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State parks in Keys reopen, except Long Key, Bahia Honda; Faver-Dykes, Hontoon Island still closed

Updated Monday, Oct. 16

These 4 state parks remain closed in the wake of Irma as of Monday, Oct. 16

Bahia Honda State Park remains closed.

 

Windley Key Fossil State Park is open.

The campground at Long Key State Park in the Florida Keys was previously scheduled to close for a year of beach restoration beginning Oct. 15, so no reservations are being accepted.

Faver-Dykes State Park near St. Augustine remains closed due to flooding and culvert erosion. The park is not expected to reopen before October 30.

 

Visit FloridaStateParks.org for more information.

For updates on the Florida Keys, go to Florida Keys Mile Marker Guide

State Park Campgrounds Updates

Most state parks campgrounds have reopened, except Bahia Honda, Long Key and Faver-Dykes near St. Augustine.

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 at closed parks made prior to the storm should contact ReserveAmerica by phone, call (800) 326-3521 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET) or TDD (888) 433-0287..

State Forest Campgrounds Updates

State Forest Campground closures are listed in this update from Florida Fish and Wildlife. 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)

Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail Closures

Fall is a popular season to follow migrating birds into and through Florida, but hurricanes have impacted much of Florida. Some 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. 

Storm-related closures for state forests, wildlife management areas

As of Monday, October 16

FWC managed and cooperative public areas:

Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail closures External Website.

Note: A list of campground closures related to public land closures is provided by the Florida Forest Forest 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.

  • Fellsmere Area 1 PSGHA
  • Fort Drum 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 11/9/2017: 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”, all of West T Road, and the west end of Horseshoe Road where posted and all of Deep Creek Road beyond the weather station.
  • Charles H. Bronson WMA – Road 2 along the County Line canal (~1.25 miles) and the north end of Road 5 (~1.25 miles) are closed through 10/21/17.
  • 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 – Access is walk-in only until further notice. Due to additional flooding and road conditions, all vehicular access to this area is temporarily prohibited.
  • 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 – East V Road, Green Camp Road, Scrub Road and the south end of North Cablegate Road are closed until further notice.
  • 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 Small Game Trails 3,4,5, and 7 will remain closed until further notice.
  • 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.
  • Little Big Econ WMA – The SR 46 designated entrance is closed. Road 1 and Road 2 are closed. Road 3 (~1.5 miles) going south from Road 2 and the east end of Road 4 (~0.5 miles) are closed. These closures will remain in effect until 10/21/17.
  • Matanzas WMA – Dupont Road and Kling Road are closed until further notice.
  • Ocala WMA – This area is open to hunting but many developed recreation sites (excluding the public shooting range) and motorized and non-motorized trail systems are closed until further notice. The South Moon Check Station is 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.
  • 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.
  • T.M. Goodwin Waterfowl Management Area – Vehicular access to the Broadmoor Marsh Unit is prohibited through 10/19/17 due to high water conditions.
  • 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.

Northwest 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.

  • Escambia River WMA – Cotton Lake, Bluff Springs, and Williams Lake recreation areas are closed until further notice.
  • Fitzhugh-Carter Tract of Econfina Creek WMA – Area is open to foot access but is closed to public fishing until further notice.

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 allowed.
  • 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.
  • Cypress Creek WMA – All roads are closed until further notice. Access on foot is allowed.
  • 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 are posted onsite as closed until further notice.
  • Osceola WMA – 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.

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.

  • Everglades WMA
  • Holey Land WMA
  • Keys WEA
  • Rotenberger WMA

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.

  • Big Cypress WMA – The Stairsteps Unit is closed to public access. The Swamp Welcome Center and all campgrounds EXCEPT Midway, Monument, and Burns Lake are closed.
  • Fisheating Creek WMA – Campground facilities will remain closed until further notice. Other local restrictions may apply as posted on-site.
  • Holey Land WMA, Rotenberger WMA, STA 5/6 – The L4 and L5 levee roads are closed west of the Harold Campbell Public Use Area until further notice.
  • Picayune Strand WMA – Some roads and trails remain closed until further notice. Please refer to closure information provided on the Picayune Strand State Forest External Website page for more details.
  • 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.

  • Lower Hillsborough 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.
  • Green Swamp West WMA – Main Line west of Cedar Pocket Road and Cedar Pocket 1.2 miles from Ranch Road to Main Line, are closed until further notice. All designated “Special Use Vehicle” roads are closed until further notice.

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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