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
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
East Lake Ferry Dare Alligator River Closed indefinitely  
Eno River Durham Falls Lake / Eno River 7/11/2022 - Until Further Notice Renovation
Great Lake Craven Great Lake Until Further Notice Hurricane damage
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.
Sunset Beach Brunswick Intracoastal Waterway 10/01/2022 Closure of ramp for town event.

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.