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Closing Extended at Hammocks Beach State Park's Bear Island

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Beverly Eaves Perdue, Governor
Dee Freeman, Secretary

Release Note: 
Immediate
Contact: 
Charlie Peek
Release Date: 
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Phone: 
919-218-4622

Closing Extended at Hammocks Beach State Park's Bear Island

RALEIGH -- The temporary closing of the middle section of Bear Island at Hammocks Beach State Park will be extended through April 15, to allow completion of a dredging project in the main approach channel to the island, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation.

Although dredging operations will cease by March 31, some construction activity is likely to continue on the island for a short period.

Areas on Bear Island now closed to visitors include: the ferry basin, including the dock and bulkhead; and the roadway from the ferry waiting station to the beachfront and the middle section of the beach, including all campsites. Camping will not be permitted through April 15. Areas around Bogue Inlet and Bear Inlet at the eastern and western ends of the island remain accessible to boaters for recreation, and the state park's visitor center and mainland area remain open.

The state park's permit allows channel dredging to a width of 50 feet and a depth of nine feet, and some dredge spoil is being pumped onto the island's beachfront. The project is funded by the N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund.