Cape Point will reopen to vehicles on Sunday, Aug. 30
By IRENE NOLAN
National Park Service has announced that it will reopen Cape Point to
off-road vehicles on Sunday, Aug. 30, after a closure of almost five
The "closed" signs may be removed by the time the beaches open to
vehicles at 7 a.m. on Sunday, but it could be later in the morning
before rangers can clear the area. Be sure to check signage
before driving to the Point.
Cape Point has been closed to ORVs since April 7 to protect nesting
shorebirds, including piping plovers and American oystercatchers, and
The Point was reopened to pedestrians on Aug. 17, but remained closed
to vehicles because of a single oystercatcher chick that had fledged
but still needed protections.
American oystercatcher chicks are considered fledged when they are
observed flying for 30 meters. However, park biologists explain
that the chicks are large and awkward, so the park's wildlife buffer
rules call for an extra two weeks to be sure the chick is flying
competently before the area is open to vehicles.
Last year, Cape Point closed on April 2 and did not reopen until Aug.
26, which was at that time the latest reopening date for the area since
the ORV plan became effective.