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! Visit soundrivers.org/swimguide to learn more, or text “SWIM” to 33222 to get weekly water quality alerts straight to your phone!
Cypress Landing, Chocowinity Bay
This week’s Tar-Pamlico Basin site spotlight is Cypress Landing on Chocowinity Bay. The samples are collected from the private marina in the Cypress Landing neighborhood but Chocowinity Bay is popular for fishing and boating. So far this summer, Cypress Landing has passed all six weeks of E. coli testing for the Swim Guide program. If you get the chance, get out and enjoy Chocowinity Bay! – Amelia
Core Creek Landing, Lower Neuse River
This Swim Guide site serves as a tributary to the Lower Neuse River. Core Creek Landing welcomes RV and tent campers, paddlers, and boaters with picnic areas, a boat ramp, and a playground. This is a great spot to find shade under some of North Carolina’s scenic hardwoods and relax. Many beavers, ducks, geese, gar, and bowfin call this site home. – Cait
Falls of Neuse Canoe Launch, Upper Neuse
Located on the Neuse River Trail, the Falls of Neuse Canoe Launch is the perfect spot for paddlers to access the river. By following Old Falls of Neuse Road, visitors can find a parking lot for the canoe launch which fills up quickly by runners, walkers, bikers, and paddlers eager to recreate at this site. Not only is the canoe launch a popular spot for people, one volunteer has seen a Heron in addition to other wildlife species every week this summer. During this Swim Guide season, the Falls of Neuse Canoe Launch passed the EPA water quality standards five out of the six weeks of sampling. Last year, this recreational site failed one time during the entire summer. – Nicole