Carolina Beach State Park- Cape Fear River (S45)

Carolina Beach, North Carolina

Carolina Beach State Park is a located at the junction of Snow's Cut and the Cape Fear River. Amenities include a marina with two launching ramps, visitors center with environmental exhibits, camping area with showers and restrooms and miles of hiking trails and parking. This park is home to the Venus flytrap, one of the world's most famous and unique carnivorous plants.
Park hours are 8am-6pm November - February; 8am-8pm in March, April, September, and October; and 8am-10pm May through August. Firearms,hunting, trapping, shooting, or injuring any bird or animal is strictly prohibited.

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 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
Mostly clear
Monitoring Frequency

Carolina Beach State Park- Cape Fear River (S45) is sampled bi-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 from 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

Carolina Beach State Park- Cape Fear River (S45)

Carolina 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 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
Mostly clear

Carolina Beach State Park is a located at the junction of Snow's Cut and the Cape Fear River. Amenities include a marina with two launching ramps, visitors center with environmental exhibits, camping area with showers and restrooms and miles of hiking trails and parking. This park is home to the Venus flytrap, one of the world's most famous and unique carnivorous plants.
Park hours are 8am-6pm November - February; 8am-8pm in March, April, September, and October; and 8am-10pm May through August. Firearms,hunting, trapping, shooting, or injuring any bird or animal is strictly prohibited.

Monitoring Frequency

Carolina Beach State Park- Cape Fear River (S45) is sampled bi-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 from 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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