The Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CHNS) announced several recent updates and news items related to recreational activities and seashore conditions on Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands.
News items and events related to the National Seashore for the week of April 8 include the following:
- Cape Point and Frisco campgrounds opened for the season last Saturday. Reservations and payments for campsites at Oregon Inlet, Cape Point, Frisco, and Ocracoke campgrounds must be made online at http://www.recreation.gov.
The Bodie Island Lighthouse will be open for climbing from Wednesday, April 27 through early fall. A limited climbing season at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse may be possible this summer but potential dates have not been finalized. Read the April 7 news release for more details.
- Educational programs at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial begin on Sunday, April 24. Program information will be available soon on park websites and in future issues of the Cape Chronicle newsletter.
- Cape Hatteras National Seashore and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site are hosting several Park Day events tomorrow. April 9. Read the March 28 news release for full details.
- The first American oystercatcher nest of the season was found at the south end of Ocracoke Island. Breeding pairs of birds started arriving on Cape Hatteras beaches last month and nesting activities are expected to increase over the coming weeks.
- Businesses that are interested in providing commercial services at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial can apply to do so through an easy Commercial Use Authorization application process.
- Cape Hatteras National Seashore’s resource management field summary webpage is updated weekly through the end of the shorebird and sea turtle nesting seasons.
- For current Cape Hatteras National Seashore beach access information, go to go.nps.gov/beachaccess.
- The National Weather Service will begin to forecast beach hazards and conditions next Friday. When it comes to dangerous rip currents and storms, it is always important to #KnowBeforeYouGo. Text OBXBeachConditions to 77295 to sign up for beach-related weather and ocean condition alerts. Learn about beach and ocean safety at www.lovethebeachrespecttheocean.com.