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
Blewett's GraveRichmondPee Dee River10/11/2016 - Until Further NoticeFlooding Damage Repairs
Dunbar BridgeEdgecombeTar River10/11/2016 - Until Further NoticeFlooding Damage Repairs
East Lake FerryDareAlligator RiverUntil Further NoticeFlooding Damage Repairs
Lake WaccamawColumbusLake Waccamaw9/19/2016 - Until Further NoticeRepairs
NorwoodStanlyTillery Lake10/26/2016 - Until Further NoticeRenovation
Old 288SwainFontana ReservoirUntil Spring 2017Low Water Level
PerquimansPerquimansPerquimans River11/14/2016 - Until Further NoticeRepairs
Rhodes Pond BAA & PFACumberlandRhodes PondUntil Further NoticeFlooding Damage
South PointGastonLake Wylie11/15/2016 - Until Further Notice3 of the 6 Ramps Closed Due To Low Water Level
Tar HeelBladenCape Fear River7/27/2015 - UnknownFlooding Damage Repairs

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.