Self-Contained-Vehicle (SCV) Camping in the Off-Road Vehicle Corridor


Camping is restricted to SCV permittees and allowed in SCV camping areas only on Race Point Beach. Camping is limited to 100 vehicles per night and restricted to 21 days per vehicle from July 1 through Labor Day. Variable beach conditions and temporary beach closures may result in temporary or permanent changes in the locations and boundaries of the designated camping areas.


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Time Limits & Holding Tank Regulations:

All self-contained beach camping spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis. All SCVs arriving for an overnight stay must register at the Oversand Station before going onto the beach. An overnight authorization permit will be issued at this time. If arriving after hours you must register by 9 AM the following morning.

If overnight authorizations are not renewed, the vehicle and any personal items must be removed from the beach by 4 PM on the day the authorization expires. Authorizations must be posted with the expiration date clearly visible.

A SCV is defined as a vehicle with a self-contained water or chemical toilet and permanenetly installed holding tanks with a minimum 3 day capacity for gray and black water. Cassette-style toilets, such as those found in some Mercedes Benz Sprinter models, are not permitted.

SCVs may be parked in the designated areas for a maximum of 21 days during the period from July 1 through Labor Day.

SCVs MUST exit the beach after each 72 consecutive hours in order to empty holding tanks and gray water at an established septic dumping facility.


Travel to Beach & Camping Areas:
Self-contained vehicles may only travel the beach from either the Race Point north or Race Point south access ramps to the boundaries of the self-contained vehicle areas. The foredune and foreshore areas are off limits to all vehicles.

  • You are required to decrease tire pressure before entering the beach ORV driving corridor. Tire pressure is critical for successful off-road driving. 11 pounds-per-square-inch (psi) is recommended. Friction may cause pressure to increase while you drive making it necessary to stop and reduce pressure again. Your beginning tire pressure should not exceed 15 psi.
  • Always check tides before entering the off-road corridor. Portions of the beach may be impassable at high tide.
  • If you feel you are in danger of getting stuck - check your tire pressure and let air out if necessary; try backing up in your tracks before moving ahead. Do not spin tires, this will only cause the vehicle to dig in.
  • Do not speed - excessive speed endangers you, your vehicle, other beach users, and wildlife. Experienced beach drivers know that a slow, steady speed and correct tire pressure are more effective than faster speeds.
  • Always be alert for wildlife when driving on the beach - tern and plover chicks may attempt to hide in vehicle tracks when frightened.

Last updated: April 1, 2021

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