Passenger ferry service to Bear Island will not begin in April as scheduled. An engineer’s inspection revealed that temporary measures are necessary to shore up dock facilities to ensure visitor safety. The delay will allow for the temporary repair of dock facilities on the island and mainland. Permanent repairs will be undertaken later this year, and normal operation of ferry services is expected in 2018. Until permanent repairs are completed there will not be ADA accessibility.
Campers with reservations will be ferried to the island using alternative ferry vessels on a limited schedule Friday, Saturday, and Sundays. Mainland departures at 9:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm and 4:30 pm, Bear Island departures will be at 10:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00 pm and 5:00pm. Campers planning to paddle to Bear Island will continue with no disruption as in the past.
We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience while we complete this necessary construction project. Please contact the park office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 910.326.4881 with questions.
Bear Island Emergency Phone System Out Of Service
The emergency phone system on Bear Island is currently out of service. In the event of an emergency after hours please use your cell phone as cellular service from most carriers is available. Electrical outlets are available at the bathhouse to charge a cell phone.
Dredge Project Completed, Bear Island Open for Camping
The dredging of Cow Channel has been completed and access to Bear Island and Cow Channel restored. However, the ferry dock on Bear Island will remain closed due to the repair of the docks. The bathhouse with potable water, restroom facilities and showers for campers are available. Please contact the park office at email@example.com or 910.326.4881 with questions.
Journey to the island by private boat or marine taxi. Boats may be beached or tied at the island bulkhead, but please do not dock along the ferry pier. When traveling to the island by boat, navigate along the ferry route; boating in the inlet can be dangerous.
Canoeists and kayakers may reach Bear Island and explore the marsh by way of a designated canoe trail. Markers placed along the route indicate points of interest along the way. See the Trails page for more information.
Hidden Coast Adventure is a seasonal concessionaire at the park who offers kayak, canoe, and stand-up paddle board tours and rentals. Please view their website at paddlenc.com or contact them by phone at 910-612-3297 for additional information.
Due to sand migration in the channel the ferry uses to transport visitors to Bear Island, the ferry schedule can change on a daily basis. The ferry schedule is under Fees/FAQs/Rules, or please call the park for more information.
Puppy drum, flounder, trout and blue fish are frequent catches on Bear Island. Fishing at Hammocks Beach is a favorite pastime in all seasons but is particularly good in the fall.
A Coastal Recreational Fishing License is required to fish in North Carolina. There is no fishing access on the mainland.
Take a dip or catch a wave. A portion of the beach is a designated swimming area. There are lifeguards on duty in the designated swimming area most days from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Pack a picnic to enjoy under a covered shelter that offers respite from the sun. A concession stand provides cold drinks and snacks from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Hammocks Beach State Park
September - May: 8am - 6pm
June - August: 8am - 7pm
Closed Christmas Day
September - May: 8am - 5pm daily
June - August: 8am - 6pm daily
Closed Christmas Day