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Buck Island Reef National Monument #257708
06/09/2021 01:46 PM
06/09/2021 01:46 PM
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Has anyone overnighted at Buck Island recently? Website says special permit is required to overnight at West Beach, which I was aware of, but NPS office emailed saying day use only.

NPS office response:

"The 2012 anchoring permit application is still valid. There is no overnight anchoring at Buck Island. It is day-use only. Please fill out the application and email it back to me. I'll need a copy of a valid ID and registration of the vessel. Let me know if you have any more questions. No notarized letter needed."

Thanks for any insight.

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Re: Buck Island Reef National Monument [Re: AustinRincon] #257721
06/09/2021 03:35 PM
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We were there at the end of April and were under the assumption that our anchor permit allowed for an overnight stay. But the park police came by at 4:30 and kicked us out so we headed back to Christiansted. When I looked at the email from the park service again, I realized that it did say no overnight anchoring.

Re: Buck Island Reef National Monument [Re: Swifty] #257762
06/10/2021 07:38 AM
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Agree with Swifty. No overnight stays as of April.

Re: Buck Island Reef National Monument [Re: AustinRincon] #257775
06/10/2021 10:31 AM
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Well dang. Thanks for the reply.

Re: Buck Island Reef National Monument [Re: AustinRincon] #257822
06/10/2021 06:30 PM
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Go there for the day and stay in Fredericksted (that's what we did). Admittedly, it isn't as nice but is acceptable.

Re: Buck Island Reef National Monument [Re: AustinRincon] #257852
06/10/2021 08:54 PM
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The pier in Fredericksted is very cool to snorkel. And we really enjoyed hanging out at The Fred for happy hour!

Re: Buck Island Reef National Monument [Re: AustinRincon] #258029
06/12/2021 10:38 AM
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Interesting... I see boats overnighting off west beach @ Buck Island nearly every night. DPNR is/was allowing overnight anchoring just south of Buck at Coakley Bay which is a LOT calmer than anything around Buck.


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