permitted along the shoreline of the park and from the observation pier. Fishing should not interfere with campers using shoreline sites. Fishing lines must be attended at all times and discarding of tangled line into the water is prohibited.
    • Commercial fishing and launching of commercial vessels is strictly prohibited. Violators will be reported to the appropriate authorities and park membership will be terminated permanently.

  10. Wildlife: Visitors will not annoy, hunt, catch, harm, kill, trap, chase, tease, pet or shoot any animal, reptile, or bird. DO NOT feed or entice alligators. Alligators overcome their natural shyness and become accustomed or attracted to humans when fed.

  11. Firearms: Possession of loaded firearms, bow and arrows, air or gas fired projectiles, or any other device that can cause injury to persons or animals or can cause damage or destruction to park property is prohibited.

  12. Balloons: Helium filled balloons pose a danger to the health and safety of marine wildlife and create a litter problem. No releases of helium filled balloons into the atmosphere within the park will be permitted.

  13. Fireworks: Fireworks of any type are prohibited on KARS property. Violators will:
    • Lose KARS membership / privileges
    • Be subject to a fine
    • Pay entire cost for manhours / resources expended in controlling / extinguishing fires due to use of fireworks

  14. Fires: Campfires are permitted in camp rings only

  15. BBQ Grills: Park Grills must remain on KARS property at all times

  16. Observation Pier: Fishing is permitted. Please do not clean your fish on pier. Please use the cleaning table provided to the left of the Security post. No roller skates, in-line skates, skateboards, or bicycles are allowed on the pier.

  17. Showers: Showers are available in Building P6-1687

  18. Laundry Facility: Pay-per-use machines are available in the laundry facility. Laundry facility is available to registered campers only.

  19. Restrooms: Do not flush indissoluble or heavy fibrous materials down sinks or toilets. Place personal hygiene materials in appropriate containers. Dishwashing in restrooms sinks or at water spigots is not permitted.

  20. Abandoned Property: KARS Park I has a designated area for storage of RV, campers, boats, and trailers. Storage of personal property is prohibited elsewhere in the park.. Personal property or vehicles left in the park for a period of more than 30 days will be deemed abandoned and will be removed at the owner’s expense and disposed of as provided by law. Owner will be responsible for any expenses incurred by KARS Park.