New boating access opens
SHALLOTTE — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open a new boating access area in Brunswick County in Shallotte on Nov. 22.
The Brick Landing Boating Access Area is located at 1921 Bricklanding Road SW in Shallotte, N.C. The Wildlife Commission constructed two 15-foot wide boat ramps, a floating dock, and a paved parking lot with 23 boat trailer spaces and five single-vehicle spaces, of which two are handicapped accessible. The boating access area provides access to the Intracoastal Waterway, including the Shallotte River and all of its tributaries. Anglers who launch their watercraft from the area can expect to find red drum, spotted sea trout, croaker, spot and flounder.
The boat ramp’s location also gives anglers easy access to the Shallotte Inlet for near shore and offshore fishing opportunities. Near shore fish in that area usually consist of Spanish mackerel, bluefish and black drum. Offshore species in the area may include king mackerel, cobia and dolphin. Several artificial reefs located less than 10 miles offshore from Shallotte Inlet provide good fishing for several species of snapper and grouper.
“The Brick Landing Boating Access Area will provide boaters and anglers easy access to the ICW and to Shallotte Inlet,” said Mark Hamlett, design service section chief for the Commission. “It will be a great benefit to the public and should reduce some of the pressure placed on the heavily used Brunswick County access areas nearby.”
The Wildlife Commission partnered with the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries on the new boating access area. The Commission purchased land for the site using motorboat registration receipts. Construction was funded primarily through Coastal Recreational Fishing License Grant funds.
“One of the focus areas for the Coastal Recreational Fishing License Grant is to help fund fishing access sites along the coast,” said Louis Daniel, director of the Division of Marine Fisheries. “We were glad to partner with the Wildlife Resources Commission on this worthy project.”
For more information on boating in North Carolina, including the locations of more than 200 free, publicly accessible boating access areas, visit the Commission’s online locater map. For more information on fishing in North Carolina, including where to fish, visit the fishing page on www.ncwildlife.org.
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