ORV Beach Driving Regulations (UPDATED)

Our ORVs out on the Beach at OcracokeCharles L submitted some information regarding proposed off-road vehicle (ORV) Regulations that are beginning the Negotiated Rulemaking policy dictated by the National Park Service (NPS). This is an important issue for continued future beach driving access privileges. We in the Hatteras windsurfing/wavesailing community are especially keen given that many spots are only accessible via 4WD vehicles. Access to prime wave breaks, our gear, and this time of year, warmth of a vehicle is quite important.
See the following NPS online workbook (note post comment from BOBXNC for how to download and open the file) for detail regarding options and submitting your input on the issue.

UPDATE (01/05/2008):
Additional information can be found at the following links provided by an informed post commenter:
- Red Drum Fishing Forum
- OBX Connection Forum
- Hatteras Island Fishing Militia Forum
- Outer Banks Preservation Association
- National Park Service Planning


At 4:09 PM, Blogger BOBXNC said...

Thanks for the heads up.
NOTE to other readers. I had a problem opening the notebook. I finally got the notebook open using the following steps.
1.Right Click on the Notebook Link
2.Select "Save Link As"
3. Download file (I got one named savefile.cfm)
4. Rename file with the Adobe Acrobat extension (replace the .cfm with .pdf)
5 Open the file with Acrobat Reader.

Hope this help.

At 4:15 PM, Blogger Charles said...


Thanks for adding this to your Blog. The link takes you to a lengthy survey with over 20 pages of questions. I think it is important to fill this out and send it back to the NPS. Remember they need your name and address, anonymous surveys are not counted. Especially important are questions 6.B.4 which asks if Kiteboarding should be banned from the oceanside across from resource closures, ie. no downwinding infront of the villages, turtle closures, etc. question 6.G.3 is another chance to get Kiteboarding banned from the Point and Spit area. Question 8.C.1 asks if we want to close kite point and just expand the parking lot at Canadian Hole. Out of about 100 questions concerning beach access at Cape Hatteras a few of them could pertain to us. Please look at this, fill it out and make your opinion count.

At 2:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can follow this issue in a number of places, http://www.reddrumtackle.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?s=&forumid=7, http://www.obxconnection.com/forum/forum.asp?FID=10, http://fishmilitia.com/forum/forum_topics.asp?FID=12, to name a few. You can also get information from


At present, the NPS plans to make the 80 (not 20) page workbook available as a word document that can be saved so you can work on it piecemeal. The word is they also plan to extend the deadline for submission to 2/15.

You can follow this at


At 10:23 PM, Blogger Keith said...

typical park service.. they can't even post a damn pdf right.. when you do get it going.. then they set it up so you can't save your work..complete bozo's or pure genuis (make it as hard as possible for the average guy to fill our the form.) ..on the recent lawsuit.... has it occurred to anyone that the damn birds just stayed up north? cause it was so hot down here.. i read a report that said Piping plover populations actually INCREASED on cape cod this summer! gee.. lower population here.. higher population there.. hummm...well...duhhh. anyways..thanks for putting it all on the blog bill! -Keith


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