Hurricane Dorian Updates

Many Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail sites are closed or have restricted access due to the effects of Hurricane Dorian. Please consult the list below or contact sites directly before planning your trip.

Last update: September 11, 2019, 8:19am

Brevard County -

Brevard Zoo - All Treetop Trek courses except Chutes & Ladders will be closed for maintenance on Tuesday, September 10. Certain courses may remain closed through Thursday, September 12.

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge (Gateway) - Open with exception of BioLab Road and BioLab boat ramp

Collier County -

Everglades National Park - numerous aids to navigation throughout Everglades National Park remain missing or damaged. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting park waters. Repairs to ATONS and removal of submerged debris/uncharted wrecks will not be completed until fall 2019.

Dade County -

Everglades and Francis S. Taylor Wildlife Management Area - Due to high water -  portions of EWMA are closed to public access. The L4 south and L5 south levee roads are closed to all public access. Water Conservation Area 2 (2A and 2B) and that portion of Water Conservation Area 3A South located east of the Miami Canal between 1-75 and the L-67A levee remain open to public access.  Vessels -  other than airboats -  may be operated in established canals for licensed and permitted individuals to participate in the Statewide Alligator Harvest Program -  waterfowl hunting -  fishing -  frogging -  and non-native reptile removal. All participants shall maintain a minimum distance of 100 yards from any tree island. Permitted python removal contractors employed by the South Florida Water Management District or the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission may use vehicles on levee roads other than the L4 south and L5 south levee roads.

Seminole County -

Lake Jesup Wilderness Area - Closed due to flooding

St. John's County -

Fort Matanzas National Monument - The Matanzas beach ramp has sustained heavy damage from Hurricane Dorian and is currently unusable. Please use caution! 

St. Lucie County -

Pinelands Preserve - closed

Volusia County -

Canaveral National Seashore - Open with limited access. Both districts will be opening with limited beach access; some parking areas and roads may be closed to access. No backcountry camping reservations or permits will be issued for the islands. No backcountry permits will be issued for Klondike Beach.