August 28, 2008

Fishing Spot Reopens to Off-Road Vehicles

The Virginian-Pilot

Bodie Island Spit at Oregon Inlet reopened on Wednesday to off- road vehicles, just in time for the Labor Day weekend.

The area, one of the most popular ORV fishing spots in Cape Hatteras National Seashore, has been closed to beach drivers and pedestrians for much of the summer to protect nesting shorebirds as required in a legal agreement.

The ocean shoreline is open from Ramp 4 south for 2.1 miles to Oregon Inlet and from Ramp 4 north for 2.1 miles, according to the National Park Service. Nighttime driving is prohibited from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Cape Point, South Beach, Hatteras Inlet and South and North points on Ocracoke Island - other favorite ORV beaches - also have been reopened in recent weeks.

Sea turtle nesting season is under way, but beach closures for that are typically smaller than those for bird nests. The turtle season ends in November.

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