The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries and Dare County recently announced the completion of the Manns Harbor Access Area renovation.
The facility provides both commercial and recreational access to Croatan Sound, as well as green space suitable for picnicking, wildlife viewing and launching canoes and kayaks.
The first phase of the project, construction of recreational boating access, was completed in December 2012. It included three new boat ramps, two new floating docks, 300 feet of renovated bulkhead and shoreline docks and a gravel parking lot with 49 vehicle/trailer spaces and seven single car spaces.
The entire project resulted from a grass-roots effort by Dare Count
y residents to purchase and restore an old marina that was once highly-used as a working waterfront.
The state purchased the 13.45-acre tract, off U.S. 64, in April 2009 with a $4 million grant from the Waterfront Access and Marine Industry Fund, administered by the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, and $335,000 from a Public Access Grant, administered by the Division of Coastal Management.
The Division of Marine Fisheries provided another $40,000 from the Waterfront Access and Marine Industry Fund and a $20,000 Coastal Recreational Fishing License Grant for improvements on the site.
The Wildlife Commission contributed $1.3 million, with $360,000 coming from the Sport Fish Restoration Program and the remaining balance from wildlife receipts.
The entire facility complies with Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines.
The Manns Harbor Boating Access Area is located near the William B. Umstead Memorial Bridge in Dare County, North Carolina
Manns Harbor Boating Access Area
5227 U.S. Hwy. 64
Mann’s Harbor, North Carolina
source: N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries