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    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 »

Cape Cod National Seashore Beaches Open for 2013 Season

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Date: May 15, 2013
Contact: George Price, Superintendent, 508-771-2144

The recreation beaches of Cape Cod National Seashore suffered considerable damage in the series of storms this winter, but Superintendent George Price assures that all will be open for the summer season.The beach access stairs were lost at Nauset Light Beach, Eastham, and Marconi Beach, Wellfleet.National seashore staff recently secured over $200,000 in storm damage funding from the Northeast Regional Office of the National Park Service and has contracted with Classic Site Solutions to perform the stair replacement work.It will begin immediately and will be completed in early June.The other four seashore public beaches are currently open including Coast Guard Beach, Eastham; Head of the Meadow Beach, Truro; Race Point Beach, Provincetown; and Herring Cove Beach, Provincetown.

Staffing for seashore beaches is funded by the recreation parking fees and are not affected by the sequestration budget reductions.Staffing includes lifeguards, maintenance, and law enforcement rangers, who perform patrols and assist visitors.Personal service programs such as interpretive walks and talks and education programs have been cut significantly as a result of sequestration.The Salt Pond Visitor Center, Eastham, is open seven days a week all year. The Province Lands Visitor Center will be open Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day as a result of a generous donation from the Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore.

For more information visit our web site at www.nps.gov/caco.

Did You Know?

kettle pond

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.