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
Lake RimCumberlandLake Rim11/2/2015- 12/31/2015Parking Lot Renovation
Rhodes PondCumberlandRhodes PondUntil Further NoticePond is drained until Dam meets Dam Safety Board safety requirements.
Rocky BranchCherokeeLake Nantahala9/8/2015- December 2015Site Improvements
Tar HeelBladenCape Fear River7/27/2015 - UnknownRemoval of Old Steel Bridge
Turkey CreekOnslowIntercoastal Waterway11/9/2015-12/31/2015Parking Lot Renovation
WindsorBertieCashie River9/30/2015 - 01/01/2016Renovation

Rhodes Pond Dam Update

For a timeline on Rhodes Pond dating back to 2005 and other information regarding the lake, visit the Rhodes Pond Update webpage.

Boating Guides

Statewide Boating
Access Area Guide

Access Areas by Coastal, Piedmont and Mountain Regions


Coastal Boating Guide