Access to Fort Pickens Road Restricted due to Flooding
Contact: Steve McCoy, 850-934-2606
High surf and rain has resulted in flooding on the Fort Pickens Road within Gulf Islands National Seashore, with as much as 12-14 inches of water in places.The Fort Pickens campground remains open for those with prior reservations, and existing campers are allowed to come and go.Effective at 8:30 am on Friday, July 5, access on the Fort Pickens Road is restricted for all other visitors until further notice, and visitors are being contacted and turned around at the entrance station.The park will reopen the road for all visitors as soon as water on the road subsides.
When announcing this road access restriction, Superintendent Dan Brown said, "With all the rain overnight and early this morning, low lying sections of the Fort Pickens Road have become flooded.Park staff are working to remove any buildup of sand to enable the road to be reopened as soon as the water subsides. With the heavy equipment maneuvering back and forth to move sand, we need to limit the number of vehicles on the road for visitor safety and to allow the equipment to operate."
Fort Barrancas will be open Friday- Sunday, July 5-8, so that visitors may enjoy an alternate site while Fort Pickens is closed.
For additional information, contact park headquarters at (850) 934-2600 in Florida or (228) 230-4100 in Mississippi, or visit the National Seashore website at www.nps.gov/guis.
Did You Know?
Gulf Islands National Seashore's Fort Massachusetts, on West Ship Island 12 miles off the Mississippi coastline, was covered by the 30-foot storm surge from Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005. The fort has been reopened to the public.