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Where are local boat ramps?

Judy Royal
Boaters load and unload their vessels at the Wrightsville Beach boat ramp.

Boaters load and unload their vessels at the Wrightsville Beach boat ramp.

If you have access to a boat, you’re definitely living in or visiting the right place here in Southeastern North Carolina. There’s water as far as the eye can see! But having the boat is half the battle. You have to get it in the water somehow. If your vessel is landbound and you want to change that, there are a multitude of places where you can do that. Beware: Many boat ramps get crowded during tourist season, so arrive early with a hefty dose of patience. Tensions can run high at the busier locations!

New Hanover County

Cape Fear River at Fort Fisher, on U.S. 421 near ferry landing

Carolina Beach State Park, on State Park Road (closed until spring 2010)

Dram Tree Park, end of Castle Street

Federal Point, terminus of U.S. 421 near Fort Fisher

Greenfield Lake, West Lakeshore Drive

Intracoastal Waterway at Wrightsville Beach, on north side of drawbridge

Intracoastal Waterway at Carolina Beach/Snow’s Cut, on east end of Snows Cut

Northeast Cape Fear River at Castle Hayne, on Orange Street just before bridge

Sutton Lake Road, off U.S. 421 North

Brunswick County

Brunswick River at Belville, on Belville Town Park

Intracoastal Waterway at Holden Beach, off Jordan Street

Intracoastal Waterway at Oak Island, on Fish Factory Road

Intracoastal Waterway at Sunset Harbor, at end of Sunset Harbor Road

Oak Island, end of Northeast 55th Street

Oak Island, end of West 57th Place

Oak Island, end of West 39th Place

Rices Creek at Winnabow off Gordon Lewis Road

Waccamaw River, N.C. 904 10 miles north of U.S. 17 near Pireway

Pender County

Intracoastal Waterway at North Topsail Beach, off N.C. 210 after bridge

Northeast Cape Fear River at Holly Shelter, on Shaw Highway

Northeast Cape Fear River end of Whitestocking Road

Shelter Creek, 6 miles east of I-40 on N.C. 53

Surf City, south side of drawbridge

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4 Responses to “ Where are local boat ramps?”

  1. On July 17, 2009 at 10:06 am shawn wrote:

    out of all these boat ramps, which one is least busy?
    for example this weekend?

  2. On July 17, 2009 at 2:13 pm Judy Royal wrote:

    I am not familiar with the ramps in Brunswick and Pender, but I would say if you’re worried about them being busy then you should avoid the Wrightsville Beach one at all costs. I live near the Snow’s Cut ramp and while it’s probably second in terms of activity, I haven’t seen it looking insanely busy except on Fourth of July weekend. I know there is a good-sized parking lot.

  3. On July 24, 2009 at 6:30 pm amie wrote:


  4. On August 29, 2009 at 9:55 am Darrell Sheldon wrote:

    Better get to the ramp fast as these are disappearing fast and the county does not seem interested in buying coastal access to deal with the rising number of residents. How are we as a growing coastal community supposed to enjoy the coast when you have to wait for hours at a ramp and then have to walk 3/4/of a mile after dropping your trailer and truck? Let’s set a precedent and start buying up larger tracts of coastline as they become available. Show everyone we want people to enjoy this areas assets!

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