Public Boat Ramps in Dare County
Are you traveling to the Outer Banks with your boat and not sure where to launch?
When arriving in Dare County, North Carolina, the most appealing attraction is undoubtedly the endless ocean and the waterfront surrounding it. In the spring and summer seasons hundreds of locals and tourists crowd the beaches and take in the salty sea air. Close to these beaches are the public boat ramps where anyone owning a boat can dock for a period of time. These boat ramps are a popular and widely used section of the waterfront within the Outer Banks region. Thanks to the ramps, recreational boating in North Carolina has reached its peak over the past few years. They are without a doubt a crucial facet of the Outer Banks.
Boating on the Outer Banks of North Carolina has mostly been used for deep sea and sound fishing. Many residents of Dare County are proud fisherman and take it up as a hobby. After getting their fishing supplies from one of the local tackle shops they are off to one of our many local boat ramps that lead to the Sound or Sea. The Sound provides many different species of fish for the inshore fisherman including Speckled Trout, Flounder and Puppy Drum. The Oregon inlet ramp is an outlet to the deep blue waters in the hope of finally catching a record Marlin or the high flying and jumping Sailfish.
When tourists from out of state arrive at North Carolina’s famous Outer Banks region, the Dare County waterfront stands out the most. For those on the East coast it is a reminder of home while tourists from the Western side of the United States get to see the real beauty of a true blue ocean for the first time. When the public boat ramps are filled to capacity, the numbers of boats on display can be astounding and beautiful to watch.
Popular Boat Ramps in Dare County
(Interesting Fact: Nags Head Self Storage is only 14 miles away from the Oregon Inlet Boat Ramp making it the closest place to store your boat to a ramp with Ocean Access!)
There are tons of public boat ramps along the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Some are only used by certain job related boats while others are used by anyone with proper boat ownership. Here are the names of just a few of the boat ramp locations:
National Park Service Boat Ramp at Oregon Inlet at Nags Head – Ocean AccessDirections: Located at the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center off Hwy. 12 behind the fishing center. Parking is available for approximately 75 vehicles and trailers.
NC Wildlife Resources Commission Public Boat Ramp at Kitty Hawk – Sound AccessDirections: From the East end of Wright Memorial Bridge on NC158 E over Currituck Sound, go 6.0mi. to Avalon Drive. Turn right onto Avalon Drive and travel 0.6mi. to Bay Drive. Turn left onto Bay Drive and travel 0.1mi. to Dock Street. The area is located adjacent to the intersection of Bay Dr. and Dock St. (shallow draft vessels recommended)
Dare County Public Boat Ramp in Kitty Hawk – Sound AccessDirections: Turn west off 158 bypass onto Kitty Hawk Road and follow it for approximately three miles. Turn left onto Bob Perry Road. Follow Bob Perry Road for approximately one mile and turn right at the Dare County Public Boat Ramp sign. Parking is available for approximately 30 vehicles and trailers, with access to a picnic area. The canal to the sound is about 200 feet long, with a depth of approximately 5 feet.
NC Wildlife Resources Commission Public Boat Ramp at Washington Baum Bridge – Sound AccessDirections: Located on the west side of the Washington Baum Bridge, directly across from Pirate’s Cove Marina. There is parking available for approximately 50 vehicles and trailers, with several railed walkways that provide easy access for recreational fishing. From the junction of US64/264 and NC345 east of Manteo, take US64/264 east 1.0 miles to the Washington Baum Bridge. Turn right onto the access road at the bridge. The area is located under the west end of the bridge.
The Town of Manteo Public Boat Ramp – Sound AccessDirections: Located in the Town of Manteo on Roanoke Island. Turn right at the stop light on Budleigh Street and follow it to the end and make a left. The boat ramp is adjacent to the bridge that goes to the Elizabeth II historical site. There is very limited parking.