Wanna play in the water? These companies have what you need – New Bern Sun Journal

It’s not ready for prime-time tourism quite yet, but will be a beckoning feature for those boating the Intracoastal Waterway near Oak Island in the years to come. The early 2019 signing of a long-term, rent-free lease between Oak Island’s Sea Biscuit Wildlife Center and Duke Energy was cause for celebration by Duke staffers, by Sea Biscuit founder and president Mary Ellen Rogers, by town residents, by the small but dedicated group of volunteers who keep the facility running – and by the tourists who can stop in to visit when the facility opens in a year or two.


Duke is letting the avian hospital and rehab facility use a four-acre site on the mainland side of town adjacent to the outfall canal that Duke built in conjunction with its nuclear power plant, a wooded tract near Dutchman’s Creek and Bill Smith Park.


Rogers and her supporters hope to raise in excess of $300,000 to build a 3,000-square-foot clinic on the site, and outfit some of the surrounding woods with outdoor pens for birds recovering from injuries – fishhooks and tangled line predominately with sea birds, car collisions with many inland species.


Visiting the new bird rehab is just one of a host of things to do on and in the water in Southeast North Carolina. Area beaches, lakes and rivers offer an abundance of ways to get your feet wet and enjoy the great outdoors.


Many people are involved in that effort. Here are a few options, certainly not a complete list:


 


Fishing


Freshwater


Holly Shelter Game Lands, 7271 Shaw Ave., Pender County.


Intracoastal Waterway, 613 Lewis Road, Hampstead.


Lake Waccamaw State Park,1866 State Park Drive, Lake Waccamaw, 910-646-1843.


Miller’s Pond, 12762 U.S. 117 Rocky Point, 910-259-1330.


Sawpit Landing, 527 Whitestocking Road.


Shelter Creek, 12380 Shaw Ave., Pender County.


Waterfront Park, Bay Street between Howe and Davis streets, Southport.


 


Saltwater


A&B Saltwater Adventures LLC, 912 S. Anderson Blvd., Topsail Beach, 910-915-5256.


Angry Pelican Charters, 5710 57th Pl. West, Oak Island, 910-742-0296.


Caught Up Fishing Charters, 220 Annie Drive, Carolina Beach, 910-540-2633.


East Coast Sports, 409 Roland Ave., Surf City, 910-328-1887


Feel Good Fishing Charters and Adventures, 218 Hillsdale Drive, Wilmington, 910-431-7777.


Jot It Down Fishing Charters LLC, 330 Causeway Drive, Wrightsville Beach, 910-233-4139.


Ocean Isle Fishing Center, 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, 910-575-3474.


Ollie Raja Fishing Charters, 2775 Sea Aire Drive SW, Supply, 910-367-2998.


Register Park, Ocean Isle Beach. Fishing tee, restrooms, floating dock.


Seahawk Inshore Fishing, 5419 Peden Point Road, Wilmington, 910-619-9580.


Topsail Island Tours, 328 Channel Blvd., Topsail Island, 910-328-3474.


Veterans Park, Ocean Isle Beach. Fishing tee.


Vonda Kay Deep Sea Fishing, 120 Short St, Wrightsville Beach, 910-545-3474.


Wilmington Fishing Charters, 240 Beech St., Wilmington, 910-619-8509.


Wrightsville Beach Fishing Charters, 1418 Airlie Road, Wilmington, 910-777-9734.


Wrightsville Performance Sailing, Causeway Drive, Wrightsville Beach, 910-622-2503. Cruises, charters, lessons.


 


 


Gear


East Coast Sports, 409 Roland Ave., Surf City, 910-328-1887.


Herrings Outdoor Sports, 701 New River Drive, Topsail Island.


Holland’s Shelter Creek, 8315 N.C. 53 East, Burgaw.


Jolly Roger Pier, 803 Ocean Blvd., Topsail Beach, 910-328-4616, 800-633-3196.


One Stop Bait Tackle, 805 Roland Ave., Surf City, 910-328-1161.


Southend Outfitters, 627 S. Anderson Blvd., Topsail Beach, 910-541-0832


Surf City Ocean Pier, 112 S. Shore Drive, Surf City, 910-328-3521.


 


 


Kayaks and canoes, launches and/or rentals


Archie Blue Community Park, 1306 Stanley St., Wilmington, 910-341-7852.


Bridgeview Park, Holden Beach.


Brunswick Nature Park, 2601 River Road, Winnabow.


Castle Street Boat Ramp, Dram Tree Park, Castle and Surrey streets, Wilmington.


Cypress Cove Park, 844 Appleton Way, Leland.


Greenfield Parks and Garden, 302 Willard St., Wilmington, 910-762-5606, wilmingtonnc.gov.


Herrings Outdoor Sports, 701 N. New River Drive, Surf City, 910-328-3291.


Holland’s Shelter Creek, 8315 N.C. 53 East, Burgaw.


Lake Waccamaw State Park, 1866 State Park Drive, Lake Waccamaw, 910-646-1843.


Millers Pond Park, 12762 U.S. 117 Highway; Rocky Point. One canoe/kayak launch.


On Shore Surf Shop, 409 Roland Ave., Surf City, 910-328-2232.


Page Creek Park Preserve, 1215 Middle Sound Loop Road, Wilmington. 8 a.m. to sunset.


Pleasure Island Rentals, 2 Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach, 910-458-4747. Single and tandem kayaks available.


River Road Park, 6500 River Road, Wilmington, 910-341-4663.


Smith Creek Park, 633 Shenandoah St., Wilmington, 910-798-7275.


Snow’s Cut Boat Ramp, 220 Annie Drive, Carolina Beach.


Summertide Adventure Tours, 59 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, 910-833-2418.


Surf & Sound Rentals, 205 Roland Ave., Surf City, 910-328-7368.


The Adventure Kayak Company, 807 N. Howe St., Southport, 910-454-0607.


30th Place West, Ocean Isle Beach.


Tidalwave Park, Ocean Isle Beach.


Trails End Park, 613 Trails End Road, Wilmington, 910-798-7275.


Wrightsville Coastal Adventures, 96 W. Salisbury St., Wrightsville Beach, 910-378-9283.


 


Jet skis


Blu Water Motor Sports, 6420 Windmill Way, Wilmington, 910-399-1115.


Entropy Boat Rentals, 7618 Mason Landing Road, Wilmington, 910-686-7677.


North End Jet Ski Rentals, 1112 S. Seabreeze Road, Wilmington, 910-524-7547.


Sea Gate Boating, 2 Marina St., Wrightsville Beach, 910-256-0638.


Smith Creek Boatyard Inc., 805 Cornelius Harnett Drive, Wilmington 910-343-8403.


Wilmington Jet Ski Rentals LLC, 6312 Branford Road, Wilmington, 910-431-2282.


Wilmington Power Sports, 2958 N. Kerr Ave., Wilmington, 910-251-3733.


 


Paddleboards


Aussie Island Surf Shop, 1 N. Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach, 910-256-6789.


Cape Fear Paddleboarding, 222 Causeway Drive, Wrightsville Beach, 910-686-9787.


Carolina Paddle Boards, 1322 Airlie Road, Wilmington, 910-679-4473. Rentals, lessons, sales.


Hook, Line and Paddle, Wrightsville Beach, 910-792-6945.


Ian Balding Paddle & Surf, 2725 Old Wrightsboro Road, Wilmington, 910-769-8198.


Longwave Yoga, combines paddleboarding and yoga, 203 Racine Drive, Suite 200, Wilmington, 910-769-3494, connect@longwaveyoga.com.


Paddle NC, 2950 Island Drive, North Topsail, 910-612-3297


Surf & Sound Rentals, 205 Roland Ave., Surf City, 910-328-7368.


Wrightsville Coastal Adventures, 96 W. Salisbury St., Wrightsville Beach, 910-378-9283.


 


Parasailing


Wrightsville Parasailing Co., 910-232-1235, online reservations only: wrightsvilleparasail.com


 


Boat rentals


Aquaholics Boat Rentals, Roland Avenue, Surf City, 910-231-1738.


Herrings Outdoor Sports, 701 New River Road, Topsail Island. Kayak rentals.


North Topsail Surf and Paddle, Topsail Boat Rentals, 203 N. New River Drive, Surf City, 910-833-2273.


Sea Gate Boating, 2 Marina St., Wilmington, 910-256-0683.


 


Water Tours


Cape Fear Riverboats, 101 S. Water St., Wilmington, 910-343-1611, cfrboats.com. Locally famed as the owners and operators of the Henrietta III. Dinner cruises, murder mystery cruises, special luau or barbecue-themed dinners, and more. 


East Coast Sports, 409 Roland Ave., Surf City, 910-328-1887.


Herrings Outdoor Sports, 701 New River Road, Topsail Island.


N.C. Ferry, Fort Fisher and Southport, 2422 S. Fort Fisher Blvd., Fort Fisher, 910-457-6942, ncferry.org. Shuttles between Fort Fisher and Southport.


Shamrock Sailing, 609 Trails End Road, Wilmington, 919-302-3421, shamrocksailing.com. Guided tours along the banks of the ICW and Masonboro Island.


Summertide Adventure Tours, 59 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, 910-833-2418. Guided kayak eco tours,


Tiki Tours, 412 Roland Ave., Surf City. 910-650-3223.


Topsail Island Tours, 328 Channel Blvd., Topsail Island, 910-328-3474.


Tuck’s Water Shuttle, 636 Channel Blvd., Topsail Beach, 910-616-7106. Tours Intracoastal Waterway.


Wilmington Water Tours, 212 S. Water St, Wilmington, 910-338-3134. Treks to Eagle’s Island, the Northeast Cape Fear River, and other unique locales. Live music cruises, sunset cruises, full moon tours.


Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours, 275 Waynick Blvd, Wrightsville Beach, 910-200-4002. A myriad of eco-tours, shelling tours, kids tours, and Island Hopping shuttles.


Wrightsville Performance Sailing, Causeway Drive, Wrightsville Beach, 910-622-2503. Cruises, charters, lessons.


 


Boating access


Bush Marina, 912 S. Anderson Blvd., Topsail Beach, 910-328-2746.


Carolina Beach State Park Boat Ramp, B Road, Carolina Beach. Two launching lanes, onsite courtesy docks, and nearly 40 parking spaces for vehicles with trailers.


Castle Street Boat Ramp, Dram Tree Park, Castle and Surrey streets, Wilmington. Located on the edge of downtown on the Cape Fear River, and featuring two launching lanes, a kayak launch area, and parking for 36 vehicles with trailers.


Federal Point/Buzzard Bay, 2515 S. Fort Fisher Blvd., Kure Beach. This launch site connects with a southern portion of the Cape Fear River and the outlying Atlantic Ocean and features launching lanes and parking for 36 vehicles with boat trailers.


Intracoastal Water, 613 Lewis Road, Hampstead.


River Road Park boat ramp, River Road Park, Wilmington. This launch site on the edge of the Cape Fear is between Wilmington and Carolina Beach and features a single-lane ramp and an on-site fishing pier and restrooms.


Scotts Hill Marina, 2570 Scotts Hill Loop Road, Wilmington, 910-270-4410, scottshillmarina.com.


Snow’s Cut Boat Ramp, 220 Annie Drive, Carolina Beach. This expansive launch site on the edge of Snow’s Cut and the Intracoastal Waterway has five launching lanes, a hand-launching site for kayaks and canoes, a courtesy dock, and roughly 100 parking spaces, which includes 81 spaces for vehicles with boat trailers.


Surf City, 517 Roland Ave., 919-707-0010.


Sutton Lake, 301 Sutton Lake Road, Wilmington. Accesses manmade Sutton Lake, and features launching lanes, as well as parking for 49 vehicles with boat trailers.


Trails End Boat Ramp, 621 Trails End Road, Wilmington. Directly across from Masonboro Island, this site connects with Masonboro Sound and features a single launching lane, a courtesy dock, and parking for 40 vehicles with boat trailers.


Wrightsville Beach Boat Ramp, Channel Walk Drive, Wrightsville Beach. This launching point directly in the Intracoastal Waterway features five launching lanes, and 68 parking spaces for vehicles with boat trailers.


 


Surfing schools/lessons


50 South Surf Shop, 302 S. Topsail Drive, Surf City, 910-328-7911.


North Topsail Surf and Paddle, 4021 Island Drive, North Topsail Beach, 910-859-0151.


On Shore Surf Shop, 409 Roland Ave., Surf City, 910-328-2232.


Spinnaker Surf Shop, 111 N. Shore Drive, Surf City, 910-328-2311.


Surf City Surf School, 107 N. Shore Drive, Surf City, 910-616-2280.


 


For more options, check with tourism authorities in Brunswick (www.ncbrunswick.com), New Hanover (www.wilmingtonandbeaches.com) and Pender (visitpender.com) counties.


 


 


 

Source: https://www.newbernsj.com/news/20190427/wanna-play-in-water-these-companies-have-what-you-need

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