North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

Boating Access Areas

With more than 300,000 registered vessels in North Carolina, boating is one of the state’s most popular activities year-round.  The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission provides more than 200 free Boating Access Areas (BAA) to over 100 different bodies of water. Check out the interactive BAA Locator below to find an area by address, water body, or accessibility for disabled.


Interactive Boating Access Area Locator
 Disabled Access Identified

 Striped Bass Fishing Access
Areas on Roanoke River, NC

Striped Bass Fishing Access Areas on Roanoke River, NC


BAA Closings

Boat Access AreaSorted By Boat Access Area In Ascending OrderCountyBody of WaterDate Range ClosedReason for Closure
East Lake FerryDareAlligator RiverUntil Further NoticeFlooding Damage Repairs
Lillys BridgeMontgomeryTillery Lake8/1/2017 - Until Further NoticeMajor Renovation
Neck RoadMecklenburgMountain Island Reservoir10/23/2017 - 10/27/2017Repairs
Rhodes Pond BAA & PFACumberlandRhodes PondUntil Further NoticeFlooding Damage
Shell Rock LandingOnslowIntracoastal Waterway10/2/2017 - Until Further NoticeRenovation

Boating Guides

Statewide Boating
Access Area Guide

by Coastal, Piedmont and Mountain Regions

Coastal Boating Guide 
from the latest Spring Fishing & Boating Guide

Boating Courtesies

  • Avoid causing erosion by operating at no wake near shore or in narrow streams or rivers.
  • Make sure all passengers have proper PFD's, and have a safety discussion before departure.
  • To avoid noise pollution, vary your operating areas.
  • Stay aware and respect others using the waterways. For example, reduce your wake around those fishing or using smaller vessels.
  • Leave the environment like you found it. Take all trash back to shore to be disposed of properly.