Launch areas for all boat types
Launch Points (No Ramp) for Non-Motorized Small Craft
The picnic area located directly across the road from the Harkers Island Visitor Center has a small sand beach which may be used as a launch point.
If the wind is out of the southwest, a more protected area is located at the end of the road.
For your safety do not launch in the park's boat basin.
If you are going out overnight you may leave your vehicle in the picnic area parking lot or the visitor center parking lot. The visitor center parking lot is locked at 5:00 pm and reopened at 8:30 am each day. Be sure to let the park rangers in the Visitor Center know you are leaving your vehicle in this lot.
At the Jaycees Town Park there is a small sand beach from which to launch. The beach is on Front Street across from the Post Office.
Ocracoke Island (Cape Hatteras National Seashore)
All boats should be launched from the ramp on the northwest side of the public parking lot. However, this ramp is subject to the conditions of the open Pamlico Sound. To obtain permission to launch from the NPS docks into the protected waters of Silver Lake, contact the Ocracoke Visitor Center (phone: 252-928-4531) to make arrangements.
Last updated: January 31, 2017