River Road Park- Cape Fear River

Wilmington, North Carolina

The River Road Park boat ramp is located at River Road Park off of River Rd. It is located on the Cape Fear River, east of Keg Island. Area is tidally driven with rough water conditions dependent on weather. Check tides and wind before departing. Launch is ideal for motor boats and kayaks/canoes. Area around ramp can be shallow dependent on tide. Shark Tooth and Keg Islands are a short paddle from the launch and provide the opportunity to find shark teeth and other fossils. Parking is available at the park as well as a large fishing pier, tables and grills.

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
  • Met water quality standards less than 60% of the time

  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on September 25th, 2021. Cape Fear River Watch updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on September 25th, 2021 at 3:58 PM.
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Monitoring Frequency

River Road Park- Cape Fear River is sampled bi-weekly from April 8th to October 1st.

Source Information

Cape Fear River Watch monitors the bacteria levels of recreational areas in the waterways of the Cape Fear River Basin. Indicator organisms monitored are E.coli and enterococcus. These pathogens are present in the gut of warm-blooded animals and humans and can pose health risks for swimmers, boaters, and anglers.

From April to October, Cape Fear River Watch collects water samples and provides up-to-date data on the health of our local waterways, viewable by the public. We hope to assist our community in making safe and smart decisions when it comes to recreating in our rivers and creeks. Samples are collected on a bi-weekly basis on Thursday, with results posted on our website and www.theswimguide.org on Friday. Beaches marked with a green icon have passed health safety standards, while those marked with a red icon have failed. More specifically, a recreational area is marked green for pass if we find less than 235 E.coli colonies or 104 enterococci colonies in a 100 mL sample of water. They're marked red for fail if we find more than 235/104 bacteria colonies.

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River Road Park- Cape Fear River

Wilmington, 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
  • Met water quality standards less than 60% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on September 25th, 2021. Cape Fear River Watch updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on September 25th, 2021 at 3:58 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  

The River Road Park boat ramp is located at River Road Park off of River Rd. It is located on the Cape Fear River, east of Keg Island. Area is tidally driven with rough water conditions dependent on weather. Check tides and wind before departing. Launch is ideal for motor boats and kayaks/canoes. Area around ramp can be shallow dependent on tide. Shark Tooth and Keg Islands are a short paddle from the launch and provide the opportunity to find shark teeth and other fossils. Parking is available at the park as well as a large fishing pier, tables and grills.

Monitoring Frequency

River Road Park- Cape Fear River is sampled bi-weekly from April 8th to October 1st.

Source Information

Cape Fear River Watch monitors the bacteria levels of recreational areas in the waterways of the Cape Fear River Basin. Indicator organisms monitored are E.coli and enterococcus. These pathogens are present in the gut of warm-blooded animals and humans and can pose health risks for swimmers, boaters, and anglers.

From April to October, Cape Fear River Watch collects water samples and provides up-to-date data on the health of our local waterways, viewable by the public. We hope to assist our community in making safe and smart decisions when it comes to recreating in our rivers and creeks. Samples are collected on a bi-weekly basis on Thursday, with results posted on our website and www.theswimguide.org on Friday. Beaches marked with a green icon have passed health safety standards, while those marked with a red icon have failed. More specifically, a recreational area is marked green for pass if we find less than 235 E.coli colonies or 104 enterococci colonies in a 100 mL sample of water. They're marked red for fail if we find more than 235/104 bacteria colonies.

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