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Tuesday, 07 June 2011 11:55

National Park Service Beach Access Report for June 2, 2011

                FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  June 2, 2011

                CONTACT: 252-473-2111, ext. 148

 

Cape Hatteras National Seashore beaches are being managed under the terms of the U.S. District Court approved consent decree.  Park visitors can expect to see resource closures for breeding shorebirds in effect to varying degrees from mid-March to mid-to-late-August and sea turtle nesting closures may occur until early November.  Shorebird pre-nesting closures have already been established at the inlets, Cape Point, and South Beach.  As soon as subsequent breeding activity is observed, the consent decree requires that automatic, non-discretionary buffers be implemented.  

 

As of May 1, 2011, all Seashore beaches are closed to off-road vehicles between the hours of 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. in accordance with the court-ordered consent decree.  The 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. prohibition on beach driving will remain in effect until November 15, 2011.

 

In addition, the annual seasonal closure of village beaches to off-road vehicle (ORV) use within the National Seashore went into effect at 6:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 15, 2011.  The beach driving speed limit is reduced from 25 mph to 15 mph in all locations open to ORV use, unless otherwise posted, from May 15 – September 15.  The ORV closures are established in village beach areas that receive heavy pedestrian use, including areas adjacent to Coquina Beach and the villages of Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands.

 

The Beach Access Report is issued every Thursday throughout the breeding season, and updated news will be reported weekly in bold, BLUE print.  *All distances are approximate. The mileage is determined on a weekly basis using GIS data and is divided geographically by island this year.  The weekly Beach Access Report is complemented by a Google Earth map, which is updated up to 5 times per week as access conditions change.  The latest Google Earth beach access map can be viewed at:  http://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/googleearthmap.htm.  For more information, check the National Seashore’s website at:  http://www.nps.gov.

 

Note:  Closure conditions may change in the field on short notice.  On-site signage, rather than the Beach Access Report or Google Earth map, is the most accurate and current indication of what is open or closed to the public.  Closed areas are clearly marked in the field with “symbolic fencing” consisting of wooden or carsonite posts, closure signs, string, and flagging tape.  Knowledge of tidal changes and caution should be exercised while traveling the beaches of the park.  Pets are strictly prohibited in resource protection areas.  Elsewhere, pets must be physically restrained at all time on a leash not exceeding 6 feet in length.  For more information, please contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 252-473-2111, ext. 148.

 

Bodie Island  (Ramp 1 to Oregon Inlet; 6.0 miles of ocean shoreline)

Mileage Summary:  3.0 miles open to ORVs and pedestrians;  1.3 miles open to pedestrians only;  0.7 of a mile of limited access;  1.0 of a mile closed to public access due to resource closures.  Note: Green Island, southwest of Oregon Inlet bridge, is closed to public entry.

 

 

 

Ramp 1 - Ramp 2 (Coquina Beach Area)   (1.2 miles)

Status:  The beach is open for pedestrian access, but not for ORV access.

 

Ramp 2 - Ramp 4   (2.4 miles)

Status:  Ramp 2 is closed for ORV access.  North of Ramp 4, the beach is open for ORV and pedestrian access for approximately 2.4 miles.

 

Ramp 4 – Oregon Inlet   (Bodie Island Spit: 2.0 miles)

Status:  The beach is open for ORV and pedestrian access for 0.75 of a mile south Ramp 4.  A resource closure on the ocean shoreline precludes ORV and pedestrian access to Oregon Inlet.  South of the closure there are two “limited access” areas (south of the resource closure to the inlet and along the western shoreline near the bridge) for a total of approximately 0.7 of a mile for pedestrian only, accessible by boat. 

 

Hatteras Island (Ramp 23 South to Hatteras Inlet; 42.8 miles of ocean shoreline)

Mileage Summary:  15.2 miles open to ORVs and pedestrians;  17.6 miles open to pedestrians only;  2.4 miles of “limited access”;  7.6 miles closed to public access due to resource closures.

 

Villages of Rodanthe, Waves, and Salvo - Ramp 23:  (Pea Island NWR boundary to Ramp 23 – 3.0 miles)

Status:  The beach in front of the villages of Rodanthe, Waves and Salvo is closed to ORV access.  The annual seasonal village closure is in effect from May 15 through September 15, 2011.  The beach in front of the villages is open for pedestrian access for 3.0 miles.  A resource closure located 0.1 of a mile north of Ramp 23 precludes ORV access to the north.

 

Ramp 23 - Ramp 27:  (4.3 miles)

Status:  The beach is open to ORV and pedestrian access for 1.4 miles south of Ramp 23 and 0.1 miles north of Ramp 27.

 

Ramp 27 - Ramp 30:  (2.1 miles)

Status:  The beach is open to ORV and pedestrian access for 0.1 miles south of Ramp 27 and 0.5 miles north of Ramp 30.  There is no “limited access” open between the resource closures.

 

Ramp 30 - Ramp 34:  (4.3 miles)

Status:  The beach is open for ORV and pedestrian access for 4.3 miles between Ramp 30 and Ramp 34.

 

Ramp 34 - Ramp 38:  (3.9 miles)

Status:  The beach in front of Avon Village is closed to ORV access.  The annual seasonal village closure is in effect from May 15 through September 15, 2011.  The beach in front of Avon Village is open for pedestrian access for 3.9 miles.

 

Ramp 38 - Ramp 43:  (6.0 miles)

Status:  The beach is open to ORV and pedestrian access for 0.9 of a mile south of Ramp 38 and 0.4 of a mile north of Ramp 43.  There is pedestrian access 1.0 mile north of Buxton Village and from Buxton Village beaches south for approximately 2.8 miles to Ramp 43.

 

Ramp 43 - Ramp 44:   (0.4 of a mile)

Status:  The beach is open for 0.1 of a mile south of Ramp 43.

 

Ramp 44 - Ramp 45:  (Ramp 44 to tip of Cape Point: 3.4 miles)

Status:  Ramp 44 is closed.  Cape Point is closed to ORV and pedestrian access.  The Interdunal Road and Ramp 45 are open to ORV and pedestrian access.  Salt Pond Road is closed.

 

Ramp 45 - Ramp 49:  (South Beach: 3.4 miles)

Status:  Ramp 45 is open.  There is ORV and pedestrian access for 0.2 of a mile east and 0.3 of a mile west of Ramp 45.  There is no through access between Ramp 45 and Ramp 49.

 

Ramp 49 - Ramp 55:  (5.9 miles; includes Sandy Bay soundside parking area)

Status:  The beach is open to ORV and pedestrian use for 1.9 miles northeast and 1.2 miles south of Ramp 49.  There is pedestrian, but not ORV, access from the Frisco village line to 0.1 of a mile east of Ramp 55.

 

Ramp 55 - Hatteras Inlet:  (Hatteras Inlet Spit: 2.2 miles)

Status:  ORV and pedestrian access is open along the ocean shoreline from Ramp 55 south/west for 2.0 miles.  The Pole Road is open to ORV and pedestrians with a slight re-route leading to the beach due to an expanded closure.  The Spur Road is closed to pedestrian and ORV access.  Cable Crossing is open with limited parking for ORVs and soundside access for pedestrians.

 

Ocracoke Island  (20.5 miles of ocean shoreline)

Mileage Summary5.9 miles open to ORVs and pedestrians;  7.5 miles open to pedestrians only;  7.1 miles closed to public access due to resource closures.

 

Hatteras Inlet (North Ocracoke Spit) to Ramp 59:  (1.4 miles)

Status:  The beach is open to ORV and pedestrian access for 0.1 of a mile north of Ramp 59 where a resource protection closure precludes northern inlet access.

 

Ramp 59 - Ramp 67:  (7.8 miles)

Status:  The beach is open for ORV and pedestrian access for 1.0 of a mile south of Ramp 59 and 1.1 miles north of Ramp 67 where two full beach closures preclude through ORV and through pedestrian access.  A total of approximately 5.7 miles of pedestrian access (via NC 12) is located between the two closures.

 

Ramp 67 - Ramp 70 (includes Ramp 68):  (3.9 miles; includes Ramp 68)

Status:  The beach is open for ORV and pedestrian access for 1.2 miles between Ramp 67 and Ramp 68.  The beach is open for ORV and pedestrian access for 0.5 of a mile south of Ramp 68 and 1.8 miles north of Ramp 70 where a resource protection closure precludes through access.

 

Ramp 70 - Ramp 72:  (1.8 miles)

Status:  The beach is open to ORV and pedestrian access.

 

Ramp 72 to South Point:   (2.6 miles)

StatusThe beach is open to ORV access for 0.3 of a mile south of Ramp 72 where a resource protection closure precludes access to the inlet.  The beach is open to pedestrian access for 0.6 of a mile south of Ramp 72.

 

 

Temporary resource protection areas are necessary to protect threatened and endangered species and species of concern including piping plovers, American oystercatchers, colonial waterbirds (3 species of terns and black skimmers), and sea turtles.  Posted areas are closed to vehicles, pedestrians, and pets.

 

-NPS-

 
Tuesday, 07 June 2011 11:53

Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Resource Management Field Summary for May 26 – June 1, 2011

(Bodie, Hatteras and Ocracoke Districts)

 

Piping Plover (PIPL) Observations:

 

Observations

Thurs

Fri

Sat

Sun

Mon

Tues

Weds

5/26

5/27

5/28

5/29

5/30

5/31

6/1

Oregon Inlet

2

1

0

0

1

0

0

Cape Point*

6

3

6

6

6

4

4

South Beach

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

Hatteras Inlet

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Hatteras Overwash

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

N. Ocracoke

1

1

1

2

3

3

4

S. Ocracoke*

2

3

3

3

4

4

3

*Totals do not include chicks

 

PIPL Summary:  On Cape Point we have three broods and two active nests and on South Beach we have one active nest.  On North Ocracoke we have one active nest.  On South Point we have one brood and two active nests.  One nest on South Point was depredated by ghost crabs 5/25 - 5/27.  Scraping continues to be documented on South Point. 

 

Nest #

Location

Date Found

Hatch Date

(lost)

Total Eggs Hatched

Unfledged Chicks

Chicks Lost

Fledged Chicks

HI01

Cape Point

4/15

5/15

1

1

NA

NA

HI02

Cape Point

4/18

5/18

4

3

1

NA

HI04

Cape Point

4/27

5/23

3

3

NA

NA

HI05

Cape Point

5/5

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

HI06

Cape Point

5/8

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

HI07

South Beach

5/10

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

OI01

South Point

4/28

5/27

4

1

3

NA

OI02

South Point

5/6

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

OI03

South Point

5/9

5/27

NA

NA

NA

NA

OI04

North Ocracoke

5/16

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

OI05

South Point

5/29

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

 

 

Wilson’s Plover (WIPL) Summary: We currently have one active WIPL nest on South Point.

 

Nest #

Location

Date Found

Hatch Date

Total Eggs Hatched

Unfledged Chicks

Chicks Lost

Fledged Chicks

WIPL OI01

South Point

4/30

6/1

UNK*

UNK

UNK

NA

*Eggs missing and no chicks have been observed on 6/2.

 

American Oystercatcher (AMOY) Summary:  We currently have twelve AMOY broods and eight active AMOY nests.  Bodie-Hatteras District has three AMOY broods, two active nests.  The two pairs that lost their chicks are actively scraping.  Hatteras District has five AMOY broods and five active nests.  Ocracoke has four AMOY broods, one active nest and one pair on a scrape territory.

 

Nest #

Pair #

Location

Date Found

Hatch Date

(Loss Date)

Total Eggs Hatched

Unfledged Chicks

Chicks Lost

Fledged Chicks

GI01A

GIAM01

Bodie-Hatteras

4/22

5/17

2

2

NA

NA

GI02

GIAM02

Bodie-Hatteras

4/29

UNK

2

2

NA

NA

BH01

BHAM01

Bodie-Hatteras

4/21

5/20

2

0

2

0

BH02

BHAM02

Bodie-Hatteras

4/22

5/20

3

3

NA

NA

BH03

BHAM03

Bodie-Hatteras

4/23

5/23

1

0

1

0

BH04

BHAM04

Bodie-Hatteras

5/5

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

BI01

BIAM01

Bodie-Hatteras

5/26

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

HI01

HIAM01

Hatteras 

4/15

5/15

1

1

NA

NA

HI02

HIAM02

Hatteras

4/18

5/14

2

2

NA

NA

HI03

HIAM03

Hatteras

4/19

5/18

3

2

1

NA

HI04

HIAM04

Hatteras

4/21

5/22

3

1

2

NA

HI05

HIAM05

Hatteras

4/24

5/23

2

2

NA

NA

HI07

HIAM07

Hatteras

5/2

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

HI08

HIAM08

Hatteras

5/7

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

HI09

HIAM09

Hatteras

5/14

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

HI10

HIAM10

Hatteras

5/16

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

HI11

HIAM06

Hatteras

5/20

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

OI01

OIAM01

Ocracoke

4/18

5/18

3

2

1

NA

OI02

OIAM02

Ocracoke

4/23

5/22

3

3

NA

NA

OI04

OIAM04

Ocracoke

4/30

5/27

3

3

NA

NA

OI03A

OIAM03

Ocracoke

5/2

5/28

2

2

NA

NA

OI05

OIAM05

Ocracoke

5/8

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

 

 

Colonial Waterbirds (CWBs): LETEs, COTEs and BLSKs have been observed in and near historic colony locations.  In the Bodie-Hatteras District one mixed colony (LETE, COTE) has formed on Bodie Spit, another mixed colony (COTE, BLSK) has formed on Green Island, and five LETE colonies have been documented between Ramps 23 and 30.  Five active LETE colonies have been documented in Hatteras District.  One mixed colony is active on North Ocracoke.  One LETE colony and one mixed colony have been documented on South Point.

 

 

District

Colony ID

Location

Species

Active

Comments

Bodie

BICO01 

Bodie Spit

LETE, COTE

Yes

Scrapes, nests, and LETE chicks.  Chicks disappeared soon after hatching.

GICO01

Green Island

COTE,BLSK

Yes

Scrapes and nests

Bodie-Hatteras

BHCO01A

0.1 mi S of R27

LETE

No

Colony no longer active-thought to have shifted south.

BHCO01B

0.7 mi S of R27

LETE

Yes

Scrapes and nests

BHCO02

0.2 mi N of R23

LETE

Yes

Scrapes and nests

BHCO03

1.5 mi S of R23

LETE

Yes

Scrapes and nests

BHCO04

0.1 mi N of R27

LETE

Yes

Scrapes and nests

Hatteras

 HICO01

Cape Point

LETE

Yes

Scrapes, nests, and chicks

HICO02

1.9 mi S R38

LETE

Yes

Scrapes and nests

HICO03

South Beach

LETE

Yes

Scrapes and nests

HICO04

1.0 mi S R38

LETE

Yes

Scrapes and nests

HICO05

2.5 mi S R38

LETE

Yes

Scrapes and nests

Ocracoke

 OICO01

North Ocracoke

LETE, COTE, BLSK, GBTE

Yes

Scrapes, nests, and LETE chicks.

OICO02

South Point

LETE, BLSK

Yes

Scrapes, nests,  and LETE chicks

OICO03

Ocracoke Spit

LETE

Yes

Scrapes and nests

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sea Turtle Nests & False Crawls (this week):

 

District

Date

Species

Activity Type
(Nest or False Crawl)

Location

Bodie

 

 

None 

 

 

5/27

Loggerhead

Nest

1.3 mi N of R23

Bodie-Hatteras

 6/1

Loggerhead 

False Crawl

 1.4 mi S of R23

6/1

Loggerhead 

False Crawl

3.3 mi N of R23

6/1

Loggerhead 

Nest

1.3 mi N of R23

6/1

Loggerhead 

Nest

3.0 mi N of R23

Hatteras

5/29

Loggerhead

Nest

0.2 mi N of R34

6/1

Loggerhead

Nest

2.7 mi S R49

6/1

Loggerhead

Nest

0.3 mi S R49

Ocracoke

   

None

 

 

Sea Turtle Nest & False Crawl Summary:

 

Total Nests to Date

Active Nests

Total Nests Hatched

Total False Crawls

8

8

0

4

 

Sea Turtle Strandings:

 

District

Date

Species

Stranding Location

Bodie

 

None

 

Bodie-Hatteras

 

None

 

Hatteras

5/28

Loggerhead

0.6 mi S of R55

5/28

Loggerhead

Pamlico Sound

5/28

Unidentified

Pamlico Sound

5/29

Loggerhead

1.3 mi N of R55

5/30

Kemp’s ridley

0.2 mi E of R45

Ocracoke

 

None

 

 

Marine Mammal Strandings: None

 

Closures – additions/modifications/removals:

 

District/
Closure #

Location

Species

Date Installed

(or Removed)

Bodie

     

BI-11-001-D

0.8 mi S of R4

COTE/LETE

5/31

Bodie-Hatteras

   

 

 

None

   

Hatteras

 

 

 

 

None

   

Ocracoke

 

 

 

OI-11-002-F

0.3 mi S of R72

PIPL

5/28

OI-11-004-C

2.7 mi S of R59

AMOY

5/28

OI-11-005-D

0.8 mi S of R68

AMOY

5/28

OI-11-004-D

2.6 mi S of R59

AMOY

6/1

 

Closure Intrusions:

 

District

Date

Type of Intrusion

Comments

Bodie

5/28

Dog

Unleashed dog ran 500 ft into the Bodie Spit closure.

Bodie-Hatteras

5/29

Pedestrian, Dog

One set of bare foot prints and dog tracks entered the closure 0.2 mi N of R23, went 50 ft and then exited the closure.

5/29

Pedestrian

Two sets of bare foot prints extend throughout the closure 1.4 mi S of R23.

5/29

Pedestrian

Seven sets of bare foot prints extend throughout the closure just N of R27.

5/29

Pedestrian

Three sets of bare foot prints entered the closure 0.1 mi S of R27 mid-beach and extended ~300 ft into the closure then exited.

5/31

Pedestrian

Multiple bare foot prints extended throughout closure 0.2 mi N of R23

5/31

Pedestrian

Two sets of bare foot prints entered the closure just N of R27, mid-beach and extended ~500 ft into closure, then exited by the water line.

Hatteras

5/28

Dog

Dog tracks observed in the AMOY/LETE closure 1.9 mi S R38.

5/28

Pedestrian

Seven sets of footprints traveling down Ramp 44 (past closure signs) down to shoreline then back out.

5/28

Pedestrian

Two pedestrians walking inside Cape Point closure through dunes in PIPL foraging habitat.

5/29

Pedestrian/Dog

Thirteen sets of footprints entering and leaving the backshore closure on South Beach to go to the bathroom.

5/30

Pedestrian

Jogger observed in closure 2.5 mi S of R38.

5/30

Pedestrian

Three pedestrians walking along foreshore of Hook from R45 towards Cape Point.

5/30

Pedestrian

Two sets of footprints from tip of Cape Point towards R45

6/1

Pedestrian, Dog

Pedestrian and dog tracks through SW corner of LETE colony 1.0 mi S R38

Ocracoke

5/29

Pedestrian

One pedestrian walking through AMOY closure with chicks 0.6 mi S of R68

5/29

Pedestrian

One pedestrian walking through North Ocracoke closure 0.1 mi N of R59

5/31

Pedestrians, Dog

Two pedestrians and one dog off leash walking through the AMOY closure with chicks 2.8 mi S of R59

5/31

Pedestrian

One pedestrian walking through the AMOY closure with chicks 2.8 mi S of R59

 

Deliberate Violations: None

 
Thursday, 26 May 2011 12:20

 

 

Ramp by Ramp open access for ORV traffic (Updated 5-26-2011)

(Bodie Island Total-3.2 miles open)     

Ramp 2 North-       (Seasonal Closure)                                    CLOSED

Ramp 2 to Ramp 4 (Coquina Bch Area)(Ramp2 will seasonal close 5/15/2011)     2.4 miles open      

Ramp 4 – South Oregon Inlet (Bodie Island Spit)        0.8miles open

(Hatteras Total – 13.85 miles open

Rodanthe-Waves – Salvo Villages to Ramp 23                             0.1 miles open

Ramp 23 South                                                      1.4 miles open      

Ramp 27 North                                                             0.1 miles open

Ramp 27 South                                                      0.1 miles open

Ramp 30 North                                                             0.5 miles open      

Ramp 30 South to Ramp 34                                     4.3 miles open             

Ramp 34 South                                                      0.2 miles open

Ramp 38 North                                                      0.05 miles open

Ramp 38 South                                                      0.9 miles open

Ramp 43 North                                                             0.4 miles open

Ramp 43-South                                                      0.1 miles open

Ramp 44 –                                                            CLOSED

From Closure to Cape Point Tip–West on South Beach CLOSED

Ramp 45 Cul-da-sac                                                      0.5 miles open

Ramp 49 East                                                        1.9 miles open

Ramp 49 West to Frisco Village Line                          1.2 miles open

Ramp 55 East                                                        0.1 miles open

Ramp 55 West                     beach shoreline             2.0 miles open

Ramp 55 Interdunal (Pole) Road with small sound-side access behind Coast Guard Base and CABLE CROSSING Road (This is not beach access but soundside access and should not be included in ORV beach access number of miles)
Ocracoke Total – 5.9 miles open

Ramp 59 North                                                      0.1 miles open

Ramp 59 South                                                      1.0 miles open

Ramp 67 North                                                             1.1 miles open

Ramp 67 South                                                      0.5 miles open

Ramp 68 South                                                      0.5 miles open

Ramp 70 North                                                             0.4 miles open

Ramp 70 - Ramp 72                                                1.8 miles open

Ramp 72 South                                                      0.6 miles open

These are rough numbers only.  Some of these miles are too narrow to drive safely. I have calculated these miles from NPS access report and NPS Google Earth Map which do not match.                                             

 

 
Thursday, 26 May 2011 12:12

National Park Service Beach Access Report for May 26, 2011

                FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  May 26, 2011

                CONTACT: 252-473-2111, ext. 148

 

Cape Hatteras National Seashore beaches are being managed under the terms of the U.S. District Court approved consent decree.  Park visitors can expect to see resource closures for breeding shorebirds in effect to varying degrees from mid-March to mid-to-late-August and sea turtle nesting closures may occur until early November.  Shorebird pre-nesting closures have already been established at the inlets, Cape Point, and South Beach.  As soon as subsequent breeding activity is observed, the consent decree requires that automatic, non-discretionary buffers be implemented.  

 

As of May 1, 2011, all Seashore beaches are closed to off-road vehicles between the hours of 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. in accordance with the court-ordered consent decree.  The 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. prohibition on beach driving will remain in effect until November 15, 2011.

 

In addition, the annual seasonal closure of village beaches to off-road vehicle (ORV) use within the National Seashore went into effect at 6:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 15, 2011.  The beach driving speed limit is reduced from 25 mph to 15 mph in all locations open to ORV use, unless otherwise posted, from May 15 – September 15.  The ORV closures are established in village beach areas that receive heavy pedestrian use, including areas adjacent to Coquina Beach and the villages of Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands.

 

The Beach Access Report is issued every Thursday throughout the breeding season, and updated news will be reported weekly in bold, BLUE print.  *All distances are approximate. The mileage is determined on a weekly basis using GIS data and is divided geographically by island this year.  The weekly Beach Access Report is complemented by a Google Earth map, which is updated up to 5 times per week as access conditions change.  The latest Google Earth beach access map can be viewed at:  http://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/googleearthmap.htm.  For more information, check the National Seashore’s website at:  http://www.nps.gov.

 

Note:  Closure conditions may change in the field on short notice.  On-site signage, rather than the Beach Access Report or Google Earth map, is the most accurate and current indication of what is open or closed to the public.  Closed areas are clearly marked in the field with “symbolic fencing” consisting of wooden or carsonite posts, closure signs, string, and flagging tape.  Knowledge of tidal changes and caution should be exercised while traveling the beaches of the park.  Pets are strictly prohibited in resource protection areas.  Elsewhere, pets must be physically restrained at all time on a leash not exceeding 6 feet in length.  For more information, please contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 252-473-2111, ext. 148.

 

Bodie Island  (Ramp 1 to Oregon Inlet; 6.0 miles of ocean shoreline)

Mileage Summary:  3.1 miles open to ORVs and pedestrians;  1.3 miles open to pedestrians only;  0.7 of a mile of limited access;  0.9 of a mile closed to public access due to resource closures.  Note: Green Island, southwest of Oregon Inlet bridge, is closed to public entry.

 

 

 

Ramp 1 - Ramp 2 (Coquina Beach Area)   (1.2 miles)

Status:  The beach is open for pedestrian access, but not for ORV access.

 

Ramp 2 - Ramp 4   (2.4 miles)

Status:  Ramp 2 is closed for ORV access.  North of Ramp 4, the beach is open for ORV and pedestrian access for approximately 2.4 miles.

 

Ramp 4 – Oregon Inlet   (Bodie Island Spit: 2.0 miles)

Status:  The beach is open for ORV and pedestrian access for 0.8 of a mile south Ramp 4.  A resource closure on the ocean shoreline precludes ORV and pedestrian access to Oregon Inlet.  South of the closure there are two “limited access” areas (south of the resource closure to the inlet and along the western shoreline near the bridge) for a total of approximately 0.7 of a mile for pedestrian only, accessible by boat. 

 

Hatteras Island (Ramp 23 South to Hatteras Inlet; 42.8 miles of ocean shoreline)

Mileage Summary:  15.2 miles open to ORVs and pedestrians;  17.6 miles open to pedestrians only;  2.4 miles of “limited access”;  7.6 miles closed to public access due to resource closures.

 

Villages of Rodanthe, Waves, and Salvo - Ramp 23:  (Pea Island NWR boundary to Ramp 23 – 3.0 miles)

Status:  The beach in front of the villages of Rodanthe, Waves and Salvo is closed to ORV access.  The annual seasonal village closure is in effect from May 15 through September 15, 2011.  The beach in front of the villages is open for pedestrian access for 3.0 miles.  A resource closure located 0.1 of a mile north of Ramp 23 precludes ORV access to the north.

 

Ramp 23 - Ramp 27:  (4.3 miles)

Status:  The beach is open to ORV and pedestrian access for 1.4 miles south of Ramp 23 and 0.1 miles north of Ramp 27.

 

Ramp 27 - Ramp 30:  (2.1 miles)

Status:  The beach is open to ORV and pedestrian access for 0.1 miles south of Ramp 27 and 0.5 miles north of Ramp 30.  There is no “limited access” open between the resource closures.

 

Ramp 30 - Ramp 34:  (4.3 miles)

Status:  The beach is open for ORV and pedestrian access for 4.3 miles between Ramp 30 and Ramp 34.

 

Ramp 34 - Ramp 38:  (3.9 miles)

Status:  The beach in front of Avon Village is closed to ORV access.  The annual seasonal village closure is in effect from May 15 through September 15, 2011.  The beach in front of Avon Village is open for pedestrian access for 3.9 miles.

 

Ramp 38 - Ramp 43:  (6.0 miles)

Status:  The beach is open to ORV and pedestrian access for 0.9 of a mile south of Ramp 38 and 0.4 of a mile north of Ramp 43.  There is pedestrian access 1.0 mile north of Buxton Village and from Buxton Village beaches south for approximately 2.8 miles to Ramp 43.

 

Ramp 43 - Ramp 44:   (0.4 of a mile)

Status:  The beach is open for 0.1 of a mile south of Ramp 43.

 

Ramp 44 - Ramp 45:  (Ramp 44 to tip of Cape Point: 3.4 miles)

Status:  Ramp 44 is closed.  Cape Point is closed to ORV and pedestrian access.  The Interdunal Road and Ramp 45 are open to ORV and pedestrian access.  Salt Pond Road is closed.

 

Ramp 45 - Ramp 49:  (South Beach: 3.4 miles)

Status:  Ramp 45 is open.  There is ORV and pedestrian access for 0.2 of a mile east and 0.3 of a mile west of Ramp 45.  There is no through access between Ramp 45 and Ramp 49.

 

Ramp 49 - Ramp 55:  (5.9 miles; includes Sandy Bay soundside parking area)

Status:  The beach is open to ORV and pedestrian use for 1.9 miles northeast and 1.2 miles south of Ramp 49.  There is pedestrian, but not ORV, access from the Frisco village line to 0.1 of a mile east of Ramp 55.

 

Ramp 55 - Hatteras Inlet:  (Hatteras Inlet Spit: 2.2 miles)

StatusORV and pedestrian access is open along the ocean shoreline from Ramp 55 south/west for 2.0 miles.  The Pole Road is open to ORV and pedestrians with a slight re-route leading to the beach due to an expanded closure.  The Spur Road is closed to pedestrian and ORV access.  Cable Crossing is open with limited parking for ORVs and soundside access for pedestrians.

 

Ocracoke Island  (20.5 miles of ocean shoreline)

Mileage Summary6.2 miles open to ORVs and pedestrians;  7.3 miles open to pedestrians only;  7.0 miles closed to public access due to resource closures.

 

Hatteras Inlet (North Ocracoke Spit) to Ramp 59:  (1.4 miles)

Status:  The beach is open to ORV and pedestrian access for 0.1 of a mile north of Ramp 59 where a resource protection closure precludes northern inlet access.

 

Ramp 59 - Ramp 67:  (7.8 miles)

StatusThe beach is open for ORV and pedestrian access for 1.0 of a mile south of Ramp 59 and 1.1 miles north of Ramp 67 where two full beach closures preclude through ORV and through pedestrian access.  A total of approximately 5.8 miles of pedestrian access (via NC 12) is located between the two closures.

 

Ramp 67 - Ramp 70 (includes Ramp 68):  (3.9 miles; includes Ramp 68)

Status:  The beach is open for ORV and pedestrian access for 1.2 miles between Ramp 67 and Ramp 68.  The beach is open for ORV and pedestrian access for 0.5 of a mile south of Ramp 68 and 1.8 miles north of Ramp 70 where a resource protection closure precludes through access.

 

Ramp 70 - Ramp 72:  (1.8 miles)

Status:  The beach is open to ORV and pedestrian access.

 

Ramp 72 to South Point:   (2.6 miles)

Status:  The beach is open to ORV and pedestrian access for 0.6 of a mile south of Ramp 72 where a resource protection closure precludes access to the inlet.  

 

 

Temporary resource protection areas are necessary to protect threatened and endangered species and species of concern including piping plovers, American oystercatchers, colonial waterbirds (3 species of terns and black skimmers), and sea turtles.  Posted areas are closed to vehicles, pedestrians, and pets.

 

-NPS-

 
Saturday, 21 May 2011 11:14

Ramp by Ramp open access for ORV traffic (Updated 5-19-2011)

(Bodie Island Total-3.2 miles open)     

Ramp 2 North-       (Seasonal Closure)                                    CLOSED

Ramp 2 to Ramp 4 (Coquina Bch Area)(Ramp2 will seasonal close 5/15/2011)     2.4 miles open      

Ramp 4 – South Oregon Inlet (Bodie Island Spit)        0.8miles open

(Hatteras Total – 16.55 miles open

Rodanthe-Waves – Salvo Villages to Ramp 23                             0.1 miles open

Ramp 23 South                                                      1.4 miles open      

Ramp 27 North                                                             2.6 miles open

Ramp 27 South                                                      0.1 miles open

Ramp 30 North                                                             0.5 miles open      

Ramp 30 South to Ramp 34                                     4.3 miles open             

Ramp 34 South                                                      0.2 miles open

Ramp 38 North                                                      0.05 miles open

Ramp 38 South                                                      0.9 miles open

Ramp 43 North                                                             0.4 miles open

Ramp 43-South                                                      0.1 miles open

Ramp 44 –                                                            CLOSED

From Closure to Cape Point Tip–West on South Beach CLOSED

Ramp 45 Cul-da-sac                                                      0.5 miles open

Ramp 49 East                                                        1.9 miles open

Ramp 49 West to Frisco Village Line                          1.2 miles open

Ramp 55 East                                                        0.1 miles open

Ramp 55 West                     beach shoreline             2.2 miles open

Ramp 55 Interdunal (Pole) Road with small sound-side access behind Coast Guard Base and CABLE CROSSING Road (This is not beach access but soundside access and should not be included in ORV beach access number of miles)
Ocracoke Total – 5.3 miles open

Ramp 59 North                                                      0.1 miles open

Ramp 59 South                                                      0.3 miles open

Ramp 67 North                                                             1.1 miles open

Ramp 67 South                                                      0.5 miles open

Ramp 68 South                                                      0.5 miles open

Ramp 70 North                                                             0.4 miles open

Ramp 70 - Ramp 72                                                1.8 miles open

Ramp 72 South                                                      0.6 miles open

These are rough numbers only.  Some of these miles are too narrow to drive safely. I have calculated these miles from NPS access report and NPS Google Earth Map which do not match.                                             

 
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