Hunting Island to remain closed through July 23

By Mike McCombs

According to Hunting Island State Park’s official Twitter account, the park will remain closed through at least the close of business Thursday, July 23.

The park was initially closed during the day Tuesday, July 7, when the island got 8 inches of rain. Between July 7 and Wednesday, July 8, Hunting Island received 12.75 inches of rain. The majority of the park’s roads were submerged.

“Pumping continues, but we still have lots of roads submerged,” Park Manager J.W. Weatherford tweeted Sunday. “Your safely entering and exiting the park is our number one concern.”

As The Island News reported last week, the campground remains open. Weatherford said then that “campers with reservations will continue to be allowed into the campground.”

Weatherford also gave an update Sunday on the Hunting Island fishing pier, closed since suffering damage during Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

“We do hope for an opening this year, but (it) likely could be a spring opening,” he tweeted.

For the latest and most accurate information about Hunting Island State Park, visit the park’s official Twitter account @HuntingIslandSP.

Mike McCombs is the editor of The Island News and can be reached at TheIslandNews@gmail.com.

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