Johnnie Mercer's Pier (S23)

Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina

This public beach access is located at the east end of Salisbury Street. Visitors can also check out Johnnie Mercer's Pier, a popular fishing and strolling spot. It is the only concrete fishing pier in North Carolina and one of the only piers to not charge a fee to walk on the pier. This access also has restrooms, showers, a gazebo, and is handicap accessible. There are lifeguard stands here with lifeguards on duty from 10am to 5pm in season. This beach access is open year round from 7am to 9pm. Surfing is prohibited within 500 feet of Johnnie Mercer's Pier, and surfers must be securely attached to their board with a leash. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, surfing is prohibited in areas located in front of each lifeguard stand. Kiteboarders must stay at least 100 yards offshore from the "No Surfing" areas.

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time

  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on July 25th, 2022. Swim Guide - Main updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on July 27th, 2022 at 1:23 PM.
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Current Weather
29°C
Clear and sunny
Monitoring Frequency

Johnnie Mercer's Pier (S23) is sampled weekly from April 1st to October 31st.

Source Information

The NC Department of Environmental Quality – Division of Marine Fisheries- Shellfish Sanitation and Recreational Water Quality samples for Enterococci in Marine only sites.

Tier 1 sites (daily use) are sampled weekly from April to October

Tier 2 sites (non-daily)are sampled twice a month from April to October

All tier sites are sampled once a month November to March.

A site is marked Green when the geometric mean of the site is below 35 units of enterococci per 100 ml of water and/or a single sample of that site is below 104 units of enterococci per 100 ml of water.

A site is marked Red when the geometric mean of the site exceeds 35 units of enterococci per 100 ml of water and/or a single sample of that site exceeds 104 units of enterococci per 100 ml of water.

Results are made public by a press release, and a map of areas listed under advisory. They can be found on the agency webpage.

Swimming Advisories are issued through social media (Twitter); signs posted on-site; phone calls made to local public health agencies and town officials; press releases sent via email to press, interested parties (the public can sign up to receive notifications here), public health agencies, and local officials.

The public can get in touch by this email erin.bryan-millush@ncdenr.gov

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Water Quality Graph

Johnnie Mercer's Pier (S23)

Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on July 25th, 2022. Swim Guide - Main updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on July 27th, 2022 at 1:23 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  
Current Weather
29°C
Clear and sunny

This public beach access is located at the east end of Salisbury Street. Visitors can also check out Johnnie Mercer's Pier, a popular fishing and strolling spot. It is the only concrete fishing pier in North Carolina and one of the only piers to not charge a fee to walk on the pier. This access also has restrooms, showers, a gazebo, and is handicap accessible. There are lifeguard stands here with lifeguards on duty from 10am to 5pm in season. This beach access is open year round from 7am to 9pm. Surfing is prohibited within 500 feet of Johnnie Mercer's Pier, and surfers must be securely attached to their board with a leash. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, surfing is prohibited in areas located in front of each lifeguard stand. Kiteboarders must stay at least 100 yards offshore from the "No Surfing" areas.

Monitoring Frequency

Johnnie Mercer's Pier (S23) is sampled weekly from April 1st to October 31st.

Source Information

The NC Department of Environmental Quality – Division of Marine Fisheries- Shellfish Sanitation and Recreational Water Quality samples for Enterococci in Marine only sites.

Tier 1 sites (daily use) are sampled weekly from April to October

Tier 2 sites (non-daily)are sampled twice a month from April to October

All tier sites are sampled once a month November to March.

A site is marked Green when the geometric mean of the site is below 35 units of enterococci per 100 ml of water and/or a single sample of that site is below 104 units of enterococci per 100 ml of water.

A site is marked Red when the geometric mean of the site exceeds 35 units of enterococci per 100 ml of water and/or a single sample of that site exceeds 104 units of enterococci per 100 ml of water.

Results are made public by a press release, and a map of areas listed under advisory. They can be found on the agency webpage.

Swimming Advisories are issued through social media (Twitter); signs posted on-site; phone calls made to local public health agencies and town officials; press releases sent via email to press, interested parties (the public can sign up to receive notifications here), public health agencies, and local officials.

The public can get in touch by this email erin.bryan-millush@ncdenr.gov

Read more
Water Quality Graph

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