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. 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 - Duke Energy Water Access Alerts
East Lake Ferry Dare Alligator River Closed indefinitely  
Fifth Street Landing Halifax Roanoke Rapids Lake 12/5/2022 - 1/1/2023 Partial closure. Limited parking and one ramp in use only due to construction work.
Great Lake Craven Great Lake Until Further Notice Hurricane Damage
Rhodes Pond BAA & PFA Cumberland Rhodes Pond Until Further Notice Dam Renovation
South Point Gaston Lake Wylie Until 12/23/2022 Parking lot repairs.
Straits Landing Carteret North River Until Further Notice DOT Bridge Construction Work - Intermittent Closures and Limited Parking
William O'Huske Lock and Dam Bladen Cape Fear River 10/5/2022 - 1/31/2023 Lock Renovation - Army Corps of Engineers
Wrightsville Beach New Hanover Intracoastal Waterway 1/1/2023 - 3/1/2023 Partial closure. Limited parking due to renovation work.

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.