Parks Extend Closure Following Passage of Hurricane Ike
Contact: Larry Perez, 305-338-3499
Contact: Linda Friar, 305-242-7714
Both Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks experienced some impacts from the passage of Hurricane Ike. Thus, a temporary closure has been enacted for both parks and will be extended through Wednesday, September 10. During this time, no public access will be available to visitor areas at either park.
The closures are necessary to allow staff to focus on recovery operations. Crews will be surveying all park areas for damage, clearing park roads and trails, and preparing facilities to resume normal business. It is expected that both parks will promptly open to visitation once recovery operations are complete.
For the lastest on park status and operations, please contact our main swithboard at 305-242-7700, or www.nps.gov/ever
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.