North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

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.

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. 

Interactive Boating Access Area Locator
 Disabled Access Identified


For hurricanes related BAA closures, please see this page. The above Locator shows all BAA closures.

BAA Closings (non-hurricane related)

Boat Access AreaSorted By Boat Access Area In Ascending OrderCountyBody of WaterDate Range ClosedReason for Closure
Bear CreekJacksonBear Creek Lake9/6/2018 - 12/15/2018Maintenance drawdown by Duke Energy.
Cheoah PointGrahamLake Santeetlah Until 12/21/2018Due to repair & maintenance work on Santeetlah Dam, the area will be closed once/twice a week, about an hour each time. Boaters may use Massey Branch or Avey Branch BAAs during closures.
GastonNorthamptonRoanoke RiverUntil Further NoticeMaintenance
Lock & Dam #2BladenCape Fear RiverUntil Further NoticeRepairs
Pollocksville BAAJonesTrent RiverUntil Further NoticeHurricane Damage Repairs
Rhodes Pond BAA & PFACumberlandRhodes PondUntil Further NoticeDam Renovation
Wolf CreekJacksonWolf Creek Lake11/5/2018 - 12/31/2018Maintenance drawdown by Duke Energy.

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. For example, reduce your wake around those fishing or using smaller vessels.
  • Leave the environment like you found it. Take all trash back to shore to be disposed of properly.