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Ferry service at Hammocks Beach State Park will be delayed

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Roy Cooper, Governor
Susi H. Hamilton, Secretary
Release Note: 
Immediate
Contact: 
Charlie Peek
Release Date: 
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Phone: 
919-707-9350

Ferry service at Hammocks Beach State Park will be delayed

Raleigh -- The resumption of seasonal ferry service to Bear Island at Hammocks Beach State Park will be delayed until May to allow repair of dock facilities on the island and mainland, according to North Carolina State Parks.

The ferry service was to resume in early April, but an engineer’s inspection revealed that temporary measures are necessary to shore up dock facilities to ensure visitor safety. Permanent repairs will be undertaken later this year, and normal operation of the dock complex is expected in 2018.

Campers with reservations will be ferried to the island by park staff, and paddle-in campsites will continue to be available.

An engineer’s report concluded that a number of pilings supporting the docks’ piers have deteriorated due to the extreme coastal conditions. The affected facilities include the mainland ferry dock, one of two docks on the island and one maintenance dock. The kayak/canoe launch dock is unaffected.

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