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19 state parks remain closed; campgrounds to reopen by weekend

Updated 4 p.m., Monday, Sept. 25

Florida State Parks re-open

All but a few Florida State Parks (see closures listed below) have re-opened as of Monday, Sept. 25, and 49 state park campgrounds are expected re-open by this weekend according to the available reservations board on ReserveAmerica. (Florida State Parks have not responded to requests for more information.)

Check for reservations availability at individual parks online at https://floridastateparks.reserveamerica.com or call (800) 326-3521 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET) or TDD (888) 433-0287.

Visitors with campground or cabin reservations made prior to the storm should contact ReserveAmerica by phone.

The following 19 state parks remain closed as of Monday, Sept. 25:

  • Bahia Honda State Park (Monroe County)
  • Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park (Dade County)
  • Curry Hammock State Park (Monroe County)
  • Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park (Monroe County)
  • Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park (Collier County)
  • Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park (Monroe County)
  • General James A. Van Fleet State Trail (Sumter, Lake and Polk counties)
  • Highlands Hammock State Park (Highlands and Hardee counties)
  • Hillsborough River State Park (Hillsborough County)
  • Hontoon Island State Park (Volusia and Lake counties)
  • Indian Key Historic State Park (Monroe County)
  • John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park (Monroe County)
  • Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park (Monroe County)
  • Long Key State Park (Monroe County)
  • Lovers Key State Park (Lee County)
  • Oleta River State Park (Dade County)
  • Paynes Creek Historic State Park (Hardee County)
  • The Barnacle Historic State Park (Dade County)
  • Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park (Monroe County)

Visit FloridaStateParks.org for more information.

State Forest Campgrounds

State Forest Campground closures are listed in this update from Florida Fish and Wildlife through Sept. 28. The list is updated frequently.

State Forests and Wildlife Refuges are managed separately from Florida State Parks and many are jointly managed by multiple agencies, such as regional water management districts.

Click here for the updated status of Florida State Forest Campgrounds. (Downloadable PDF)

State Forests, Wildlife Management Areas status related to Irma

  • Brevard, Flagler, Indian River, Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Putnam, Seminole, St. Johns, Sumter and Volusia Counties – FWC office and operations (to include all staff that live and/or work) in these counties are open Friday, September 15th EXCEPT for the following: Richloam Bass Conservation center (no public access).

 

Note – CLOSURES in the list below supersede any previously existing orders for the area listed. Non-storm-related closures can be found further down on this page.

 

FWC managed and cooperative public areas:

Note – A list of campground closure updates related to public area closures is provided by the Florida Forest Service and can be found at FFS Campground Closures External Website.

Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail closures External Website.

Northeast Region – The following FWC managed public areas are closed. Upon reopening, they will be removed from this list. Some public areas are open but may contain additional road/canal/unit/etc. closures as a result of storm activity. You can review these closures below by WMA.

  • Charles H Bronson WMA
  • Fellsmere Area 1 PSGHA
  • Fort Drum WMA
  • Lake Panasoffkee SGA
  • Little Big Econ WMA
  • Ocklawaha Prairie PSGHA
  • Rock Springs WMA

Northeast Region road/canal/unit closures – The following FWC managed public areas are open to public access but contain additional closures as a result of storm activity. Once reopened, they will be removed from this list.

  • Buck Lake WMA – The entrance at Morgan Alderman Road is closed until further notice. The west entrance off of SR 46 is walk-in only until further notice. The east entrance off of SR 46 is open, but with the following road closures: Road 1 from Six-Mile Creek west and at the SR 46 West parking area, Roads 3,4 and 5.
  • Caravelle Ranch WMA – The following roads are closed through 10/2/17: The last 0.5 mile of Midden Road beyond the posted signage, Rice Field Road at the cable gate and beyond including Spur and Spur A Roads, the west side of Sweetwater Grade where posted “Closed” and all of West T Road, and the west end of Horseshoe Road where posted and all of Deep Creek Road beyond the weather station.
  • Dexter Mary Farms Unit/Lake George WMA – Quarter’s Road from Fawn Road north to SR 40 (~1.2 miles) is closed through 10/19/17. Jim’s Road (~1.5 miles) is closed through 11/30/17.
  • Dunns Creek WMA – All roads are currently closed until further notice. Access on foot is permitted.
  • Emeralda Marsh Conservation Area (PSGHA) – Areas 3,5,&7 are closed until further notice. Area 6 is open for walk-in only. Areas 2 & 4 can be accessed via boat.
  • Etoniah Creek WMA – A section of Fire Road, 0.5 miles west of Yellow Jacket Road (~.25 miles), West V road between Folsom Road and the bridge at Etoniah Creek and the intersection of North Loop Entry Road and Tinsley Powerline Road are closed until further notice.
  • Gores Landing WMA – A 0.5 mile section of McLemore Road is closed through 10/10/17.
  • Herky Huffman/Bull Creek WMA – The northeastern portion of Loop Road from approximately 0.3 miles north of Yoke Branch to approximately 0.4 miles south of Yoke Branch and all seven Small Game Trails will remain closed through 9/22/17.
  • Lake George WMA – All or portions of the following roads are closed: Sampson Road (~0.5 miles), Spur Road (~0.3 miles), Buddy Martin Road (~0.9 miles), Pulp Road (~1.8 miles), Robinson Road (~0.5 miles), Old Bubbly Road (~1.5 miles) and Truck Trail 12.
  • Lake Panasoffkee WMA – A section of Jones Creek Trail, 1.8 miles south of the intersection with Triple B Loop, continuing south to its terminus is closed until further notice.
  • Ocala WMA – Many developed recreation sites (excluding the public shooting range) and the motorized and non-motorized trail systems remain closed until further notice.
  • Rima Ridge Unit/Tiger Bay WMA – A section of Danny Hole road from large culverts west (~0.5 miles) and Haw Creek Road (~1.3 miles) will remain closed through 10/19/17.
  • Salt Lake WMA – The following roads remain closed through 10/09/17: Snake Creek Grade, Boar Road, Switchgrass Road, South Lake Run Road and Bear Bluff Road 0.25 miles east of Snake Creek Grade.
  • Three Lakes WMA – Road 10 north of Fodderstack Slough will remain closed until further notice.
  • Tiger Bay WMA – Bear Island Road from Wampee Strand Road west to the powerlines (~1.9 miles) and Clark Bay Road approximately 0.5 miles from Service Road 1007 north to the Clark Bay Subdivision (~0.5 miles) will remain closed through 10/19/17. Dukes Island Road (~3.0 miles) will remain closed through 11/30/17.
  • Tosohatchee WMA – Lake Charlie Road south of Lake Charlie will remain closed through 9/29/17.
  • Upper St. Johns River Marsh WMA – The Moccasin Island Tract (Wickham Road) will remain closed until further notice. The C-54 Canal will remain closed until further notice.

North Central Region –The following FWC managed public areas are closed. Upon reopening, they will be removed from this list. Some public areas are open but may contain additional road/canal/unit/etc. closures as a result of storm activity. You can review these closures below by WMA.

  • Cypress Creek WMA
  • Potts WMA
  • Steinhatchee Springs WMA
  • Troy Springs WMA

North Central Region road/canal/unit closures – The following FWC managed public areas are open to public access but contain additional closures as a result of storm activity. Once reopened, they will be removed from this list.

  • Bayard WMA – All roads are closed until further notice. Access on foot is permitted.
  • Belmore WMA – Spring Road from East Boundary Road to Raccoon Road remains closed until further notice.
  • Cary WMA – Cypress Pond Road from Chicken Farm Road to No Catch Road, Powerline Road north of Big Oaks Road, and Grassy Road from Basin Road to Monticello Road remain closed until further notice.
  • Four Creeks WMA – Five Mile Road east of Saul’s Landing Road and Four Creeks Road east of Cabin Road are closed until further notice.
  • Hatchet Creek WMA – The 1 mile portion of Two-bridge Road extending from the intersection with SR 26 is closed until further notice. A temporary vehicle access point is available off of SR 26, 1.1 miles east of the designated entrance (west side of the creek).
  • Jennings Forest WMA – Tar Flower Road remains closed until further notice.
  • Lochloosa WMA – Multiple roads and portions of roads (including portions of Burnt Island Road) are posted onsite as closed until further notice.
  • Osceola WMA – The John M. Bethea State Forest portion remains closed until further notice. Ocean Pond and Hog Pen Landing campgrounds remain closed until further notice.
  • Raiford WMA – The 0.75 mile portion of Fire Road that lies 0.2 miles east of the intersection with Deer Road to the intersection with Pasture Road remains closed until further notice.
  • Ralph E. Simmons Memorial WMA – All roads are currently closed until further notice. Access on foot is permitted.

South Region – The following FWC managed public areas are closed. Upon reopening, they will be removed from this list. Some public areas are open but may contain additional road/canal/unit/etc. closures as a result of storm activity. You can review these closures below by WMA.

  • A-1 FEB SGA
  • Big Cypress WMA
  • Everglades WMA
  • Fisheating Creek WMA
  • Holey Land WMA
  • Keys WEA
  • Picayune Strand WMA
  • Rotenberger WMA
  • STA 2 Waterfowl SGA
  • STA 3/4 Waterfowl SGA
  • STA 5/6 Waterfowl SGA

South Region road/canal/unit closures – The following FWC managed public areas are open to public access but contain additional closures as a result of storm activity. Once reopened, they will be removed from this list.

  • Dinner Island Ranch WMA – Roads 6 and 8 remain closed until further notice.
  • Spirit-of-the-Wild WMA – Trail 4 remains closed until further notice.

Southwest Region – The following FWC managed public areas are closed. Upon reopening, they will be removed from this list. Some public areas are open but may contain additional road/canal/unit/etc. closures as a result of storm activity. You can review these closures below by WMA.

  • Arbuckle WMA
  • Green Swamp WMA
  • Green Swamp West Unit WMA
  • Lower Hillsborough WMA
  • Walk-in-the-water WMA
  • Weekiwachee WMA
  • Upper Hillsborough WMA

Southwest Region road/canal/unit closures – The following FWC managed public areas are open to public access but contain additional closures as a result of storm activity. Once reopened, they will be removed from this list.

  • Babcock Ranch Preserve – Cut-Off Road is closed until further notice.
  • Tenoroc FMA – Lost Lake East and West and their associated access roads are closed until further notice. The horseback trail from Point A to Point B as indicated on the closures map Adobe PDF is closed until further notice.

Great Florida Birding Trail

Fall is a popular season to follow migrating birds into and through Florida, but Hurricane Irma impacted much of Florida. As a result, many of the 510 sites along the Great Florida Birding Trail are partially or totally closed.

Check the links listed below for updates on the status of all Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail sites throughout the state.

Panhandle Section

Eastern Section

West Section

South Section

Check requently for further updates as sites begin opening for public use. However, be aware that some sites, particularly in Southeast and Southwest Florida, may be closed for several months. 

Additional Links:

Florida State Parks

Florida Fish and Wildlife — Hurricane Irma Updates

Great Florida Birding Trail

University of Florida Disaster Handbook (Hurricanes)

Georgia State Parks – Hurricane Irma Updates

Alabama State Parks — Lodging, camping availability for evacuees.

For county parks and campgrounds, check local parks information online for Irma updates.

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