• Atlantic Ocean beach at Cape Cod National Seashore

    Cape Cod

    National Seashore Massachusetts

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  • Sections of Boardwalk Closed at Red Maple Swamp Trail

    Sections of the boardwalk at the Red Maple Swamp Trail have been closed due to structural deterioration and safety concerns. Check at Salt Pond Visitor Center for the current status of this trail, and for your safety, remain out of closed areas.

Hunting Information

A spring and fall turkey hunt, following state guidelines, is implemented for areas open to hunting within Cape Cod National Seashore. A Cape Cod National Seashore Turkey Permit is required to hunt turkey during the spring season. The permit is free and available by a lottery system. The lottery application is available online by clicking here: Application for Spring Turkey Lottery Permit Cape Cod National Seashore. Permit applications are also available at Park Headquarters located at 99 Marconi Site Road, Wellfleet, MA, 02667, during normal business hours. Applications must be received or postmarked by the last business day of March. Details of the lottery system are on the application.

No seashore turkey permit is required for fall turkey hunting season.

Click here for the most recent hunting brochure.

NPS hunting area detail maps (revised 2013):
Wellfleet and Eastham
Eastham and Orleans

Record of Decision, Final Environmental Impact Statement, Hunting Program at Cape Cod National Seashore

Final Environmental Impact Statement, Hunting Program at Cape Cod National Seashore

Did You Know?

directional compass

Coastal waters were the original highways of the Cape. Today’s common but puzzling terms “Lower Cape” and “Upper Cape” (referring to the northern and southern areas of Cape Cod) originated with sailors. Southwesterly winds meant ships heading north were sailing "down-wind" to the Lower Cape.