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Bear Island Current Information

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 4:14pm

May Ferry Schedule Wednesday Through Sunday
The May ferry schedule is Wednesday through Sunday hourly, departing the mainland from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm and departing Bear Island from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.  Please see the ferry schedule link for the complete schedule. Ferry tickets are sold first come, first served and may sell out early in the day. Arrive early in the day to purchase tickets.

Indoor showers on Bear Island will be open to campers from 6 p.m. to 9 a.m. each day, and drinking water, outdoor showers and restroom facilities are open daily. 

Pets are not permitted on the ferry, also note that carts and wagons are not permitted on the ferry unless collapsible.  The ferry captain reserves the right to refuse or request wagons and carts are emptied until passengers get off the ferry.
ADA accessibility to Bear Island is currently unavailable due to the required dock repairs scheduled after the close of the 2018 ferry season.  Partial temporary repairs were completed in the spring of 2017 to ensure the safety of passengers however, until permanent repairs are completed there will not be ADA accessibility.  We apologize for any inconvenience and expect normal ferry service operations and ADA accessibility in 2019.
No lifeguards on duty until Memorial Day weekend, May 26, 2018.  Swim at your own risk and use extreme caution as rip currents and strong currents can occur at any time.
Concession Stand Opens Memorial Day weekend.    
The concession stand is closed unit Memorial Day weekend, May 26, 2018.  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