Current Road Conditions at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge

Weather and wildlife management activities have led to the temporary closures of several refuge roads to vehicles and/or general public access. The descriptions below summarize current road status as of Mar 1, 2023. A complete map of the refuge can be found in the Refuge Tearsheet.

Laurel Bay Unit

The Laurel Bay Unit is the farming unit west of Buffalo City Road. The seasonal closure to vehicles is now in effect. The unit is currently open to foot traffic only until September 1, 2023.

Bay and Cypress Rds

Due to major holes in the dirt roads, Bay and Cypress Roads will be closed to vehicle traffic starting Friday, January 6, 2023 and will stay closed until staff have time to fix the major holes in the dirt roads.

Lower Creef Unit

Long Curve, Grouse, and Bear Roads have been reopened to all traffic, including vehicle and foot traffic. Staff will continue to monitor visitor and wildlife behavior in the area.

Please be mindful of your behaviors and actions at all times when on the refuge. On a National Wildlife Refuge, the welfare of plants and animals and their habitats come first.

Use binoculars or a zoom lens to view wildlife from a distance. If wildlife approach you, move back. In general, if animals react to your presence, you are too close. It’s illegal to feed, touch, tease, frighten, or intentionally disturb wildlife.

Be careful when driving to protect wildlife as well. Be sure to always follow the speed limits and watch for wildlife that may dart into the road. When you want to stop to watch wildlife, pull your vehicle to the side of the road and do not block traffic

The most reliable source for current information about red wolves is the Red Wolf Recovery Program website.


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