Deer Island is a gem of the Gulf Coast, consisting of white beaches, a slash pine maritime forest, and marshes. It’s a great place to go to escape from the city and get back to nature.

Having once been part of the mainland, Deer Island is no more than a 5-minute paddle from Biloxi Beach. The island has been lengthened hundreds of feet in the past decade to protect against hurricane damage. Breakwaters/berms have also been created to reduce the effects of erosion on the island.

The best place to park is at the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor next to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. From there, launch your kayak from Biloxi Beach and paddle across the narrow channel to Deer Island.

There are little to no visitors on Deer Island during the week. On the weekends, however, you will see plenty of kayakers, boaters, and anglers. Whenever you go, please take all trash out with you, be sure to take plenty of pictures, and have a great day out in nature! 

Pack List

  • Kayak
  • Lifejacket
  • Dry Bag
  • Tent/Hammock
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Food
  • Flint/Lighter
  • Camera
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Activities Stand Up Paddle, Canoeing, Chillin, Camping, Fishing, Photography, Kayaking, Swimming
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Features
Beach
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Romantic
Scenic
Wildlife
Swimming Hole

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I love this spot so much, I almost didn't post it... almost.

Deer Island is super close to shore, so you can paddle to it in minutes, but if you camp on the South side of the island, you feel like you are on a private island far away from anyone else. I love camping here on the weekends and looking for crabs!


Please respect the places you find on The Outbound Collective.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

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