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Bear Island Current Information

Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 10:09am

Ferry Service Scheduled to Resume April 6, 2018
No ferry service January, February, and March.  Ferry operations for the 2018 season are scheduled to resume in April 6, 2018.  Please see the ferry schedule link at left for the complete schedule.

Bathhouse Closed Until mid-March, 2018.
The bathhouse on Bear Island is closed and winterized.   There are no restroom facilities nor potable water available.  Camping is permitted but campers must bring all necessities with them including drinking water.  Barring any freezing temperatures or maintenance issues, the bathhouse will reopen on or about March 15, 2018.

ADA accessibility to Bear Island is unavailable.
Due to required dock reconstruction there will be no ADA accessibility for the 2018 ferry season. Temporary repairs were done to the mainland and Bear Island ferry docks in the spring of 2017, however Division of Parks and Recreation engineers have determined a complete reconstruction is required.    We apologize for any inconvenience and expect ferry service ADA accessibility in 2019.
No lifeguards on duty until Memorial Day weekend 2018. 
Swim at your own risk and use extreme caution as rip currents and strong currents can occur at any time. Additionally, the concession stand is closed until Memorial Day weekend 2018 as well.  Please be sure to bring any soft drinks and snacks with you to the island.  
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.
Please contact the park office at or 910.326.4881 with any questions.

Kayaking at Hammocks Beach State Park

Hammocks Beach State Park

1572 Hammocks Beach Road
SwansboroNC 28584
Latitude: 34.671000
Longitude: -77.142900

Park Hours:

September - May: 8am - 6pm
June - August: 8am - 7pm
Closed Christmas Day

Park Office
September - May: 8am - 5pm daily
June - August: 8am - 6pm daily

Closed Christmas Day