As discussed in local media, II Marine Expeditionary Force and Marine Corps Installations East recently prohibited attached Active Duty and Reserve personnel from travelling on Catfish Lake Road, an improved unpaved public road that runs through the center of the Croatan National Forest in eastern North Carolina.
The order states: “Commanders will ensure their Marines and Sailors understand they are prohibited from traveling on Catfish Lake Road between NC Highway 58 in Jones County and NC Highway 70 in Craven County while on duty or in a leave or liberty status.”
However, it also states: “Catfish Lake Road may only be traveled when a Marine or Sailor has a legitimate reason for being on the unpaved portions of the road, e.g., hunting, fishing or engaging inother lawful recreational activities.”
Major Fahy, public affairs officer for Camp Lejeune, was quoted as saying “we do know that it is a popular cut-through for Marines going to and from Cherry Point and Camp Lejeune. They have no business using it as a cut through for commuting purposes.”