Public Boat Ramps

Municipal Park, behind the Crystal Coast Visitor Center at 3409 Arendell Street (U.S. 70), has several launching areas and lots of parking. While swimming is not allowed, a shady picnic area with grills and tables offers a nice resting spot to enjoy a view of the sound. The park is just east of Carteret Community College.

A boat ramp at 10th and Shepard streets in Morehead City serves as the nearest launch location to Sugarloaf Island, the undeveloped island across from the city waterfront. The launch ramp accommodates boats 16 feet or less, and parking is available. Sugarloaf Island is a nice place to get away from it all while being close to everything.

Boating Emergency Numbers

11101 Station St.
Emerald Isle, NC 28594
(910) 362-4015

The Emerald Isle Coast Guard Station, located at the tip of the western end of Emerald Isle, is a fully-manned station which serves approximately 50 nautical miles of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterways (including Bogue Inlet, New River Inlet, White Oak River, New River, and Surf City) and up to 30 nautical...more about Coast Guard 24-Hour Operations Center

(910) 343-3881

For boating emergencies in the Fort Macon and surrounding areas, call this number.  The responders are located out of Wilmington.  Responders for Emerald Isle and Swansboro can be reached at (252) 354-2719 for emergencies.  The International Distress radio signal for emergencies is Channel 16....more about Search/Rescue Emergencies

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