Rhodes Pond Dam

For a timeline on Rhodes Pond dating back to 2005 and other information regarding the lake, visit the Rhodes Pond Update webpage.

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. 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
BAA restroom facilities Counties with Substantial and High Community Transmission Levels Statewide Until Further Notice Restroom closures follow the metrics of the CDC's COVID-19 Community Transmission Data.
Black Bear McDowell Lake James 9/20/2021-12/31/2021 Parking lot maintenance by Duke Energy. For more information, see Water Access Alerts at https://www.duke-energy.com/community/lakes
Cedar Cliff Jackson Cedar Cliff Lake 9/3/2019 - 9/2024 Drawdown and dam maintenance by Duke Energy. For more information, see Water Access Alerts at https://www.duke-energy.com/community/lakes
East Lake Ferry Dare Alligator River Until Further Notice Maintenance
Fifth Street Landing Halifax Roanoke Rapids Reservoir 1/1/2022 - 3/1/2022 Renovation
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 at https://www.duke-energy.com/community/lakes
Great Lake Craven Great Lake Until Further Notice Hurricane damage
Little Creek Lincoln Lake Norman 12/13/2021 Maintenance
Rhodes Pond BAA & PFA Cumberland Rhodes Pond Until Further Notice Dam renovation
Straits Landing Carteret North River 3/5/2020 - Until Further Notice Intermittent closures and limited parking due to DOT bridge construction work.
Wittenburg Alexander Lake Hickory 11/29/2021-02/28/2022 Parking lot maintenance by Duke Energy. For more information, see Water Access Alerts at https://www.duke-energy.com/community/lakes

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.
  • Wake responsibly.