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!
Pamlico Plantation, Broad Creek
This week’s site spotlight is Pamlico Plantation, a private marina on Broad Creek. This creek has multiple marinas on it, which serve as popular launching points onto Broad Creek as well as onto the Pamlico River. This site is managed by three different volunteers, who we are so thankful to have on board. So far this summer, Pamlico Plantation has passed all 8 weeks of the Swim Guide program! If you get the chance to get out on Broad Creek this summer, we definitely recommend it. See more about Swan Point on the main Swim Guide website here. – Amelia
Pollocksville Boat Ramp, Trent River
This scenic site is equipped with a two-boat ramp, ample parking, a fishing pier and a floating dock to launch canoes and kayaks. It was recently closed for renovation but has been reopened since the fourth of July. This site gives visitors the opportunity to travel the Trent River until it joins the Neuse in downtown New Bern, NC. If you’re planning to take this route, then be cautious as there are a few narrow parts of the river. This is a great place for anglers, paddlers, and boaters to enjoy the natural beauty of the Trent River. See the link below for more information and directions. Check out this link for more information on this site! – Cait
Poole Road Canoe Launch, Upper Neuse River
A quieter site for paddlers and fisherman, the canoe launch on Poole Road provides an easy access point to the Neuse River. The volunteer collecting samples at this site reports bikers, walkers, and joggers enjoying the Neuse River Trail at this location each week. From the I-440 beltline, visitors can take the Poole Road exit and find a driveway for the canoe launch a couple miles down the road. Last summer, the site met the water quality standards 10 out of 14 weeks of testing. This summer the site has passed 4 out of 9 weeks of water quality testing so be sure to check the weekly Swim Guide results before jumping in. Learn more about this site here. – Nicole