Gulf State Park Pier reopens

By Melanie LeCroy
Posted 2/3/21

When Hurricane Sally hit the area Sept. 16, the storm left the Gulf State Park Pier in shambles. After months of repairs, the Gulf State Pier is once again open to tourists and …

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When Hurricane Sally hit the area Sept. 16, the storm left the Gulf State Park Pier in shambles. After months of repairs, the Gulf State Pier is once again open to tourists and fishermen.

Approximately 725 feet of the pier has been repaired and is accessible for anglers on both sides. The remaining southern portion of the structure which sustained significantly greater damage, remains closed.

Gulf State Park Pier features upgrades from the renovation project completed in 2020. The wood decking and railings have been replaced with sustainably sourced ipe wood. This hardwood is durable and will increase the life expectancy of the structure. Upgrades to the pier lighting meets the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service turtle-friendly standards. The fish cleaning stations have been upgraded and the restroom facilities have been refurbished.

The original renovation project was approved and funded by the Natural Resource Damage Assessment Program and Alabama Trustee Implementation Group.

The pier is open to the public 24/7 with staff on-site from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. In accordance with COVID-19 guidelines, the maximum capacity stands at 200 occupants, 125 anglers and 75 sightseers.

For more information visit https://www.alapark.com/parks/gulf-state-park/fishing-and-education-pier