Current Documents

"First, that the national parks must be maintained in absolutely unimpaired form for the use of future generations as well as those of our own time; second, that they are set apart for the use, observation, health, and pleasure of the people; and third, that the national interest must dictate all decisions affecting public or private enterprise in the parks."

Franklin K. Lane, Secretary of the Interior, 1913-1920

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Enabling Legislation: An act authorizing the creation of Cape Lookout National Seashore due to its "outstanding natural and recreational values."

Foundation Documents



General Management Plan: A document outlining plans for the development of services, the preservation of resources, and other issues of management within the park.

  • General Management Plan, 1982 (pdf, 45.6 MB)
    • Part 1: Cover and Record of Decision, (pdf, 2.0 MB)
    • Part 2: Plan Summary and Table of Contents, (pdf, 2.4 MB)
    • Part 3: Basis for the Plan, (pdf, 3.5 MB)
    • Part 4: The Environment of Cape Lookout National Seashore, (pdf, 11.8 MB)
    • Part 5: The Plan - Management Zoning and Resources Protection, (pdf, 5.8 MB)
    • Part 6: The Plan - Interpretation and Visitor Use and Seashore Carrying Capacity and Visitation, (pdf, 4.9 MB)
    • Part 7: General Development, (pdf, 7.0 MB)
    • Part 8: Appendices and Bibliography, (pdf, 10.8 MB)
  • Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), 1982 (pdf, 8.8 MB)

General Management Plan Amendment: This amendment relates to changes in the General Management Plan concerning overnight accommodations and transportation services.



Interim Protected Species Management Plan A temporary plan which will allow protected species of wildlife and human recreation activities and vehicles to share the seashore. This plan will guide management practices until the long-term Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan is completed.

Wilderness Suitability Study and Proposal A mandated study to determine if any part of the national seashore was suitable to be designated as a wilderness zone.


Cape Lookout National Historic District Reuse Plan A plan and five alternatives for the stabilization of historic structures and reuse of selected buildings in the Cape Lookout Village Historic District on South Core Banks.



Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan: This plan will guide the management decisions which allow the use of vehicles and still protect the wildlife and other resources in the seashore.

  • ORV Management Plan/Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), Fall/Winter 2016 (pdf, 17.5 MB)

Personal Watercraft (PWC) Use: A plan to manage the use of PWCs within the boundaries of the national park.


Commercial Services Plan: A plan for the management of those activities and services within the park which are operated for a fee such as ferry transportation to the seashore and truck tours or cabin rentals within the park's boundaries.

Passenger Ferry Departure Site Assessment: This study will examine potential sites and site considerations for a ferry operations base in the Morehead City or Beaufort area with ferry service primarily to Shackleford Banks, and also to the Cape Lookout Lighthouse area of South Core Banks, North Carolina.

Long Point Cabin Camp Project:

Hurricane Dorian impacted Cape Lookout National Seashore (seashore) in 2019. Over wash, wind, and sound-side surge caused damage to park resources, including the Long Point Cabins on the North Core Banks. The cabin area is one of the largest attractions at the seashore; however, the National Park Service cannot sustain these cabins in their current location. This area has lost nearly 150 yards of beach and protective sand dunes over the last 20 years, and extreme tides wash under the cabins and through the camp periodically. Further, Hurricane Dorian destroyed almost every septic system, the water treatment building, the power building, and hundreds of feet of water and electrical lines, besides doing structural damage to several of the cabins.An environmental assessment (EA) was prepared to analyze alternatives and potential impacts.

The EA analyzed three alternatives: Alternative A - No-action, Alternative B - Remove Existing Camp, and Alternative C - Northern Location (significant demolition of current site and development of a new cabin camp 4 miles North) and the associated impacts of these alternatives on the environment. Based on the analysis presented in the EA, the National Park Service has selected Alternative C - Northern Location for implementation. A summary of the selected alternative and its potential impacts are provided in the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI).

For additional information and to access the EA and FONSI, please visit: Parkplanning - Long Point Cabin Camp Project (


Long-Range Interpretive Plan: This plan builds on existing planning and recommends programs, media, and partnerships to be implemented in the next five to seven years.

  • Long-Range Interpretive Plan, 2011 (pdf, 9.3 MB)

Last updated: October 20, 2023

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