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
Bringles FerryDavidsonYadkin River10/6/14Until further notice
Dawson CreekPamlicoDawson Creek10/22/2014 - until further noticerenovation
Fayetteville BAACumberlandCape Fear River11/03/2014 - Until further noticeRenovation
Jackrabbit BAAClayHiwassee River (Chatuge Lake)10/06/2014 - Until further notice- The next closest ramp is Ledfords Chapel BAABridge construction on Chatuge Lake
Old 288 BAASwainTuckasegee River (Fontana Lake)09/25/14 Will reopen in the springFontana Lake yearly draw down
Pine Creek BAAJacksonWest Fork Tuckaseegee River9/26/2014 - until March 2015Maintenance on the Tennessee Creek Hydro Station
Rhodes PondCumberlandRhodes PondUntil Further NoticePond is drained until Dam meets Dam Safety Board safety requirements.
Tanassee BAAJacksonTanassee Creek Lake09/26/2014 - Until March 2015Maintenance on the Tennessee Creek Hydro Station
Tarheel BAA Bladen Cape Fear River12/2/13 - Opening on 12/22/2014Renovations
Tory Hole BAABladenCape Fear River10/1/14 - Until further noticeRenovations
Turkey CreekOnslowTurkey Creek10/22/2014 - until further noticerenovations
Wolf Creek BAAJacksonWolf Creek Lake09/26/2014 until springNo water on ramp: Can put in hand carried canoes

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.

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.