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    Cape Hatteras

    National Seashore North Carolina

National Park Service Beach Access Report for August 21 2008

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Date: August 21, 2008
Contact: Outer Banks Group, 252-473-2111  ext 148

*Bold, blue print = updated news.

**Bold, dark red print = projected sea turtle nest closures

**Report resource protection area violations to:

Dare Central Communications Center: 252-473-3444

Hyde County Dispatch: 252-928-3171

Ocracoke Sheriff Dept: 252-928-7301

On August 18, 2008, the ocean shoreline of South Point on Ocracoke Island, from Ramp 72 south for 1.5 miles, reopened to ORV and pedestrian access. The pre-nesting closure, established in late March of 2008 and includes the interior sections of the point, will remain in place and is posted accordingly. ORV traffic is permitted from 6:00 am until 10:00 pm daily. The nighttime prohibition on beach driving is still in effect throughout the Seashore from 10:00 pm to 6:00 am.

During the remainder of August and September, park visitors will experience a shift in resource protection areas as bird protection areas reopen, once all chicks have fledged, and sea turtle nests approach their expected hatch dates. As experienced in 2007 under the Interim Strategy, and again this season, some full beach closures will be implemented as turtle nests approach "day 50" (from the date when the nest was laid) in expectation of hatching. Under the terms of the Consent Decree, beginning September 15, all sea turtle nests that have reached their hatch window at day 50 will result in full beach closures until those particular nests hatch. As of August 21, 2008, there are 111 sea turtle nests on national seashore beaches, of which, 31 nests have hatched.

On August 14, 2008, south of Ramp 4 approximately 1.0 mile of additional ocean shoreline was opened for pedestrian access only on Bodie Island Spit. One American Oystercatcher chick continues to forage along the shoreline and the area will remain closed to ORV traffic until the chick is fully fledged or until two weeks after the last chick has fledged, as determined by two consecutive monitoring events.

On August 6, 2008, approximately 0.8 of a mile west of Ramp 45 and 0.2 of a mile east of Ramp 45 reopened tooff-road vehicle (ORV) and pedestrian access on Hatteras Island. On Ocracoke Island, 1.1 miles of ocean shoreline reopened to ORV and pedestrian access, but the discovery of a least tern chick with adults prevented reopening the entire point.

The week of July 27th, the east side of Cape Point and Hatteras Inlet reopened to ORV and pedestrian access. All of these areas are now open to ORV traffic from 6:00 am until 10:00 pm daily. A nighttime prohibition on beach driving is still in effect throughout the Seashore from May 1 to November 15 between 10:00 pm until 6:00 am. NPS is developing a permit to allow night driving between September 16 and November 15.

The ORV Access Mileage list accompanies the Beach Access Report weekly as a separate attached document, and provides a concise, simplified list of approximate ORV access, north and south of existing ramps. In both reports, the mileages, distances and descriptions in both reports are APPROXIMATE and reflect the best information available at the time the weekly reports are prepared. The marked boundaries found in the field are the actual, legal boundaries of the closed areas and supersede any information in this report. Park visitors MUST pay close attention to and comply with resource protection area boundaries as found in the field. All resource protection areas are clearly marked with carsonite posts, signs, string, wooden poles or other markers.

Google Earth maps are available at: www.nps.gov/caha

Go to the park website and click on the "Off-Road Vehicle Information – More…." Link in the top middle of the page, click on "Current ORV Access Information (Reports and Maps)," click on "Current Interactive Beach Access Map using Google Earth." A free download of Google Earth is available for first time users or click on "(date) current beach access map" link for repeat users. The underlying Google Earth map imagery is dated (2004-2006) and may not always match the actual, current shoreline. The National Park Service color-coded line overlays are based on recent/current GPS readings and reflect actual shoreline locations and access status. In other words, the color coded lines (green, yellow, red) indicate the actual shoreline access status, even though in some cases it appears on the image that the line is located landward or seaward of the outdated base image of the shoreline. (See disclaimer on the maps)

The park is operating under a Consent Decree signed by U.S. District Court Judge Terrence W. Boyle on April 30, 2008. The Consent Decree adopts the NPS Interim Strategy, with a number of modifications including a prohibition on night driving on Seashore beaches between the hours of 10:00 pm and 6:00 am from May 1 through November 15. Between those dates, the public must remove ORVs from the beach by 10:00 p.m. and may not enter the beach with vehicles until 6 a.m.; however, between September 16 and November 15, NPS will issue permits to authorize night driving between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. The night driving permitting process is being developed, and will be available by September 16. No fee or limit on the number of 2008 night driving permits is anticipated.

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. Pets must be physically restrained at all times on a leash no greater than 6 feet on all National Seashore beaches

Bodie Island (Coquina Beach to Oregon Inlet)

There are approximately 5.7 miles of ocean shoreline from Ramp 1 to Oregon Inlet. Approximately 5.1miles are open to pedestrian access. There is ORV access along the ocean shoreline from 0.5 mile south of Ramp 4. There is pedestrian access along the ocean shoreline for 1.5 miles south of Ramp 4. Approximately 2.5 miles are open to ORV access in Bodie Island and approximately 0.6 miles are closed to all access for RESOURCE PROTECTION areas. The week of August 24th through September, as sea turtle nest "hatch window" dates approach, the visiting public can expect to see additional full beach closures on Hatteras Island.

Ramp 1 – Ramp 2 (Coquina Beach Area) – 1.4 miles

The beach is open for pedestrian access but no ORV access. Annual seasonal closures went into effect on May 15, 2008 and extend from Ramp 1 to 0.1 of mile south of Ramp 2.

Ramp 2 – Ramp 4 to Bodie Island Spit – 4.2 miles

The beach is open for ORV and pedestrian access along the ocean shoreline for 2.0 miles north of Ramp 4. The beach is open for ORV access 0.5 of a mile south of Ramp 4 and open for pedestrian access 1.5 miles south of Ramp 4. There is no through access to Oregon Inlet for ORVs or pedestrians.

A RESOURCE protection area (sea turtle nest site) is located approximately 0.3 miles south of Ramp 2. This area was expanded on August 11 and there is no ORV or pedestrian access available behind the nest closure. The nest is within the expected "hatch window."

A RESOURCE protection (prenesting) area was established at Bodie Island Spit the week of

March 24, 2008. It includes interior areas of the spit and the "pond" shoreline. Access to pond from the northeast side is closed as part of the RESOURCE protection area.

A RESOURCE protection (prenesting) area was established on Green Island during the week of April 7th. The island is closed to landing of any craft.

A RESOURCE protection area south of Ramp 4 is still in effect as of August 21. This protection areas was MODIFIED and REDUCED to the south for an American Oystercatcher chick which is not fledged. There is 0.5 of a mile of ocean shoreline south of Ramp 4 open to ORV access and 1.5 miles of pedestrian access. Beyond this closure, there is a full beach closure that restricts access to Bodie Island Spit and Oregon Inlet.

The full beach closure of the small strip of soundside beach that runs parallel to the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge has been reinstated on July 10, 2008 for American Oystercatcher chicks in the area. Red carsonite posts (visible in the water) will mark the area as closed to all public access, including boat landing, until the chicks are fledged.

A RESOURCE protection area (for least tern colony) was REMOVED 0.9 of a mile south of Ramp 4 (within an existing closure for unfledged American Oystercatcher chick). Once the American Oystercatcher chick fledges, the area will reopen to ORV and pedestrian access.

Hatteras Island (South Boundary of PINWR south to Hatteras Inlet)

Hatteras Island has a total distance of 42.9 miles of ocean shoreline. Approximately 41.0 miles of ocean shoreline are open to pedestrian access. Approximately 21.8 miles are open for ORV access on Hatteras Island. In addition to the annual seasonal ORV closures, ORV use is restricted by 6.3 miles of SAFETY closures. Approximately 1.9 miles are closed to all access for RESOURCE PROTECTION areas. The week of August 24th through September, as sea turtle nest "hatch window" dates approach, the visiting public can expect to see additional full beach closures on Hatteras Island.

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

The annual seasonal village ORV closures went into effect May 15, 2008 and the beaches in front of Rodanthe, Waves, and Salvo are open to pedestrian but not for ORV access.

Ramp 23 – Ramp 27: (4.3 miles)

Currently, there is no through access for ORVs between Ramp 23 and Ramp 27 due to resource closures.

A RESOURCE protection area (sea turtle nest site) is located approximately 2.9 miles north of Ramp 23.This area will be expanded on August 27. This is within an annual seasonal village closure and therefore does not affect ORV access. Pedestrian access is available behind the next closure outside of the signed protection area.The turtle nest is within the expected "hatch window."

A RESOURCE protection area (sea turtle nest site) is located approximately 0.5 mile south of Ramp 23. This area was expanded on August 8 and there will be ORV and pedestrian access available behind the nest closure outside of the signed protection area. The nest is within the expected "hatch window."

A RESOURCE protection area was REMOVED on August 12, 2008. The resource protection area had been established 1.7 miles south of Ramp 23 and 1.9 miles north of Ramp 27 to protect American Oystercatchers and a least tern colony.

A RESOURCE protection area (sea turtle nest site) is located approximately 1.9 mile south of Ramp 23. There is ORV or pedestrian access behind the nest closure outside of the signed protection area. The nest is within the expected "hatch window."

A RESOURCE protection area was REMOVED on June 3, 2008 that had been established 10 meters north of Ramp 27 for a least tern colony that moved into an adjacent closure.

A RESOURCE protection area (sea turtle nest site) is located approximately 3.1 miles south of Ramp 23.This area will be expanded on August 26. This is a full beach closure. There will not be ORV and pedestrian access available behind the next closure because of the location of the nest against the toe of the dune.The nest is within the expected "hatch window."

A RESOURCE protection area (sea turtle nest site) is located approximately 0.9 mile north of Ramp 27. This area was expanded on August 13 and there will be ORV and pedestrian access available behind the nest closure outside of the signed protection area. The nest is within the expected "hatch window."

A RESOURCE protection area was REMOVED 0.9 of a mile north of Ramp 27. The protection area had been established for a least tern colony.

A RESOURCE protection area was REMOVED 1 mile north of Ramp 27. This was a full beach closure for American Oystercatchers.

Ramp 27 – Ramp 30: (2.2 miles)

The beach is open for ORV access along the ocean shoreline for 1.7 miles south of Ramp 27 and 0.4 mile north of Ramp 30. Currently there is no through ORV access between the ramps due to resource closures. There is pedestrian access along the ocean shoreline from Ramp 27 to Ramp 30.

A RESOURCE protection area was REMOVED immediately south of Ramp 27. This full beach closure was for a nesting least tern colony. The removal opens the pedestrian boardwalk from the Hwy. 12 parking lot and 0.7 of a mile of ocean shoreline to ORV and pedestrian access.

A RESOURCE protection area was REMOVED 0.2 mile south of Ramp 27 for a least tern colony. The least tern chicks have all fledged. This closure was combined for a total length of 0.7 of a mile with the closure listed above.

A RESOURCE protection area was REMOVED on July 17 0.6 of a mile south of Ramp 27. No breeding activity observed after the American Oystercatcher chicks were lost.

A RESOURCE protection area was REMOVED on July 17 1.0 mile south of Ramp 27. American Oystercatcher chicks have fledged.

A RESOURCE protection area, 1.2 miles south of Ramp 27 and 0.4 of a mile north of Ramp 30, was REMOVED on August 20. Removal of this closure opens 0.5 of a mile of shoreline to ORV and pedestrian access. A full beach closure for a turtle nest, within the expected "hatch window" (see below), located 0.4 of a mile north of Ramp 30 prevents ORV access between Ramp 27 and Ramp 30.

A RESOURCE protection area (sea turtle nest site) is located approximately 0.4 of a mile north of Ramp 30. This area will be expanded on August 15. This is a full beach closure. There will not be ORV or pedestrian access available behind the nest closure because of the location of the nest against the toe of the dune. The turtle nest is within the expected "hatch window."

Ramp 30 – Ramp 34: (4.3 miles)

Ramp 34 is open to ORV and pedestrian access. The beach is open for ORV access 2.0 miles south of Ramp 30 and 0.3 of a mile north of Ramp 34. Currently there is no through access for ORVs between Ramp 30 and 34 due to resource protection closures. There is pedestrian access along the ocean shoreline from Ramp 30 to Ramp 34.

A RESOURCE protection area (sea turtle nest site) was REMOVED approximately 0.3 of a mile south of Ramp 30.

A RESOURCE protection area (sea turtle nest site) is located approximately 2.0 miles south of Ramp 30. This area will be expanded on August 15. This is a full beach closure. There will not be ORV or pedestrian access available behind the nest closure because of the location of the nest against the toe of the dune. The turtle nest is within the expected "hatch window."

A RESOURCE protection area (sea turtle nest site) was REMOVED approximately 3.0 miles south of Ramp 30.

A RESOURCE protection area was REMOVED that began 2.4 miles south of Ramp 30 or 1.7 miles north of Ramp 34.

A RESOURCE protection area begins 3.6 miles south of Ramp 30 was expanded to 200 meters. This is a full beach closure for nesting American Oystercatchers.

A RESOURCE protection area was REMOVED at Ramp 34 for nesting least tern colony. Ramp 34 is reopened to ORV and pedestrian access.

Ramp 34 - Ramp 38: (beaches in front of Avon = 4.0 miles)

The annual seasonal village closures went into effect on May 15, 2008 which restricts ORV access. The beach is open for 4.0 miles for pedestrian access from Ramp 34 to Ramp 38. The beach is open for ORV access 0.4 of a mile south of Ramp 34 and 0.1 of a mile north of Ramp 38.

A RESOURCE protection area (sea turtle nest site) located approximately 1.6 miles north of Ramp 38 was REMOVED on August 3, 2008. This was within an annual seasonal village closure and therefore did not affect ORV access.

A RESOURCE protection area (sea turtle nest site) is located approximately 1.3 miles north of Ramp 38. This area was expanded on August 3, 2008. This is within an annual seasonal village closure and therefore does not affect ORV access. Pedestrian access is available behind the nest closure outside of the signed protected area. The nest is within the expected "hatch window."

A RESOURCE protection area (sea turtle nest site) is located approximately 1.4 miles north of Ramp 38. This area was expanded on August 13, 2008. This is within an annual seasonal village closure and therefore does not affect ORV access. Pedestrian access is available behind the nest closure outside of the signed protected area. The nest is within the expected "hatch window."

A RESOURCE protection area (sea turtle nest site) is located approximately 1.7 miles north of Ramp 38. This area will be expanded on August 14. This is within an annual seasonal village closure and therefore does not affect ORV access. Pedestrian access is available behind the nest closure outside of the signed protected area. The turtle nest is within the expected "hatch window."

A RESOURCE protection area (sea turtle nest site) is located approximately 0.8 of a mile north of Ramp 38. This area will be expanded on August 26. This is within an annual seasonal village closure and therefore does not affect ORV access. Pedestrian access is available behind the nest closure outside of the signed protected area. The turtle nest is within the expected "hatch window."

Ramp 38 - Ramp 43: (6.0 miles)

The beach is open to ORV access for 2.0 miles south of Ramp 38 and less than 0.1 mile north of Ramp 38. Currently, there is no through access for ORVs between Ramp 38 and Ramp 43. Pedestrian access is open for 6.0 miles between Ramp 38 and Ramp 43.

A SAFETY closure is 3.6 miles long, beginning 2.0 miles south of Ramp 38 to 0.4 of a mile north of Ramp 43, was adjusted on May 14. This section is open to pedestrian access, but not ORV access.

A RESOURCE protection area was REMOVED north of the village of Buxton on July 22, 2008. The American Oystercatcher chick has fledged or left the area.

A RESOURCE protection area (sea turtle nest site) was REMOVED approximately 1.6 miles north of the Village of Buxton.

A RESOURCE protection area (sea turtle nest site) is located approximately 3.2 miles south of Ramp 38. This area will be expanded on August 20. This is within a SAFETY closure and therefore does not affect ORV access. There will be a pedestrian access behind (west) of the nest closure outside of the signed protection area. The turtle nest is within the expected "hatch window."

A RESOURCE protection area (sea turtle nest site) is located approximately 0.8 of a mile north of Ramp 43.This area will be expanded on August 23, 2008. This is within the annual lifeguard swim beach and therefore does not affect ORV access. Pedestrian access is available behind the nest closure outside of the signed protection area. The nest is within the expected "hatch window."

A RESOURCE protection area (sea turtle nest site) is located approximately 0.5 mile north of Ramp 43. This area was expanded on August 9, 2008. This is within the annual lifeguard swim beach and therefore does not affect ORV access. Pedestrian access is available behind the nest closure outside of the signed protection area. The nest is within the expected "hatch window."

Another RESOURCE protection area (sea turtle nest site) is located approximately 0.5 mile north of Ramp 43. This area was expanded on August 11, 2008. This is within the annual lifeguard swim beach and therefore does not affect ORV access. Pedestrian access is available behind the nest closure outside of the signed protection area. The nest is within the expected "hatch window."

A RESOURCE protection area (sea turtle nest site) is located approximately 0.3 mile north of Ramp 43. This area was expanded on August 9, 2008. This is within the annual lifeguard swim beach and therefore does not affect ORV access. Pedestrian access is available behind the nest closure outside of the signed protection area. The nest is within the expected "hatch window."

Another RESOURCE protection area (sea turtle nest site) is located approximately 0.3 mile north of Ramp 43. This area was expanded on August 10, 2008. This is within the annual lifeguard swim beach and therefore does not affect ORV access. Pedestrian access is available behind the nest closure outside of the signed protection area. The nest is within the expected "hatch window."

Ramp 43 - Ramp 44: (0.3 of a mile)

The beach is open for ORV and pedestrian access from Ramp 43 to Ramp 44 and north of Ramp 43 for 0.4 of a mile. Ramp 44 is open.

A RESOURCE protection area was REMOVED on June 4, 2008 that had been established for American Oystercatchers between Ramp 43 and 44.

A RESOURCE protection area was REMOVED on June 10, 2008 that had been established for American Oystercatchers north of Ramp 43.

A RESOURCE protection area (sea turtle nest site) is located 0.2 mile south of Ramp 43. This area was expanded on August 11, 2008. There is ORV and pedestrian access behind (west) of the nest closure outside of the signed protection area. The nest is within the expected "hatch window."

Ramp 44 - Ramp 45 (Cape Point): (2.4 miles)

Ramp 44 is open south along the east ocean shoreline to Cape Point, a distance of approx. 1.0 mile. Ramp 45 is open with 0.8 of a mile west and 0.2 of a mile east of ocean shoreline open to ORV and pedestrian access.

A RESOURCE protection (prenesting) area was established the week of March 24, 2008. It included interior areas of Cape Point and a complete shoreline closure that started approximately 0.25 miles south/west of Cape Point and ends approximately 0.3 east of Ramp 45. The total closure distance is approximately 1.0 mile in length.

The RESOURCE protection area south of Ramp 44 was REMOVED on July 31, 2008. Ramp 44 reopened allowing ORV and pedestrian access to Cape Point. The area west of the ocean shoreline, (see prenesting information above) is still closed. This area is clearly marked with carsonite posts and signs and entry into the resource protection area is strictly prohibited.

A RESOURCE protection area (sea turtle nest site) is located 70 meters south of Ramp 44. This area was expanded on August 11, 2008. There is ORV and pedestrian access behind (west) of the nest closure outside of the signed protected area. The nest is within the expected "hatch window."

A RESOURCE protection area (sea turtle nest site) located 0.1 of mile south of Ramp 44 was REMOVED on August 5, 2008.

A RESOURCE protection area (sea turtle nest site) is located approximately 0.4 of a mile south of Ramp 44. This area will be expanded on August 25, 2008. This is a full beach closure. There will not be ORV or pedestrian access available behind the next closure because of the location of the nest against the toe of the dune. **HOWEVER, there will still be access to the Point by way of the inter-dunal bypass road. The nest is within the expected "hatch window."

A RESOURCE protection area (sea turtle nest site) was REMOVED approximately 0.5 of a mile south of Ramp 44.

Ramp 45 to Ramp 49 (South Beach): (3.4 miles)

Ramp 45 is open. Salt Pond Road is still closed due to a RESOURCE protection area.The beach is open for ORV access 2.9 miles southwest of Ramp 45 and 0.5 of a mile east of Ramp 45. Currently there is no through access for ORVs between Ramp 45 and 49 due to a resource protection closure for a sea turtle nest. There is pedestrian access along the ocean shoreline from Ramp 45 to Ramp 49 for 3.4 miles.

A RESOURCE protection area (prenesting area) was established the week of March 24, 2008. It included upper beach areas that encompass the dunes and extends towards the ocean.

A RESOURCE protection area (sea turtle nest site) was REMOVED approximately 0.2 of a mile east of Ramp 45.

A RESOURCE protection area (sea turtle nest site) was REMOVED approximately 0.5 miles east of Ramp 45 (Salt Pond Road).

A RESOURCE protection area (sea turtle nest site) was REMOVED approximately 0.5 miles east of Ramp 45 (Salt Pond Road).This area will be expanded on August 27, 2008. Ramp 45 has reopened and this area is inside the prenesting closure and does not affect ORV and pedestrian access. The nest is within the expected "hatch window."

A RESOURCE protection area was REMOVED 0.15 of a mile west of Ramp 45. This closure was for American Oystercatchers and a least tern colony. This reopens approximately 0.8 of a mile of ocean shoreline west of Ramp 45 to ORV and pedestrian access.

A RESOURCE protection area (sea turtle nest site) is located approximately 0.2 of a mile west of Ramp 45.This area will be expanded on August 23, 2008 and there will be ORV and pedestrian access behind the nest closure outside of the signed protection area. The nest is within the expected "hatch window."

A RESOURCE protection area was REMOVED 0.5 of a mile west of Ramp 45. This was a full beach closure for American Oystercatchers.

A RESOURCE protection area (sea turtle nest site) is located approximately 0.8 mile west of Ramp 45. This area was expanded on August 9, 2008. The nest is within the expected "hatch window."

A RESOURCE protection area was REMOVED 1.0 mile west of Ramp 45. This was a full beach closure for American Oystercatchers.

A RESOURCE protection area (sea turtle nest site) was REMOVED approximately 1.0 mile west of Ramp 45.

A RESOURCE protection area (sea turtle nest site) is located approximately 1.0 mile west of Ramp 45.This area will be expanded on August 21, 2008.There will be ORV and pedestrian access behind the nest closure outside of the signed protection area. The nest is within the expected "hatch window."

A RESOURCE protection area was REMOVED 1.9 miles East of Ramp 49. This was a full beach closure for least terns and American Oystercatchers.

A RESOURCE protection area was REMOVED 1.6 miles East of Ramp 49. This was a full beach closure for least terns and American Oystercatchers.

A RESOURCE protection area (sea turtle nest site) was REMOVED approximately 1.2 miles east of Ramp 49.

A RESOURCE protection area (sea turtle nest site) is located 0.5 mile east of Ramp 49. This area was expanded on August 11, 2008. There will be no ORV and pedestrian access behind the nest because there is inadequate space above the nest and the toe of the dune for an ORV or pedestrian bypass. The nest is within the expected "hatch window."

A RESOURCE protection area (sea turtle nest site) is located 0.8 of a mile east of Ramp 49.This area was expanded on August 27. There is ORV and pedestrian access behind (west) of the nest closure outside of the signed protection area.The nest is within the expected "hatch window."

A RESOURCE protection area (sea turtle nest site) located IMMEDIATELY adjacent (East) of Ramp 49 was REMOVED on August 18.

Ramp 49 - Ramp 55: (5.9 miles; includes Sandy Bay soundside parking area)

The beach is open to ORV for 0.4 miles southwest of Ramp 49 and 0.1 of a mile east of Ramp 55 (in front of Frisco and Hatteras Villages). Currently, there is no through ORV access between Ramp 49 and Ramp 55, but pedestrian access is open for 5.9 miles from Ramp 49 to Ramp 55.

The beach in front of Frisco Village to Hatteras Village is open to pedestrian access, but not ORV access for 4.7 miles.

A RESOURCE protection area (sea turtle nest site) is located 0.4 of a mile southwest of Ramp 49. This area will be expanded on August 17. There will not be ORV and pedestrian access behind the nest because there is inadequate space above the nest and the toe of the dune for an ORV or pedestrian bypass. The nest is within the expected "hatch window."

A RESOURCE protection area (sea turtle nest site) was REMOVED approximately 4.3 miles south of Ramp 49.

A RESOURCE protection area was REMOVED at Sandy Bay parking area on July 22, 2008. The American Oystercatcher chicks have fledged or left the area.

Ramp 55 - Hatteras Inlet: (2.7 miles)

ORV and pedestrian access is open for 2.5 miles along the ocean shoreline from Ramp 55 west to the Hatteras Inlet. The Pole Road is open from Ramp 55 west to Hatteras Inlet. The Cable Crossing route is open to access on the sound shoreline. The Spur Road is open to access to the sound shoreline.

A RESOURCE protection (prenesting) area was REMOVED at the Isabel overwash area from the sound shoreline to the ocean dune on July 15, 2008. The Pole Road has reopened in front of the overwash fan areas and there is also ocean shoreline access.

A RESOURCE protection area (sea turtle nest site) is located 0.4 of a mile south of Ramp 55.This area will be expanded on August 23. There is ORV and pedestrian access behind (west) of the nest closure outside of the signed protection area.The nest is within the expected "hatch window."

A RESOURCE protection area was REMOVED 1.2 miles southwest of Ramp 55 and south of the Isabel overwash area on June 27, 2008 for nesting American Oystercatchers. The removal of this closure reopens 0.5 miles of ocean shoreline access and 0.3 miles of soundside shoreline access for ORV and pedestrians.

A RESOURCE protection area (sea turtle nest site) is located 1.0 miles south of Ramp 55. This area will be expanded on August 15. There is ORV and pedestrian access behind (west) of the nest closure outside of the signed protection area. The nest is within the expected "hatch window."

A RESOURCE protection (prenesting) area approximately 2.1 miles south of Ramp 55 was REMOVED on July 31, 2008. A migrating/wintering closure was established that includes upper beach and interior areas south of Pole Road. The shoreline is reopened.

There is ORV and pedestrian access south from the southern terminus of the Pole Road on the ocean shoreline, around the tip of the Spit to "the Rip," and along the sound shoreline. The area is experiencing a high rate of shoreline erosion and will be monitored daily should it become necessary to install a safety closure for ORVs.

A RESOURCE protection area for foraging piping plovers was REMOVED on the sound shoreline on June 11, 2008. This foraging closure had been established on April 9 approximately 0.1 mile southwest of where the Spur Road exits onto the sound shoreline. This allows for a 0.22 mile corridor of shoreline access for boaters on the soundside. Currently, there is no access to the "Rip."

Ocracoke Island

The Ocracoke Island District has a total distance of 18.4 miles of ocean shoreline. Approximately 17.5 miles are open to pedestrian access. Approximately 8.2 miles are open to ORV access on Ocracoke Island. ORV use is restricted by a 4.8 mile SAFETY closure. Approximately 0.9 miles are closed to all access for RESOURCE PROTECTION areas. The week of August 24th through September, as sea turtle nest "hatch window" dates approach, the visiting public can expect to see additional full beach closures on Ocracoke Island.

Ramp 59 - Ramp 67: (7.8 miles; includes North Ocracoke Spit)

There is no through ORV shoreline access between these two ramps. Pedestrian access is open from Ramp 59 to Ramp 67, 6.4 miles in length.

A RESOURCE protection (prenesting) area was REMOVED at North Ocracoke Spit on July 15, 2008 and a migrating/wintering closure was established on August 6, 2008.

A RESOURCE protection area was REMOVED 0.4 of a mile north of Ramp 59.

A RESOURCE protection area was REMOVED on the dredge spoil piles on North Ocracoke.

A RESOURCE protection area 0.9 of a mile south of Ramp 59 was REMOVED on June 19, 2008. The removal of this closure opened pedestrian access south of Ramp 59 to Ramp 67, which is 6.4 miles in length.

A SAFETY closure, 4.8 miles long, begins 1.0 miles south of Ramp 59 to 1.4 miles north of Ramp 67, was adjusted on May 14 is still in effect. This section is open to pedestrian access, but not to ORV access.

A RESOURCE protection area (sea turtle nest site) is located approximately 2.7 miles south of Ramp 59. This area was expanded on August 13, 2008. This area is within a SAFETY closure and therefore does not affect ORV access. Pedestrian access is not available behind the nest closure because of the location of the nest against the toe of the dune. The nest is within the expected "hatch window."

A RESOURCE protection area (sea turtle nest site) is located approximately 4.3 miles south of Ramp 59. This area was expanded on August 11, 2008. This area is within a SAFETY closure and therefore does not affect ORV access. There will be pedestrian access behind (west) of the nest closure outside of the signed protection area. The nest is within the expected "hatch window."

A RESOURCE protection area (sea turtle nest site) was REMOVED approximately 4.0 miles north of Ramp 67.

A RESOURCE protection area (sea turtle nest site) was REMOVED approximately 3.8 miles north of Ramp 67.

A RESOURCE protection area (sea turtle nest site) was REMOVED approximately 3.7 miles north of Ramp 67.

A RESOURCE protection area (sea turtle nest site) was REMOVED approximately 3.6 miles north of Ramp 67.

A RESOURCE protection area was REMOVED on June 3, 2008 that had previously been established 4.5 miles south of Ramp 59 and 3.1 miles north of Ramp 67.

A RESOURCE protection area (sea turtle nest site) was REMOVED approximately 2.4 miles north of Ramp 67.

A RESOURCE protection area (sea turtle nest site) is located approximately 2.1 miles north of Ramp 67. This area was expanded on August 13, 2008. This area is within a SAFETY closure and therefore does not affect ORV access. There will be pedestrian access behind (west) of the nest closure outside of the signed protection area. The nest is within the expected "hatch window."

A RESOURCE protection area (sea turtle nest site) is located approximately 1.4 miles north of Ramp 67. This area will be expanded on August 19. This area is within a SAFETY closure and therefore does not affect ORV access. There will be pedestrian access behind the nest closure outside of the signed protection area. This nest is within the expected "hatch window."

A RESOURCE protection area (sea turtle nest site) is located approximately 0.25 of a mile north of Ramp 67. This area will be expanded on August 14 resulting in a full beach closure. There will not be ORV or pedestrian access available behind the nest closure because of the location of the nest against the toe of the dune. This nest is within the expected "hatch window."

An adjacent RESOURCE protection area (sea turtle nest site) is located approximately 0.25 of a mile north of Ramp 67. This area will be expanded on August 17 resulting in a full beach closure. There will not be ORV or pedestrian access available behind the nest closure because of the location of the nest against the toe of the dune. This nest is within the expected "hatch window."

Ramp 67 - Ramp 70 (includes Ramp 68): (3.8 miles; includes Ramp 68)

There is no through ORV shoreline access between these two ramps. Pedestrian access is open. The annual seasonal beach closure in front of the Ocracoke Campground and Day Use area went into effect on May 15, 2008. The beach from 0.6 of a mile south of Ramp 67 to Ramp 68 is closed to ORV access for 0.9 of a mile.

A RESOURCE protection area was REMOVED on June 3, 2008 that had been established 0.3 of a mile south of Ramp 68.

The RESOURCE protection area 0.8 of a mile south of Ramp 68 was REMOVED.

A RESOURCE protection area (sea turtle nest site) is located approximately 0.3 of a mile south of Ramp 68. This area will be expanded on August 20. This area is within a SAFETY closure and therefore does not affect ORV access. There will be pedestrian access behind the nest closure outside of the signed protection area. This nest is within the expected "hatch window."

A RESOURCE protection area was REMOVED on July 31, 2008 that had been established 1.4 mile northeast of Ramp 70.

A RESOURCE protection area (sea turtle nest site) is located approximately 0.8 mile north of Ramp 70. This area was expanded on August 12, 2008. This area is within a SAFETY closure and therefore does not affect ORV access. There will be pedestrian access behind (west) of the nest closure outside of the signed protection area. The nest is within the expected "hatch window."

Ramp 70 - Ramp 72 (1.8 miles) and Ramp 72 to South Ocracoke Spit (4.4 miles):

The ocean shoreline is open to ORV and pedestrian access for 1.5 miles south of Ramp 72 to the tip of South Point.

A RESOURCE protection (prenesting) area was established the week of March 24, 2008 that encompasses interior and soundside areas of the spit. Ocean shoreline access is available for 0.2 miles from Ramp 72 south. On the soundside shoreline, 1.3 miles of shoreline is closed to ORV and pedestrian access.

A RESOURCE protection area (sea turtle nest site) is located approximately 1.0 mile north of Ramp 72. This area will be expanded on August 17. There is ORV and pedestrian access behind the nest closure outside of the signed protection area. This nest is within the expected "hatch window."

A RESOURCE protection area (sea turtle nest site) is located approximately 0.1 mile north of Ramp 72. This is a full beach closure. There will not be ORV or pedestrian access available behind the nest closure because of the location of the nest against the toe of the dune. The nest is within the expected "hatch window."

A RESOURCE protection area was REMOVED to 1.5 miles south of Ramp 72. Beyond the 1.5 miles there is still a full beach closure in effect that extends around the tip of the point and precludes overland access to South Point.

                      -NPS-

 

ORV Access Mileage for August 21, 2008:

****All mileages are approximate****

BodieIslandSpit

 

Ramp 4                                                          2.0 miles open north of Ramp 4

                                                                     0.5 mile open south of Ramp 4

 

Hatteras Island

 

Ramp 23                                                        0.5 mile open north of Ramp 23

                                                                     1.7 miles open south of Ramp 23

 

Ramp 27                                                        0.9 mile open north of Ramp 27

                                                                     1.7 miles south of Ramp 27

 

Ramp 30                                                        0.4 mile open north of Ramp 30

                                                                     2.0 miles open south of Ramp 30

 

Ramp 34                                                   CLOSED = beaches in front of Avon Village/seasonal closure

 

Ramp 38                                                        0.1 mile open north of Ramp 38

                                                                     2.0 miles open south of Ramp 38

 

Ramp 43                                                        0.4 mile open north of Ramp 43

                                                                     0.3 mile open south of Ramp 43

 

Ramp 44                                                        0.3 mile open north of Ramp 44

                                                                     1.0 mile open south of Ramp 44

 

Ramp 49                                                        0.5 mile open east of Ramp 49

                                                                     0.4 mile open west of Ramp 49

 

Ramp 55                                                        0.1 mile open east of Ramp 55

                                                                     2.5 miles open west of Ramp 55

 

Pole Road/Spur Road                                Open; limited access to soundside

 

Ocracoke

 

Ramp 59                                                        0.8 mile open north of Ramp 59

1.0   mile open south of Ramp 59

 

Ramp 67                                                        1.4 miles open north of Ramp 67

                                                                     0.6 mile open south of Ramp 67

 

Ramp 68                                                        CLOSED north of Ramp 68

                                                                     0.3 mile open south of Ramp 68

 

Ramp 70 & 72                                               0.5 mile open north of Ramp 70

                                                                     1.5 miles open south of Ramp 72

 

Did You Know?

A navigational chart showing Cape Hatteras and Diamond Shoals

When the Home sank on Diamond Shoals off of Cape Hatteras in 1837, there were only two life jackets for all 130 people on board. Ninety people died. Congress passed the Steamboat Act the next year, requiring all vessels to carry one life jacket per passenger.