LNM: Hazards of North Carolina Inlets
An important reminder for our North Carolina locals and for off-shore cruisers. Local knowledge is recommended for most for these inlets.
NC – HAZARDS OF NORTH CAROLINA COASTAL INLETS
Hazardous inlets. To heighten public awareness about the hazards that exist in and around the North Carolina coast, this information is provided to mariners. Shoaling conditions exist at following North Carolina coastal inlets:
Oregon Inlet Hatteras Inlet
Ocracoke Inlet Barden Inlet
Beaufort Inlet Bogue Inlet
New River Inlet Topsail Inlet
Masonboro Inlet Carolina Beach Inlet
Lockwoods Folly Inlet Shallotte Inlet
Shoaling conditions increase the potential for groundings. These inlets are subject to continual and sometimes rapid environmental changes. Mariners are highly encouraged to obtain the most recent U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Wilmington, North Carolina District hydrographic survey information, centerline waypoints and controlling depth at: http://www.saw.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation/HydrographicSurveys.aspx
Mariners should use caution when navigating in these areas and passage through the inlets is not recommended without local knowledge of the area. The aids to navigation in these inlets may not be charted and may not be marking best water due to continually shifting shoals. Consult Local Notice to Mariners, 5th Coast Guard District for the latest positions and status of aids to navigation:
To report any aids to navigation discrepancies (missing, damaged, off station, extinguished lights), shoaling, hazards to navigation, or discrepancies on bridge lighting, please contact Sector North Carolina Command Center (910) 343-2200.