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.
Bringle Ferry Davidson Tuckertown Lake Until Further Notice
Flooding damage.
Cedar Cliff Jackson Cedar Cliff Lake 9/3/2019 - 9/2021
Drawdown and dam maintenance by Duke Energy. For more information, see Water Access Alerts on https://www.duke-energy.com/community/lakes
Cox Ferry, Goldsboro, Prices Landing, Seven Springs, Stevens Mill Wayne Neuse River Until Further Notice Flooding
Cow Pen Landing, Maple Cypress Craven Neuse River Until Further Notice Flooding
Ennis Bridge, Hunts Bluff, Ivanhoe, Sloans Bridge, Tar Heel Bladen Cape Fear River Until Further Notice Flooding
Fayetteville Cumberland Cape Fear River Until Further Notice Flooding
Grassy Island Richmond Blewett Falls Reservoir 9/23/2020 - 9/2022
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
Grifton Pit Contentnea Creek Until Further Notice Flooding
High Hill, McNeils Bridge Robeson Lumber River Until Further Notice Flooding
Hinson Lake PFA Richmond Hinson Lake 9/14/2020 - Until Further Notice Pier construction.
Hookerton PFA Greene Contentnea Creek Until Further Notice Flooding damage.
Lake Adger Polk Lake Adger Until Further Notice Caution: the area remains open but due to lake's drawdown the access will be limited and navigational issues may occur.
Lennons Bridge Robeson Big Swamp Until Further Notice Flooding
Pee Dee Anson Blewett Falls Reservoir 9/23/2020 - Until Further Notice
Caution: the area remains open but due to lake's drawdown and dam maintenance by Duke Energy caution needs to be used. For more information, see Water Access Alerts on https://www.duke-energy.com/community/lakes
Rhodes Pond BAA & PFA Cumberland Rhodes Pond Until Further Notice Dam renovation
Richardsons Bridge Johnston Neuse River Until Further Notice Flooding
Snow Hill Greene Contentnea Creek 11/9/2020 - Until Further Notice Renovation
Straits Landing Carteret North River 3/5/2020 - Until Further Notice Intermittent closures and limited parking due to DOT bridge construction work.

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.