Hurricane Ian Closes All Polk Environmental Lands Closed Effective Monday

Storm Impacts Expected to Begin Across Area by Mid-Week


Last updated 9/26/2022 at 8:18pm

CouPolk Environmental Lands Program

All Polk environmental lands, including Crooked Lake Prairie, Sumica, and Circle B Bar, will be closed beginning Monday due to the expected impacts of Hurricane Ian.

In preparation for the approaching storm, all Polk County Environmental Lands sites and Natural Resources Stormwater Treatment Wetlands will be closed Monday, September 26, 2022 out of an abundance of caution and will remain closed until further notice.

These sites include Circle B Bar Reserve, Crooked Lake Prairie, Crooked Lake Sandhill, Gator Creek Reserve, Hickory Lake Scrub, Lakeland Highlands Scrub, Marshall Hampton Reserve, North Walk-in-Water Creek, Peace River Hammock, Sherwood L. Stokes Preserve, Alafia Reserve and SUMICA.

For a location map and additional information on Polk County Environmental Land sites, check the county's website at

All Polk County campgrounds will close at 12:00 p.m. on Monday. Bone Valley ATV Park will be closed Monday, and all youth and adult league activities are cancelled effective Monday night and will remain so until further notice.

If you have questions about these closures, contact Polk County Parks and Natural Resources Division at (863) 534-7377.


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