CHNS Rules, Regulation & Permits
RULES, REGULATIONS & SAFETY
The following information is provided by the National Park Service for the safety of visitors and the protection of wildlife in our delicate ecosystem. Outer Beaches adheres to all park service directives and encourages all guests to follow these regulations, have all necessary permits, and familiarize yourself with all safety information to ensure the best possible experience during your stay on Hatteras Island.
GENERAL RULES & REGULATIONS
The National Park Service off-road vehicle (ORV) management plan permits the use of vehicles on designated ORV routes (ocean and sound side routes) to help protect the park’s treasured resources. These ORV routes are generally marked with posts seaward of the toe of the dune or vegetation line to the high tide line. ORV routes through vegetated areas are posted on both sides of the route. Four-wheel-drive vehicles are recommended due to the soft and sandy conditions, but two-wheel drive vehicles are allowed. If a vehicle gets stuck commercial towing companies are available. National Park Service staff are not allowed to pull or tow stuck vehicles.
Two types of ORV permits are available: a 10-day permit and an annual permit valid for one year from date of purchase.
Rules and Regulations:
Contact Information: 252-475-9054
Enjoy your day fishing, just remember any person aged 16 and older who wants to fish recreationally in any water designated as coastal and joint waters of North Carolina must purchase a Coastal Recreational Fishing License (CRFL). This license can be purchased on a 10-day, annual or lifetime basis, or combined with a variety of licenses issued by the Wildlife Resources Commission (WRC). State of North Carolina fishing regulations may apply.
The natural beauty of Cape Hatteras National Seashore is a pleasure for everyone to enjoy. Help us preserve it by:
Numerous local tackle shops sell bait and fishing equipment, and are your best source for fishing information.
Beach fires require a permit and strict adherence to the regulations below.