Launch areas for all boat types
Free boating access ramps are provided on the mainland by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. The closest ramps to the islands of Cape Lookout National Seashore in Carteret County are listed below. A checkmark (√) symbol indicates those ramps considered fully accessible due to designated disabled user parking, paved walkways to the launch ramps, and barrier free docks.
|Access||Body of Water||Boat Access Area||Directions/Notes|
|Intracoastal Waterway||Morehead City||Travel east along US 70 2.7 miles form the intersection of US 70 and NC 24, turn right beside Visitor's Center. Area located behind Visitor Center.|
|Taylor's Creek||Beaufort||From the Beaufort US 70 drawbridge, travel east along US 70 for 1 mile and turn right on Lennoxville Road. Proceed 1.6 miles and the access area is located on the right along the waterfront in Graydon Paul Park.|
|√||North River||Strait's Landing||Travelling east on US 70 from Beaufort, approximately 0.75 miles east of Otway at the intersection of US 70 and SR 1332 (Harkers Island Road), turn right onto SR 1332. Travel approximately 3.8 miles to the area. Area will be located on the right just before crossing the causeway onto Harkers Island.|
|Oyster Creek||Oyster Creek||Beginning from the junction of US 70 and NC 101 east of Beaufort, travel east on US 70 for 18.5 miles. The area will be located on the right.|
|Salters Creek||Salters Creek||From Beaufort travel east on US 70 toward Cedar Island, area located at the northeast end of the high-rise bridge that crosses Nelson's Bay at the community of Sea Level.|
|Pamlico Sound||Cedar Island||Travel on US 70 east from Beaufort then NC 12 to Cedar Island. Entrance to area is located on Driftwood Road 0.1 mile before state ferry entrance.|
The privately operated marinas on Harkers Island allow boats to launch for a fee. Contact the marina directly for rates.
Ocracoke Island (Cape Hatteras National Seashore)
A public boat ramp is located on the northeast side of the National Park Service public parking lot. Parking at the Ocracoke boat ramp parking lot is limited to 1 week/7days after which all vehicles (including boat trailers, recreational vehicles, etc.) must be removed for at least 24 hours.