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Can you access the Cape Fear River from the boat ramp at Fort Fisher?

Marc Maus

You can, but it is very difficult to navigate through the bays to get to the opening in the rocks that allows a boat to pass. You also have to know the tides. A low tide makes the journey impossible because there is so little water at the ramp.

The Snow’s Cut, Carolina Beach State Park and Fish Factory Road ramps are much better for gaining access to the river.

For an online map of the river, you can go to the NOAA’s Charts section or Google Earth, as there are no navigation maps.

You have to go through the cribbing, a rock jetty that runs perpendicular to The Rocks that separate the bay from the Cape Fear River. At low tide, you can ding your propeller.

A lot of fishermen with aluminum jon boats and shallow-draft skiffs ply Buzzards Bay and The Basin to get to the opening in the “The Rocks” near Bald Head Island. But it’s also the domain of kayaks and sail boards. There are lots of kayak fishermen down in the shallow bays.

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John S.

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