April 5, 2020
Gulf Islands closures hotline (850) 934-2656.
Click the link above to visit our Public Health Modifications page for the latest information on park closures and cancellations due to COVID-19.
Road and Facility Closures
Temporary Road Closures:
The Battery Cooper Loop Road at the Fort Pickens Area is closed.
Temporary Facility Closures:
Little Langdon restrooms north of Battery Langdon are closed.
Seasonal Facility Closures:
There are no seasonal facility closures at this time.
Restricted AccessAccess to the Fort Barrancas Area, onboard Naval Air Station Pensacola, is currently resticted to those with Department of Defense issued identification due to base security measures. For more information, please visit the Navy's website.
Ship Island Restoration Areas:
Ship Island (formerly known as East and West Ship Islands) was reconnected by the US Army Corps of Engineers in Spring 2019 as part of the Mississippi Coastal Improvement Projects. Though the island has been reconnected, the restored area and the area formerly known as East Ship Island remain an active construction area. For visitor safety, camping and beach fires will not be permitted on the area formerly known as East Ship Island and no visitor use will be permitted in the restored area until construction is completed in Spring 2021. Management of Ship Island once the project is completed was outlined in the park's General Management Plan issued in 2014.
Each year, beginning in early March and ending in late summer, the park plays host to several species of ground nesting shorebirds such as least terns, snowy and wilson's plovers, and black skimmers. During this time, areas around active nests are temporarily closed to visitors and speed limits are reduced to 25 miles per hour (mph).
Last updated: April 5, 2020