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National Park Service Beach Access Report for April 15, 2010
Contact: National Park Service, 252-473-2111 x148
Cape Hatteras National Seashore beaches are being managed 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 sea turtle nesting closures may occur until early November. Shorebird pre-nesting closures have already been established at the inlets, Cape Point, and South Beach. As soon as subsequent breeding activity is observed, the consent decree requires that automatic, non-discretionary buffers be implemented.
For brevity sake, the Beach Access Report format has changed this year. The Report is issued every Thursday throughout the breeding seasonand will briefly summarize the current status of access in each section of the Seashore listed below. Updated news will be reported weekly in bold, BLUE print. The weekly Beach Access Report is complemented by a Google Earth map, which is updated up to 5 times per week as access conditions change. The latest Google Earth beach access map can be viewed at: http://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/googleearthmap.htm. For more information, check the National Seashore’s website at: http://www.nps.gov/caha.
Note: *All distances are approximate. The mileage is determined on a weekly basis using GIS data and is divided geographically by island this year. Closure conditions may change in the field on short notice. On-site signage, rather than the Beach Access Report or the Google Earth map, is the most accurate and current indication of what is open or closed to the public. Closed areas are clearly marked in the field with “symbolic fencing” consisting of wooden or carsonite posts, closure signs, string, and flagging tape. Knowledge of tidal changes and caution should be exercised while traveling the beaches of the park. Pets are strictly prohibited in resource protection areas. Elsewhere, pets must be physically restrained at all time on a leash not exceeding 6 feet in length. For more information, please contact: e-mail us or call 252-473-2111, ext. 148.
Bodie Island (Ramp 1 to Oregon Inlet; 5.7 miles of shoreline)
Ramp 1 - Ramp 2 (Coquina Beach Area) (1.2 miles)
Ramp 2 - Ramp 4 (2.4 miles)
Ramp 4 – Oregon Inlet (Bodie Island Spit: 2.1 miles)
Hatteras Island (Village of Rodanthe south to Hatteras Inlet; 42.8 miles of shoreline)
Villages of Rodanthe, Waves, and Salvo - Ramp 23: (Pea Island NWR boundary to Ramp 23 – 5.3 miles)
Ramp 23 - Ramp 27: (4.3 miles)
Ramp 27 - Ramp 30: (2.0 miles)
Ramp 30 - Ramp 34: (4.3 miles)
Ramp 34 - Ramp 38: (3.9 miles)
Ramp 38 - Ramp 43: (6.0 miles; includes the Haulover soundside & Buxton Village)
Ramp 43 - Ramp 44: (0.4 of a mile)
Ramp 44 - Ramp 45: (Ramp 44 to tip of Cape Point: 1.0 miles; Cape Point tip to Ramp 45: 1.4 miles)
Ramp 45 - Ramp 49: (South Beach: 3.4 miles)
Ramp 49 - Ramp 55: (5.9 miles; includes Frisco and Hatteras Village)
Ramp 55 - Hatteras Inlet: (Hatteras Inlet Spit: 2.6 miles)
Ocracoke Island (19.8 miles of shoreline)
Hatteras Inlet (North Ocracoke Spit) to Ramp 59: (1.3 miles)
Ramp 59 - Ramp 67: (7.8 miles)
Ramp 67 - Ramp 70 (includes Ramp 68): (3.8 miles; includes Ramp 68)
Ramp 70 - Ramp 72: (1.8 miles)
Ramp 72 to South Point: (2.6 miles)
Temporary resource protection areas are necessary to protect threatened and endangered species and species of concern including piping plovers, American oystercatchers, colonial waterbirds (3 species of terns and black skimmers), and sea turtles. Posted areas are closed to vehicles, pedestrians, and pets.
Did You Know?
The beaches along Cape Hatteras National Seashore sparkle at night.
When you kick the sand, you disturb tiny dinoflagellates like seasparkle, magnified in the picture to the left. A chemical reaction causes them to glow with a blue-green light.