Well before Hurricane Idalia, the Refuge had contracted, to have the Shell Mound Observation Pier rebuilt. Construction is scheduled is scheduled to begin no sooner than November 2023. The pier will probably stay closed until construction is completed. During construction the pier and lower portion of the drive-in area will be closed, but the Archaeological Mound Trail and Dennis Creek Trail will remain open.
Shell Mound Observation Pier is closed due to damage from Hurricane Idalia and will remain closed until reconstruction is complete.
Dennis Creek Trail will remain open during Shell Mound Pier construction.
Shell Mound Archaeological Trail will remain open during Shell Mound Pier construction.
Visiting the Refuges at this time of year presents an additional wildlife experience, as evidenced by the video above, taken on Beaver Dam Road on the Dixie County side of the Refuge. If you love our Refuges you surely have been followed down the trail by swarms of noseeums as well as dive-bombing, blood-thirsty deer flies.
Friends board member Dan Kline is a mosquito and fly research entomologist. His articles on our Science page, will give you the skinny on these wild creatures and what it is like to track them down in the field. He doesn’t mention how to decide who is tracking whom!
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