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
Big Choga BAAMaconLake Nantahala5/4/2015 - July 2015Site Improvements
Fayetteville BAACumberlandCape Fear River11/03/2014 - Until further noticeRenovation
Grassy Island BAARichmondBlewlett Falls Lake 5/26/2015 - 6/16/2015Temporary draw down of Blewlett Falls Lake. Closed to motorized vessels only.
Jackrabbit BAAClayChatuge Lake10/06/2014 - Until further notice- The next closest ramp is Ledfords Chapel BAABridge construction on Chatuge Lake
Old 288 BAASwainFontana Lake09/25/14 Will reopen in the springFontana Lake yearly draw down
Rhodes PondCumberlandRhodes PondUntil Further NoticePond is drained until Dam meets Dam Safety Board safety requirements.

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

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.