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By AA-Boats & Boating Staff Writers

Boating In North CarolinaNorth Carolina boasts a wealth of popular boating lakes, each offering a unique experience for boaters of all levels. Jordan Lake, nestled amidst scenic woodlands, is a favored destination for boaters seeking tranquility and nature. Visitors can cruise its waters in various boat types, from fishing boats for a peaceful day of angling to family boats for leisurely outings.

Lake Norman, the largest man-made lake in North Carolina, is another hotspot for boating enthusiasts. With its expansive waters, it is an ideal playground for powerboats and watersports enthusiasts. The lake offers a vibrant boating community and is dotted with marinas, making it easy for boat owners to dock their vessels and access amenities.

For those seeking a mix of relaxation and adventure, Falls Lake is a popular choice. Located near Raleigh, the state capital, it is easily accessible for boaters looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Pontoon boats are a common sight on Falls Lake, providing ample space for families and friends to enjoy picnics and leisurely cruises.

North Carolina also offers a range of rental boats. From pontoon boats for group outings to fishing boats for avid anglers, rental services provide a convenient way to explore the state's scenic waterways. Whether it's a day of fishing, waterskiing, or simply unwinding on the lake, rental boats offer the freedom to enjoy North Carolina's boating treasures without the commitment of boat ownership.

There are plenty of fun places to go boating in North Carolina. Whether it's a family outing or just the guys going fishing or skiing, boating is fun for all. And there is boating in all corners of of the state.

Boating in NC

For further information about boating in North Carolina, contact the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission - Boating Licenses located at 1722 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699. The phone number is 919 707-0050.

North Carolina locator map - boating opportunities.

This website focuses on all aspects of boating including new and used boats for sale, boat rentals, repairs, accessories, storage and more.

For convenience, resources are listed first by area of the North Carolina, then by proximity to cities, waterways, parks, campgrounds and other relative attractions in NC. Cities listed in this section include Boone, Greensboro, High Point, Lenoir, Winston Salem, Durham, Elizabeth City, Greenville, Raleigh, Rocky Mt, Ashville, Charlotte, Hendersonville, Murphy, Waynesville, Fayetteville, Goldsboro, Jacksonville, Rockingham and Wilmington.

Resources are also identified nearby campgrounds including Haw River State Park, Lake James State Park, New River State Park, Kerr Lake State Recreation Area, Lake Norman State Park, Pettigrew State Park, Fayetteville Springs Valley Park, French Broad River Campground, Waldo's Beach Campground, Jones Lake State Park, Lake Waccamaw State Park and Singletary Lake State Park.

Rivers & Lakes For Boating in NC

North Carolina lakes with boating opportunities are listed within quadrants of North Carolina include Belews Lake, High Rock Lake, Lake Hickory, Lake James, Lake Tillery, B Everett Jordan Lake, Kerr Lake, Lake Gaston, Lake Mattamuskeet, Phelps Lake, Apalachia Lake, Chatuge Lake, Fontana Lake, Hiwassee Lake, Lake Wylie, Badin Lake, Bay Tree Lake, Blewett Falls Lake, Lake Norman and Lake Waccamaw. Many of these lakes offer multiple boat launching facilities at various locations around the lake.

North Carolina also affords some boating or canoeing on rivers like Don River, Yadkin River, Roanoke River, Tar River, Broad River, Rocky River, Cape Fear River and South River.

Boating opportunities in North Carolina

Northwest Resources


Wahoo's Whitewater Rafting & Canoeing Outfitters
3385 South US321 Highway
Boone, NC 28607
828 262-5774

Footsloggers Boat Shop & Outdoor Outlet
277 Howard Street
Boone, NC 28607
828 265-0071


Triad Marine
1200 E Lindsay St
Greensboro, NC 27405
336 379-7000

Triad Power Sports
6371 Burnt Poplar Rd
Greensboro, NC 27409
336 852-4228

Polaris Recreational Vechicles-Srs Motorsports
3112 Sands Drive
Greensboro, NC 27405
336 375-5311

Professional Canoe & Kayak
1515 West Lee Street
Greensboro, NC 27576
336 294-3918

Winston Salem

Marine Supply Co
860 W 4 1/2 St
Winston Salem, NC 27101
336 724-9234

Waynes Marine Services
12630 Old Us Highway 52
Winston Salem, NC 27107
336 764-2628

1480 Benbow St
Winston Salem, NC 27106
843 852-9111

Grubbs Marine Service Boat Repairing
110 Salem Creek Rd
Winston Salem, NC 27103
336 768-6684

Northeast Resources


Water World Marine Services
135 S Miami Blvd
Durham, NC 27703
919 596-8185

Triumph Boats Inc
100 Golden Dr
Durham, NC 27705
800 290-9155

Boat Repairs And More
4260 Bennett Memorial Rd
Durham, NC 27705
919 382-8624

Boats Unlimited
1606 Page Road Ext
Durham, NC 27703
919 596-4100

Logic Marine Corporation
100 Golden Drive
Durham, NC 28166
919 309-0758

Elizabeth City

Albemarle Marine Contractors Inc
113 East Ward Street
Elizabeth City, NC 28401
252 335-5114


Greenville Marine And Sport Center Inc
3600 Martin Luther King Jr Hwy
Greenville, NC 27834
252 758-5938

Billys Marine Repair
4827 County Home Rd
Greenville, NC 27858
252 355-2793

Overton's Sports Center Inc - Retail Showroom
111 Red Banks Road
Greenville, NC 27858
252 355-5783


West Marine Inc
3027 Capital Blvd, Ste 111
Raleigh, NC 27604
919 871-6384

Zaloos Canoes & Kayaks
3874 Hwy 16 Jefferson S
Raleigh, NC 27699
800 535-4027

Blue Runner Boats
3100 Stony Brook Dr, Ste S1
Raleigh, NC 27604
919 877-9004

Powerboat Service
4200 Atlantic Ave, Ste 148
Raleigh, NC 27604
919 790-7760

Boats Unlimited
9009 Glenwood Ave
Raleigh, NC 27617
919 782-7700

Southwest Resources


Carolinas Performance Marine
8130 Wilkinson Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28214
704 394-1156

West Marine
13000 York Rd
Charlotte, NC 28278
704 588-1020

Lake Wylie Boat & Yacht Sales
16310 York Rd
Charlotte, NC 28205
704 588-8828


Driftwood Marine
3769 Chimney Rock Rd
Hendersonville, NC 28792
828 685-1313


Nicks Marine
111 Holly Branch Ln
Murphy, NC 28906
828 837-4411


WNC Marine Inc
19089 Great Smoky Mountain Expy
Waynesville, NC 28786
828 452-1403

Southeast Resources


Waynes Boat And Motor Repair
3513 Tart St
Fayetteville, NC 28306
910 425-0178


Precision Marine Inc
5201 Us Highway 70 E
Goldsboro, NC 27534
919 751-1199

Inland Boatworks
1471 Nc 111 Hwy S
Goldsboro, NC 27534
919 778-2003

Rosewood Tackle & Marine
500 Braswell Road
Goldsboro, NC 28348
919 734-2304


Leonards Skimmers Inc
1381 Piney Green Rd
Jacksonville, NC 28546
910 353-8565

Tideline Marine Inc
159 Old Bridge St
Jacksonville, NC 28540
910 455-2979

Ivey Marine
110 S Marine Blvd
Jacksonville, NC 28540
910 938-2002

Marine Parts Service
119 Ramsey Rd
Jacksonville, NC 28546
910 455-4400


Parkers Marine Outdoors Inc
184 Frank Parker Rd
Rockingham, NC 28379
910 997-6400

Starick Boat And Marine
1332 W Us Highway 74
Rockingham, NC 28379
910 997-5188

Parker's Marine & Outdoors Service Department Inc
Ledbetter Lake Road
Rockingham, NC 28379
910 997-6430


Atlantic Marine
6014 Wrightsville Ave
Wilmington, NC 28403
910 799-9026

Cannadys Sports
3220 Wrightsville Ave
Wilmington, NC 28403
910 791-6280

Crockers Marine
2035 Eastwood Rd
Wilmington, NC 28403
910 256-3661

Lighthouse Marine
5679 Carolina Beach Rd
Wilmington, NC 28412
910 392-2124

Marine Warehouse
6921 Market St
Wilmington, NC 28411
910 799-1277

Marine Mechanix
1917 Us Highway 421 N
Wilmington, NC 28401
910 251-0030

NC boating equipment and gear.

Throughout North Carolina you can find boat dealers, outdoor centers, sporting good stores, bait and tackle stores, RV centers and discount stores offering a wide variety of boating equipment, accessories and supplies.

Go boating in North Carolina

Gather up the family along with some snacks and refreshing beverages and go enjoy the thrill of fresh air in your face and the sun on your back. When boating you can see parts of North Carolina accessible only by water. Often you'll see birds and wildlife not normally seen in city areas. Plus, sunrises and sunsets always seem more majestic when you are in the great outdoors.

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