This map shows areas temporarily closed to provide critical nesting habitat for shorebirds and turtles. Throughout the summer, refuge staff close particular areas of the refuge to protect sensitive nesting sea turtles and birds. Please respect all signage, stay out of the closure areas, and keep your distance from nesting bird colonies. Please call the refuge to report any issues within closed areas.
Leashed pets are allowed on the beach except for in any closed areas, including the area indicated on map near Oregon Inlet. This area is marked with signs when approaching from parking lot and the beach. Pets are not allowed on the west side of Highway 12, except for in parking areas.
The map will be updated as conditions change. There are currently twelve temporary closed areas on the beaches. Eight closed areas are located on the north end of the refuge at various points between Oregon Inlet and the Pea Island Visitors Center. Two closed areas are near the Etheridge Bridge; another is approximately 1.5mi north of the southern boundary of the refuge, and one small closure is located next to the North Pond Wildlife Trail.
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