National Park Service Ocracoke Silver Lake Docks
List on the left:
1) Quiet hours are from 11:00 pm to 6:00 am
3) Prohibited on Docks:
f) Fireworks of any type
g) Metal Detectors
h) Any commercial activity without a Commercial Use Permit.
5) Docks must be kept free of any and all personal property
6) Pets must be kept on leash at all times, except when on your own vessel
7) No more than two (2) vessels can be rafted together; and all vessels rafted together will register and pay their individual dockage and serice fees.
8) If you plan to take your vessel out of the day, then you must hand an "occupied" sign in your space; these signs are available at the Dockmaster's kiosk or at the Visitor's Center.
(rates are listed in the Sports Tip)
12) Safe Haven
The National Park Service docks on Silver Lake will be a "Safe Haven" with NO dockage fees being charged to any vessel during the time of "Gale Warnings for the waters up to 20 miles offshore". These Gale Warnings must be for the waters immediately adjacent to Ocracoke Island and the coastal waters up to 20 miles offshore of Ocracoke for this "Safe Haven" policy to be in effect. The determination of "Gale Warnings" will be made by the U.S. Weather Service as broadcast on NOAA Weather Radio channel KIG 77 in Newport, NC. All vessels still must register and pay any electric fees during "Gale Warnings".
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The list on the right tells what facilities the NPS has on Ocracoke in addition to the boat docks including the Visitor's Center, Public Restrooms, Lifeguard Services and Campground.
The campground is open from April 9th to October 12th. Camping is only allowed at designated campgrounds. Camping on the beach overnight whether in a tent of in your vehicle is not permitted.
- National/State Park
- Sailing and Boating
Go Slow or Park
During the summer months Hwy 12 can be congested in the village. Please have patience, the traffic jams only last a few minutes.
Visitors are encouraged to park their cars. There is a large Parking Area at the southern end of HWY 12 between the Ferry Office and the Ocracoke Preservation Museum. The town is small and you can walk or rent bikes so as to stay off the road as much as possible.
The speed limit in the village is 20-25 MPH. In some area you will have to slow down even more.
Pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles MUST share the road. Bicycles are vehicles so please ride on the right.
- Hiking and Walking
When travelling on Ocracoke, or otherwise minding your business, you will have your choice of either gargantuan mosquitoes or green-headed biting flies (otherwise known as horseflies) bothering you. Take some kind of repellent if getting bitten is not your thing or just resign yourself to swatting in vain at these critters the whole time you're here.
Our screen tent, pictured here, was not even enough to keep them out! Look closely you might even see one or two or twenty of them clinging to the inside of it!
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