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  • ORV Plan Comment Period Extended

    On May 23, 2014, the NPS released a Environmental Impact Statement for its Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan for a 60-day comment period, which was extended to September 4. The comment period will be extend an additional 15 days until September 19, 2014.

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October 03, 2014
Cape Lookout Announces Summer Positions Available for 2015
Cape Lookout National Seashore announced the beginning of its 2015 summer hiring process.

September 29, 2014
Reservations for October Moonrise Tours of the Cape Lookout Lighthouse Open October 1
Due to popular demand, Superintendent Patrick Kenney is pleased to announce additional Moonrise Tours of the Cape Lookout Lighthouse on October 9, 10, and 11.

September 19, 2014
Save the Date- October Will Be the Last Moonrise Tour at Cape Lookout for 2014
Save the Date. The last Moonrise Tours of the Cape Lookout Lighthouse in 2014 will be on October 9, 10, and 11.

September 08, 2014
Community-Wide Clean-Up Planned in Beaufort Area for National Estuaries Day and National Public Lands Day
Cape Lookout National Seashore, North Carolina Coastal Reserve & National Estuarine Research Reserve, and the Town of Beaufort invite volunteers to help beautify our coast and protect area wildlife.

September 04, 2014
Second Extension of Public Comment Period for Draft Off-Road Vehicle Plan
On May 23, 2014, the National Park Service released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for its Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) Management Plan at Cape Lookout National Seashore for a 60-day public comment period, which was subsequently extended for 45 days to September 4, 2014. The comment period will be extended an additional 15 days until September 19, 2014.

August 20, 2014
Seashore Duck Blind Permits Available For The 2014-2015 Hunting Season
Superintendent Patrick M. Kenney announces that permits for temporary duck blinds will be available at the Harkers Island Visitor Center beginning Tuesday, September 2, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., and thereafter Monday through Friday, except holidays.

August 18, 2014
September Moonrise Tours of the Cape Lookout Lighthouse
Announcing Moonrise Tours of Cape Lookout Lighthouse for September

August 15, 2014
August-September 2014 Ranger Programs
Endless sandy beaches, the call of gulls, the crash of surf and the stories of surfmen and rugged islanders. Come explore the hidden beauty and history of your local National Park during a Ranger-led interpretive program.

July 23, 2014
Tourism to Cape Lookout National Seashore creates over $17 Million in Economic Benefit. Report shows visitor spending supports 246 jobs in local economy
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 416,569 visitors to Cape Lookout National Seashore in 2013 spent $17.6 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 246 jobs in the local area.

July 21, 2014
Extension of Public Comment Period for Draft Off-Road Vehicle Plan
On May 23, 2014, the National Park Service released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for its Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) Management Plan at Cape Lookout National Seashore (CALO) for a 60-day public comment period.

July 18, 2014
Advisory Notice #7 for Hurricane Arthur
National Park Service staff from parks throughout the region arrived at Cape Lookout National Seashore last week in the continuing efforts to recover from Hurricane Arthur.

July 14, 2014
Advisory Notice #6 for Hurricane Arthur
National Park Service staff from parks throughout the region arrived at Cape Lookout National Seashore last week in the continuing efforts to recover from Hurricane Arthur.

July 09, 2014
Cape Lookout National Seashore’s July Programs
Come explore the hidden beauty and history of your local National Park during a Ranger-led interpretive program.

July 07, 2014
Advisory Notice #5 for Hurricane Arthur
Superintendent Pat Kenney is pleased to announce that Shackleford Banks will reopen to camping July 7, 2014 and additional cabins in the Great Island camp will reopen on July 8, 2014

July 05, 2014
Advisory Notice #4 for Hurricane Arthur
Partial opening of cabin camps and other updates to Hurricane Arthur recovery.

July 03, 2014
Advisory Notice #2 for Hurricane Arthur
The National Park Service (NPS) has completed the evacuation of Cape Lookout National Seashore in preparation for Hurricane Arthur.

July 01, 2014
Advisory Notice #1 for Tropical Storm Arthur
Advisory #1 for Tropical Storm Arthur. The park will be closed beginning Wednesday, July 2 at 5pm.

June 02, 2014
Introducing Moonrise Tours of the Cape Lookout Lighthouse
Guided Moonrise Tours of the Cape Lookout Lighthouse will be offered on eight dates in June, July, and August of 2014.

May 20, 2014
Shackleford Beach Clean Up Scheduled for May 31, 2014
The NPS will host a volunteer trash clean up on the west end of Shackleford Banks on Saturday, May 31 from 12:45 PM to 5:00 PM.

May 02, 2014
Recruiting Area Teachers for Seashore Experiences (2014)
Cape Lookout National Seashore is looking for energetic and talented teachers from Carteret, Craven, and Onslow County who are interested in fostering a strong connection between local schools and their National Park.

May 01, 2014
The Seashore Beaufort Visitor Information Center is now Open
Cape Lookout National Seashore opened the new National Park Service Beaufort Visitor Information and Island Express Ferry Service Ticket Center on April 30, 2014.

April 23, 2014
Cape Lookout Lighthouse to Open for Season on May 14, 2014
Cape Lookout National Seashore will open the Cape Lookout Lighthouse for the season on Wednesday, May 14, 2014.

March 04, 2014
Tourism to Cape Lookout National Seashore creates over $20 million in Economic Benefit. Report shows visitor spending supports 297 jobs in the local economy
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 480,294 visitors to Cape Lookout National Seashore in 2012 spent $20 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 297 jobs in the local area.

February 24, 2014
Seashore Parking Permits Available for 2014
Long-term parking permits available for 2014. This year, permits can also be purchased at the cabin camp offices.

December 12, 2013
Cabin Reservations for 2014
Rental cabins in the National Seashore will be open from March 16 to November 29, 2014. Reservations will begin on January 6, 2014 at 10:00 AM.

December 10, 2013
Volunteer with Your National Park in Beaufort
In preparation for the opening of the National Park Service Visitor Information Center located in the Beaufort Town Hall, Cape Lookout National Seashore would like to announce volunteer opportunities at this new gateway to the national seashore.

Did You Know?

Gaillardia

Gaillardia, also called a blanket flower or firewheel, is a Midwestern plant that was brought into the area and still thrives on these windy, water starved islands. Cape Lookout National Seashore More...