The Carolinas - Help THT Carolinas! ~ Ft. Fisher area /Aug. trip /launching/slip options?
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07-05-2007, 11:47 PM
I have a chance to spend some time with my Dad and their family in late August at Ft. Fisher Park, they are retired military and want me to bring my boat for some fun and fishing.
Does anyone know anything about the ramp near the Ft. Fisher Ferry at the end of US 421 South? (Ft. Fisher Rd) This is the closest ramp to where we will be staying.
Looks like a rock jetty surrounds the entire area and looking at Google Earth pics there may not be a way out to Cape Fear River Inlet except for lots of snaking through the islands and cuts, then finally dog-legging out to the Inlet. I draft 2'-10" drive down so in real skinny water she can be a problem.
Am I missing something? (Like a way through the rock wall?)
Where would the closest ramp or marina be to me at the Ft. Fisher State park be? I don't want to be so far away it takes the fun out of it by having to travel forever to launch or get to the boat. Wet slipping not a problem, but I would rather launch daily if possible so I can keep an eye on everything.
I don't know much about the area so I wanted to post and see what comes up.
What are the options for this area THT? :tht_rulez:
07-06-2007, 06:13 PM
Two options...You have Carolina Beach State Park boat ramp that puts you in on The Cape Fear River at Snows Cut for $5.00 Or Carolina Beach has a boat ramp that you can put in for free...you end up on the Intracoastal where Snows Cut meets Carolina Beach and close to the inlet. This ramp can get busy and is about 10 minutes from Fort Fisher where the State Park is a little bit closer. I like to spend the money and go in at the State Park. Ships store, ice, snacks and fuel all right there AND good bait available right around the docks with your cast net!! Let me know if you have anymore questions. I fish and party this area a lot!!
07-06-2007, 06:56 PM
Just what I suspected, I posted this on another board and they are telling me the Ft. Fisher ramp and surrounding area is way too shallow for what I wanted to do.
Looks like CBI is our best bet rather than trudging way down the ICW to CFI.
I don't mind a fee for good facilities, fine by me. Is there a marina or dockage there too?
07-06-2007, 08:56 PM
There is dockage there, I have never looked into pricing or if they have anything available...We live in Downtown Wilmington and drystack our boat about halfway down to Carolina Beach State Park ramp at Watermark Marina ( a drystack facility only)...Sometimes we trailer it up to Wilmington and put in at the free public ramp there but are at the tides mercy in pulling out (low tide is next to impossible) Ft. fisher is a bad place for any boat drawing more than about 12" but does give you great access to the beautiful Atlantic...The State Parks website is: http://ils.unc.edu/parkproject/visit/cabe/home.html Good luck!!
07-07-2007, 12:46 PM
Scott I've stayed there a few times and 2 deep is right on, the park is very nice and the free ramp around the corner is good too. The park has hours though I'm not sure what they are and the free ramp is 24 hrs. On the water the two ramps are about 1/2 a mile apart at best so that shouldn't make any difference in your decision on which to use. You will probably want to go out of the Carolina Beach inlet as it is around a 15 mile run south in the Cape Fear to Southport. At Ft. Fisher the water will be too shallow to get in other than at your very highest tide. The facilities are nothing special but very adequate, great family place. Hope you have fun and catch them up brother.
07-07-2007, 01:43 PM
Hey Sean.....'preciate the info bro. Figured you were out fishing this weekend!
Has anyone ever slipped at the park marina? I've seen several references of strong tidal flows around that area on different sites, is that strong flow in reference to around Snow's Cut or what?
07-08-2007, 08:25 AM
They are talking about the current in Snows Cut. That marina is very sheltered with not much wind or current.