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Posted on: August 30, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Gulf Islands National Seashore closes areas in Florida due to Hurricane Idalia

Information provided by Gulf Islands National Seashore

UPDATE 12 p.m. on Wed., Aug. 30 - Highway 399 has reopened between Navarre and Pensacola Beach

Gulf Islands National Seashore Santa Rosa Area including Opal Beach Area and Highway 399, and the Fort Pickens Area are closed until further notice due to storm surge from Hurricane Idalia creating standing water up to two feet deep in certain areas.

Campground reservations for Fort Pickens will be postponed or canceled through Thursday, August 31. Current campers are advised to shelter in place until able to safely evacuate. 

Park staff will continue to assess conditions and will reevaluate all park areas for reopening conditions and announce updates as appropriate. 

All other areas of the park in Florida and Mississippi are open for day use only.

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