Assateague Island National Seashore Is Open

Assateague Island National Seashore Is Open It Was A Beautiful Day

We rode to Assateague Island today, I knew it was open, and I needed to stretch my legs. Not to mention check my sanity and wet a line. We have been social distancing for weeks. Avoiding people, friends, and family. It has been hard on everyone. Anyone else have a quarantine buddy?

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sign at the gate house on way in

Assateague is open and if you have our permit from last year you can still get in due to the shutdown. AINS Facebook post … “Now that contact station/campground office/ranger station has been temporarily closed as a precaution to help prevent the spread of COVID19, there is no way to purchase or renew an OSV pass. (We are not set up to process passes online or via snail mail.) If our facility closures continue into the month of April, we will continue to honor those permits expiring in March, but for no other previous months. If the closures extend in May, we would continue to honor those permits that expired in March and April, and so on, if closures continue. Expired OSV permits with expiration months prior to March will not be recognized as valid. Those folks wishing to renew their expired permits would need to wait until the visitor contact station reopens.

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Ranger driving by us on the beach at Assateague

Just so you know there are rangers on duty so no one does any funny stuff. Last time national parks shut down, people got out of control and broke all the rules. So if you go out there, don’t do anything stupid, that place is a treasure trove. OSV beaches being my favorite. Limited to 150 vehicles at a time, it is the ultimate place to social distance. At one point we didn’t have anyone within miles of us. The fishing has been okay to slow for short bass or whatever is biting. I ran into a few friends today. “We have been out most days and only got a few short striped bass.”

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Assateague wild horses walking the beaches near the truck

We got lucky on the way in the wild horses crossed over a dune and were running the beaches, horsing around. I rarely get to see them in a group on the beach, today was a real treat. Many minutes of video and over four hundred pictures later, we continued on as the horses frolicked and fed on dune grasses. it is that time of year some were getting frisky.
Later when we left the park, the front parking lot at the gatehouse was full of them as well. A double whammy. The state park side is open as well, with the boxes for the honor system to pay. Everyone there today was so nice and laid back. I guess we all needed to relax.

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lonely deserted beaches of Assateague Island National Seashore

It was fun day, a great way to relax and get away from all the craziness. We turned off the phones and just enjoyed the beach, not a care in the world. Escaping this reality is necessary right now for your sanity. Do what you can to relax, social distance, and don’t touch your face.

Stay Safe,
Rich King

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