Seasonal road opening announced at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Published 1:40 pm Thursday, February 2, 2023
Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge has announced the seasonal opening of the gates in the Laurel Bay Farming Unit for the month of February, effective Wednesday, February 1.
The Laurel Bay Unit is the farming unit west of Buffalo City Road. With the very wet weather experienced Sunday night through Tuesday and the amount of rain forecast for the remainder of the week, only gravel roads will be opened for vehicle traffic to prevent road damage. Staff will monitor conditions in order to open roads as soon as drying conditions allow. This multi-use unit is open to small game hunting during February, so visitors are reminded to be careful when walking in the area.
Management actions for wildlife will prevent the opening of the roads and the western-most impoundment south of Laurel Bay Road to public access. Hook Road, Osprey Road and impoundment dikes will be gated or blocked to prevent public access to this area, including foot traffic.
Consult the map on the refuge tearsheet available at fws.gov/refuge/alligator-river/library to view all roads mentioned.