Salt River Bay

Today the site of Columbus’ landing is a National and Territorial Park. Salt River is the site of many ecological and historical treasures. The St. Croix Environmental Association conducts tours, and kayak sightseeing is available. The Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve encompasses the largest remaining mangrove forest in the USVI.

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VI/VITEMA has issued a high surf advisory throughout the Territory as of today October 30, 2019 through 11/01/2019. Buck Island Reef National Monument remains open to the public, though we advise our park visitors to exercise caution.

Buck Island Reef's facilities, including the pier (only to be used by park personnel and for emergencies), the Underwater Trail and SCUBA moorings, beach picnic areas, rest rooms, and the hiking trail will remain open for public use during regular daylight hours. The anchoring area located off West Beach is being impacted by swells; anchoring remains restricted to Anchoring Area.

A high surf warning indicates that dangerous waves can be expected approaching the island from the north. The swells will pound into the shoreline and can cause severe undertow along the beach and shoreline, resulting in potentially hazardous, possibly life-threatening, conditions for boaters and bathers.

On November 2, 2019, the parks will conduct an assessment to review any damage to park facilities, natural resources and announce any further advisories.

Thank you for your support and understanding. For further information please contact the Superintendent Gregory Camacho at gregory_camacho@nps.gov or Acting Supervisory U.S Park Ranger Gabriel Laurencin, gabriel_laurenicn@nps.gov, 340-773-1460.
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Located on the North Shore

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