Long Pine Key Campground Closed
Due to improvements to park roads and parking lots, the reopening of the Long Pine Key Campground will be delayed due to paving work. It will reopen mid-December. Those desiring to camp will be able to utilize the Flamingo Campground instead. More »
Temporary Park Closures in Effect for Hurricane Ike on Tuesday September 9
Contact: Larry Perez, 305-338-3499
Contact: Linda Friar, 305-242-7714
Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks are closely monitoring the progress of Hurricane Ike. In anticipation of impacts from the storm, both parks are implementing temporary closures. The closures are necessary in the interest of employee and public safety, and to allow park staff to concentrate fully on securing and protecting resources and facilities as this major storm moves through the region.
Dry Tortugas National Park is currently closed to visitation and is expected to remain closed until passage of the storm. Licensed, commercial services to the islands, including ferry boats and seaplanes, have suspended their operations until the park reopens.
Did You Know?
Mermaid sightings have been reported by sailors throughout history who often blamed the part-woman, part-fish beings for leading them astray. But folklore experts believe that what those sailors were seeing were not mermaids, but rather air-breathing manatees, or their dugong relatives.