Rhodes Pond Dam

For a timeline on Rhodes Pond dating back to 2005 and other information regarding the lake, visit the Rhodes Pond Update webpage.

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. Check out the interactive BAA Locator below to find an area by address, water body or accessibility for disabled. 

Interactive Boating Access Area Locator
 Disabled Access Identified

Boating Access Area Full and Partial Closures - updated April 14, 2020

Boating Access Area County Body of Water Date Ranges Closed Reason for Closure
All restroom facilities Statewide Statewide Until Further Notice All restroom facilities are temporarily closed in response to COVID-19. Most BAAs remain open except those listed below.
Barkers Creek Jackson Tuckasegee River 2/28/2020 - Until Further Notice Tree removal
Cedar Cliff Jackson Cedar Cliff Lake 9/2019 - 9/2020 Drawdown and dam maintenance by Duke Energy. Suitable for carry-in paddle boats only. For more information, see Water Access Alerts on https://www.duke-energy.com/community/lakes
Great Lake Craven Great Lake Until Further Notice Hurricane damage
Lake Waccamaw Columbus Lake Waccamaw Until Further Notice Closed at the request of the Mayor of the Town of Lake Waccamaw in response to COVID-19.
Pollocksville Jones Trent River 1/27/2020 - Until Further Notice Renovation
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.
Surf City Pender Intracoastal Waterway Until Further Notice Closed at the request of the Town of Surf City in response to COVID-19.
Tory Hole Bladen Cape Fear River 2/18/2020 - Until Further Notice Flooding damage
Watermill Glen Alpine Road Boat Access Burke Catawba River Until Further Notice Closed by Burke County.

BAA Closings

Boat Access AreaSorted By Boat Access Area In Ascending OrderCountyBody of WaterDate Range ClosedReason for Closure
ApalachiaCherokeeApalachia Lake3/1/2019 - Until CompletionRenovation
Bear CreekJacksonBear Creek Lake9/6/2018 - Until Further NoticeMaintenance drawdown by Duke Energy.
Bells Church PFAChathamLake Jordan4/15/2019 - Until Further NoticeHigh Water
Cheoah PointGrahamLake Santeetlah Until Further NoticeDue to repair & maintenance work on Santeetlah Dam, the area will be closed once/twice a week, about an hour each time. Boaters may use Massey Branch or Avey Branch BAAs during closures.
Great LakeCravenGreat LakeUntil Further NoticeHurricane Damage
Hanging DogCherokeeHiwassee Lake4/15/2019 - Until CompletionPaving. Boaters and anglers are advised to use Ramsey Bluff BAA which can be reached from Hanging Dog Campground Rd. (the same road leading to Hanging Dog BAA).
Holden BeachBrunswickIntracoastal Waterway4/7/2019 - Until Further NoticeDOT work on the bridge.
Lock & Dam #1BladenCape Fear RiverUntil Further NoticeHurricane Damage
Lock & Dam #2BladenCape Fear RiverUntil Further NoticeRepairs
Rhodes Pond BAA & PFACumberlandRhodes PondUntil Further NoticeDam Renovation
Tory HoleBladenCape Fear RiverUntil Further NoticeHurricane Damage
Wolf CreekJacksonWolf Creek LakeUntil CompletionMaintenance drawdown by Duke Energy. Open for smaller boats.

Boating Guides

Statewide Boating
Access Area Guide

by Coastal, Piedmont and Mountain Regions

Coastal Boating Guide 
from the Spring Fishing & Boating Guide

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. For example, reduce your wake around those fishing or using smaller vessels.
  • Leave the environment like you found it. Take all trash back to shore to be disposed of properly.