August 19, 2019
Gulf Islands closures hotline (850) 934-2656.
Road and Facility Closures
Temporary Road Closures:
The Battery Cooper Loop Road at the Fort Pickens Area is closed.
Temporary Facility Closures:
The Davis Bayou Boat Ramp is closed for replacement.
Seasonal Facility Closures:
There are currently no seasonal facility closures.
Ship Island Restoration Areas:
Ship Island (formerly known as East and West Ship Islands) was reconnected by the US Army Corps of Engineers earlier this year 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. The National Park Service is developing a comprehensive plan for Ship Island to be implemented in 2021.
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: August 19, 2019