Dredging Planned To Re-Open North Core Banks To Vehicles

The National Park Service says it intends to dredge an area along Cape Lookout that remains closed following Hurricane Irene.

The dredging will take place in the Long Point ferry basin on the North Core Banks.

Funding for the work has been received, and vehicle access to North Core Banks could be available in mid-November, barring contracting and weather delays.

Work on the cabins and the infrastructure that supports them, however, is not anticipated to be complete before the end of the season, and the seashore is therefore cancelling all reservations at Long Point for the remainder of the 2011 season.


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  • by Anonymous on Oct 13, 2011 at 06:13 AM
    I hope they dredge Drum Inlet!
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      by I Fought the Law on Oct 13, 2011 at 07:17 AM in reply to
      Why do you say that....since that WOULD be a waste of taxpayers money. You can't control an inlet. The waterway they are dredging to North Core ferry docks is behind the island along the soundside shoreline and not an issue for current/tide changes. Besides, Ophelia inlet took the place of Drum inlet a few year back and is now about 3/4 mile wide and up to 20 feet deep. Nor sure that you know what you're talking about either.
  • by Me Location: NC on Oct 13, 2011 at 02:13 AM
    Duh, Jr. High Earth Science classes taught us that our "fore fathers built these light houses at "extremely dangerous" areas for sea navigation. OF course or "navigators back then also were wise enough to watch and work around the "shifting sands" and shoaling. All I see read and watch occur is the ever powerful MAN trying to over power Mom Nature. Futile Futile.
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      by I Fought the Law on Oct 13, 2011 at 02:50 AM in reply to Me
      Obviously you've never been there. North Core banks has NO lighthouse on it. It's approximately 20-25 miles of pure barrier island with rustic type cabins for rental. A ferry gets you over and you need a 4-wheel drive vehicle to get around. Up on the nortthern end of the island is Portsmouth village that was inhibited back in the early 1800's. South Core banks has the lighthouse (Cape Lookout) and is pretty much the same, however the lighthouse is on high ground and pretty much protected. I recommend you go to either island if only for a day trip to learn a little more......especially before commenting on stuff like this.
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