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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.

April 04, 2014
Come Celebrate National Junior Ranger Day at Cape Lookout National Seashore
Have you ever held a sea turtle shell?Ever wanted to try on a ranger hat?Here is your chance!Come help Cape Lookout National Seashore celebrate National Junior Ranger Day and National Park Week on Saturday, April 12, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.

April 04, 2014
Portsmouth Homecoming 2014
Cape Lookout National Seashore and the Friends of Portsmouth Island would like to invite the public to the Portsmouth Homecoming on Saturday, April 26, 2014, in historic Portsmouth Village.

March 27, 2014
Volunteer Service Opportunities at Cape Lookout National Seashore
We are seeking friendly and energetic people who can assist for two or more hours at the Town of Beaufort Visitor Center and those who are able to assist as caretakers and docents for two days or several weeks at visitor centers and cabin camps out on the Seashore's barrier islands.

March 19, 2014
Civil War Anniversary Event – The Raid on the Cape Lookout Lighthouse
Cape Lookout National Seashore will be remembering the events of April 3, 1864 through Ranger-led interpretive programs.

March 18, 2014
Great Island and Long Point Cabins Open for 2014
Great Island and Long Point Cabins within Cape Lookout National Seashore opened on March 16, 2014.Cabin office hours will be 7:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., 7 days per week.

March 05, 2014
Extension of Great Island and Long Point Cabin Reservation Dates
The available dates for the Great Island and Long Point cabins have been extended until November 30, 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 28, 2014
Shackleford Banks Horses 2013 Annual Findings Report Released
The 2013 annual findings report on the Shackleford Banks horses has been released by Cape Lookout National Seashore and the Foundation for Shackleford Horses.

February 27, 2014
Horse Sense and Survival Walking Tours in 2014
The first wild horse watching walking tour is scheduled for Thursday, June 12, 2014.

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.

October 18, 2013
Island Express Ferry Service is Awarded Passenger Ferry Contract from Beaufort and Harkers Island to the Seashore
The National Park Service has awarded Island Express Ferry Service the contract to provide passenger ferry service to all of Shackleford Banks and the Cape Lookout area of South Core Banks, starting in 2014. The ferries will depart from the Town of Beaufort and Harkers Island.

August 27, 2013
Explore the National Seashore on Your Phone
Cape Lookout National Seashore is pleased to announce formal launch of self-guided cell phone tours of the Seashore, hosted by OnCell Systems. Each set of stops offers the chance to take a guided tour with a park ranger at your own pace and before or after the open hours of the park visitor centers, museums, and historic site exhibits. Smart phones can access additional photos and additional information through the mobile tour website.

Did You Know?

Cape Lookout lighthouse

A lighthouse can be identified by its daymark (painted pattern) or by its light flash pattern. Cape Lookout Lighthouse has a diagonal checker pattern and a single short flash of light every fifteen seconds. Cape Lookout National Seashore More...