Cape Lookout National Seashore Duck Blind Lottery

Cape Lookout National Seashore

Cape Lookout National Seashore, on the southern Outer Banks, is wild, beautiful, and remote. This isolated strip of sand is one of the few remaining undeveloped barrier island systems in the world. Waves crash, winds blow, currents shift, and storms batter this dynamic landscape, where change is certain and survival difficult. Congress established Cape Lookout National Seashore to preserve a unique environment and to provide outdoor recreational opportunities. This includes managing hunting activities in a way that is compatible with other recreational uses.

Construction of temporary duck blinds is allowed under a park special use permit. Sites for permitted duck blinds are chosen by lottery in late August each year and then on a first come, first served basis at the Harkers Island Visitor Center after that. Permitted blinds must be removed before March 31. Construction of permanent blinds is prohibited.  

The special use permit application form is located on the Cape Lookout National Seashore website . All Recreation.gov lottery winners s hould have this form completed and brought to the park on the day and time of their scheduled appointment. 

Cape Lookout National Seashore, on the southern Outer Banks, is wild, beautiful, and remote. This isolated strip of sand is one of the few remaining undeveloped barrier island systems in the world. Waves crash, winds blow, currents shift, and storms batter this dynamic landscape, where change is certain and survival difficult. Congress established Cape Lookout National Seashore to preserve a unique environment and to provide outdoor recreational opportunities. This includes managing hunting activities in a way that is compatible with other recreational uses.

Construction of temporary duck blinds is allowed under a park special use permit. Sites for permitted duck blinds are chosen by lottery in late August each year and then on a first come, first served basis at the Harkers Island Visitor Center after that. Permitted blinds must be removed before March 31. Construction of permanent blinds is prohibited.  

The special use permit application form is located on the Cape Lookout National Seashore website . All Recreation.gov lottery winners s hould have this form completed and brought to the park on the day and time of their scheduled appointment. 

Need to Know

Changes and Cancellations

$10.00 Application Fee is non-refundable. If you are awarded an appointment time through the lottery and can’t make that time, you forfeit your time slot and will have to wait until the next business day to visit Harker’s Island Visitor Center for a walk-in appointment.

Contact Information

Mailing Address

131 Charles Street1 Harkers Island NC 28531

Phone Number

252-728-2250

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