October 20, 2020
Gulf Islands closures hotline (850) 934-2656.
Mississippi Areas: Mississippi areas and islands including Horn, Petit Bois, West Petit Bois, and the NPS-owned portion of Cat Island are closed due to storm damage.
Florida Areas: The Fort Pickens and Santa Rosa areas are closed due to storm damage.
COVID 19 - Adaptive Recovery Plan
The Fort Pickens Discovery Center and William M. Colmer Visitor Center are currently closed. All ranger-led programs have been cancelled. No other closures are currently in place due to COVID-19.
Road and Facility Closures
Temporary Road Closures:
Highway 399, J. Earle Bowden Way will close on Sunday, September 13 at 8:00 pm. The anticipated intense winds, high surf, and heavy rain associated with the named storm, Sally is expected to impact safe motor vehicle travel on this road.
Temporary Facility Closures:
Seasonal Facility Closures:
There are no seasonal facility closures at this time.
Fort Barrancas Area:
Due to the closure of NAS Pensacola, the Fort Barrancas Area, including all forts and facilities, is currently closed.
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: October 20, 2020