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 »
Special Use Permit - Duck Blinds
The Duck Blind lottery for the 2013-2014 season will be held on:
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
After the lottery is complete, the remaining spaces will be available on a first come, first serve basis.
The construction of any structure (including temporary Duck Blinds) on Cape Lookout National Seashore requires a Special Use Permit.
Permit Application Procedure (Lottery)
Requests for a permit must be made in person at the Harkers Island Visitor Center; the application form may be downloaded from the Permits webpage after August 1st of each year, and can be filled out and brought with you to the park.
The duck blind permitting procedure will begin at 9:00 am EDT on the Tuesday immediately following Labor Day each year. A drawing will be done to determine the order for obtaining a permit and selecting blind locations. Anyone at the park at 9:00 am on that Tuesday will be permitted to draw a number for a turn at selecting a location.
Locations for the temporary blinds will be marked on the official map for that year's blinds. A maximum of two (2) blinds are permitted per permit/person. Blind locations must be a minimum of 500 yards apart.
After that Tuesday, permits will be available Monday through Friday from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Anyone desiring a permit must come to the Harkers Island Visitor Center and make a request for a permit. Applicants may choose any location that has not been previously requested and marked on the map. Permits will not be issued on holidays.
A completed application and the non-refundable application fee are required before an application can be processed. Park contact information is:
Federal procedures (31 USC 7701 ) requires your Social Security Number or Tax Identification Number on the back of all checks accepted for deposit. You must supply your Social Security Number or Tax Identification Number in order for your check to be accepted and your application to be processed.
You may pick a location for your blind, but it cannot be within 500 yards of an existing permit/permitted blind location. The location of your duck blind permit will be marked on the official yearly map. Your blind must be placed in the location coinciding with the map. GPS coordinates will be available for your location: your blind must be at those coordinates.
The authority for the National Park Service to recover and retain costs associated with managing special park uses is found at 16 U.S.C. 3a, 16 U.S.C. 460l-6d, and 31 U.S.C. 9701. Charges established for a Special Park Use under this authority are intended to recover costs associated with managing that activity and not to generate revenue beyond actual cost.
Application Cost: Must be submitted at the time of the initial application. This is a non-refundable payment.
Administration Cost: Payable when the permit is approved and prior to beginning the event. This is a non-refundable payment.
Federal procedures (31 USC 7701) requires your Social Security Number or Tax Identification Number on the back of all checks accepted for deposit. You must supply your Social Security Number or Tax Identification Number in order for your check to be accepted and your application to be processed.
Once all the required information and fees are received, and the location(s) selected and marked on the map, a Special Use Permit and Blind Number Sheet(s) will be issued. Upon receipt, please place blind number sheet on blind where it is visible, (may be inside the blind if the numbers are painted on the outside).
Terms & Conditions
To maintain park natural and cultural resources and quality visitor experiences in addition to the standard terms and conditions, the following conditions and requirements apply to Special Use Permits for Constructing a Temporary Duck Blind:
Did You Know?
The Scotch Bonnet is North Carolina's state shell. It is one of many that can be found along the beaches of Cape Lookout National Seashore.