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    Cape Hatteras

    National Seashore North Carolina

National Park Service Beach Access Report for April 19, 2007

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Date: April 19, 2007
Contact: Outer Banks Group, (252) 473-2111

Weekly Up-date:

This report includes the established pre-nesting resource closures. Implementation of the pre-nesting closures began the week of March 26, 2007. There will be closure adjustments as the season progresses. These updates will be shown on future Beach Access Reports. All areas are still experiencing high tides and strong winds. Access to some areas may be limited during periods of high tides. All distances are approximate.

Bodie Island District (Coquina Beach to Ramp 27)

There are approximately 16.5 miles of ocean shoreline in the Bodie Island District (excluding Pea Island).16.5 miles are open to pedestrians and 14.9 miles are open for ORV access.

Ramp 1 - Ramp 2 (Coquina Beach Area)

A SAFETY beach closure is 1.6 miles long. This section is open for pedestrian access, but not ORV access.

Ramp 2 - Ramp 4 to Bodie Island Spit

The beach is open for ORV and pedestrian access along the ocean shoreline to the inlet sound side near Herbert Bonner (Oregon Inlet) Bridge. Some areas may experience access limitations during extreme high tides or winds.

A RESOURCE protection area (pre-nesting area) was established at Bodie Island Spit on March 26, 2007. It includes interior areas of the spit and the shoreline of the "pond." Access to pond from the northeast side is closed as part of the RESOURCE protection area. An ocean/inlet shoreline access corridor is currently being maintained above the high tide line for ORV and pedestrian access to the southwest side of the inlet near Bonner Bridge.

Villages of Rodanthe, Waves, and Salvo: (north of Ramp 23 for 3 miles to Pea Island NWR boundary)

Beach is open for ORV and pedestrian access.

Ramp 23 - Ramp 27:

Beach is open for ORV and pedestrian access.

Hatteras Island District (Ramp 27 South to Hatteras Inlet)

The Hatteras District has a total distance of 31.9 miles of ocean shoreline. There are 30.3 miles open to pedestrians and 21.9 miles of beach are open for ORV access. ORV use is restricted by 8.4 miles of safety closures. Approximately 1.6 miles are closed due to full beach resource protection closures.

Ramp 27 - Ramp 30:

Beach is open for ORV and pedestrian access from Ramp 27 south for .8 of a mile. Currently, there is no through access for ORVs to Ramp 30.

A RESOURCE protection area was established on April 18, 2007 for a pair of nesting American Oystercatchers on a narrow beach approximately 1 ½ mile north of Ramp 30. This is a full beach closure.

Ramp 30 - Ramp 34:

Beach is open for ORV and pedestrian access.

Ramp 34 - Ramp 38:

Beach is open for ORV and pedestrian access from Ramp 34 to 0.2 miles south of Avon Pier. Currently, there is no through access for ORVs to Ramp 38. Pedestrian access is open.

A SAFETY closure of 1.6 miles begins 0.2 miles south of Avon Pier and extends to Ramp 38. This section is open to pedestrian access, but not ORV access.

Ramp 38 - Ramp 43:

The beach is open to ORV and pedestrian access for 0.8 of a mile south of Ramp 38. Currently there is no through access for ORVs between Ramp 38 and Ramp 43.Pedestrian access is open.

A SAFETY closure is 2.8 miles long, beginning 1.8 of a mile south of Ramp 38 to .4 of a mile north of Ramp 43. This section is open to pedestrian access, but not ORV access.

Ramp 43 - Ramp 44:

The beach is open for ORV and pedestrian access along the ocean shoreline to Cape Point.

Ramp 44 - Ramp 49:

The beach is open to ORV and pedestrian access from Ramp 44 south to Cape Point and from Cape Point south/west for approximately 0.4 mile, where there is full beach closure due to a Resource protection area. The full beach closure extends to Ramp 45. The Interdunal Road between Ramps 44 and 45 is open, with ORV and pedestrian access open between Ramps 45 and 49. Salt Pond Road is closed due to a Resource protection area.

Cape Point:

ORV and pedestrian access is open to Cape Point from Ramps 43 and 44, and south/west from Cape Point along the shoreline for approximately 0.1 mile to where a RESOURCE protection area begins.

A RESOURCE protection area (pre-nesting area) was established March 27, 2007. It included interior areas of Cape Point and a complete shoreline closure that started approximately 0.4 miles south/west of Cape Point and ended approximately 0.1 east of Salt Pond Road. On April 4 the RESOURCE protection area was modified and expanded south/west to Ramp 45 due to piping plover foraging behavior outside the protected area. On April 16 the RESOURCE protection area was modified based on shoreline changes due to the recent storm. The total closure distance is 1.2 miles. Up to eight piping plovers have been observed since last weekend’s storm within the combined RESOURCE protection area.

South Beach:

The Interdunal Road is open to ORV and pedestrian access between Ramps 44 and 45. Salt Pond Road is closed due to a RESOURCE protection area (described above). Access is open between Ramps 45 and 49.

Ramp 49 - Ramp 55:

The beach is open to ORV and pedestrian access for 1.1 miles south of Ramp 49 to the boundary of the Frisco andHatteras Village closure. Pedestrian access is open to Ramp 55. Currently there is no through ORV access between Ramp 49 and Ramp 55.

A SAFETY closure for Frisco Village and Hatteras Village is 4.0 miles long. This section is open to pedestrian access, but not ORV access.

A RESOURCE protection area for nesting American Oystercatchers was established on the soundshore south of the Sandy Bay parking area between Frisco and Hatteras Village. This area is closed to ORV and pedestrian access.

Ramp 55 - Hatteras Inlet:

ORV and pedestrian access is open along the ocean shoreline from Ramp 55 south to 0.3 mile south of the southern exit of the Pole Road, where a RESOURCE protection area begins. Pole Road is open from Ramp 55 south to the Isabel overwash areas, where traffic is routed onto the beach due to a RESOURCE protection area. South of the overwash areas, Pole Road is open. The Cable Crossing route to Hatteras Inlet is temporarily closed to ORVs due to recent storm tides and conditions. The area is open to pedestrian access along the shoreline.

A RESOURCE protection area (pre-nesting area) was established at the Isabel overwash area from the sound shoreline to the ocean dune on March 28. Ocean shoreline access is open past this area.

A RESOURCE protection area (pre-nesting area) was established March 28 south of the southern exit of Pole Road. The area includes upper beach and interior areas south of Pole Road and a full ocean beach closure beginning approximately 0.3 miles south of the southern exit of Pole Road. The full beach closure is approximately 0.35 miles long and continues south/west to the inlet in the vicinity of the "Rip." ORV and pedestrian access is open along the sound shoreline from Cable Crossing to the northwest corner of the spit. From that point, pedestrian access continues for several hundred feet south/east to the vicinity of the "Rip" where the RESOURCE protection area and full shoreline closure begins.

A SAFETY closure is in effect at the Cable Crossing route to Hatteras Inlet. The route is temporarily closed to ORVS due to recent storm tides and conditions and will reopened when conditions permit to allow access to Hatteras Inlet. The area is open to pedestrian access along the sound shoreline.

Ocracoke Island District

The Ocracoke Island District has a total of 16.3 miles of ocean shoreline. There are 16.3miles open to pedestrians and approximately 10.9 milesare open to ORV access. ORV use is restricted by approximately 5.2 miles of SAFETY closure and approximately 0.20 mile is restricted by a RESOURCE protection area.

Ramp 59 - Ramp 67:

There is no through ORV shoreline access between these two ramps. Pedestrian access is open.

ORV and pedestrian access is open for 0.40 mile north of Ramp 59.

A SAFETY closure is 5.2 miles long, and begins 1.0 miles south of Ramp 59 to 1.4 miles north of Ramp 67. This section is open to pedestrian access but not to ORV access.

A RESOURCE protection area (pre-nesting area) was established on April 8 at the north end of Ocracoke Island on the north/western end of the island and shoreline. The closure starts 0.40 miles northeast of Ramp 59 and extends 0.20 of a mile towards the Hatteras Inlet and west along the inlet side. The closure is parallel to the ocean allowing beach access for approximately 0.60 of a mile.

On April 18, 2007, NPS staff discovered the first Leatherback turtle crawl and nest of the season on Ocracoke Island south of Ramp 59. A RESOURCE closure has been established and marked by an approximate 30’ X 30’ enclosure. There is oceanside access for ORV and pedestrian around the nest.

Ramp 67 - Ramp 70:

The beach is open to ORV and pedestrian access.

Ramp 70 - Ramp 72 and to South Ocracoke Spit:

The beach is open to ORV and pedestrian access from Ramp 70 south along ocean shoreline, for approximately 4.8 miles, to the inlet.

A RESOURCE protection area (pre-nesting area) was established March 29 that encompasses interior and soundside areas of the spit. Ocean shoreline access is open to South Point. On April 11, the resource protection area was extended approximately 500 feet from on the southwestern edge towards the sound and encompasses an American Oystercatcher nest. Ocean shoreline remains open to South Point.

 

Temporary resource protection areas are necessary to protect threatened and endangered species and species of concern including Piping Plovers, American Oystercatchers, Colonial Waterbirds (Terns and Skimmers), and sea turtles. Posted areas are closed to vehicles, pedestrians and pets.



Did You Know?

The Hatteras Island Weather Station is one of only three remaining weather stations in the country.

The U.S. Weather Bureau Station on Hatteras Island was built in 1901 and was one of 11 stations built around the country. It is one of only three remaining stations nationwide, and the only one in the nation restored to its 1901 condition. The station was reopened in 2007 to house a visitor center.