Wrightsville Coast Guard Station (S48A)

Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina

This public beach access is located at the very south end of Wrightsville on Jack Parker Boulevard off of South Lumina Avenue, overlooking Shinn Creek and Masonboro Inlet. There are numerous on-street parking paystations as well as public lots in Wrightsville Beach. There is a large parking area as well as multiple fishing piers on the west side. Parking is $2 per hour. This access also has showers, a gazebo, and is handicap accessible. The beach access is open year round from 7am to 9pm. Pets are allowed. Surfing is prohibited within 500 feet of any pier, and surfers must always be securely attached to their board with a leash. 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 60-95% of the time

  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on November 2nd, 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 November 7th, 2022 at 1:10 PM.
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Monitoring Frequency

Wrightsville Coast Guard Station (S48A) 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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Wrightsville Coast Guard Station (S48A)

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 60-95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on November 2nd, 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 November 7th, 2022 at 1:10 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  

This public beach access is located at the very south end of Wrightsville on Jack Parker Boulevard off of South Lumina Avenue, overlooking Shinn Creek and Masonboro Inlet. There are numerous on-street parking paystations as well as public lots in Wrightsville Beach. There is a large parking area as well as multiple fishing piers on the west side. Parking is $2 per hour. This access also has showers, a gazebo, and is handicap accessible. The beach access is open year round from 7am to 9pm. Pets are allowed. Surfing is prohibited within 500 feet of any pier, and surfers must always be securely attached to their board with a leash. Kiteboarders must stay at least 100 yards offshore from the "No Surfing" areas.

Monitoring Frequency

Wrightsville Coast Guard Station (S48A) 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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