federal government shutdown on Saturday morning at 12 a.m. resulted in
closures of all Cape Hatteras National Seashore visitors’ centers and
services, but the beaches remained open throughout the weekend.
doing everything we can to allow the public to utilize areas of the
park that don’t require staffing this time of year,” said David Hallac,
Cape Hatteras National Seashore Superintendent, in an earlier interview.
that during the last federal government shutdown in October 2013 there
were barricades put at the entrances of parking areas and ramps, there
was some understandable confusion about what would be accessible during
Here’s a look at what is open, and what is not, during the federal government shutdown.
What is Open and / or Available
- All oceanside and soundside parking areas in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CHNS) are open and accessible.
- All ORV ramps in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore are open and accessible.
- The Oregon Inlet Fishing Center is open.
- Printable permits for Beach Fires were available on the CHNS website as of Monday morning.
small number of staff - law enforcement personnel – have NOT been
furloughed during the shutdown and are patrolling the beaches and other
park service sites.
What is Not Open and / or Available
ORV permit purchases are not available at this time, either in-person
or online, as the recreation.gov website has been temporarily disabled.
for National Park Service campgrounds, (including Ocracoke, Frisco,
Cape Point and Oregon Inlet), are not available at this time.
- All visitors’ centers have been closed, which generally includes accompanying visitors’ amenities such as restrooms.
- The Wright Brothers National Memorial is closed.
- The Fort Raleigh National Historic Site is closed.
- Social media accounts and websites for the National Park Service will not be updated.
headway was made over the weekend by congress on a compromise spending
bill that would lift the government shutdown, however a key vote is
expected at noon on Monday to reopen the government and fund it for
The Island Free Press will continue to post updates on the shutdown as soon as they are available.