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NPS Beach Access Report for July 1, 2010
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National Park Service Beach Access Report for July 1, 2010
            FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  July 1, 2010
            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 were established at the inlets, Cape Point, and South Beach in
   March.  As soon as subsequent breeding activity is observed, the consent
   decree requires that automatic, non-discretionary buffers be
   implemented.

   As of July 1, 2010, of the constantly changing, fluctuating estimated 68
   miles of ocean shoreline within Cape Hatteras National Seashore,
   approximately 24.2 miles of ocean shoreline is open to ORV and
   pedestrian access;  approximately 27.1 miles of ocean shoreline is open
   to pedestrian only access;  approximately 2.7 miles of ocean shoreline
   is considered “limited access” (areas that are open but may require
   hiking off-trail to access;  and approximately 15.1 miles of ocean
   shoreline are temporarily closed to all public access due to shorebird
   resource protection areas.  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.

   As of May 1, 2010, 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, 2010.

   The annual seasonal closures of village beaches to off-road vehicle
   (ORV) use within the National Seashore went into effect at 6:00 a.m. on
   Saturday, May 15, 2010.  Beach driving speed limits are reduced to 15
   mph in all locations open to ORV use, unless otherwise posted, from May
   15 through 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 will briefly summarize the current status of access in each
   section of the Seashore listed below.  Updated news will be reported
   weekly in bold, BLUE print.

   Note:  *All distances are approximate. The mileage is determined on a
   weekly basis using GIS data and is divided geographically by island this
   year.  Closure conditions may change in the field on short notice.
   On-site signage, rather than the Beach Access Report or the 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; 5.7 miles of shoreline)
   Mileage Summary: 3.1 miles open to ORVs and pedestrians; 1.3 miles open
   to pedestrians only; 0.6 miles of limited access; 0.7 miles closed to
   public access due to resource closures.

   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 open for pedestrian access, but not for ORV access.
   From Ramp 4 north, the beach is open for ORV and pedestrian access for
   approximately 2.4 miles.

   Ramp 4 – Oregon Inlet   (Bodie Island Spit: 2.1 miles)
   Status:  The beach is open for ORV and pedestrian access 0.8 of a mile
   south of Ramp 4, where a resource protection area precludes through
   access to the inlet.

   Hatteras Island (Village of Rodanthe south to Hatteras Inlet; 42.8 miles
   of shoreline)
   Mileage Summary:  16.2 miles open to ORVs and pedestrians; 17.1 miles
   open to pedestrians only;  1.1 miles of limited access miles;  8.4 miles
   closed to public access due to resource closures.

   Villages of Rodanthe, Waves, and Salvo - Ramp 23:  (Pea Island NWR
boundary to Ramp 23 – 5.3 miles)
   Status:  The beach is open for pedestrian access, but not for ORV access
   in front of the villages of Rodanthe, Waves, and Salvo.  There is
   pedestrian access for 5.3 miles.

   Ramp 23 - Ramp 27:  (4.3 miles)
   Status:  Ramp 23 is closed to ORV and pedestrian access.  A resource
   closure extends from the Salvo Village boundary south of Ramp 23 and
   precludes ORV and pedestrian access.  There is approximately 2.6 miles
   of ocean shoreline open for ORV and pedestrian access north of Ramp 27.

   Ramp 27 - Ramp 30:  (2.0 miles)
   Status:  The beach is open to ORV and pedestrian access at Ramp 27.
   There is a resource protection 0.01 of a mile south of Ramp 27 that
   precludes through access for ORVs and pedestrians.  The beach is open
   for ORV and pedestrian access for approximately 0.5 of a mile north of
   Ramp 30.

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

   Ramp 34 - Ramp 38:  (3.9 miles)
   Status:  The beach is open for ORV access for approximately 0.4 of a
   mile south of Ramp 34.  The beach in front of Avon Village is open for
   pedestrian access, but not for ORV access. There is pedestrian access
   for 3.9 miles.

   Ramp 38 - Ramp 43:  (6.0 miles; includes the Haulover soundside & Buxton
   Village)
   Status:  The beach is open to ORV and pedestrian access for 1.0 of a
   mile south of Ramp 38, where a resource protection closure precludes
   through access.  Pedestrian access is open for approx. 1.0 mile north of
   the Buxton Village boundary.  From Ramp 43 north, the beach is open to
   ORV and pedestrian access for 0.4 of a mile.

   Ramp 43 - Ramp 44:   (0.4 of a mile)
   Status:  The beach is open for ORV and pedestrian access.

   Ramp 44 - Ramp 45:  (Ramp 44 to tip of Cape Point: 1.0 miles; Cape Point
   tip to Ramp 45: 1.4 miles)
   Status:  Ramp 44 is open and there is ORV and pedestrian access south
   for approximately 100 meters.  There is no ORV or pedestrian access to
   the “hook”, which is temporarily closed.  Salt Pond Road is closed.

   Ramp 45 - Ramp 49:  (South Beach: 3.4 miles)
   Status:  Ramp 45 is closed to ORV and pedestrian access.  There is ORV
   and pedestrian access east of Ramp 49 for 2.0 miles.

   Ramp 49 - Ramp 55:  (5.9 miles; includes Frisco and Hatteras Village)
   Status:  The beach is open to ORV and pedestrian use north of Ramp 49
   and south of Ramp 49 for 1.2 miles to the Frisco Village line.  There is
   pedestrian, but not ORV, access from the Frisco village line to 0.1 of a
   mile east of Ramp 55.  In Sandy Bay Day Use area, a resource protection
   closure was removed opening 0.5 of a mile soundside pedestrian access
   adjacent to NC 12.

   Ramp 55 - Hatteras Inlet:  (Hatteras Inlet Spit: 2.6 miles)
   Status:  ORV and pedestrian access is open along the ocean shoreline
   from Ramp 55 south/west for 1.9 miles.  The Pole Road is open to ORV and
   pedestrians from Ramp 55 to the north end of the Isabel overwash area
   where traffic is routed onto the beach due to a pre-nesting protection
   area.  Cable Crossing area is accessible from the Pole Road for
   pedestrian and ORV sound shoreline access.  The Spur Road is closed.
   There is currently no ORV or pedestrian access to the inlet.

  Ocracoke Island  (19.9 miles of shoreline)
   Mileage Summary: 4.9 miles open to ORVs and pedestrians; 8.7 miles open
   to pedestrians only; 0.2 limited access miles; 6.1 miles closed to
   public access due to resource closures.

  Hatteras Inlet (North Ocracoke Spit) to Ramp 59:  (1.3 miles)
  Status:  Ramp 59 is closed to ORV access but open to pedestrian access.
  There is pedestrian access approximately 0.3 of a mile north of Ramp 59.
  A resource protection closure precludes access for ORV and pedestrians to
  the north end and the inlet.

  Ramp 59 - Ramp 67:  (7.8 miles)
  Status:  The beach is open for pedestrian access for approximately 2.3
  miles south of Ramp 59 and for approximately 1.6 of a mile north and
  south of Ramp 67.  There is no through ORV access between these two
  ramps.

  Ramp 67 - Ramp 70 (includes Ramp 68):  (3.8 miles; includes Ramp 68)
  Status:  The beach is open for ORV and pedestrian access for 0.6 of a
  mile south of Ramp 67.  A resource protection closure was removed in this
  area which opened 1.1 miles of ORV access.  A resource protection area
  located 0.6 of a mile south of Ramp 68 precludes through access for ORV
  and pedestrians to Ramp 70.  The beach in front of the Ocracoke
  Campground and the Ocracoke Day Use area is open for pedestrian access,
  but not for ORV 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 on the ocean
  shoreline for approximately 0.4 of a mile south of Ramp 72.  A resource
  protection closure precludes through access for ORV and pedestrians 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.

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