Emerald Isle Opens New Boat Ramp

The grand opening for a new boat ramp in Emerald Isle took place Friday morning.

The new 23 acre boat access will be the largest on the North Carolina coast. There are four launch ramps, 18 single-vehicle parking spaces and 112 vehicle/trailer parking spaces.

It is located on the Bogue Sound, along Highway 58, between Mile Marker 17.5 and 18, adjacent to Chapel By The Sea.

The project is the result of a partnership between state and local government.


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  • by Rob Location: CapeCarteret on Apr 30, 2011 at 02:20 PM
    If you have anything other than a skiff, DON'T USE THIS RAMP!!! I have a 23 ft Sailfish with twin outboards, just ripped up 2 props, destroyed 1 skeg, and potentially bent 2 prop shafts. I bet there is rip-rap (chunks of conrete if you are not familiar) at the bottom of the ramp.
  • by SandyB Location: CapeCart't on Apr 16, 2011 at 09:23 AM
    Well now, lets see. The feds and the state and the county contributed funds. Sounds kinda like beach nourishment.We do they start charging a parking FEE?? All my out of town family this year going eleswhere because of the Beach fee on Public Access points. Its only a matter of time before the town decides to charge. They should annex Swansboro which has similar goofy town management. Too big for their britches.
  • by Rusty Shackelford Location: Pitt County on Apr 15, 2011 at 12:27 PM
    I refuse to spend another dime in Emerald Isle or Atlantic Beach as long as they charge for parking.
  • by Boater Location: Pitt County on Apr 15, 2011 at 10:19 AM
    This is good news. Now local officials should follow suit and increase boat access to the tar/pamlico river. Grimsland used to be a good access to get on the river. It is gone now due to the new bridge.
  • by US-First Location: Greenville on Apr 15, 2011 at 09:52 AM
    "The project is the result of a partnership between state and local government." How about the project is the result of hard working taxpayers. Never a project goes by that the governments (local, state or federal) don't take credit for to the exclusion of mentioning that they had absolutely nothing to do with it except to say yes lets spend taxpayer money. As if that is hard to do!
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      by Anonymous on Apr 15, 2011 at 10:56 AM in reply to US-First
      anybody with half a brain already knows that everything the government does is funded by tax dollars...tell us something we dont know
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        by anon 2 on Apr 15, 2011 at 06:20 PM in reply to
        Right on, even less than half a brain, maybe a quarter or an eighth. Also, remember that some of those Federal tax dollars came from all over the country and most of the people paying it don't even know where Emerald Isle is at ! So the next time you put your boat in using that ramp you might consider thanking a farmer in Kansas instead of whining about the government.
  • by Ryan Location: Havelock on Apr 15, 2011 at 07:02 AM
    "It is located on the Bogue Sound, along Highway 58, between Mile Marker 17.5 and 18, adjacent to Chapel By The Sea." Glad they put another one in.. hard to find an access anywhere in that area.
  • by jack Location: morehead on Apr 15, 2011 at 05:11 AM
    Great story, Where is it?
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      by buster on Apr 16, 2011 at 04:48 AM in reply to jack
      let the gov. buy us some gas, so we can use it!
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