Access at seashore locations
The stairs at Nauset Light Beach in Eastham are closed due to storm damage. Herring Cove North Lot in Provincetown sustained damage resulting in closure of multiple parking spaces. The Nauset Marsh Trail bridge was destroyed in a 2012 storm. More »
General Management Plan
The 1998 General Management Plan will guide park policy and decision making for years to come. It is available here in PDF format in a slightly abbreviated version. The printed edition, as well as the two volume Environmental Impact Statement is available by request from the Superintendent.
Introduction - Context for the General Management Plan, Legislative Mandate, Legal Requirements, Regulatory Authority, Purpose of the Plan, A View of the Future (23 pages)
Natural Resources - Air Resources, Coastal Processes, Water Resources, Vegetation and Wildlife (15 pages)
Cultural Resources - Cultural Heritage and Ethnographic Resources, Cultural Landscapes, Historic Architecture, Archeological Resources, Museum Collection (18 pages)
Public Use - Information and Orientation, Access and Transportation, Interpretation and Education, Activities, Facilities and Services, Concession and Commercial Services, Vista Management (22 pages)
Nonfederal Lands within the National Seashore - Land Use Planning and Protection, Private Residential Properties, Private Commercial Properties, Municipal and State Lands (9 pages)
Management and Operations - Cooperative Planning and Management, Administrative and Maintenance Facilities, Staff Housing, Utilities, Services Exchanged with Local Communities, Reservation of Use and Occupancy (18 pages)
Management Zoning and Carrying Capacity - National Seashore Management Zoning, Principal Management Zones, Natural Subzones, Historic Subzones, Developed Subzones, Special Use Subzones, Public Experience and Resource Protection Process, Monitoring Program for Resource Conditions and Public Experiences. (15 pages)
Plan Development and Implementation - How the Plan Was Developed, Phase 1, Phase 2 (6 pages)
Partial Appendixes - Authorization of Conveyance of Commonwealth Lands, Interrelationships with Other Plans and Projects, Required Plans and Studies, Estimated Costs (26 pages)
Planning Team - Planning Team, Contributors, Consultants (3 pages)
Selected Bibliography (9 pages)
Did You Know?
Kettle pond surface water levels are controlled by local groundwater levels. Around Cape Cod National Seashore ponds, these levels range from six to nine feet above average sea level. The bottoms of all the kettle ponds are below sea level.