The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently launched on its website, www.ncwildlife.org, a new interactive map that identifies more than 500 public fishing areas across the state, many of which are owned or managed by the Commission.
The North Carolina Interactive Fishing Map allows users to search for and view information about public fishing areas around geographic areas of interest. Visitors can view the entire state, or search locations by address, by zip code or by county. Once they enter a location, they can then click on a map access point to get additional information about the site, such as the name of the access site, the type of access available, the water body name, the primary fisheries present, directions to the site and the entity that owns and/or manages the site.
They also can select the “zoom to site” button for a closer look at the site’s location. Selecting the “satellite” view enables users to view aerial imagery of the access site.
Visitors can search the map by fish species, specific water body, type of water body and type of access. They also can purchase fishing licenses by clicking on the “Purchase License” icon.
“We hope that this new map will be useful for anyone who fishes or wants to start fishing in North Carolina,” said Kevin Hining, a fisheries biologist with the Commission’s Division of Inland Fisheries. “Our goal is for the map to serve as a comprehensive information source for anglers looking for a publicly accessible place to fish in North Carolina, which is why we included sites that are managed by entities other than the Commission, such as municipalities, state parks and other groups.”
The map also shows the different trout classifications for all public mountain trout waters, coastal and joint water boundaries along the coast, game land boundaries and county boundaries.
Future updates to improve the map’s functionality and usability will include links to additional information about the access sites, including photographs, water bodies and fish collected during biological surveys conducted by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.
For more information on fishing in public, inland waters visit the Commission’s website, www.ncwildlife.org or call the Division of Inland Fisheries, 919-707-0220.
Since 1947, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has been dedicated to the conservation and sustainability of the state’s fish and wildlife resources through research, scientific management, wise use, and public input. The Commission is the state regulatory agency responsible for the enforcement of fishing, hunting, trapping and boating laws and provides programs and opportunities for wildlife-related educational, recreational and sporting activities. To learn more, visit www.ncwildlife.org.