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!
Cotton Patch Landing, Pamlico River
This week’s site spotlight in the Tar-Pamlico river basin is Cotton Patch Landing. This site is where we are able to collect a water sample from Blounts Creek. The location is a popular boat launch/access point and you are able to rent fishing supplies and kayaks right on site! There is also a camping ground and RV access nearby, so you can do it all at Cotton Patch Landing. So far this summer, this Blount’s Creek location has passed all 7 E. coli tests. With that said, check out Cotton Patch Landing sometime soon. It has a lot to offer! – Amelia
Kinston Boating Access Area, Lower Neuse River
Opened in 2014, the Kinston Boating Access Area includes a floating dock with two launch ramps. It is a 5-acre site with parking for 11 vehicles and 31 trailers. Anglers can access the Neuse to catch crappie, largemouth bass, sunfish, American shad, and striped bass. The construction of this Swim Guide site was a collaboration between the Wildlife Commission and the local community of Kinston. It is well maintained and welcoming. Follow this link to open a NCWRC interactive map and get more information with directions to this site! – Cait
Highway 50 Boat Ramp, Falls Lake
Highway 50 Boat Ramp is a popular spot for Falls Lake visitors! One volunteer, Delandra has been collecting samples there weekly and she shared her experience at this site. She said, “once you turn off Highway 50, there is a short drive through thick stands of loblolly pines before the trees open up to the water and the tree-lined shores off in the distance. The dock is ideal for loading kayaks and canoes. Even if you don’t possess a watercraft, the docks are a nice place to people-watch. There are families picnicking on their pontoon boats and kids playing in the grass.” – Nicole