Temporary Road and Facility Closures

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September 17, 2020

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Road and Facility Closures

Temporary Road Closures:

Highway 399, J. Earle Bowden Way will close on Sunday, September 13 at 8:00 pm. The anticipated intense winds, high surf, and heavy rain associated with the named storm, Sally is expected to impact safe motor vehicle travel on this road.

Temporary Facility Closures:
Little Langdon restrooms north of Battery Langdon are closed.
The Fort Pickens Campground Store is currently closed until further notice.

Seasonal Facility Closures:

There are no seasonal facility closures at this time.


Area Closures

Hurricane Sally

The following areas and islands are closed in anticipation of intense winds, rough seas, and heavy rain that will impact these areas. All areas will remain closed until further notice.

Florida Areas:
The Fort Pickens, Perdido Key/Johnson Beach, Santa Rosa/Opal Beach, and Okaloosa Areas in Florida will close on Saturday, September 12, at 5:00 pm ahead of the approaching storm. A mandatory evacuation of the Fort Pickens campground will occur Sunday September 13, with all campers expected to leave the area by 9:00 am.

Mississippi Areas:
The Davis Bayou Area will resume normal operating hours under Phase Two Adaptive Recovery Operations on September 18 at 8:00 am. The Davis Bayou Campground will reopen at noon on Monday, September 21. Reservations will be honored upon reopening.

Mississippi islands including Petit Bois, West Petit Bois, Horn, Ship, and the NPS-owned portion of Cat Island remain closed.

Fort Barrancas Area:

Due to the closure of NAS Pensacola, the Fort Barrancas Area, including all forts and facilities, is currently closed.

Ship Island Restoration Areas:

Ship Island (formerly known as East and West Ship Islands) was reconnected by the US Army Corps of Engineers in Spring 2019 as part of the Mississippi Coastal Improvement Projects. Though the island has been reconnected, the restored area and the area formerly known as East Ship Island remain an active construction area. For visitor safety, camping and beach fires will not be permitted on the area formerly known as East Ship Island and no visitor use will be permitted in the restored area until construction is completed in Spring 2021. Management of Ship Island once the project is completed was outlined in the park's General Management Plan issued in 2014.

Bird Nesting:

Each year, beginning in early March and ending in late summer, the park plays host to several species of ground nesting shorebirds such as least terns, snowy and wilson's plovers, and black skimmers. During this time, areas around active nests are temporarily closed to visitors and speed limits are reduced to 25 miles per hour (mph).

Last updated: September 17, 2020

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