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    Cape Hatteras

    National Seashore North Carolina

National Park Service Beach Access Report for September 14 2007

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Date: September 14, 2007
Contact: Outer Banks Group, (252) 473-2111  ext148

The Park continues to operate and manage access under the Interim Strategy guidance. Beach Access is open as described below. Knowledgeof tidal changes and caution should be exercised while traveling the beaches of the park. Pets must be on at least a 6 foot leash at all times.

On Sunday, September 16, 2007, Cape Hatteras National Seashore beaches that have been seasonally closed to off-road vehicle (ORV) use in front of Hatteras Island villages will re-open, similar to what has occurred in the past few years. Some areas may still experience closures where the beaches are too narrow and unsafe for ORV use, and visitors should expect to see continued resource protection areas for sea turtle nests. Next week’s Beach Access Report will have more details.

** Blue text = updated news.

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. Through the weeks of September 16, as turtle nest "hatch window" dates approach, the visiting public can expect to see some additional full beach closures in this area.

Ramp 1 - Ramp 2 (Coquina Beach Area)

A SEASONAL beach closure is 1.6 miles long and went into effect May 15. The beach from the south boundary of the Town of Nags Head to south of Coquina Beach is closed to ORV access but remains open for pedestrian access.

Ramp 2 - Ramp 4 to Bodie Island Spit

The beach is open for ORV and pedestrian access along the ocean shoreline for 1.8 miles north of Ramp 4 and 2.3 miles south of Ramp 4. Some areas may experience access limitations during extreme high tides or winds.

A RESOURCE protection area includes the interior areas of the spit and the shoreline of the "pond." ORV shoreline access to Bodie Island Spit and Oregon Inlet is open.

A RESOURCE protection area remains on Green Island.

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

Annual SEASONAL village beach closure went into effect on May 15. The beach areas in front of the villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo are closed to ORV access but remain open to pedestrian access. This section of beach is approximately 3.0 miles long.

Ramp 23 - Ramp 27 (4.3 miles):

Beach is open for ORV and pedestrian access along the ocean shoreline.

A RESOURCE protection area (turtle nest site) is located approximately 2.3 mile south of Ramp 23 or 2.0 miles north of Ramp 27. There is no ORV by-pass; therefore no through ORV access is available until the nest hatches. Pedestrian access is available behind the nest closure. The nest is within the expected "hatch window" and is a full beach closure.

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 approximately 31.9 miles open to pedestrians and approximately 21 miles of beach are open for ORV access. ORV use is restricted by 10.9 miles of SEASONAL and SAFETY closures and 0.1 of a mile of RESOURCE closures for turtle nests. Through the weeks of September 16, as turtle nest "hatch window" dates approach, the visiting public can expect to see some additional full beach closures in this area.

Ramp 27 - Ramp 30 (2.2 miles):

Beach is open for ORV and pedestrian access along the ocean shoreline but not through turtle nest closures.

A RESOURCE protection area (turtle nest site) is located approximately 1.9 mile south of Ramp 23 or 0.3 mile north of Ramp 30. There is no ORV by-pass; therefore no through ORV access is available until the nest hatches. Pedestrian access is available behind the nest closure. The nest is within the expected "hatch window" and is a full beach closure. (Still in effect.)

Ramp 30 - Ramp 34 (4.3 miles):

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

Two RESOURCE protection areas (turtle nest site) are located approximately 1.8 miles south of Ramp 30 and the second is 2.2 miles north of Ramp 34. There is no ORV by-pass; therefore no through ORV access is available until the nests hatch. Pedestrian access is available behind the nest closures. The nests are within the expected "hatch window" and this 0.1 of mile is a full beach closure.

Ramp 34 - Ramp 38 (4.0 miles):

Currently, there is no through access for ORVs from Ramp 34 to Ramp 38. Pedestrian access is open.

Annual SEASONAL village beach closure went into effect on May 15. The beach area in front of the village of Avon is closed to ORV access but remains open for pedestrian access.

Ramp 38 - Ramp 43 (6.0 miles):

The beach is open to ORV and pedestrian access for 1.3 miles south of Ramp 38. Currently there is no through access for ORVs between Ramp 38 and Ramp 43.Pedestrian access is open.

A SEASONAL closure, 2.8 miles in length, begins 1.4 miles south of Ramp 38 to 0.1 mile north of Ramp 43, and went into effect on May 16. This section is closed to ORV access but remains open to pedestrian access.

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

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

Ramp 44 - Ramp 49 (3.6 miles: includes Ramp 45):

The beach is open to ORV and pedestrian access from Ramp 44 south to Cape Point and from the Cape Point "hook" west through to Ramp 45. The Interdunal Road between Ramps 44 and 45 is open. The Salt Pond Road is open.

 

 

Cape Point:

ORV and pedestrian access is open to Cape Point from Ramps 43 and 44, and south/west from the Cape Point "hook" west to Ramp 45.

A RESOURCE protection area remains in effect in the interior area around Salt Pond.

A RESOURCE protection area (turtle nest site) is located approximately 0.4 mile south of Ramp 44. There is an ORV by-pass west of the nest and access to Cape Point is available from Ramp 44 or via the Salt Pond Road. Pedestrian access is available behind the nest closure. The nest is within the expected "hatch window" and is a full beach closure. (Still in effect.)

South Beach:

The beach is open for ORV and pedestrian access along the ocean shoreline from Ramp 45 to Ramp 49. The Interdunal Road is open to ORV and pedestrian access between Ramps 44 and 45. Salt Pond Road is open. Through the weeks of September 16, as turtle nest "hatch window" dates approach, the visiting public can expect to see full beach closures in this area.

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

The beach is open to ORV and pedestrian access for 1.2 miles south of Ramp 49 to the boundary of the Frisco andHatteras Village closure. Pedestrian access is open to Ramp 55.

A SEASONAL closure for Frisco Village and Hatteras Village is 4.0 miles long and went into effect on May 15. The beach area in front of the villages of Frisco and Hatteras is closed to ORV access but remains open to pedestrian access.

Ramp 55 - Hatteras Inlet (2.7 miles):

ORV and pedestrian access is open along the ocean shoreline from Ramp 55 south to the Hatteras Inlet and "the Rip" area. The Pole Road, Cable Crossing and Spur Road are all open. ORV and pedestrian access to "the Rip" is open and will continue to be evaluated for reliable access on both the oceanside and soundside at high tides. Erosion action and high tides make this an area of concern and constant monitoring is needed.Pedestrian access is open around the entire tip of the inlet from oceanside to soundside.

A RESOURCE protection area is located on the sound shoreline of both Isabel overwash areas. Pole Road and ocean shoreline access remains open past this area.

Ocracoke Island District

The Ocracoke Island District has a total of 16.5 miles of ocean shoreline. There are 16.4 miles open to pedestrians and approximately 7.9 miles are open to ORV access. ORV use is restricted by approximately 8.5 miles of SAFETY and SEASONAL closures. Through the weeks ofSeptember 16, as "hatch window" dates approach, the visiting public can expect to see some additional full beach closures on many of these beaches.

Ramp 59 - Ramp 67 (7.8 miles):

ORV and pedestrian access is open north of Ramp 59 and 1.0 mile south of Ramp 59 where a SAFETY Closure begins. There is no through ORV access from Ramp 59 to Ramp 67.Pedestrian access is open.

A SAFETY closure is 5.4 miles long, and begins 1.0 miles south of Ramp 59 to 1.2 miles north of Ramp 67. This section is open to pedestrian access but not to ORV access.

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

The beach is open to ORV and pedestrian access from Ramp 67 south for 0.3 mile. There no through access for ORVs between Ramps 67 and 70.

The SEASONAL closure was established on May 15, 2007 in front of the lifeguarded beach/campground extends from .03 mile south of Ramp 67 to 0.25 miles north of Ramp 70. This section of beach, approximately 3.1 miles in length, and closes Ramp 68 and is closed to ORV access but remains open for pedestrian access.

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

The beach is open to ORV and pedestrian access from Ramp 70 south along ocean shoreline, for approximately 0.4 of a mile where a RESOURCE shoreline protection area begins.An access corridor is open to ORV and pedestrians on the upper beach and access is open to South Point.Due to high tides and erosion from numerous northeast winds, access to South Point of Ocracoke may not be accessible at high tide.

A RESOURCE protection area remains in effect near South Point that encompasses interior and soundside areas of the spit. Ocean shoreline access is 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.



 

 

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Did You Know?

Seasparkle, a tiny dinoflagellate that can be seen glowing in the surfline at night.

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.