The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Onslow County and Jacksonville Thursday morning that will dramatically increase water access on the New River by building a new boat ramp.
Under the agreement, the Wildlife Commission will build a new boating access area across the river from its existing site, using land donated by Onslow County and the City of Jacksonville. The Wildlife Commission will design and construct the boating access area, and Jacksonville will provide day-to-day maintenance.
“This is an especially exciting project in Jacksonville, because we have so much demand for access to the New River and public water in this area of the state,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Wildlife Commission’s Division of Engineering Services. “This project is not only hugely beneficial for City of Jacksonville and Onslow County residents, but for anglers and recreationists across the state, and visitors. It will greatly increase access in this area of North Carolina.”
The new site will include more than 70 trailered spaces and 30 single-vehicle spaces, and will provide a welcome center for visitors. The Commission will provide funding through motorboat registration receipts and Sportfish Restoration Funds, and may seek money from sales of the Coastal Recreational Fishing License.