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 80 different bodies of water. Check out the interactive BAA locator below to find an area by address, waterbody, 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
Aurora BeaufortSouth CreekJuly 7, 2014 - September 30, 2014Renovations (expected to open prior to peak of trout season)
Circle DriveMontgomeryYadkin River6/2/2014 through 7/27/2014 Paving parking lot (Lakemont BAA is an alternate launch site 3.8 miles away)
Lake Mattamuskeet HydeOutfall Canal6/16/14 through 7/1/14Ramp repairs
Rhodes PondCumberlandRhodes PondUntil Further NoticePond is drained until Dam meets Dam Safety Board safety requirements.
Rose BayHydeRose Bay (Canal)July 7, 2014 - September 30, 2014Renovations (Swan Quarter may be used as an alternate launch site)
Tarheel BAA Bladen Cape Fear River12/2/13 until further noticeRenovations

Coastal Boating Guide


Coastal Boating Guide

(From 2014 Spring Fishing
& Boating Guide)

BAA Courtesies

1) Prepare your vessel for the water or the drive home well away from the ramp.

2) Do not block the ramp with an unattended vehicle or vessel.

3) Lines are formed by vehicles with trailers, keep your vessel out of the ramp area until ready to trailer.

4) Practice backing your trailer at home so that you will look like a pro at the ramp.

5) Do not power load your vessel, this causes erosion beyond the ramp.