A Visit to Oak Island and Blue Water Point Marina (Statute Mile 320)
The Salty Southeast Cruisers Net is pleased to present the second article in our sharing arrangement with Captain Cathy Gillenwater and her web-site, “East Coast Boating Adventures” (http://www.eastcoastboatingadventures.com/).
This time, Captain Cathy gives us an account of a visit to southern North Carolina’s Oak Island, and Blue Water Point Motel and Marina. Again, Cathy’s shallow draft, outboard powered vessel served her well. Though she does not note it below, skinny MLW entrance depths of 3 feet or possibly even a touch less, can be a problem at this facility.
Conversely, the on-site restaurant at Blue Water Point has some of the best food along the entire NC coastline!
What a wonderful weekend! Hooked up the boat early Friday morning and headed out to Oak Island, NC. The weather was great low 80’s and a nice breeze in the air. Once arriving we soon found our motel/marina. I had called a couple a weeks earlier and booked us at http://www.bluewaterpointmotel.com/.
Always a little concerned about booking a place sight unseen but what a pleasant surprise.
Blue Water Point is an older motel but very clean and well kept. The place offered us everything we needed. The boat landing and marina is there on site, so once unpacked in the room we were ready to unload the boat and park the boat in the marina. They even had a special parking area for us to keep the trailer.
Our room was on the bottom floor and on the back side which was perfect as there is a sea wall that wraps around the motel offering an alternate fishing location right outside your door. They have benches and rod holders all along the wall. We enjoyed it so much we just spent a couple of hours setting out there relaxing after a long day.
If you don’t own a boat but still want to get out on the water the “Princess” is charter boat that stays docked at the marina. She offers fishing trips and also evening cruises. The captain also manages the motel and a great person who is very knowledgeable of the area.
Last but not least one of the top restaurants on the island is also on site. It opens at 5:00 and the crowds would gather around to wait to get in.
Oak Island is sandwiched between the ocean and the Intercoastal Waterway (ICW). Once you pull out of the marina you hit the ICW. Just a short ride and you are at Southport and Bald Head Island.