Hurricane Irma

barge works on setting pylons on Gilman Dock in St. Marys
The Gilman dock in St. Marys is undergoing necessary work that will allow it to accommodate ferry operations.


October 27th update – Park closure extended through Nov. 11th while work continues on a mainland dock solution. A tentative target date set for resuming operations on Sunday, November 12th, contingent upon favorable weather conditions and potential construction delays.

Cumberland Island National Seashore will remain closed to all visitation through November 11th, 2017. Ferry and camping fees will be automatically refunded. A tentative target date has been set for resuming regular operations on November 12th. This is a target date only and is contingent upon favorable weather conditions and potential construction delays. The opening date will be reevaluated and is subject to change dependent on the progress of necessary recovery efforts.

Cumberland Island’s mainland docks were destroyed during Hurricane Irma. Progress is being made on a mainland dock solution. The City of St. Marys, Lang’s Seafood Inc., and the National Park Service are continuing to work together toward resuming regular ferry operations. The Gilman dock, owned by the City of St. Marys is undergoing necessary work that will allow it to accommodate ferry operations.

The park and its partners are making preparations for the necessary changes that will come for ferry check in and loading. Step-by-step information on preparing and checking in for your trip to the island are being produced and will be posted here and on the park’s Facebook page.

Workers attach rigging to a sunken boat being pulled form the water by a crane on a barge
FEMA mission assignment with the US Coast Guard to remove the Cumberland Queen ferry from the St. Marys River.  The boat provided transportation for visitors to Cumberland Island National Seashore in the 1980's and 90's and was not in service at the time of the storm. This is part of larger mission to clear maritime debris from the St. Marys river following Hurricane Irma.

Photo courtesy of FEMA


Oct. 12 Update: Island Closures Continue –Mainland Visitor Center, Bookstore, Museum Open

The park's mainland visitor center and bookstore opens with temporary operational hours beginning Friday, October 13th for the first time since Hurricane Irma. While island recovery efforts continue, the visitor center and bookstore will be open from 10 am to 4 pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 1 pm to 4 pm on Sundays. Visit with a ranger to learn more about the park, get information about trip planning, or purchase your National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands pass. The bookstore offers a wide variety of literary works of the island’s cultural and natural history, memorabilia, and youth toys and learning materials.

The park’s mainland Museum is extending hours to 10 am to 4 pm Mondays through Saturdays, and 1 pm to 4 pm on Sundays while island recovery efforts continue. Museum entrance is FREE and is located at 129 Osborne St, Saint Marys, GA 31558.

Cumberland Island - Hurricane Irma Information

Saturday 9/29/2017

Cumberland Island National Seashore is closed to all visitors and campers, this includes private boaters attempting to visit the seashore. Recovery efforts are underway and will continue until the park is safe for visitation.

The Mainland Museum (129 Osborne St., St. Marys) will reopen Saturday, Sept. 30th and resume regular hours of operation - open 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM daily.

Clearing of roadway hazards and debris continues on the island. A secondary pass on the main road is 40% complete. Crews have made progress and are working to remove several large, downed trees and litter from the historic areas near Stafford and Plum Orchard. The first saw crews are cycling out and replacement crews from Blue Ridge Parkway will arrive at the beginning of the week

FEMA has been coordinating the removal of 39 sunken or damaged boats, as well as dock debris along the St. Marys waterfront. The U.S. Coast Guard, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and Army Corp of Engineers are continuing the clean up efforts.

The City of St. Marys, Lang's Marina, and Cumberland Island National Seashore are continuing to work toward a solution for providing visitor access to the island. It is too soon to say when a solution will be in place.

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