• Spring-time view of the seashore, with shorebirds returning to the surf.

    Cape Hatteras

    National Seashore North Carolina

Addendum to April 2, 2009 Beach Access Report

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Date: April 2, 2009
Contact: Cyndy Holda, 252-473-2111, ext. 148

Cape Hatteras National Seashore beaches will be managed again this summer under the terms of the U.S. District Court approved consent decree.  Park visitors can expect to see resource closures for breeding shorebirds in effect to varying degrees from mid-March to mid-to-late-August and turtle nesting closures may occur until early November.  Shorebird pre-nesting closures have already been established at the inlets, Cape Point, and SouthBeach.  As soon as subsequent breeding activity is observed, the consent decree requires that automatic, non-discretionary buffers be implemented.  


**An additional RESOURCE protection area has been implemented since the Beach Access Report was issued earlier today.


Bodie Island District(CoquinaBeachto Ramp 27; 16.5 miles of ocean shoreline)


Ramp 2 - Ramp 4  (2.4 miles)

Current Status:  The beach is open for ORV and pedestrian access.


Ramp 4– Oregon Inlet   (Bodie Island Spit: 2.1 miles)

Current Status:  The beach is open for ORV and pedestrian access for 0.2 of a mile south of Ramp 4.  The inlet shoreline south/west of the closure, outside of the existing pre-nesting and RESOURCE protection closure areas, remains open for boat landing/pedestrian access.

April 2, 2009:  A full beach closure (RESOURCE protection area) was established approximately 0.2 of a mile south of Ramp 4 for observed AMOYbreeding behavior.  This closure precludes ORV access along the ocean shoreline 0.2 of a mile south of Ramp 4.

Did You Know?

The Principal Lightkeeper's Quarters and the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse move toward their new homes, a safer distance from the ocean.

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is the tallest brick structure ever moved. When it was built in 1870, it stood 1,500 feet from the shore. By 1999, the lighthouse was within 100 feet of the ocean. To protect it from the encroaching sea, it was moved inland a total of 2,900 feet over a 23-day period.