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. 


Boat Access AreaSorted By Boat Access Area In Ascending OrderCountyBody of WaterDate Range ClosedReason for Closure
Cedar CliffGrahamCedar Cliff Lake9/3/2019 - 9/2020Drawdown and dam maintenance by Duke Energy. Suitable for carry-in paddle boats only. For more information, see Water Access Alerts on
Great LakeCravenGreat LakeUntil Further NoticeHurricane Damage
Horse Park PFASwainTuckasegee River Until Further Notice Maintenance
Pine CreekJacksonGlenville Lake11/26/2019 - 01/10/2020For use by small boats only during lowered water level (3 ft. below normal water level) for maintenance by Duke Energy. For more information, see Water Access Alerts on
Rhodes Pond BAA & PFACumberlandRhodes PondUntil Further NoticeDam Renovation

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.