Cape Fear River Locks and Dams

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Cape Fear River Locks and Dams

North Carolina

(910) 655-2605

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Overview

Cape Fear River Locks and Dams include: Lock and Dam 1 in Riegelwood, NC; Lock and Dam 2 in Elizabethtown, NC; and William O. Huske Lock and Dam in Fayetteville, NC.

Lock and Dam 1 is the first of the three lock and dams that form the major features of a Corps of Engineers project, entitled, "Cape Fear River, North Carolina above Wilmington." The project provides for a navigable depth of eight feet at low water from Navassa to Fayetteville, a river distance of 111 miles. The project also provides for a dredged channel 25 feet deep from Wilmington to Navassa. The Corps of Engineers, in implementing a policy of multiple use of lands and waters under its jurisdiction, has provided recreational facilities at Lock and Dam 1. Facilities available include paved roads, a concrete boat-launching ramp, comfort station, water fountains, picnic tables, charcoal grills, a picnic shelter, and canoe access steps. These facilities are available free of charge and are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. No camping or overnight facilities are provided, or allowed. Fishing is a favorite activity at Lock and Dam 1. The river contains a variety of fish species but the most closely associated with this project is the American or white shad, striped bass, and very large catfish.

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Latitude, Longitude: 34.624508, -78.577209

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Activities

  • Boating

    Motorized and non-motorized boats are allowed. Facilities available include a concrete boat-launching ramp, and canoe access steps.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is a favorite activity at Lock and Dams 1 and 2. The river contains a variety of fish species but the most closely associated with this project is the American or white shad, striped bass, and very large catfish.

  • Picnicking

    Facilities available include comfort station, water fountains, picnic tables, charcoal grills, and a picnic shelter.

  • Water Sports

    Boating, canoeing, and fishing are popular activities.

Directions

Driving

Lock and Dam #1 is located at Kings Bluff approximately 39 miles above Wilmington. Lock and Dam 1 is accessible to public use via SR 1734 Lock #1 Rd. from North Carolina State Highway 87. Address: 996 Lock #1 Road, Riegelwood, North Carolina 28456. Phone: (910) 655-2605.

Lock and Dam # 2 is located approximately 2 miles from the court house in Elizabethtown, NC. Lock and Dam 2 is accessible to public use via SR 1703 from North Carolina State Highway 87. Address: 645 Lock #2 Road, Elizabethtown, North Carolina 28337. Phone: (910) 874-0881.

William O. Huske Lock and Dam #3 is located at Tolars Landing, approximately 17 miles south-southeast of Fayetteville, NC. Wm. O. Huske lock and dam is accessible to public use via connecting road SR 1355 to North Carolina State Road 87. Address: 1248 Bill Hall Road, Fayetteville, North Carolina 28306. Phone: (910) 483-7746.

Phone Numbers

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(910) 655-2605

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