Effective immediately, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is rescinding and cancelling all Weigh-In and Special Use Permits through April 30, 2020, in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Additionally, all L15 Permits are suspended through April 30, 2020.

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 - updated April 3, 2020

Boat Access AreaSorted By Boat Access Area In Ascending OrderCountyBody of WaterDate Range ClosedReason for Closure
All restroom facilitiesStatewideStatewideUntil Further NoticeAll restroom facilities are temporarily closed in response to COVID-19. Most BAAs remain open except those listed below.
Barkers CreekJacksonTuckasegee River2/28/2020 - Until Further NoticeTree removal
Castle HayneNew HanoverNE Cape Fear River7:30 pm, April 3, 2020 - 5 pm, April 13, 2020Pursuant to County order in response to COVID-19.
Cedar CliffJacksonCedar Cliff Lake9/2019 - 9/2020Drawdown and dam maintenance by Duke Energy. Suitable for carry-in paddle boats only. For more information, see Water Access Alerts on https://www.duke-energy.com/community/lakes
Federal PointNew HanoverBuzzard Bay7:30 pm, April 3, 2020 - 5 pm, April 13, 2020Pursuant to County order in response to COVID-19.
Great LakeCravenGreat LakeUntil Further NoticeHurricane damage
Lake WaccamawColumbusLake WaccamawUntil Further NoticeClosed at the request of the Mayor of the Town of Lake Waccamaw in response to COVID-19.
PollocksvilleJonesTrent River1/27/2020 - Until Further NoticeRenovation
Rhodes Pond BAA & PFACumberlandRhodes PondUntil Further NoticeDam renovation
Snows CutNew HanoverIntracoastal Waterway7:30 pm, April 3, 2020 - 5 pm, April 13, 2020Pursuant to County order in response to COVID-19.
Straits LandingCarteretNorth River3/5/2020 - Until Further NoticeIntermittent closures and limited parking due to DOT bridge construction work.
Surf CityPenderIntracoastal WaterwayUntil Further NoticeClosed at the request of the Town of Surf City in response to COVID-19.
Sutton LakeNew HanoverSutton Lake7:30 pm, April 3, 2020 - 5 pm, April 13, 2020Pursuant to County order in response to COVID-19.
Tory HoleBladenCape Fear River2/18/2020 - Until Further NoticeFlooding damage
Trails EndNew HanoverIntracoastal Waterway7:30 pm, April 3, 2020 - 5 pm, April 13, 2020Pursuant to County order in response to COVID-19.
Wrightsville BeachNew HanoverIntracoastal Waterway7:30 pm, April 3, 2020 - 5 pm, April 13, 2020Pursuant to County order in response to COVID-19.

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.