North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

NCWRC Operation Alerts - Hurricanes Florence & Michael

This list of Commission-related closings, cancellations and/or postponements due to Hurricanes Florence and Michael will be updated as we receive information. Consider bookmarking this page and checking back frequently.

Last Updated: Oct. 15, 2018

Take precautions around navigation and danger buoys

Due to Hurricane Florence moving the locations of navigation and danger buoys, boaters in coastal areas affected by the hurricane should navigate waters with extreme caution and not rely on buoys for navigational purposes. Commission staff are in the process of replacing these navigation aids and will have them in the correct locations as soon as possible.  

High water requires increased safety awareness

Dams and spillways can be beautiful to look at, but the water immediately above and immediately beneath them is treacherous. The Commission reminds the public to heed warning signs posted near dangerous areas and avoid boating and swimming in these areas. Unusual swirling currents can pull boats and people toward the dam and under the water.

People should watch for increased currents, wear life jackets and stay alert to changing weather conditions. Additionally, high water can sweep heavy debris into waterways, so boaters should stay alert for partially-submerged objects.


Boating Access Areas (BAAs) and Public Fishing Areas (PFAs) by Region:

Many BAAs and PFAs are underwater and unsuitable for launching or retrieving a vessel and/or fishing. Commission staff are now evaluating specific BAAs and PFAs and posting closures as needed.  

Piedmont Region

  • Bells Church PFA
  • Clarks Creek BAA, Stanly County
  • Coxs Ferry BAA, Wayne County
  • Diggs Tract BAA, Richmond County
  • Goldsboro BAA, Wayne County
  • Prices Landing BAA, Wayne County
  • Richardson Bridge BAA, Johnston County
  • Rockingham BAA in Richmond County
  • Seven Springs BAA, Wayne County
  • Stevens Mill BAA, Wayne County
  • Upper Barton PFA, Wake County
  • Weaver Creek PFA, Chatham County


Coastal Region

  • Avalon Beach BAA, Dare County
  • Brices Creek BAA & PFA, Craven County
  • Chinquapin BAA, Duplin County
  • Cowpen Landing BAA and PFA, Craven County
  • Elswell Ferry BAA, Bladen County
  • Fayetteville BAA, Cumberland County
  • Great Lake BAA, Craven County
  • Grifton BAA, Pitt County
  • Hancock Creek BAA & PFA, Craven County
  • Haywood Landing BAA, Jones County
  • Holly Shelter BAA & PFa, Pender County
  • Hookerton BAA & PFA, Greene County
  • Kenansville BAA, Duplin County
  • Kinston BAA, Lenoir County
  • Maple Cypress BAA, Craven County
  • Mashoes BAA, Dare County
  • McNeils Bridge BAA, Robeson County
  • Outfall Canal, Hyde County
  • Oyster Creek BAA, Carteret County
  • Pollocksville BAA & PFA, Jones County
  • Rices Creek, Brunswick County
  • Sawpit Landing BAA, Pender County
  • Shelter Creek BAA, Pender County
  • Sloans Bridge BAA, Bladen County
  • Snow Hill BAA, Greene County
  • Spring Garden BAA, Craven County
  • Sutton Lake BAA & PFA, New Hanover County
  • Tar Heel BAA, Bladen County
  • Tory Hole BAA, Bladen County
  • Trenton BAA, Jones County
  • Waynes Landing BAA, Duplin County
  • Willis Landing BAA, Onslow County


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has closed two lock and dams on the Cape Fear River in Bladen County:

Lock # 1 Access Area – 1248 Bill Hall Rd Fayetteville, NC - closed until further notice due to fish kill blocking the ramp.

Lock #3 Access Area – 996 Locks 1 Rd Riegelwood, NC - closed until further notice due to damage sustained in the hurricane.


Shooting Ranges:

  • Holly Shelter Shooting Range, Pender County - Closed until further notice.

Game Lands (listed alphabetically):

Gates are closed to vehicular access on the following game lands or game land tracts, effective Sept. 11, 2018, until further notice. These roads will remain closed until they have each been evaluated and deemed to be safe and suitable for public use.


  • Bladen Lakes State Forest, Bladen County: CLOSED SECTION: the north side of Singetary Lake tract; main tract, access to west side off NC 53
  • Columbus County Game Land, Brunswick and Columbus counties
  • Croatan Game Land, in Carteret, Jones and Craven counties: Partial road openings. Link to US Forest Service map of closures:
  • Croatan National Forest: USFS has closed the entire forest until the roads are cleared
  • Sandhills Game Land Scotland and Richmond counties, CLOSED SECTION: Gum Swamp Lake
  • Goose Creek Game Land, Beaufort County: only closed portion are interior roads on the Parker Farm tract (Pamlico Co)  The access from the paved road is open
  • Juniper Creek, Brunswick & Columbus counties: All sections are closed EXCEPT: Big Timber Rd., the unnamed road to the parking lot near the fire tower on NC 211 and the road to the disabled hunter blind off Camp Branch Rd. Camp Branch Rd. and Egypt Rd. are state roads that are open that provide access.
  • Lower Roanoke Game Lands, Martin County: CLOSED SECTION: Conoho tract
  • PeeDee River Game Land, Richmond County: CLOSED SECTION: Diggs Tract
  • White Oak River Game Land, Onslow County: CLOSED SECTIONS: Huggins tract




  • Public meeting regarding game land management at Holly Ridge Community Center, Scheduled for Sept. 18, 2018.  A new date will be announced.


Fish Kills Map: Below is a map denoting ongoing fish kills in coastal rivers.