Corolla Ramp (N1)

Managed by The Swim Guide

South of the Currituck Banks National Estuarine Research Reserve at the end of NC Highway 12, you will find this beach access ramp. The Corolla beaches are surrounded by an array of shopping centers, restaurants, as well as educational activity centers. The Currituck Beach Lighthouse at Corolla is the only lighthouse in North Carolina that still remains in its original structure. Climb the 200+ steps to the top for a spectacular view of the Atlantic Coast and the Currituck Sound.

The historic Corolla village is the off-the-beaten-path section of town, which was the original town center in the days of old Corolla. Today, you will see remnants of old Corolla by walking down the dirt roads north of the lighthouse. A huge shopping center also houses a Food Lion grocery store, a movie theater, and a variety of restaurants and shops.

At the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education, you can learn to fish, explore Currituck Sound by kayak, carve your own duck decoy, and discover the wonders of local animals and plants. Free admission!

Within the national seashore, a permit is required for any vehicle to access the beach. Due to legal battles between conservation groups and the park service, 4x4 beach ramp access, and even on-foot beach access may be severely limited during summer months in the national seashore properties.

WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on October 9th, 2018. The Swim Guide updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
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CURRENT WEATHER
16°C
Fog
MONITORING FREQUENCY

Corolla Ramp (N1) is sampled weekly from April 1st to October 31st

SOURCE INFORMATION

The N.C. Recreational Water Quality Program's staff monitor water quality at over 200 testing sites across the North Carolina. Monitoring locations are divided into 3 tiers based on their location and average public use. The more popular a beach is, the more strict the water quality standard will be.

The swimming season is from May - September, with April and October being considered shoulder months. All locations are sampled biweekly in October and once a month from November - March. Tier 1 beaches default to Tier 2 standards during the shoulder months and off season.

Tier 1 beaches are sampled weekly during the swimming season. All ocean beaches as well as brackish and freshwater beaches that average daily use during the swimming season will be marked Green when the geometric mean of 5 samples collected within 30 days contain less than 35 units / 100ml of water and when single sample test results are below 104 units / 100 ml of water. When water quality results fail to meet this standard, Swim Guide will show these beaches as "Red".

Tier 2 monitoring locations are sampled every two weeks April - October. These beaches will be marked "Green" when single sample results show enterococci levels below 276 untis / 100mL of water. When water quality results fail to meet this standard, Swim Guide will show these beaches as "Red".

A beach is marked Grey when there is no current or reliable monitoring information available.

Please note: Warning signs are only posted at beaches when a single sample results are above 500 units / 100 ml of water, however the press is notified to an alert when results show enterococci levels above 104 units / 100 ml of water for Tier 1 beaches and 276 units / 100 ml for Tier 2 beaches. Tier 3 beaches are in a separate region as boating is the primary use.

Recreational fishing permits are required for people over the age of 16 in North Carolina.

Swim Guide checks water quality results daily April - October.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH

Corolla Ramp (N1)

Managed by The Swim Guide

WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on October 9th, 2018. The Swim Guide updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
For water quality icon legend, click:   
CURRENT WEATHER
16°C
Fog

South of the Currituck Banks National Estuarine Research Reserve at the end of NC Highway 12, you will find this beach access ramp. The Corolla beaches are surrounded by an array of shopping centers, restaurants, as well as educational activity centers. The Currituck Beach Lighthouse at Corolla is the only lighthouse in North Carolina that still remains in its original structure. Climb the 200+ steps to the top for a spectacular view of the Atlantic Coast and the Currituck Sound.

The historic Corolla village is the off-the-beaten-path section of town, which was the original town center in the days of old Corolla. Today, you will see remnants of old Corolla by walking down the dirt roads north of the lighthouse. A huge shopping center also houses a Food Lion grocery store, a movie theater, and a variety of restaurants and shops.

At the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education, you can learn to fish, explore Currituck Sound by kayak, carve your own duck decoy, and discover the wonders of local animals and plants. Free admission!

Within the national seashore, a permit is required for any vehicle to access the beach. Due to legal battles between conservation groups and the park service, 4x4 beach ramp access, and even on-foot beach access may be severely limited during summer months in the national seashore properties.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Corolla Ramp (N1) is sampled weekly from April 1st to October 31st

SOURCE INFORMATION

The N.C. Recreational Water Quality Program's staff monitor water quality at over 200 testing sites across the North Carolina. Monitoring locations are divided into 3 tiers based on their location and average public use. The more popular a beach is, the more strict the water quality standard will be.

The swimming season is from May - September, with April and October being considered shoulder months. All locations are sampled biweekly in October and once a month from November - March. Tier 1 beaches default to Tier 2 standards during the shoulder months and off season.

Tier 1 beaches are sampled weekly during the swimming season. All ocean beaches as well as brackish and freshwater beaches that average daily use during the swimming season will be marked Green when the geometric mean of 5 samples collected within 30 days contain less than 35 units / 100ml of water and when single sample test results are below 104 units / 100 ml of water. When water quality results fail to meet this standard, Swim Guide will show these beaches as "Red".

Tier 2 monitoring locations are sampled every two weeks April - October. These beaches will be marked "Green" when single sample results show enterococci levels below 276 untis / 100mL of water. When water quality results fail to meet this standard, Swim Guide will show these beaches as "Red".

A beach is marked Grey when there is no current or reliable monitoring information available.

Please note: Warning signs are only posted at beaches when a single sample results are above 500 units / 100 ml of water, however the press is notified to an alert when results show enterococci levels above 104 units / 100 ml of water for Tier 1 beaches and 276 units / 100 ml for Tier 2 beaches. Tier 3 beaches are in a separate region as boating is the primary use.

Recreational fishing permits are required for people over the age of 16 in North Carolina.

Swim Guide checks water quality results daily April - October.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH



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