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When will Sutton Lake boat ramp reopen?

Ryan McGuire

John Fewkes loads his boat after fishing at Sutton Lake on Oct. 25, 2012. Access to the lake will be shut down so the NC Wildlife Resources Commission can do boat ramp and other improvements beginning Oct. 29. StarNews photo By Paul Stephen.

According to the N.C. Wildlife Resources, the boat ramp at Sutton Lake will reopen sometime in February. Located off of U.S. 421, Sutton Lake is used to provide cool water to the Duke Energy Energy Plant.

The ramp, closed on Oct. 29, 2012, has been undergoing renovations. They include two new boat ramps with courtesy docks, a handicap accessible fishing pier, new parking areas, solar lighting, as well as more signage.

The NCWR does not want to give an exact date due to possible unforeseen circumstances, however they are confident in the February timeline.

For more information or questions, call the N.C. Wildlife Resources Boating Access Information Department at (919) 707-0150.

UPDATE: Duke Energy announced on Feb. 28 that the boat ramp is ready for use.


Are there really flounder and crabs in Sutton Lake?

What effects will the closing of Wilmington’s Sutton Plant have on Sutton Lake and the fishing there?


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4 Responses to “ When will Sutton Lake boat ramp reopen?”

  1. On January 30, 2013 at 6:49 pm chaz wrote:

    How deep is the lake? Can a ski boat go in?

  2. On February 1, 2013 at 8:11 pm nathan wrote:

    A majority of the lake is only 2-4 feet deep, with many stumps and trees barely submerged beneath the surface. There is a channel that is 25-30 feet deep, but taking a ski boat on that lake would be certain trouble for your boat or skiers

  3. On October 29, 2013 at 12:51 pm dave bellows wrote:

    would you please give me directions from Fayetteville nc to the boat ramp at Sutton lake.

  4. On October 29, 2013 at 3:50 pm Si Cantwell wrote:

    Here is a website with directions:

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