Swim Guide Sites Highlight: Mason’s Landing, Cow Pen Landing, Upper Barton Creek

We’re spotlighting our Swim Guide sites this summer, so you can get more info on the places we sample, and maybe find a new place to explore!



Mason’s Landing, Tar River

Mason’s Landing is a boat landing access area located on Tranters Creek/downstream on the Tar that is managed by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission. This site is located at 625 Clarks Neck Road and is a great site for paddling and fishing access. Out of the 5 weeks of the Swim Guide program so far this summer, Mason’s Landing has passed 4 times. So get out and enjoy this access point! – Amelia





Cow Pen Landing, Neuse River

This serene site is located on the Neuse River as an NC State Wildlife boat ramp. With a fishing pier and a boat launch, it is a great area to spend some time outdoors. This location is surrounded by natural wetlands and is an ideal place to encounter some of North Carolina’s wildlife. – Cait



Upper Barton’s Creek Boat Ramp, Falls Lake

At Upper Barton’s Creek Boat Ramp, I generally meet fisherman and boaters while collecting water samples. One visitor expressed his appreciation for clean water as a fisherman who enjoys spending the day on the lake and taking home a healthy catch. Oftentimes, there are visitors launching their kayaks and paddle boards from this access point as well. This recreational site is located on Six Forks Rd. in Wake Forest, close to highway 98. Last summer, Upper Barton passed the water quality standards 13 out of the 14 weeks of sampling. Since Memorial Day weekend this year, the site has passed every week so we encourage you to plan a trip to this perfect boating spot! – Nicole