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10/12/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/12/2017 21:37

UPDATE: Normal Operations Resume at Davis Bayou Area

News Release Date:
October 12, 2017

Contact:Brent Everitt, 850-934-2612

Ocean Springs, Miss. - Gulf Islands National Seashore officials will resume normal operations at the Davis Bayou Area on Friday, October 13, following Hurricane Nate closures. The Davis Bayou Campground will accept walk-in campers for Friday night. Reservations will be honored starting Saturday night, October 14.

The visitor center fishing pier and all boardwalks will remain closed throughout the Davis Bayou Area. Additionally, all islands managed by the National Park Service off the Mississippi coast (Cat, East Ship, West Ship, Horn, West Petit Bois, and Petit Bois Islands) will remain closed to all public access and use until assessments and any necessary repairs are completed.

A structural engineering team from the National Park Service will begin formal assessments of the Davis Bayou fishing pier, government dock, boardwalks and overlooks, as well as the infrastructure (buildings, piers, and boardwalks) at West Ship and Horn Islands on Friday.

A full list of closures and impacts can be found at Park status updates will be posted online at,, and

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