Wildlife Closures

Wilson's Plover Chick

Drivers should keep watch for chicks, like this Wilson's Plover, hiding in the sand and grasses.

 

Shoreline closures to motor vehicles are seasonal or temporary with the exception of these permanent closure areas:

  • Shackleford Banks
  • Ramp 41a to Ramp 41b (lighthouse swim beach)
  • Power Squadron Spit west of the Jetty
  • Portsmouth Village
 
Loggerhead Hatchling

Loggerhead hatchling safe inside a closure.

In general, the shoreline is open to pedestrians. Exceptions will be posted.

Boaters can expect interior bird closures, signed closed to all entry, at the inlets and points from April 1 to August 31. Boaters are encouraged to land within 0.25 miles of the inlets. This allows pedestrians to walk the inlet shoreline for access to the ocean shoreline.

Maps of North and South Core Banks which show exit ramps connecting the ocean beach and the back "road" are available on the Maps webpage.

The annual nesting reports can be found on the Wildlife Management webpage.

 

South Core Banks

The Coast Guard dock is closed due to hazardous conditions.

  • Ocean beach from Ramp 24 to Ophelia Inlet is closed to motor vehicles. There is no back road.

  • Ocean beach from Ramp 25 to Ramp 24 is closed to motor vehicles. No detour -- back road is closed.

  • Ocean beach from Ramp 28 to Ramp 26b is closed to motor vehicles, detour to the back road is open.

  • Ocean beach from Ramp 32 to Ramp 33 is closed to motor vehicles, detour to the back road is open.

  • Ocean beach from Ramp 35a to Ramp 35b is closed to motor vehicles, detour to the back road is open.

  • Ocean beach from Ramp 39 to Ramp 40 is closed to motor vehicles, detour to the backroad is open.

  • A 0.3 mile section of the east beach at the point of the Cape (cape point) is closed to motor vehicles. Detour to west side is open by the back road.
Expected to reopen on 5/21 -- watch for signs: Ocean beach from Ramp 38 to Ramp 37a

Middle Core Banks

Seasonal closure for this section remains in effect until there is no overflow of water at Old Drum Inlet during all tides/winds.

North Core Banks

  • Ocean beach from Ramp 8a to Ramp 10b is closed to motor vehicles, detour to the back road is open.

  • Ocean beach from Ramp 17a to Ramp 17b is closed to motor vehicles, detour to the back road is open.



Information is correct as of May 21, 2015

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