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Carolina Beach Mooring Field

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1121 N. Lake Park Blvd.
Carolina Beach, NC 28428
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34 Reviews

by womansailor on Oct 08, 2019
The mooring ball pennants are all in the water. The one I picked up was covered in slime and barnacles. It was windy and I had all I could do to string my line through the eye I sustained multiple cuts on my hands from the barnacles. Warn others to wear gloves.

by kmcgovern517 on Oct 07, 2019
Stayed for four nights in October. Only one using the mooring field for the entire time. No problems with quality and stability of mooring ball. Only downside was the closest dinghy dock was closed--the street entrance/exit was closed with under construction signs. Fortunately there is a town dinghy dock at the southern end of the waterway which was convenient, but a 10 minute ride through the no wake zone. Easy access to shore facilities from there, 5 min walk to beach, 20 min walk to Publix grocery store and plenty of restaurants. Would definitely return.
Marina Response:
Thanks for the nice review. Dinghy dock damaged during recent storm. Will be repaired soon !

by jfloyd1010 on Sep 04, 2019
Very clearly defined mooring field. Close to beach with beach access. Plenty of space for our large, 50ft boat.

by fishheadbarandgrill on Sep 01, 2019
Easy hook up. Dinghy Dock very close by. Beach a five minute walk.

by tpowers on Jul 07, 2019
Mooring balls were in good condition, well serviced and we had no worries of swinging into any other boats. The mooring field is a no wake zone and says it is enforced, we were there for four days and not a single boat or jet ski knows the definition of no wake and no one was enforcing anything! There are no services, dinghy dock is very small and unstable and for $20. A night one would expect some services. The one plus is the new Publix.

by 1stmate on Jun 04, 2019
Great mooring field, close to dinghy dock for beach access and going into town. Enjoyed our two night stay to avoid the traffic on the ICW during the weekend. Friendly and informative Harbourmaster and easy to make a reservation on Dockwa!
Marina Response:
Glad you enjoyed your stay at Carolina Beach. Hope to see you back again soon! Thanks for the nice review. Larry Denning, Mooring field manager.

by ricardoyoshima on Jun 03, 2019
Nice place and very good service. We’re very pleased with the Marina and are planning to be back in town for a longer stay when we head down south again.
Marina Response:
Thanks for the nice review. Look forward to seeing you back again soon! Larry Denning, Mooring field manager.

by captainkaren on May 12, 2019
Thanks to a great Harbormaster who walked us through reserving a mooring ball. We stayed another night in a lovely peaceful spot adjacent to city free dinghy dock.
Marina Response:
Thanks for your nice review. Enjoyed talking with you yesterday. Hope you will visit Carolina Beach again soon. Larry Denning, Carolina Beach Mooring Field.

by smg on May 09, 2019
Easy process to reserve on dockwa, clear navigation instructions, beautiful mooring field & well maintained mooring balls. We'll be back!
Marina Response:
Thanks for the nice review. Hope to see you back soon. Larry, Town of Carolina Beach Mooring Field.

by moonpiesailors on Apr 22, 2019
Mooring balls are in real good shape. Evenly spaced.

by pbj on Apr 22, 2019
Randy was great. He helped me get set up on Dockwa. He called me once he received the reservation. He gave me Ball 1. About 200 ft from the dingy dock. He also introduced himself to us at the dinghy dock. We loved our stay and the Mooring field Dock Mast.
Marina Response:
James, Thanks for the nice review. Enjoyed talking with you at the dock.Hope you will be back to Carolina Beach soon. Thanks, Larry Denning Mooring Field Manager

by 828320 on Apr 21, 2019
Great spot, quiet and beautiful.

by bet on Apr 08, 2019
Larry was great to deal with. Perfectly protected harbor for safe passage up the ICW.

by lev113815 on Apr 07, 2019
We recently stayed on a mooring ball for 3 days. Felt secure and comfortable during 40+ knots of wind and rain. We will definitely make this a regular stop. Laurie O’Shea Sv Kismet

by savage on Dec 02, 2018
Excellent moorings although no shower facilities available for boaters

by aspindel on Nov 19, 2018
It used to be an anchorage. There is a dinghy dock. I planned to go ashore, have a night out, and reprovision. If I have to pay for a mooring I won’t spend any money in your town. Next time I will stop somewhere else.

by dhutton1 on Nov 06, 2018
Easy to catch a mooring ball. Close to dinghy Dock. Easy walk to the boardwalk. Could watch fireworks from the bow of our boat.

by wesmac on Oct 30, 2018
All moorings were taken all though I reserved earlier that morning

by r67113g on Oct 26, 2018
Secure and easy in and out from the intracoastal

by wreynol on Oct 25, 2018
Easy to make a reservation and quick payment.

by jussailing on Aug 08, 2018
Moorings have some type of sign on top, this sign scratched my boat on the port side as we had wind against current. I cannot recommend this mooring field to anyone.

by mainshippilotsedanoutstanding on Aug 07, 2018
What a great convenient place to tie up. Just off ICW, well protected from the elements, nice breezes (didn't need the A/C last night), dingy access to restaurants...quiet too.

by mcmurdotv on Jun 30, 2018
Great stop-over mooring with close access to Carolina Beach activities. As others have experienced, we were the only boat in the mooring field. Very easy to book and pay now with DockWa. City marina and docks (including dinghy dock) at south end of basin on the edge of the commercial district are being re-built and should be done in the very near future but were not available at this time. There is a public kayak launch/small dinghy dock on the east side of the basin at the south end of the mooring field with some public trash receptacles and a 15-20 minute walk to the commercial district. Public restrooms at the city marina dock site. Ida Thai just behind the city marina dock site is AWESOME !! Carolina Beach has a very nice beach and boardwalk area. Mooring field is a great place to watch fireworks when the city is having them (launched from the beach area).

by johnsons3 on Jun 19, 2018
Liked it here very much. Was our first visit to Carolina Beach. Easy to grab a mooring ball and tie-up. Reasonably busy but not overwhelming. Had no problem taking our kayaks to the dock - would be nice to have a ramp to slide the kayaks onto and make it easier to climb out. Fairly easy walk to the Boardwalk and beach. Had planned to just stay one night but extended two nights. Would definitely come back.

by sailtatoosh on Jun 17, 2018
We routinely come up here during the summer and enjoy it each time. Early morning activity from fisherman getting underway can get a bit noisy for an hour or so...perhaps just on weekends. Mooring balls further from the landing dock may be quieter by not as convenient. Small grocery one block away has ice and other supplies.

by jlnelson3 on Jun 13, 2018
just a quick overnight. Moorings in good condition, deep water. we'd stay again.

by psneeld on Apr 13, 2018
Nice stop. Nice anchorage. Good dingy dock nearby. Easy with Dockwa....could get a reply by phone oremail but in reality, it didnt matter as I virtually had my pick of mooring balls that appeared in good shape.

by seberwine on Jan 17, 2018
Great anchorage off ICW! Really like the clean lines on top of the mooring wet, slimy messes...thanks!

by sailmon on Nov 19, 2017
Best mooring balls we have ever seen. Very peaceful.

by w1yuqspeyvb6rdiwxxuz on Nov 16, 2017
Great location with easy access to restaurants.

by rmdenton on Nov 05, 2017
Love, love that the pennants are protected in the baskets on top so the pennants are not nasty. Randy Simon was very helpful. Mooring field is very convenient to 2 different dinghy dock options. Stroll on the boardwalk and the beach were splendid excursions and our bellies LOVED the stop at Pop's Diner.

by kate325 on Oct 29, 2017
this eas very easy and convenient mooring field. wish we could stsy konger to see tge town

by katespatola on Oct 28, 2017
Always a perfect stay. Randy is very helpful. Cleanest mooring balls on the ICW. #1 top notch. SV Katydid

by gratitude4849 on Oct 17, 2017
This is the best mooring field anywhere on the east coast from Massachusetts to Florida. I love that one can pick up any ball they want rather than maneuvering around a tight mooring field trying to find a particular number. The pennants are new and lines are clean and dry, wrapped in a bowl on top of the ball. Perfection when it comes to moorings!

About Carolina Beach Mooring Field

The Carolina Beach Mooring Field is located South of Snows Cut, between markers #4 and #5 on the approach channel into Carolina Beach town waterfront (Myrtle Grove Sound). There are 9 white buoys with a blue stripe in the middle.

Boat Size: Minimum 26ft., Maximum 55ft. and 14ft. deep.

Can only tie up to one buoy at a time and can't be tied up via stern.

Drop anchors are not allowed.

Lines going from the buoy to the boat can't be more than 15ft. in length. The pennants are about 10ft. of 5/8 line ending.

Booking Info

PLEASE BE ADVISED: Updated 9/2/19 - Carolina Beach Mooring Field will be CLOSED today September 2nd (9/2/19) through Sunday September 8th (9/8/19) due to Hurricane Dorian. Pick up a mooring ball at your own risk! Town will not be liable for damage to any boat left on a mooring.

Before Booking -- November 2018

Should you find yourself unable to obtain your reserved mooring ball upon arrival, it is unlikely a resource will be readily available to assist due to unforeseen staffing circumstances our enforcement office is currently experiencing. In such cases, all we can offer is the anchorage just north of the mooring field and a full refund.

We want to make sure you are aware of the risk and apologize for any potential inconveniences this presents in advance. While we tirelessly work towards finding a solution, we limited the maximum number of days reservations can be made to four and deeply appreciate your understanding and patience during this time.


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