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National Seashore Reopening Area Following Hurricane Sally

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Date: September 17, 2020
Contact: Steve McCoy, 850-232-3621

Ocean Springs, Miss. – Gulf Islands National Seashore crews were able to complete assessments at the Davis Bayou Area of the park. Debris has been cleared and day use of the area will resume under COVID-19 Adaptive Recovery Phase II operations. The Davis Bayou Area of the park will open at 8 a.m. on Friday, September 18.  


The Davis Bayou campground will reopen at 12:00 noon on Monday, September 21. Reservations will be honored upon reopening, and the campground registration building at the entrance to the campground will be open. With public health and safety in mind, the William M. Colmer Visitor Center remains closed at this time under the park’s Phase II COVID-19 Adaptive Recovery Plan. 


On Saturday, September 12, the National Park Service (NPS) closed all areas and islands of Gulf Islands National Seashore in advance of Hurricane Sally impacting the Gulf Coast. Barrier islands managed by the National Park Service, including Petit Bois, West Petit Bois, Horn, and Ship islands, as well as the NPS-owned portion of Cat Island remain closed at this time. Once park crews have assessed the islands additional updates will be provided. 


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, on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram  

About the National Park Service: More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 419 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Visit us at, on Facebook and Twitter  



Last updated: September 17, 2020

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