Dry Tortugas National Park Remains Closed for Ike
Contact: Larry Perez, 305-338-3499
Contact: Linda Friar, 305-242-7714
Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks continue to monitor the progress of Hurricane Ike. Both parks have now completed preparations for the storm. Based upon the best available information, managers will conduct day-by-day assessments to guide park operations going forward.
Current storm predictions continue to forecast probable impacts to the Dry Tortugas. Consequently, the park will remain closed until conditions permit.
Over the past 24 hours, trends in recent forecast tracks suggest more favorable conditions may be possible for Everglades National Park. Consequently, park managers will open Everglades for visitation on Sunday, September 7.
The main park road will open to visitor access beginning at 5:00 a.m., the Gulf Coast Visitor Center will open at 8:15 a.m., and the Shark Valley Visitor Area will open at 8:30 a.m. All areas are expected to operate through normal business hours, though some concession services may be interrupted.
Over the next few days, access to visitor areas may change pursuant to conditions. Visitors are advised to call ahead for the latest information on park status and operations at 305-242-7700.
Did You Know?
Fort Jefferson served for a time as a remote prison facility. One of its most famous inmates was none other than Dr. Samuel Mudd, who set the leg of John Wilkes Booth following the assassination of President Lincoln. Mudd was incarcerated on the Dry Tortugas for only four years, from 1865 to 1869.