Ferry Service Changes Coming To Shackleford Banks & Cape Lookout

Changes are on the way for people who use ferries to get to Shackleford Banks and Cape Lookout.

By the spring of 2014 visitors will no longer use privately run ferry services and instead, the National Park Service will run ferries from two locations. One of those locations will be on Harkers Island where their Cape Lookout National Seashore office is and the other will be run out of Beaufort at the town hall on Front Street.

There are currently seven permitted ferry providers on Harkers Island, Beaufort, and in Morehead City.

The National Park Service says the bid for the ferry service they'll use will go out nationally.


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  • by Jennifer Location: Ohio on Jan 16, 2012 at 08:49 AM
    This is crazy ! I love the locals ! Isn't there anything that can be done about this ?
  • by Anonymous on Jan 7, 2012 at 06:26 PM
    the park service may be trying to preserve the resource. us humans have ways of destroying the parks.
  • by troll Location: pamlico co on Jan 7, 2012 at 04:09 PM
    What a shame! we always enjoy the "Local Yokel" and his fun , helpful rides!! He is a small businessman doing a job!!We do not need the Government ruining a perfectly good thing!! I remember when Flying was FUN!!
  • by Josh Location: Harkers Island on Jan 7, 2012 at 02:04 PM
    I don't see the problem this is trying to fix.. seems foolish to me
  • by George Location: Ohio on Jan 7, 2012 at 10:58 AM
    I don't see any benefit to having this go from private ferrys to an approved govt ferry. Part of the charm of Cape Lookout is the mode of travel required to get there. In my opinion this will ruin it - and may put small businesses out of business.
  • by Beaufort resident on Jan 7, 2012 at 09:05 AM
    For those of us that go to Shackleford often, we know that a majority of these private ferries cause a huge problem for the fragile islands. This past summer the South end of Shackelford in the Beaufort inlet was covered in trash because the people that use the day ferry did not pick up their trash. I am not sure if they did not know or did not care. This would seem to be the Ferry Business' responsibility, but how do you follow up with making sure they are doing their job in informing and policing the visitors? Maybe the National Park Service will have better luck. These Islands are worth limiting access to, they are a special place that many areas in the nation no longer have. We should all be willing to work hard to preserve them.
  • by Tom Location: USA on Jan 7, 2012 at 09:03 AM
    Everyone down east should raise hell with their congressmen!! What is the justification here for US Parks intervention into a functioning well-run local matter?
  • by Brock Location: ENC on Jan 7, 2012 at 07:43 AM
    Have to find somewhere new to go. We use ferry from Calico Jacks.If the government is involved,the whole process is ruined.There will be so many regulations put on it that the ride over will be a burden.
  • by 190dave Location: Beaufort on Jan 7, 2012 at 06:29 AM
    Our goverment might take a look at the old saying: "If it is not broke, than don't fix it". The odds are excellant that once the Park Service starts running this service is not going to get any better. You would think that they could find better things to do.
  • by Ben Location: ENC on Jan 7, 2012 at 06:27 AM
    This makes me sick. Our government is strong arming our small businesses and as with everything else it touches it will be a failure.
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