UPDATE: Okaloosa Area to Open Wednesday, October 11

Okaloosa Area was closed flood waters caused by Hurricane Nate.
Hurricane Nate flooded the Okaloosa Area, but waters have receded since the storm.

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News Release Date: October 10, 2017

Contact: Brent Everitt, 850-934-2612

Gulf Breeze, Fla. – National Park Service officials will reopen the Okaloosa Area on Wednesday, October 11, at 8:00 am. The area will remain open on its normal schedule closing at sunset. Restrooms will be open, and entrance fees will be required for visitors to the area.

Okaloosa Area was closed on Friday, October 6, ahead of Hurricane Nate making landfall on the Gulf Coast. The area has had standing water throughout since the storm passed through the region. The water has subsided and there was no damage to the area’s infrastructure including roads and water systems.

Fort Pickens and Santa Rosa Areas remain closed to all visitors (pedestrians, bicyclists, and vehicles). Johnson Beach Road, beyond the swim beach, remains closed to all visitors (pedestrians, bicyclists, and vehicles). In Mississippi, the park’s barrier islands, and parts of Davis Bayou Area remain closed.

The Naval Live Oaks and Fort Barrancas Areas, as well as the Johnson Beach swim beach were opened on Tuesday, October 10, and remain open. A full list of closures and impacts can be found at www.nps.gov/guis/learn/news.htm. Park status updates will be posted online at www.nps.gov/GulfIslands, www.Facebook.com/GulfIslandsNPS, and www.Twitter.com/GulfIslandsNPS.


About Gulf Islands National Seashore: Created in 1971, the national seashore stretches 160 miles along the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico in Florida and Mississippi, and includes barrier islands, maritime forests, historic forts, bayous, and marine habitat. Visit us at www.nps.gov/guis, on Facebook www.facebook.com/GulfIslandsNPS, Twitter www.twitter.com/GulfIslandsNPS, Instagram www.Instagram.com/GulfIslandsNPS.


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Last updated: October 10, 2017

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