• Cape Lookout Lighthouse from Barden Inlet

    Cape Lookout

    National Seashore North Carolina

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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 »

Personal Watercraft

Personal watercraft, also known as PWCs or by their model names of JetSki, SeaDoo, or WaveRunner, are allowed to operate on the waters of the State of North Carolina under special regulations.

Know the rules before you ride -- before putting your PWC in the water, read and understand the NC Personal Watercraft Laws. These laws are online at the North Carolina Wildlife and Resources Commission website.

Beginning September 8, 2006, PWCs will be allowed to land at 10 locations on the sound-side beaches of North Core Banks, South Core Banks and Shackleford Banks. When landing at these locations, PWC operators must observe flat wake speed and come straight in to shore or go straight out past the park's boundary.

These areas are for landing only, all other riding must take place outside the park's boundaries.

PWC access map link

There are 10 areas on the soundside where PWCs may land. Be sure to check the access map (pdf - 530 kb) before riding out to the banks.

Did You Know?

Male Fiddler Crab

If a male fiddler crab losses its large claw during a fight, its small claw will grow into a large claw and its missing claw will grow back as a small claw. Cape Lookout National Seashore