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  • Change in Harkers Island Visitor Center Hours

    The Harkers Island Visitor Center is open Sunday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

  • Morehead City Harbor Dredged Material Management Plan

    Cape Lookout National Seashore is a cooperating agency in the Morehead City Harbor Integrated Dredged Material Management Plan being developed by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. The full plan draft can be downloaded from the following link. More »

Ferry Schedule to Shackleford Banks and the Cape Lookout Lighthouse

Click the links below for information on ferry schedules throughout the year. Trip minimums may apply. Trips may be added to accommodate demand.

Harkers Island to the Lighthouse
Beaufort to the Lighthouse
Beaufort to Shackleford Banks
Harkers Island to Shackleford Banks

 
Cape Lookout Light Station
Cape Lookout Light Station
 

Ferry Service to the Cape Lookout Light Station
(Beginning February 15, 2014)

Harkers Island Ferry Gateway
Summer Schedule
(April 15 to October 1)
Fall / Spring Schedule
(October 2 to November 30) (March 1 to April 14)
Winter Schedule
(December 1 to February 28)
DEPART
Mainland
DEPART
Cape
DEPART
Mainland
DEPART
Cape Lookout
DEPART
Mainland
DEPART
Cape Lookout
8:15 AM -- -- -- -- --
8:45 AM -- -- -- -- --
9:00 AM 9:15 AM 9:15 AM -- -- --
9:45 AM 9:45 AM -- 9:45 AM -- --
10:15 AM 10:15 AM 10:15 AM -- -- --
10:45 AM 10:45 AM -- 10:45 AM -- --
11:15 AM 11: 15 AM 11:15 AM -- 11:00 AM --
11:45 AM 11:45 AM -- 11:45 AM -- --
12:15 PM 12:15 PM 12:15 PM -- -- --
-- 12:45 PM -- 12:45 PM -- --
1:15 PM 1:15 PM 1:15 PM -- -- --
1:45 PM 1:45 PM -- 1:45 PM -- --
2:15 PM 2:15 PM 2:15 PM -- -- --
2:45 PM 2:45 PM -- 2:45 PM -- --
3:15 PM 3:15 PM 3:15 PM -- -- 3:00 PM
3:45 PM 3:45 PM -- 3:45 PM -- --
4:15 PM 4:15 PM -- -- -- --
4:45 PM 4:45 PM -- -- -- --
5:15 PM 5:00 PM -- -- -- --
-- 5:45 PM -- -- -- --

Town of Beaufort Ferry Gateway
Summer Schedule
(April 15 to October 1)
Fall / Spring Schedule
(October 2 to November 30) (March 1 to April 14)
Winter Schedule
(December 1 to February 28)
DEPART
Mainland
DEPART
Cape

RESERVATIONS ARE NECESSARY

Please visit Island Express Ferry Service online or call 252-728-7433.

RESERVATIONS ARE NECESSARY

Please visit Island Express Ferry Service online or call 252-728-7433.

9:30 AM --
-- 12:30 PM
1:30 PM --
-- 4:30 PM
 
Wild Horses on Shackleford Banks
Wild Horses on Shackleford Banks
 

Ferry Service to Shackleford Banks
(Beginning February 15, 2014)

Town of Beaufort Ferry Gateway
Summer Schedule
(April 15 to October 1)
Fall / Spring Schedule
(October 2 to November 30) (March 1 to April 14)
Winter Schedule
(December 1 to February 28)
DEPART
Mainland
DEPART
Shackleford
DEPART
Mainland
DEPART
Shackleford
DEPART
Mainland
DEPART
Shackleford
9:00 AM -- 9:00 AM -- -- --
9:30 AM -- -- -- -- --
10:00 AM 10:00 AM 10:00 AM -- -- --
10:30 AM 10:30 AM -- 10:30 AM -- --
11:00 AM 11:00 AM 11:00 AM -- 11:00 AM --
11:30 AM 11: 30 AM -- 11:30 AM -- --
12:00 PM 12:00 PM 12:00 PM -- -- --
12:30 PM -- -- 12:30 PM -- --
1:00 PM 1:00 PM 1:00 PM -- 1:00 PM --
1:30 PM 1:30 PM -- 1:30 PM -- 1:30 PM
2:00 PM 2:00 PM -- -- -- --
2:30 PM 2:30 PM -- 2:30 PM -- --
3:00 PM 3:00 PM -- -- -- 3:00 PM
3:30 PM 3:30 PM -- -- -- --
4:00 PM 4:00 PM -- -- -- --
-- 4:30 PM -- -- -- --

Harkers Island Ferry Gateway
Summer Schedule
(April 15 to October 1)
Fall / Spring Schedule
(October 2 to November 30) (March 1 to April 14)
Winter Schedule
(December 1 to February 28)
DEPART
Mainland
DEPART
Shackleford

RESERVATIONS ARE NECESSARY

Please visit Island Express Ferry Service online or call 252-728-7433.

RESERVATIONS ARE NECESSARY

Please visit Island Express Ferry Service online or call 252-728-7433.

11:00 AM --
-- 3:00 PM

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Least Tern Diving

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