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Beach Access Update

March 29, 2012

On Ocracoke Island: the pedestrian shoreline access area adjacent to (seaward of) the prenesting area west of Ramp 68 and east of Ramp 70 is closed to pedestrians due to American oystercatcher breeding activity inside the prenesting area.  Ramp 68 and Ramp 70 remain open for ORV and pedestrian access.

In the Cape Point area: the pedestrian shoreline access area adjacent to (seaward of) the prenesting area south of Ramp 43 and north of Ramp 44 is closed to pedestrians due to American oystercatcher breeding activity inside the prenesting area.  Ramp 43 and Ramp 44 remain open for ORV and pedestrian access.

Hatteras Inlet:  The prenesting area has been modified due to American oystercatcher breeding activity observed outside the existing prenesting closure.  The extreme southern end of the Pole Road is temporarily closed to ORV use with limited parking for pedestrian access to The Rip and soundside shoreline by walking on the north side of the prenesting closure.

The pedestrian shoreline access area adjacent to (seaward of) the prenesting area at Hatteras Inlet is closed to pedestrians.  There is ocean shoreline pedestrian access northeast of the prenesting area.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Cyndy M. Holda, NPS Public Affairs Specialist

252-473-2111 ext. 148, or cyndy_holda@nps.gov