Park Service taking comment on making Oregon Inlet harbor a No Wake Zone

Park Service taking comment on making Oregon Inlet harbor a No Wake Zone

August 10th, 2022

From Aug. 18 through Sept. 1, 2022, Cape Hatteras National Seashore invites public input on a proposal to establish the Motts Creek No Wake Zone, which would encompass the harbor that includes the U.S. Coast Guard’s Station Oregon Inlet and the Seashore’s marina, boat ramps and kayak launch near Oregon Inlet.

Map of what’s known on nautical charts as Motts Creek, more commonly referred to as Oregon Inlet harbor. [Image courtesy NPS]

A public meeting is scheduled for 6-7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18 at the Dare County Administration Building, 954 Marshall C. Collins Dr., Room 168, Manteo, N.C. 27954.

According to the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, a No Wake Zone is an area within which vessels are required to travel at idling speed – slow speed that creates no appreciable wake.

The Seashore is interested in establishing a No Wake Zone at Motts Creek primarily as a safety measure to reduce the likelihood of an accident or injury caused by boats under power or throwing a large wake in a congested area with multiple user groups.

To view the Motts Creek No Wake Zone proposal, visit

Through Sept. 1, 2022, comments may be submitted electronically, the preferred method, or mailed to: Superintendent, 1401 National Park Dr., Manteo, N.C. 27954.

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