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 250 free Boating Access Areas (BAA) to over 100 different bodies of water. Use the interactive BAA Locator below to find an area by address, water body or accessibility for disabled. Please notice Caution remarks.



Boating Access Area Full and Partial Closures

Boating Access Area County Body of Water Date Ranges Closed Reason for Closure
Cedar Cliff Jackson Cedar Cliff Lake Until Fall 2024 Drawdown and Dam Maintenance - see Duke Energy Water Access Alerts
East Lake Ferry Dare Alligator River Closed indefinitely  
Great Lake Craven Great Lake Until Further Notice Hurricane Damage
Lillington Harnett Cape Fear River 2/1/2024 - 5/1/2024 Construction Renovations
Old Sparta Edgecombe Tar River 9/18/2023 - 5/1/2024 Construction Renovations
Surf City Pender Intracoastal Waterway 7/3/2024, 11/1/2024 - 11/2/2024 Town Events
Straits Landing Carteret North River Until Further Notice DOT Bridge Construction Work - intermittent closures and limited parking

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.

  • Wake responsibly.