Gulf State Park to Reopen 100 Renovated Campsites

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the reopening of 100 renovated campsites at Gulf State Parkon Friday, April 8, 2005, at 1 p.m. at the Gulf State Park Campground office. Renovations of the campsites were already under way prior to Hurricane Ivan, but the hurricane caused further damage. This is the first time the campsites have been open to the public since Hurricane Ivan and represents the first phase of reconstruction.

“We’re coming back from the wrath of Hurricane Ivan,” says Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Commissioner Barnett Lawley. “The repairs and renovations have been completed on the 100 campsites, and we’re looking forward to welcoming visitors.”

The 100 campsites have larger, newly paved pads with 50-amp electrical service to accommodate larger, late-model RVs. All sites have water and sewage hookups. Rental rates begin at $23 and go up to $30.

Renovations are continuing on the remaining campsites at Gulf State Park, and they will open in phases later this year. Twenty-eight new campsites are being added as well. Gulf State Park will have 496 campsites open to the public by the end of 2005.

On April 29, 2005, a groundbreaking ceremony will take place to kick off construction for the pavilion, new rest rooms at Alabama Point and improved beach access. A new Gulf State Park hotel is also planned.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes the statewide stewardship and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources to ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy them. The department also advises the state government on management of freshwater fish, wildlife, marine resources, waterway safety, state lands, state parks and other natural resources. This includes the administration, management and maintenance of 22 state parks, 23 public fishing lakes, three freshwater fish hatcheries, 34 wildlife management areas, two waterfowl refuges, two wildlife sanctuaries, a mariculture center with 35 ponds and 645,000 acres of trust lands. Other departmental functions include maintenance of a State Land Resource Information Center and administration of the Forever Wild land acquisition program.