Everglades National Park is Reopening in Phases

Everglades National Park
Everglades National Park,  FL

News Release Date: May 1, 2020

Contact: Visitor Information, 305-242-7700
Contact: Media: Allyson Gantt, 786-610-8023

Homestead, Fla. – Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Everglades National Park is increasing recreational access. The National Park Service (NPS) is working service wide with federal, state, and local authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.

Beginning May 4, Everglades National Park will reopen access to:

  • Main Park Road from the Homestead entrance to Flamingo (note exceptions below)
  • External restrooms at the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center
  • Flamingo Marina and boat launch ramps
  • Flamingo Marina Store, restrooms, and gas pumps
  • Flamingo Fish Cleaning Station and restroom
  • Chekika Day Use Area (roads and surrounding areas only)

In addition, entry fees are waived, and the following spaces continue to be available:

  • Marine waters of Everglades National Park
  • Beach campsites in wilderness

With public health in mind, the following facilities remain closed at this time:

  • Royal Palm area including the Anhinga Trail
  • Long Pine Key area and campground
  • West Lake area
  • Flamingo campground
  • All visitor centers and public buildings
  • Concession tours and boat rentals
  • All other park restrooms
  • Other park locations such as Shark Valley and Gulf Coast

For more information visit:
https://www.nps.gov/ever/learn/news/everglades-national-park-is-reopening-in-phases.htm

Everglades National Park Boater Education Program

Everglades has developed a free boater education course to orient and educate boaters to the unique features of the park’s marine waters. Our overall goal is to protect marine resources while providing world-class recreational opportunities

At present, the program is available on a voluntary basis and on August 1, 2019 will be mandatory for nearly everyone* operating a powerboat within the marine waters of the park.

To learn more about this free program visit:
https://www.nps.gov/ever/planyourvisit/boater-education-program.htm

The Milky Way over Pa-hay-okee Trail

A black & white view of the Milky Way over Pa-hay-okee Trail in the Everglades National Park
By Lee Smith Photography
©2018 Smitty’s Holdings, Inc.

A view of the Milky Way over Pa-hay-okee Trail in the Everglades National Park
Everglades-MilkyWay – B&W-2018_04_17 – IMG_3636

To order: https://www.leesmithphotos.com/2018/04/the-milky-way-over-pa-hay-okee-trail/