Rhodes Pond Dam

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

Public Notice

The Commission has applied for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) Program funding through NC Emergency Management (NCEM) to repair four Boating Access Area’s boat ramps, floating docks, fishing piers, seawalls, drainage area, parking lots, fencing and restore the facilities back to pre-disaster conditions. Final Public Notice is available for public comment here.

Beginning June 1, 2020, all North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission Weigh-In, Special Use, and L15 permits will be valid and allowable activities can continue as described in the specific permit. However, it is expected that all local, state, or federal recommendations or orders with social distancing and mass gatherings will be followed.

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. 


Boating Access Area Full and Partial Closures

Boating Access Area County Body of Water Date Ranges Closed Reason for Closure
All restroom facilities Statewide Statewide Until Further Notice All restroom facilities are temporarily closed in response to COVID-19. Most BAAs remain open except those listed below.
Cedar Cliff Jackson Cedar Cliff Lake 9/2019 - 9/2020 Drawdown and dam maintenance by Duke Energy. For more information, see Water Access Alerts on https://www.duke-energy.com/community/lakes
Great Lake Craven Great Lake Until Further Notice Hurricane damage
Rhodes Pond BAA & PFA Cumberland Rhodes Pond Until Further Notice Dam renovation
Rockingham Richmond Pee Dee River 5/26/2020 - Until Further Notice Damaged dock
Straits Landing Carteret North River 3/5/2020 - Until Further Notice Intermittent closures and limited parking due to DOT bridge construction work.
Tory Hole Bladen Cape Fear River 2/18/2020 - Until Further Notice Flooding damage
Watermill Glen Alpine Road Boat Access Burke Catawba River Until Further Notice Closed by Burke County.

Boating Guides

Statewide Boating
Access Area Guide

by Coastal, Piedmont and Mountain Regions

Coastal Boating Guide 
from the 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. Reduce your wake around those fishing or using smaller vessels.
  • Take all trash back to shore to be disposed of properly.