crystal coast watersports and activities

Water Activities on The Crystal Coast

crystal coast watersports and activities

Water Activities on The Crystal Coast

How about a little vitamin sea? If you’re looking for some fun water activities on the Crystal Coast we got some great suggestions for you!

Bogue Banks comprises five townships – Emerald Isle at the western end of the island, followed by Indian Beach, Salter Path, Pine Knoll Shores, and Atlantic Beach at the eastern end of the island.  Located just east of Bogue Banks are The Cape Lookout National Seashore and Shackleford Banks, where you can catch a glimpse of the wild island ponies, explore and collect shells and even climb the Cape Lookout Lighthouse!

You’ll find an endless variety of water activities while you’re here; surfing, body boarding and skimboarding, kayaking, parasailing, and scuba diving – you name it, you can do it on the Crystal Coast!

Consider These Fun Water Activities on The Crystal Coast


Surfing the Crystal Coast is a popular pastime for locals and vacationers.  Pick a day with light winds and find a secluded spot on the beach to test the waters.  Using a longer surfboard and practicing standing up on the beach will make learning more straightforward if it’s your first time riding the waves.  If you’re a more experienced surfer, try the waves at The Point.  The currents tend to be stronger, and paddling out is more challenging.  Need a board or surfing lessons?  Call our office or visit a local surf shop.

Bodyboarding is also a great alternative to surfing for kids to try.  Kids will want to look for a soft board for safety.  Take the board out into the breakers and when a wave comes, paddle with it under your body, using it to ride the wave without standing up.


The Intracoastal Waterways and rivers that empty into it make for excellent kayaking.  You can start anywhere on the island and explore the barrier island system.  Swansboro is a great spot to start if you’re new, as there are several kayak companies that will not only rent you the gear but also do guided kayak tours.  Kayaking is great for beginners at water sports and generally doesn’t involve deep waters.  Double kayaks are great for parents and kids or couples to ride together!


Bodyboarding and skimboarding are great for beginners.  For either, just grab the board and head out over the waves to try your hand at surfing back in.  Skimboarding takes a bit more practice and coordination to master.  Catch the shoreline near low tide, so that you have a wider expanse of flat, sandy beach to work with.  Toss the board onto a shallow part of the tide and take a running leap to catch the board in motion and “skim” over the water.  Skimboards are thinner than bodyboards, allowing you to glide over the shallow water as it recedes with each incoming wave.

Stand-Up Paddleboarding

Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) offers an enjoyable and peaceful way to explore the waters of the Crystal Coast.  This sport has become a popular coastal activity as well as a great workout.  One advantage to SUPing, as opposed to other water sports, is standing at full height – you are inclined to see many sea creatures during your travels and can easily hop off to explore.  This sport is also a great way to incorporate the kids and even your dog!  


For the more adventurous explorer, try parasailing! Flying high across the coastline, you will see breathtaking views of the coast like never before.  You can fly single or double, and kids as young as six can go up! It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience to see our island from a “birds-eye” perspective, and is something your family will remember for years to come.  It’s also a remarkably safe adrenaline rush on your family’s summer vacation!

Scuba Diving

Our coastline is considered one of the country’s finest collections of shipwrecks to dive and explore sharks, stingrays, dolphins, sea turtles, and an endless variety of fish and plants.  We are blessed with the warm waters of the Gulf Stream, allowing summertime water temperatures near 80 degrees and winter temperatures near 60 degrees.

Although there are hundreds of sunken vessels to explore while you’re scuba diving, our most visited underwater spot is the German submarine “U-352”.  It was sunk in April 1942 as it patrolled the eastern seaboard during World War II.  There are several dive companies on the eastern end of the coast, all of which offer beginner’s scuba diving classes and various chartered tours.

First Visit to the Crystal Coast

Our vacationers recall their first visit to the Crystal Coast…

Here at Bluewater, we strive to provide family getaways that will create memories you and your family will never forget.

Want to share your first memories of the Crystal Coast? Send an email to to be featured on this page!

After nearly 30 years going to North Myrtle Beach, I have returned to the Crystal Coast. My first visit to Atlantic Beach was nearly 75 years ago, so it’s like home. As a kid, we could not afford a hotel, but that didn’t stop two mothers who loaded up their sons, headed to Atlantic Beach, spent the night in the car, and provided us a day at the beach. They were two determined mothers.

-David Pittman

My first time vacationing at Emerald Isle was in 1988 when I was 1 year old. We have vacationed at Emerald Isle every year since then and I am now 31. I continued the tradition with my kids who are 12, 10, and 3. So many traditions and memories made. We absolutely love the Carolina coast – doesn’t get much better!

-Jessica Wilson

After traveling 12 hours from Southern Indiana, the Kelly Family first visited the Crystal Coast in May of 2018 when tagging along with in-laws to visit family. During their stay, they explored our coast and beaches spending lots of time at The Point. The Kellys had “such an amazing and relaxing vacation,” but realized “7 days was just not enough time and we will be returning again this year!”

-The Kelly Family

The first time I came to the beautiful coast was in 1973. When we started seeing the beautiful white, fluffy clouds, we were so excited. Loved hearing the ocean waves and seeing the beautiful sun rise up over the ocean is something I will never forget.

-Helen Snyder

Hurricane Relief Workshop

Atlantic Beach – Hurricane Relief Workshop

Hurricane Relief Workshop

Atlantic Beach – Hurricane Relief Workshop

If you missed our first Hurricane Relief Roundtable or are still looking for help fixing your home from storm damage, we’re hosting a hassle-free Hurricane Relief Workshop in Atlantic Beach for those affected by storm-related property damage. This event is open to the public.

The presentation will be held Saturday, March 30th, from 9:00 – 11:00 AM at the Atlantic Beach Town Hall (125 W Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512)

We look forward to hearing the latest news from an insurance agent, a public adjuster, and other consultants, who will also answer questions you may still have lingering. Linda Rice of Stearns Home Lending will talk about a few options for home loans that can be used to cover rebuilding expenses, as well as options for anyone interested in selling their home “as is.”

Some of the guest speakers at the will include:

  • Linda Rice – Stearns Lending
  • Jonathan Hughes – East Coast Restruction
  • Ron Hicks – Public Adjuster
  • Mike Hancock, Insurance agent, Farm Bureau in Beaufort
  • Infinity Roofing and Siding

A handful of Bluewater REALTORS® will also provide insight into today’s Real Estate Market and informational assistance to those in need. We will also distribute a list of reputable companies, including roofers.

We’re hoping this event will help provide some additional resources to those still struggling with financing or finding local service professionals to finish their jobs and get back into their homes.

Again, this event will be held on Saturday, March 30th, from 9-11 AM at the Atlantic Beach Town Hall, which is connected to the AB Fire Station (125 W Fort Macon Road). We had a great turnout for the first time we hosted a similar session in Emerald Isle. We know there are still families in similar situations in the Atlantic Beach area that could benefit from these resources. Refreshments will be served, and attendees can register to win a door prize.

If you have any questions about the event or if your business would like to speak during the session, please reach out to Cathy Sheaffer at (252) 354-2128

colorful flip flops on the beach

Destination Spring Break 2019

colorful flip flops on the beach

Are you ready for Spring Break 2019? The sun is shining, the weather is warming up and best of all, spring break is approaching! The Crystal Coast is the perfect destination for your week away from home where you can make unforgettable memories and spend your days on the beach soaking up plenty of Vitamin D. Vacation rental rates are still less expensive than summer and the beaches are still pretty empty. Shake your winter blues away while visiting and be sure to check out the cool happening on the coast this Spring.

Four events that you won’t want to miss in Spring 2019!

Four places that you will want to visit this Spring Break 2019!

St. Patrick’s Day Festival | 3.16.19 | 9AM-6PM | Emerald Plantation Shopping Center

The perfect Spring Break 2019 event! Proudly presented by Transportation Impact, this year’s festival will feature over 75 arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, amusement rides, face painters, and many other fun, family-oriented activities. No pets on festival grounds. The main tent is open to 21 years and up, no strollers allowed in the beer tent. Admission to the festival and parking is free.

Emerald Isle Marathon | 3.30.19 | 7AM

The 6th Annual Emerald Isle Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K is a great event that has attracted approximately 1,500 runners each year and has raised more than $200,000 for bicycle path improvements and health-related charities over the past 5 years. This year’s event will benefit the Emerald Isle bicycle path and SECU Family House, at UNC Hospitals, an organization that provides lodging and support services to patients receiving medical treatment far from their home communities.

Easter Eggstreme | 4.13.19 | 10AM | Emerald Isle Parks & Recreation

Join the EI Bunny for festivities including a bounce house, Easter Basket raffle, Cake Walk, Egg and spoon races, and more! Children should bring an Easter basket to collect prize. Photos with the EI Bunny! (Please note that no official egg hunt will take place but everyone will leave with Easter treats!) Everyone is invited!  No registration is required.

Beaufort Wine and Food Festival | 4.23-28.19 | Beaufort Wine and Food

Beaufort Wine and Food’s signature event will feature an exciting five days of tastings, seminars, dinners, live and silent auctions, and more. Talent from around the world descends on Beaufort to be paired up with some of the Crystal Coast’s best restaurants for an unforgettable experience – All in the name of charity! The festival combines the public’s appreciation for wine and food with its drive to support worthy local organizations and has positioned itself as one of the area’s premier tourism events. All attendees must be at least 21 years of age to attend any Beaufort Wine and Food events. Tickets are non-refundable as these events are for charity.

Cape Lookout Lighthouse

Cape Lookout National Seashore preserves a 56-mile long section of the Southern Outer Banks, running from Ocracoke Inlet on the northeast to Beaufort Inlet on the southeast. Three undeveloped barrier islands make up the seashore – North and South Core Banks and Shackleford Banks. The seashore includes two historic villages on Core Banks, Shackleford’s wild horses, and the Cape Lookout Lighthouse, which has a black-and-white diamond pattern, is known as the Diamond Lady.

Ft. Macon State Park

Fort Macon State Park is a North Carolina state park in Carteret County, North Carolina, in the United States. Located on Bogue Banks near Atlantic Beach, the park opened in 1936. Fort Macon State Park is the second most visited state park in North Carolina, with an annual visitation of 1.3 million, despite being one of the smallest state parks in North Carolina with 424 acres. Fort Macon was built as part of the Third System of US fortifications.

North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores

Enjoy 50 exhibits and more than 4,000 animals as the NC Aquarium takes you on an aquatic journey from the mountains to the sea. Watch river otters play, touch a stingray and talk to divers as they swim among giant sharks and other marine life. Animal feedings, animal encounters, and other activities are included with admission.

Bogue Inlet Pier

The Bogue Island Fishing Pier is a legendary landmark for long-time Emerald Isle vacationers. Built in the late 1950s, and operated by the same family for well over 40 years, the fishing pier is a paradise for anglers who want to take advantage of the fantastic fishing conditions that have lured in fishermen to this small coastal town for decades.

2019 Crystal Coast Home & Garden Show

Crystal Coast Home and Garden Show

31st Annual Coastal Home & Garden Show

March 2nd and 3rd- Crystal Coast Civic Center

With a sense of Spring finally hitting the air in Carteret County, now is a great time to start thinking about an improvement to your property. There’s no better place to gather ideas and information than the Crystal Coast Home & Garden Show. The event features dozens of local vendors- including pool builders, landscaping professionals, interior designers, and much more. You’ll be able to speak directly with representatives from these companies and ask any questions that can directly relate to your situation. The cost of admission ($5 per person, kids 12 and under free) is well worth it for such a wide variety of helpful resources. You can sign up to win prizes throughout the day, and even schedule a further consultation with a company you’re looking to work with. Don’t miss out on this awesome opportunity to improve your property value, and get more out of your Crystal Coast Home!

hurricane damage relief workshops

Property Damage Relief Workshop Recap

hurricane damage relief workshops

Property Damage Relief Workshop Recap – Hurricane Florence

We would like to take a moment to thank all of the volunteers and vendors who took the time to speak at our Hurricane Florence Property Damage Relief Workshop on Saturday, February 23rd. We appreciate all of your support and are sincerely grateful for the opportunity to organize such an impactful event for our community. To all of the attendees who took time out of their schedules to learn with us – we wish you all the best of luck and encourage you to reach out to us or any of the speakers for more advice as you continue to recover. For those that couldn’t make it, see the list of those local resources below and reach out if you are ever in need of their services.

Guest Speakers and Resource Providers

  • Lynn Anderson & Linda Rice – Stearns Lending
  • Jonathan Hughes – East Coast Restoration
  • Ron Hicks – Public Adjuster
  • Mike Hancock, Insurance agent, Farm Bureau in Beaufort
  • Maven Construction
  • Infinity Roofing and Siding
  • Terry Jones – Cedar Point Flooring & Bayside Chem Dri
  • Hope 4NC
We are considering facilitating more events like this in the future. If you are interested in speaking or attending, please contact us. We will keep you posted on the day/time of any further events.

Bluewater Sales Awards Dinner

Bluewater Real Estate Sales Awards Dinner

We had a lot to celebrate and be thankful for during our annual Bluewater Real Estate Sales Awards Dinner. Every year, we gather our Sales Team together and it’s always a great opportunity to look back on the progress of not only each of our individual agents but our company as a whole. With almost all of our Bluewater Real Estate Agents and staff members in attendance, we shared many laughs and memories over a delicious dinner and delectable drinks. Thank you to the wonderful staff at Kathryn’s Bistro & Martini Bar for the great food and amazing service!

Bluewater Real Estate Sales Awards Dinner

Congratulations to Our Top Producer Award Winners!

Jim Bailey was our top producing agent throughout all of our offices in 2019. Way to go Jim!

Bluewater Real Estate Sales Awards Dinner

The Copeland & Bernauer Team took home the Top Producing Sales Team Award. Keep up the great work!

Bluewater Real Estate Sales Awards Dinner

This year was certainly special, as we were able to celebrate Kitch Ayre as a Top-Producing agent for the 20th consecutive year during our sales awards dinner! We are so proud of all of Kitch’s accomplishments and so excited to see what the future holds for her. Congratulations, Kitch, and thanks again for all the memories!

Bluewater Real Estate Sales Awards Dinner

Bluewater Real Estate Sales Awards Dinner

Take a look at some more photos of the great time that was had by all!

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Beach Nourishment Project

hurricane beach nourishment project

Hurricane Florence Beach Nourishment Project 

Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company was awarded the dredging contract for Winter/Spring 2019 along Bogue Banks. The contract focuses mainly on the central parts of the island (Indian Beach & Eastern Emerald Isle). Accordingly, the beach will be closed to beach driving beyond the Ocean Drive “Dog Leg” ramp for the project’s duration. All information is courtesy of the Carteret County Shore Protection Office

Emerald Isle Beach Re-nourishment Project

April Beach Nourishment Updates

4/10/19 – BOTH HOPPER DREDGES IN OPERATION.  As scheduled, the Ellis Island arrived on Monday (4/8/19), delivered her first load of sand at about 6 pm that evening, and has been working steadily ever since.  She (Ellis Island) is pumping sand via a submerged pipeline landing at 18th Street and is progressing westward towards Emerald Isle’s Eastern Regional Access. The Liberty Island, meanwhile, continues to pump sand via a pipeline landing at 8th Street and is also progressing west from this point – currently at 12th Street (SEE 4/10/19 PROGRESS MAP).  The “dredging – sail to beach – pump-out – sail back to the borrow area” cycle is different for each dredge – every now and then both will coincide with a beach pump-out (see figure below).   We could run into rough seas this weekend, but weather and mechanical shutdowns are always built into the schedule.
4/8/19 – PIPE FLIPPED TO THE WEST, ELLIS ISLAND ON THE WAY.   Great Lakes Dredge & Dock finished working eastward from the submerged pipeline landing at 8th Street on Saturday (4/6/19), and is now working westward from 8th Street (at 10th Street this morning – SEE 4/8/19 PROGRESS MAP).  The beachfill connecting Reach 1 in Emerald Isle to Reach 2 in Indian Beach have now been merged, the pipes have been removed from the beach, etc.
The dredge, Ellis Island is on her way from Charleston as this update is being prepared (she’s on the north side of Cape Fear @ ~9 am) and should begin dredging/pumping later today.   The Ellis Island will be pumping sand to the beach near 18th street in Emerald Isle and will proceed west towards the Towns Eastern Regional Access.  The Liberty Island will continue pumping from the submerged pipeline at 8th Street and work west.
The dredges Liberty Island has a maximum capacity of 6,540 cubic yards and the Ellis Island 14,800 cubic yards under optimal conditions.  The Ellis Island has been in operation since December 2017 and is the largest hopper dredge in the U.S.   This will be one of her first beach nourishment template jobs (i.e., not just disposal, but meeting a prescribed nourishment template – see cross section).  We’re glad to see her here!

4/5/19 – The Ellis Island (the “big dredge”) is all set to arrive and start dredging/pumping on April 8th.  All the vessel inspections are scheduled, the second trawler is ready to start and relocate endangered/threatened species away from the borrow source and dredge, etc.   Once the Ellis Island arrives on the 8th, it will be pumping sand to the beach near 18th street in Emerald Isle and will proceed west towards the Towns Eastern Regional Access, then flipped towards the east from 18th Street.  The Liberty Island in the meantime has been pumping sand to the beach from 8th Street and is progressing east back towards the completed section of Indian Beach – they were at 2nd Street this afternoon (SEE 4/5/19 PROGRESS MAP).    Great Lakes Dredge & Dock should be done going east over the weekend and will begin pumping towards the west of 8th Street.   Ideally, the Liberty Island pumping to the west will meet the Ellis Island pumping to the east somewhere between the 8th and 18th street pipeline landings on the beach.  Please note that with the second dredge on-site, there will be lots more activity on the beach – more surveying, more pipe, more heavy equipment, etc.Also earlier today, the project sponsors, engineers, and the contractor met with the dune plant subcontractor (Coastal Transplants).   We discussed our planting grid, watering methods, fertilizers to be used during installation, etc.  Coastal Transplants will likely start planting the dune crest and dune slope towards the latter stages of next week – starting in Reach 3, then Reach 2, and Reach 1 (basically “east to west” – in the same order as the nourishment project has been completed).  The dune grasses (mostly sea oats and some bitter panicum) are sensitive to their new environment when first planted – they are going from a controlled greenhouse environment to the salt air and wind that dominate the beach.  There will be tens of thousands of plants installed as part of this project and they need to be disrupted as little as possible so they can successfully grow and survive.   Thus, please stay off the vegetated part of the dunes – stay in the bare sand pathways that will be created at each walkway.   Please pass along this friendly reminder to your friends or visitors you may see as well.   Thank you.

4/3/19 – Quick, mid-week update.  The Liberty Island continues to utilize “Pipeline Landing #4” at 8th Street and is working eastward from this point towards the Emerald Isle/Indian Beach Town Boundary, and pumping is currently near the 3rd Street Park (SEE 4/3/19 PROGRESS MAP).  The schedule for second dredge, the Ellis Island is still on track for arrival on April 8th and will service the “3rd Pipeline Landing” located near 18th Street and will first work westward from this point towards the Eastern Regional Access.  And lastly, dune planting activities could commence towards the latter part of next week, first starting in “Reach 3” (“east Indian Beach).   See Greenhouse and Root photos – these are the actual plants ready for delivery and installation.

4/1/19 – We’re on to Reach 1 (East Emerald Isle) and beach nourishment activities are currently moving east from the submerged pipeline landing near 8th Street back towards the completed Indian Beach section (SEE 4/1/19 PROGRESS MAP).   That submerged line (“subline”) was not fully ready on Friday afternoon and roughly two hopper loads were placed off the subline already in place near 18th Street (see 4th and 3rd Pipeline Landing in progress map).  Photos from today’s activities and dune plants from the greenhouse are below.

March Beach Nourishment Updates

3/29/19 – REACH 2 COMPLETED, VEGETATION NOTE, ELLIS ISLAND ARRIVING ON THE 8th – Today is somewhat of a transition day.   For one Great Lakes Dredge & Dock have completed pumping to Reach 2 (SEE 3/29/19 PROGRESS MAP), which, therefore, concurrently signifies the start of Reach 1 – East Emerald Isle (roughly 65% of the project volume-wise).  To this end, the submerged pipeline (subline) that serviced the dredge Liberty Island in Reach 2 is being moved today to East Emerald Isle near 7th Street.  The Liberty Island is using this time to refuel and will likely start using the “new” subline at 7th Street later this afternoon/early evening or the subline already installed near 16th Street (see 4th and 3rd pipeline landing, respectively in the REACH 1 MAP).
Also, there has been a change in schedule for the second dredge, the Ellis Island, to arrive, which is now planned for April 8th – not the 2nd as reported earlier this week.  This does not hamper the overall completion schedule for the project – April 8th was the approximate date the Ellis Island was originally slated to arrive when the schedule was first presented by Great Lakes Dredge & Dock months ago.
And lastly, some initial discussions concerning the dune planting phase of the project have taken place, and planting of the dune crest and slope (see cross-section) in Reach 3 could begin in a couple/few weeks.  We are using Sea Oats and Bitter Panicum, which are native plants to this area.3/27/19 – FLIPPED THE PIPE IN REACH 2 – The eastern reach off the 2nd pipe landing was completed yesterday, and we are working westward now to complete Indian Beach and therefore Reach 2 (SEE 3/27/19 PROGRESS MAP).  Next week will likely mark a shift in the project in a couple of ways.  (1) We will be starting or will have started Reach 1 (eastern Emerald Isle).  (2) The dredge Ellis Island is scheduled to begin dredging/pumping on April 2nd and will service the “3rd pipeline landing” located near 16th Street in Emerald Isle and will progress west towards the Eastern Regional Access first, then flip towards the east.  And (3) in all likelihood, the pipeline currently being used in Reach 2 will be moved near 7th Street in Emerald Isle, representing the “4th pipeline landing”.  The Liberty Island will be utilizing this pipeline landing and will first work back east towards the Town line shared with Indian Beach, then flip to the east to meet up with the Ellis Island pipeline/nourishment (See PROGRESS MAP).
3/25/19 – Beach nourishment activities were paused during the latter part of last week because of weather/sea conditions.   However, nourishment resumed early Saturday morning (3/23/19) and has progressed nicely since.  The dredge Liberty Island is using the pump-out station/submerged line in Reach 2, and nourishment activities are advancing eastward from this point – past the Ocean Club, and now past SummerWinds (SEE 3/25/19 PROGRESS MAP).

3/20/19 – The beach nourishment project continues to progress eastward towards SummerWinds from the active submerged pipe landing (see March 20, 2019 PROGRESS MAP).   The dredge Liberty Island is now going to be accompanied by the second dredge (Ellis Island) a little earlier than first scheduled and should arrive the 1st week of April.   Both dredges will work in tandem to complete Reach 1 (East Emerald Isle – SEE MAP).

3/18/19 – REACH 3 COMPLETE – Reach 3 (“east” Indian Beach and Salter Path) was completed yesterday (3/17/19), and subsequently, the first load of sand was delivered to Reach 2 – SEE 3/18/19 PROGRESS MAP.  Beach nourishment activities are now progressing eastward from the 2nd submerged pipeline landing, and will be “flipped” westward once the eastward run is completed.  Also, the submerged line for Reach 1 in Emerald Isle has been installed near 16th Street (see MAP).

3/15/19 – Strong productivity continues and Reach 3 (Indian Beach/Salter Path) could be completed this weekend (see 3/15/19 Progress Map).  If so, dredging/pump-out operations will move to Reach 2 in Indian Beach where nourishment will progress eastward off the 2nd pipeline landing.

3/13/19 – Productivity/progress remains strong.  Great Lakes Dredge & Dock (GLDD) has completed ~3,000 linear feet of the project in less than 5 days and the eastward leg from the first subline landing in Reach 3 (Indian Beach/Salter Path)  is complete – see photos below.  GLDD begun progressing west from the subline landing this morning (SEE 3/13/19 PROGRESS MAP).

3/10/19 – Great Lakes Dredge & Dock has made some nice progress in less than 48 hours of starting the project (pictures below), and have completed ~1,000 linear feet of beach thus far (see 3/10/19 UPDATE).  The sand quality is excellent visually speaking.   We have received a lot of questions regarding how the dune feature will be constructed and tied into the existing, scarped dune that characterized Bogue Banks after hurricane Florence.  Hopefully, this schematic next to an actual constructed portion will provide a good mental image = dune construction image.
3/8/19 (PROJECT START) – Right on schedule.   The dredge Liberty Island arrived earlier this morning from Charleston, S.C., underwent a series of mandatory inspections, and subsequently excavated, sailed, and delivered the first hopper load of sand to Reach 3 at roughly 4:15 pm  (pictures below).  Note that beach nourishment will first be progressing eastward off the 1st subline landing (depicted here).  Also, the second subline has been installed today at Reach 2 (see “Station 514+00” here).

3/6/19 (tentative start date is Friday, 3/8/19) – The dredge Liberty Island is presently docked in Charleston, S.C. and will be transiting to Morehead City Harbor over the course of the next day(s) with dredging/pumping activities scheduled to initiate Friday afternoon/early evening (3/8/19) subsequent to mandatory vessel inspections – again in Reach 3, Indian Beach (see updates below).

Other dredging work in the area – It is also noteworthy to mention the hopper dredges Dodge Island and Padre Island started dredging maintenance work for the Morehead City Harbor Federal Navigation Project on February 26th and will likely conclude at the end of March.  Shoal material will be dredged predominantly from Range A and placed in the new nearshore berm east offshore disposal site (see image).  This scope of work is part of a regional hopper approach for the Brunswick, Savannah, Wilmington, and Morehead City Harbors  (~700,000 cubic yards for Morehead City – bid abstract).

Also, a second federal contract for Morehead City Harbor maintenance, which represents a carryover project from the previous fiscal year was also awarded to Great Lakes Dredge & Dock utilizing a pipeline dredge (bid abstract).  The dredging ranges include both the Cutoff and Range A utilizing either the nearshore berm east or west disposal sites (see image), and will likely start sometime in April (~1,600,000 cubic yards).

And lastly, the Corps of Engineers’ small hopper dredge, the Murden should be arriving to the area in the middle of March and will service both Morgan Creek (~6 days of dredging and ~7,500 cubic yards) in Range 1  (map)  and Bulkhead Channel (~4 days of dredging and ~ 3,596 cubic yards) in Range 1 (map).   Offshore disposal at the nearshore berm west.

February Beach Nourishment Updates

2/26/19 – The first submerged pipeline (“sub-line”) landing was transited to and installed earlier today at Reach 3 in Indian Beach at Station 695+50 (pictures below) as land based pipe continues to be delivered to the Indian Beach 4WD Ramp.

2/25/19 – Land-based piping has begun arriving at the Indian Beach 4WD Ramp is actively being staged along the beachfront (pictures below).
2/20/19 – Both the Indian Beach 4WD Ramp and Dog Leg 4WD Drive Access will be used to transfer land-based dredge pipe arriving via flatbed trucks to the beach.  Front-end loaders and other ancillary equipment should arrive at the Indian Beach 4WD Ramp early next week.  Some sub-line (water-based piping), derricks, barges, etc. have arrived and are holding tight in Bogue Sound, situated just north of Ft. Macon.   Otherwise, there are no schedule changes to report as the dredge Liberty Island is planned to initiate dredging/nourishment the first week of March in Indian Beach (Reach 3) and will be accompanied by the Ellis Island several weeks later – the temporary sub-line pipe landing locations from offshore as depicted for Indian Beach/Salter Path and East Emerald Isle remain the same.

2/14/19 – No schedule changes to report on the beach nourishment project.  The dredge Liberty Island is planned to initiate dredging/nourishment the first week of March in Indian Beach (Reach 3) and will be accompanied by the Ellis Island several weeks later – the temporary pipe landings from offshore as depicted for Indian Beach/Salter Path and East Emerald Isle remain the same.  Mobilization of dredge pipe, ancillary vessels, and equipment to the area should be more pronounced in the weeks ahead.

January Beach Nourishment Updates

1/30/19 – There will be three temporary pipeline landings that will serve the dredges Liberty Island and Ellis Island.  In general, the sand will be pumped ashore from the hopper dredge and progress east or west, then reversed as generally depicted in the newly updated maps for Reach 2 and 3 (see – Indian Beach/Salter Path) and Reach 1 (see – East Emerald Isle).  The Liberty Island will arrive on site likely the first week of March, followed by the Ellis Island.

1/22/19 – The beach nourishment project kicks off. Great Lakes Dredge & Dock should begin mobilizing land- and water-based pipe, heavy equipment, personnel, etc. towards the latter parts of February. Although the schedule is tentative, dredging/pumping could begin the first week of March.

Intracoastal waterway exploring

Explore the Intracoastal

Explore the Intracoastal Waterway

Intracoastal Waterways

On the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, you will find barrier islands, inlets, and channels running along our coast just waiting to be explored. These marshy waterways are frequently traveled by boat and kayaked by locals and visitors alike. Spend a day exploring some of NC’s stretch of the waterway and you will find not only amazing views and barrier islands and channels but also fantastic wildlife!

One expected sight on our coast is whales! In December and early January, whales that can be seen off our coast are most likely heading from the Caribbean where the mothers give birth. In the spring, you have a chance to catch migrating whales as they head back to the Gulf of Maine. One of our most popular marine animals you will see are pods of dolphins cruising the coastline. They have been known to swim alongside boasts and say hello if you are especially lucky! Along the barrier islands, like Shackleford Banks and Carrot Island, you may also see wild ponies. These horses have roamed the beaches for hundreds of years and are a beautiful sight to behold.

In the marshy areas, you’ll find lots of marine birds like pelicans, gulls, herons, egrets, and perhaps even an oyster bed. Whether you cruise the waterway by boat, chartered cruise, or kayak, you’re sure to find the views and experience unforgettable.

Intracoastal Waterway

  • Three Thousand Miles

    The Intracoastal Waterway is one of the largest coastal transportation routes, spanning over three thousand miles.

  • Fourteen States

    The 3,000 mile waterway spans 14 states from Massachusetts to Texas! The Atlantic Waterway runs just over 1,000 miles from Norfolk, VA to Key West, FL.

  • Seven Lighthouses

    North Carolina has 7 lighthouses along the coast visible from the Intracoastal Waterway.

  • Whale Watching

    Migrating whales cane be seen off our coastline in December, January, March and April as they travel between the Gulf of Maine and the Caribbean.

  • Flying South

    Snowbirds love to cruise the Intracoastal when traveling south for the winter to avoid the rougher waters of the open ocean.