Groups Working On National Saltwater Recreational Fishing Policy

The ocean waters off the national seashores and national parks that touch those waters offer incredible opportunities for recreation, whether it revolves around fishing, boating, or simply swimming. Now efforts are under way to develop a national policy focused on recreational fishing in those and other ocean waters.

Essential Paddling Guide: Prime Paddling Spots, South

Rivers run fast and tumbling throughout the National Park System, there are streams with lazy meanders, and placid lakes perfect for dipping a paddle. This diversity poses a delightful dilemma when you have the urge to float and paddle. What follows is just a sampling of the experiences that await you, whether you have hundreds of watery miles under your paddle, or are looking for calm waters to take your youngsters.

Essential Paddling Guide: Staying Safe On The Water

All throughout our National Park System there are waters perfect for paddling that range from placid ponds and lakes to tumultuous rivers filled with boulder-studded cataracts that require a careful eye and deft paddle. Here are some tips for staying safe on the water.

Which National Park Drives Are On Your 2014 Calendar?

With the travel season not too far off, you should be planning your national park adventures. If you're looking for a great scenic drive, we offer the following for your consideration.

Traveler's Essential Paddling Guide To The National Parks

Paddling down a river or across a lake in a national park setting is truly a wonderful, memorable experience, one that carries thrills and life-long memories. You can retrace the historic 19th-century journey of John Wesley Powell, or land on a lodgepole pine-studded shore where camp is set under swaying trees and the evening brings a vivid sunset.

Reserve An Ocean-Front Cabin At Cape Lookout National Seashore

They're barebones, rustic, Spartan -- choose your adjective -- but the sea-front cabins at Cape Lookout National Seashore are great basecamps if you like to surfcast or simply looking to spend some down time on a decidedly low key seashore.

Cape Lookout National Seashore Chooses Ferry Company For Service To Shackleford Banks, South Core Banks

A Beaufort, North Carolina, company has been awarded a contract to ferry Cape Lookout National Seashore visitors out to Shackleford Banks and South Core Banks.

Exploring The Parks: Cape Lookout National Seashore's Historic District

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Summer is a perfect time to explore Cape Lookout National Seashore. A visit to the Cape Lookout Village Historic District rewards you with fascinating structures from a bygone era. Located only two miles from the cape's lighthouse, village visitors are almost guaranteed solitude.

Cape Lookout National Seashore Budget Cuts Reduce Ranger Programs, Visitor Center Hours, Eliminate Park Newspaper

While you still can climb up the Cape Lookout Lighthouse this summer, you won't be able to reserve your spot in line as the national seashore is cutting various programs to meet budget cuts imposed by the failure of Congress and the White House to solve the nation's fiscal solvency.

Living The Good Life At Cape Lookout National Seashore: Mare 63 Turns 30

Feral horses at Cape Lookout National Seashore live to an average age of 11, according to the National Park Service, but there's a mare on Shackleford Banks that blitzed past that birthday and has counted 30 of them overall.

Horses On Assateague Island National Seashore Weathered Sandy Just Dandy

While Hurricane Sandy tossed numerous impacts at Assateague Island National Seashore, the seashore's ponies weathered the storm just fine, according to park officials.

Updated: The Aftermath Of Superstorm Sandy On The National Park System

Nearly 70 National Park System units along the Eastern Seaboard were either fully or partially closed due to impacts from "superstorm Sandy," and it could be days before some reopen.

Hurricane Sandy Floods Parts Of Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Parts of Cape Hatteras National Seashore were left flooded and without power Sunday by Hurricane Sandy, which was prompting mandatory evacuations of other National Park System units further up the Atlantic Coast.

More National Park Units Getting Ready To Withstand Hurricane Sandy

National parks along the Eastern Seaboard from the Outer Banks of North Carolina to coastal Maine were preparing Saturday to withstand the brunt of Hurricane Sandy, a slowly evolving storm that meteorologists were predicting would be historic for its devastating impact.

National Parks Battening Down In Advance Of Hurricane Sandy

With Hurricane Sandy en route to the Eastern Seaboard, units of the National Park System in her path are preparing for her arrival next week.

Creature Feature: Piping Plovers Face Challenges But Keep On Piping

The piping plover, Charadrius melodus, sparks recreation area closures in many parts of the national park system drawing critics and champions all across the country and causing a much larger stir than its tiny size suggests.

Groups Intend To Sue Over Lack Of Critical Habitat For Loggerhead Turtles Along Atlantic Coast

Though thousands of loggerhead sea turtles, a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act, nest along the Atlantic Coast each year, the National Marine Fisheries Service has not yet designated habitat critical to the species' survival, according to conservation groups planning to sue over that lack of designation.

National Park Mystery Photo 55 Revealed: Reading, Writing And Arithmetic

No-nonsense education took place here.

Report Warns Of Climate Change Impacts To National Seashores Along Eastern Seaboard

Seven national seashores dotting the Eastern Seaboard stand to suffer significant storm damage, loss of acreage to sea level rise, and hotter summer temperatures if climate change isn't blunted, according to the latest in a series of reports describing how the National Park System stands to be impacted by the phenomenon.

Cape Lookout National Seashore's Horse Population Shows Low Birth Rate, High Mortality Rate

Low birth rates and high mortality rates are combining to keep the growth of the horse herd at Cape Lookout National Seashore flat, according to the seashore's annual horse census.

Where Can You See Wildlife Right Now: Banker Horses At Cape Lookout National Seashore

Got a thing for horses? Visit Shackleford Banks when you travel to Cape Lookout National Seashore to see horses descended from Spanish stallions brought to the New World centuries ago.

Traveler's View: Republican Presidential Contenders' Dim View of Federal Lands Is Short-Sighted

Though national parks, per se, haven't come up during any of the debates among the Republican presidential candidates, their statements on federal lands in general look down upon the public landscape.

House GOP Expected To Resume Push To Exempt Border Patrol From Environmental Laws Across National Parks

When Congress returns to Washington later this month, watch for Republicans on the House Natural Resources Committee to resume a push to exempt the Border Patrol from a wide variety of environmental and National Park Service regulations.

Holiday Video Greetings from Your National Parks

The National Park Service is using modern technology to share holiday greetings from parks across the country. Short videos filmed in 15 parks are airing on the National Park Service's YouTube channel through the end of the month.

A Year In The Parks, From Cape Lookout National Seashore To Glacier Bay National Park

The past year took me across the National Park System, from Cape Lookout National Seashore on the North Carolina coast to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in Alaska. The stories that spooled out from these trips into the National Park System told of advocacy and nurturing, of history and recreation, and even of controversy. Here's a look back.

National Park Quiz 100: Ringer VI

Nine of the ten questions in this quiz are true. Can you tell which one is false?

Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival Sweeping Across Cape Hatteras, Cape Lookout National Seashores

Birds, paddling, and photography -- with some history and nature tossed in -- are all part of the 15th Annual Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival that's running for the rest of the week along the Outer Banks of North Carolina, including Cape Hatteras and Cape Lookout national seashores.

Cape Lookout National Seashore Officials Pick Beaufort Location For Ferry Service

Cape Lookout National Seashore officials have selected a new location in Beaufort, North Carolina, to base a ferry service serving Shackleford Banks and the Cape Lookout area of the national seashore.

Limited Access, Activities At Cape Lookout and Cape Hatteras National Seashores

With the last holiday weekend of the summer rolling out today, National Park Service crews are trying to get as much open as possible at hurricane-ravaged Cape Lookout and Cape Hatteras national seashores. Nevertheless, there will be limits on what you can do if you're visiting either this weekend.

Updated: Cape Lookout National Seashore Heavily Damaged By Hurricane Irene, Other Units Have Varying Degrees Of Damage

Cape Lookout National Seashore, the spot where Hurricane Irene came ashore in the United States last Saturday, was heavily damaged by the storm, according to latest reports. Other National Park System units along the East Coast received varying amounts of damage, but most are open for visitors.