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Hiking and Hunting Sandy Neck!

Fall at Sandy Neck...

Fall at Sandy Neck…

Hunting and Hiking Sandy Neck Beach Park 2016

Hunting has been a long held tradition here on Sandy Neck and the fall season is upon us.  The following is a list of the dates and species per the Massachusetts Fish & Wildlife Division. Please visit this website for all laws and regulations pertaining to hunting in Massachusetts:  http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/dfw/hunting-fishing-wildlife-watching/hunting/

 

Sandy Neck hunting:

 

Pheasant: October 15th through November 26th, 2016

Rabbit: October 15th, through February 28th, 2017

Coyote: October 15th through March 8th, 2017

Fox: November 1st through February 28, 2017

Turkey: October 24th, through November 5th, 2016

Ducks: October 14th through October 22nd, 2016

Sea Ducks: November 17th though January 28th, 2017

 

NO DEER HUNTING is allowed anywhere on Sandy Neck Beach Park.

 

Tips for hikers:

 

~We recommend that you wear a blaze orange hat while hiking Sandy Neck.

 

~Check in with the Gatehouse prior to going out on the trails. Hunters have to sign in at the Gatehouse prior to hunting so we may be able to tell you if anyone is currently hunting.

 

~Always stay on the designated trails, DO NOT venture into the dunes.

 

~No hunting is allowed on the front beach. Hiking the front beach is safe.

 

~Hunting is allowed Monday-Saturday, 1/2 hour before sunrise until sunset.

 

~There is NO hunting allowed on Sundays!  

 

~Please remember that your dogs could be mistaken for wild game and for their safety it is recommended that you and your pet either walk the front beach or have an orange vest for your dog and/or a bell for their collar.

 

~The Staff at Sandy Neck is committed to ensuring that all who come to Sandy Neck Beach Park have an enjoyable and safe visit. While visiting, should you have any concerns, please call the Gatehouse at 508-362-8300

 

 

For the love of Sandy Neck! Coast Sweep 2016

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Each year we invite the public to join us for the annual Coast Sweep clean up of beautiful Sandy Neck Beach Park. This year we will be holding the event on Sunday, September 25th from 9 am to Noon. We ask everyone who loves this beach to come and join us. The staff will provide gloves, trash bags and trash collection sheets for everyone and will be working side by side with the public to remove trash and debris from the beach as well as the dunes.

As the years go by, more and more people come to Sandy Neck to enjoy the many wonderful things this park has to offer. Everything from the off road vehicle beach, to the spectacular hiking trails along the Great Marsh to campfires in the warm summer evenings or surf fishing along the great expanse of beach; this park has something for everyone!

Now we are asked to give back! Marine debris are of serious concern for both beach fronts and marine environments and we can all do something about this! We can and will be a part of the solution to this problem and we can only do this together!

I invite you to explore the link below to find out more about Marine debris and what our trash in the waters can do to damage wildlife and impact the very fish that we eat.

Please follow the link below to view

JOIN us in making a difference  on Sunday September 25th at 9 am!

The Mayors of Sandy Neck

jack and quinny Jack & Quinlin conferring at the Sandy Neck Gatehouse

We welcome our four-legged friends at Sandy Neck Beach Park year round! Often in the early morning you can see dogs along with their human parents strolling down Sandy Neck Road or walking the very popular Great Marsh Trail. Folks who live on the road often meet up to walk their canine companions together, both dogs and people seem to love the meet and greet time of day at Sandy Neck!

 

We wish to highlight two of our favorite doggy friends whom I call the Mayors of Sandy Neck!  Paul and Donna White of West Barnstable are owned by Quinlin, the “Bestie Westie”.  Quinny will come to the gate most mornings and politely shake hands and lie down for a treat. He never meets a stranger and while his “Dad” Paul and I talk, Quinny greets each and every person and dog that comes through the Gatehouse. If someone starts to pass by without giving Quinny a hello, he will give them his most lovable look until they have to stop and give him the attention he deserves!

 

The other Mayor of Sandy Neck is Jack; a strikingly handsome Border Collie mix who will melt your heart. Jack parents are Earl and Judy McKeen of East Sandwich.  Jack is a rescue dog and like most rescue animals, Jack is kind of a shy guy. He doesn’t eat treats, but each time he comes to the Gatehouse he wags his tail and waits patiently for his pat on the head. You have to fall in love with Jack’s kind and gentle eyes and his quiet demeanor.  Although Jack is more reserved than Quinlin, you wouldn’t know it when the two greet each other. It is total love fest!

 

The Mayors meet often at the Gatehouse or on Sandy Neck Road and everyone who lives here knows who they are. Quinlin and Jack have asked me to tell all you parents of four-legged children to stop by the Gatehouse get your doggies a treat and enjoy a lovely walk. Gatehouse staff will point out the way to the Great Marsh Trail and will give you a map of the park.

 

If you are out and about on Sandy Neck Road and you see they Mayors, make sure you stop and say hello!

4th of July at Sandy Neck Beach Park

4th of July at Sandy Neck Beach Park

The Sandy Neck Beach Park Staff wishes to extend a warm welcome to everyone for the 2016 Summer season at the beach!

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 With the 4th of July fast approaching we want to update you on Beach conditions. The Off Road Vehicle Beach is open a little past Trail 2, (1.9 miles).  The speed limit is 5 MPH.  Park on the berm with your headlights facing the dunes. Campers may park with either their headlights or taillights to the dunes. We ask those campers who park with the taillights to the dunes to put their hang tags in the rear window of the camper for easy viewing!

Please visit our website at www.sandyneckbeachpark.com for ORV parking diagram.

We expect a busy 4th of July weekend and want everyone to have fun and remain safe!  A couple of reminders to help you enjoy your time here at Sandy Neck:

1. On the Off Road Vehicle Corridor, dogs must be leashed at all times (15′ leash or less). No dogs allowed in parking lot or on public beach.

2. Fires are allowed in designated areas at 7 pm.

3. Per the fire department, NO sky lanterns are allowed to be set off from the beach.

4. Anyone visiting the beach, either going to the parking lot or Off Road must be through the gatehouse by 9 pm.

5. Curfew is 11 pm. You must be out of the park by that time.

 

HIGH TIDES for the weekend:

July 1st 9:18pm 11.5’

July 2nd 9:57am 10.1/ 10:14pm 11.7’

July 3rd 10:54am 10.2’/11:09pm 11.8’

July 4th 11:49am 10.3’/ 12:00pm 10.3’

Please call the gatehouse at 508-362-8300 with any questions

Thank you for making SandyNeckBeachPark your vacation destination!

 With the 4th of July fast approaching we want to update you on Beach conditions. The Off Road Vehicle Beach is open a little past Trail 2, (1.9 miles).  The speed limit is 5 MPH.  Park on the berm with your headlights facing the dunes. Campers may park with either their headlights or taillights to the dunes. We ask those campers who park with the taillights to the dunes to put their hang tags in the rear window of the camper for easy viewing!

Please visit our website at www.sandyneckbeachpark.com for ORV parking diagram.

We expect a busy 4th of July weekend and want everyone to have fun and remain safe!  A couple of reminders to help you enjoy your time here at Sandy Neck:

1. On the Off Road Vehicle Corridor, dogs must be leashed at all times (15′ leash or less). No dogs allowed in parking lot or on public beach.

2. Fires are allowed in designated areas at 7 pm.

3. Per the fire department, NO sky lanterns are allowed to be set off from the beach.

4. Anyone visiting the beach, either going to the parking lot or Off Road must be through the gatehouse by 9 pm.

5. Curfew is 11 pm. You must be out of the park by that time.

 

HIGH TIDES for the weekend:

July 1st 9:18pm 11.5’

July 2nd 9:57am 10.1/ 10:14pm 11.7’

July 3rd 10:54am 10.2’/11:09pm 11.8’

July 4th 11:49am 10.3’/ 12:00pm 10.3’

Please call the gatehouse at 508-362-8300 with any questions

Thank you for making SandyNeckBeachPark your vacation destination!images

Sandy Neck Store

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2016 Sandy Neck Store!

 

We have wonderful new merchandise at the Sandy Neck Gatehouse for 2016:

 

Assorted ball caps, including a special edition “retro” cap $20

 

Owl Eye Bucket hat to keep the sun off your face and neck $30

 

Sweatpants $30

 

2016 ORV Tee Shirts $15

 

Adult Property Of Sandy Neck Tee Shirts $20

 

Sweatshirts $45

 

Crew Neck Fleece $45

 

Jersey Hoodie $30

 

Distressed Cape Cod/Sandy Neck Tee $20

 

Long Sleeve Trail Tees $25

 

Youth Property Of Tee $20

 

Youth Digital Camo Wicking Tee $25

 

Sandy Neck Flag $25

 

Bumper Stickers New “retro” $5

 

Bumper Stickers New Round $5

 

Sandy Neck Tire Gauge Key Ring $3

 

Sandy Neck Water Bottle $5

 

Sandy Neck Mugs/Glasses $10

 

Grocery Tote Bag $4

 

Sandy Neck Beach Bag $30

 

 

The Gatehouse hours are 8am – 9pm, EVERY DAY!

Save the Frogs day at Sandy Neck!

 

 

 

 

Save the Frogs SNK

Join us on April 30th for a Save the Frogs Day event at Sandy Neck Beach 10am-12pm.

Amphibians are some of the most vulnerable species in the world, and they are being depleted at an alarming rate worldwide. Come learn more about these intriguing creatures, and their importance in the environment. We will explore the beautiful vernal pools of Sandy Neck and look for signs of Spring amphibian activity including the rare Eastern Spadefoot Toad, a threatened species in the state of Massachusetts. Along the way will will pick up trash and help maintain the beauty and productivity of these majestic wetlands that dot the forests and dune swales of Sandy Neck Beach.
Meet at the Sandy Neck Gatehouse. This event is free. More more information, call the Gatehouse @ 508-362-8300

Times they are a changin’

Times they are a changin’!

Every other year, the Sandy Neck Park Manager and staff take a look at the rules and regulations for Sandy Neck Beach Park and make revisions and recommendations that are sent to the Town Manager for review and acceptance. Most, if not all changes, are based on keeping all beach users safe; it is a safety thing!

We are going to do our best to make sure that everyone who comes to enjoy all aspects of Sandy Neck is informed of these changes, well in advance of the summer season.

 

Sandy Neck Mission Statement

The mission of the Sandy Neck Program is to provide recreational opportunities and access to our town’s citizens and visitors while protecting the natural, cultural, and historic resources on Sandy Neck so that a long term, sustainable balance between use and conservation of these resources is achieved.

 

Off Road Beach Access Hours/Curfew

New hours for ORV beach access are going into effect immediately.  The changes are based on safe times of operation due to daylight hours and staffing.

 The In-Season ORV beach access is April 1st through October 31st. The ORV beach will open at 8am and will be closed at 11pm. You must be through the Gatehouse by 9pm in order to stay out until curfew. All ORV vehicles must be out of the park by 11pm.

The Off-Season ORV beach access is November 1st through March 31st. The ORV beach opens at 8am and closes at 4pm. All ORV vehicles must be off the beach by 4pm.

 Off Road Vehicle Campers

The first change in camper regulations has to do with camper safety and the second with camper consideration.  All campers, at time of yearly inspection, will be required to have a working carbon monoxide detector on board as standard equipment. Carbon monoxide poisoning is a potential problem we take seriously! Below are the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning; it is colorless and odorless and can lead to serious health issues.

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The second change regarding campers is the “courteous neighbor policy”. In order to respect all campers’ right to quiet enjoyment, all generators will be silenced between the hours of 10pm to 8am.

Campfires

Campfire regulations are changing! Off Road Vehicle campfire rules will remain the same with the only exception being the following:

In-Season, April 1st through October 31st, off road vehicle users will be allowed campfires at 7pm or sunset, whichever comes first. All other customary rules and regulations will still apply.

Off-Season. From November 1st through March 31st there will be NO campfires allowed.

Public Beach patrons, intending to have a campfire in the designated area on the front beach, will need to purchase a campfire permit at the Gatehouse. The campfire permits will go on sale at 5pm each night, and may be limited in number.

In-Season, April 1st through October 31st, Campfires will be at 7pm or sunset, whichever comes first. All other customary rules and regulations will still apply.

Off-Season, November 1st through March 31st there will be NO campfires allowed.

 Horseback riding

Safety: All persons horseback riding on Sandy Neck will be required to wear an ASTM/SEI approved horseback riding helmet.

Horseback riding is now pay-as-you-ride; the fee is $20 per horse per ride. The first ride of the season, the horse owner will come in and fill out paperwork and receive a horse pass for the $20 fee per horse. Each time from then on, the rider(s) will present the horse pass or passes to the Gatehouse and pay the $20 per horse fee to ride on the beach.  During season, when beach parking fees are required, the horse trailer and truck will be allowed to park in the Bodfish parking lot at no charge, but any other vehicles associated with the ride will have to pay the daily parking fee.

Tips for Hikers to Ensure Safe and Enjoyable Adventures

Hunting on Sandy Neck: Tips for Hikers to Ensure Safe and Enjoyable Adventures

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The fall is a wonderful time of year. A warming sun brightens up the brisk October air as the leaves on the trees put on a spectacular display of changing color. The deep green grasses of the marshes turn to a fiery orange as the sun drops behind the horizon in the southwest, earlier and earlier each night. From the Loons that dive below the cooling waters of Cape CodBay, to the Snowy Owls arriving to sit atop their expansive kingdom of frozen sand, the fall welcomes all types of familiar wildlife, making their migrations to and from this region.

 

The fall is also a great time of year to explore the beauty of Sandy Neck. Birders, hikers, artists, and photographers alike, all arrive to take in the serene landscapes and observe the magnificent wildlife found throughout the park. It is important to remember that the fall is also the start of hunting season. Hunters also come to Sandy Neck to enjoy all that it has to offer.

 

Many hikers have expressed their concern in regards to hunting in the park during this time of year. Here are some tips to follow in order to ensure everybody has a safe and enjoyable experience while out on Sandy Neck.

 

- Hunting is allowed Monday-Saturday, 1/2 hour before sunrise until sunset.

 

- Check in with the Gatehouse before hitting the trails. Hunters are required to sign-in at the gate, so we may be able to tell you if anyone is currently out hunting before your journey.

 

- Check the trailheads for informational signs about the hunting season. Signs are posted at the marsh trail gate, and all trails along the front beach, providing the allowed dates for certain game. Knowing who is out hunting what species can be greatly beneficial in understanding what to expect while out exploring.

 

- There is no Hunting on Sundays! This is often the best time to hike out on Sandy Neck’s Marsh Trail system as there will be no worry of encountering hunting activity throughout the season.

 

- Wearing a blaze orange cap is highly recommended, making it easy for others to see you while out on the trails. Blaze Orange knit hats are available at the Sandy Neck Gatehouse for $20

 

- Always stay on designated trails. This is especially important during hunting season. Remaining out in the open and away from thick brush will greatly minimize any risk of an incident.

 

- Dogs run a higher risk of incidence with hunters due to unpredictable movements and their ability to be mistaken for other wildlife. If you are hiking with a dog, dressing them in an orange vest or attaching a bell to their collar is highly recommended.

 

- There is no hunting allowed directly on the front beach. Hiking the front beach is a safe, consistent route this time of year and provides hikers with beautiful views of Cape CodBay every day.

 

-Understand that hunters have every right to enjoy the same places and experiences as others. Harassing hunters or intentionally disrupting hunting activities is prohibited

 

Exploring Sandy Neck during the fall is a rewarding and gratifying experience for hunters and hikers alike. It is important that we all work together to share this beautiful park so that all can enjoy it safely and peacefully.

 

 

Sean Kortis Town of Barnstable Natural Resource Officer

The 411 on the Lone Star Tick

Our blog has received quite a bit of attention regarding the Lone Star tick at Sandy Neck. Larry Dapsis, Entomologist  with the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension, has been working with the Town of Barnstable to get the latest information regarding the Lone Star Tick out to the public.

Below is a link to Larry’s latest informational video.

https://youtu.be/yF4Ml3nf62c

Please stay informed and visit us often!