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Wildlife Drive Closures and Tide Charts


 2016 Wildlife Drive Closures

The Refuge and our contractors have finalized dates for the first round of construction to make the Wildlife Drive more resilient to future storms. For the next six weeks or so repairs will be made to the dike at Turtle Cove (South Dike) and Dogleg (North Dike). Work to the Long Dike, the water control structure in the northeast corner and dike resurfacing will occur later in the summer and at this point are planned to be completed by the end of August 2016.

Beginning April 18th and until further notice: 

  • The Wildlife Dive will be CLOSED on weekdays until approximately 4:30pm and then OPEN to two-way traffic. Visitors will U-turn at the Turtle Cove observation platform on the South Dike and exit the way they entered.
  • Songbird trail will also be CLOSED on weekdays and reopen at approximately 4:30 and close at sunset.
  • The Wildlife Drive will be OPEN on weekends to two-way traffic. Visitors will U-turn at the Turtle Cove observation platform on the South Dike and exit the way they entered.
  • When the Drive is open, the construction zones will be fenced and off limits to visitors. Please refrain from entering any work areas even when construction workers are not present.
  • Please check our Facebook page regularly for updates as to the current status of the drive. We will post regular updates and any closure changes as soon as we know them.
  • If you have any questions, please contact Wildlife Biologist Marc Virgilio at Marc_Virgilio@fws.gov.
  • Lastly, during the first phase to repair Turtle Cove there will be NO FEES.
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  • Scott's Landing Boat Launch is open. Barnegat Observation Platform is open. The deCamp Wildlife Trail in Brick Township is open. Holgate is closed from April 1 through August 31.

Tide Chart

Shorebird fans should find this posting of monthly tide charts helpful. Shorebirds will be particularly visible in the tidal salt marsh when the tide recedes, as the muddy edges which are so attractive to them are exposed. Conversely, shorebirding in the Vogt Pool, also known as the west pool, can be better at high tide. Please note that water depths will vary depending on various weather conditions.

Visit the Tide Chart, run by the University of South Carolina.

Please add one hour to all tide times for the waters surrounding the Wildlife Drive.

Last Updated: Apr 25, 2016
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