Orleans announces Nauset ORV trails now open

ORV trails south of Nauset Beach parking lot are now dry and open

Also, what do to if you spot a shark when you are out there

The town of Orleans Parks & Beaches Department has annouced the re-opening of the ORV trails south of the Nauset Beach parking lot. According to the town, the trails south of the parking lot are dry and high tides will not occur again until September 7-10. Those high tides may affect some of the back trails.

The Diamond Back Terrapin nests that were located on the South Beach were found in locations that will not cause any closures or cause ORV traffic to be re-routed.

ALSO: Resident Nauset Spit Update

Effective Wednesday, August 18, 2010, the entire Nauset Spit is open to Orleans resident off road vehicle travel with current 2010 resident Orleans ORV stickers. Reminder: no dogs are allowed on Nauset Spit between April 15th and September 15th.

Courtesy of Orleans Parks & Beaches Dept.

There are portions of the front beach that are closed due to erosion and a majority of the Point in Chatham is closed due to Piping Plover and Least Tern activity. No dogs are allowed south or west of the barricade at the Chatham Point due to unfledged chicks.

As of August 10, 2010, the limits for vehicles will be 350 day vehicles and 60 self-contained (S/C) vehicles. S/C vehicles are required to park south of Trail #5. Persons in S/C vehicles may fish anywhere between 5pm and 9am, but the vehicles must be parked south of #5 between 9am and 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Self-contained vehicles should use the back trails to drive to trails #5, #6 and #7.

Vehicles should be aired down to 12 psi as the beach is very soft. All drivers are asked to obey the speed limit  and to be courtesous to other beachgoers.

The town is also advising all swimmers to be attentive while in the water and to not venture far from shore. Beachgoers should avoid swimming or surfing around seals in light of the recent shark sightings in the area. If a shark is spotted, swimmers should get out of the water immediately and contact authorities.

In Chatham, from Trail 5 1/2 south, please call either the Chatham Harbormaster at 508-945-1213 or the Chatham Police Department at 508-945-1213.

If a shark is spotted near the Orleans side of the beach, please call either the Orleans Police Department at 508-255-0117 or the Orleans Parks & Beaches Department at Nauset Beach at 508-240-3780.   Be prepared to provide your exact location , the direction the shark was swimming and your name and sticker number.

Courtesy of the Orleans Parks & Beaches Department.

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