Ferry Schedule for Brunswick Islands and Cape Fear Coast


Ferry Schedule for Brunswick Islands and Cape Fear Coast


Schedules subject to change, please visit  www.ncdot.gov/ferry/ or call 1-800-BY-FERRY for the most up-to-date information.

Pedestrian    $1 (Under age 2-Free)
Bicycle Rider    $2
Motorcycle, Golf Cart, ATV, Scooter, 3 Wheel Motorcycle    $3
Motorcycle with Trailer or Side Car    $5
Vehicle and/or combination less than 20 feet    $5
Vehicle and/or combination 20 feet-40 feet    $10
Vehicle and/or combination over 40 feet up to 65 feet    $15

Year-Round Departures


Fort Fischer

*5:30 a.m.

*6:15 a.m.

7:00 a.m.

*7:45 a.m.

7:45 a.m.

8:30 a.m.

*8:30 a.m.

9:15 a.m.

9:15 a.m.

*10:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m.

10:45 a.m.

10:45 a.m.

11:30 a.m.

11:30 a.m.

12:15 p.m.

12:15 p.m.

1:00 p.m..

1:00 p.m.

1:45 p.m.

1:45 p.m.

2:30 p.m.

2:30 p.m.

  3:15 p.m.

  3:15 p.m.

4:00 p.m.

4:00 p.m.

4:45 p.m.

4:45 p.m.

 5:30 p.m.

6:15 p.m.

7:00 p.m.

Crossing: 35 minutes; Cape Fear River
*Weekdays only.

Visitor Information for Brunswick Islands

Visitor Information for Brunswick Islands and Cape Fear Coast


Wilmington/Cape Fear Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau
505 Nutt St. Unit A,
Wilmington, NC 28401

Wrightsville Beach Visitors Center
305 W. Salisbury St.,
Wrightsville Beach, NC

Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center
1121 N. Lake Park Blvd.,
Carolina Beach, NC

Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce
4433 Long Beach Rd.,
Southport, NC

Any Emergency    911
AAA North Carolina    800-222-4357
Coast Guard    910-256-4224
NC Highway Patrol/Crime Control     910-395-3917
Weather    910-763-3491
New Hanover County Humane Society    910-763-6692
New Hanover County Sheriff     910-798-4200
New Hanover County Fire Rescue    910-798-7420
Brunswick County Sheriff    910-253-2777

Cape Fear Hospital
5301 Wrightsville Ave.,
Wilmington, NC    910-452-8100

New Hanover Regional Medical Center
2131 S. 17th St.,
Wilmington, NC    910-343-7000

Brunswick Community Hospital
1 Medical Center Dr.,
Off US-17, Supply, NC    910-755-8121

Dosher Memorial Hospital
924 N. Howe St.,
Southport, NC    910-457-3800

New Hanover County Library
201 Chestnut St., Wilmington    910-798-6300

Carolina Beach Branch
300 Cape Fear Blvd.,
Carolina Beach    910-798-6380

Brunswick County Library
109 W. Moore St.,
Southport    910-457-6237

152 Front St.,
Wilmington    910-313-3293

3916 Oleander Dr.,
Wilmington    910-313-3265

206 Causeway Dr.,
Wrightsville Beach    910-256-0159

1323 Bridge Barrier Rd.,
Carolina Beach    910-458-4468

237 N. Fort Fisher Blvd.,
Kure Beach    910-458-5592

206 E. Nash St.,
Southport    910-457-4633

5703 E. Oak Island Dr.,
Oak Island    910-278-3759

209 Smith Ave.,
Shallotte    910-754-7526

1587 Seaside Road Southwest,
Ocean Isle Beach    910-579-5202

9030 Beach Drive
Southwest, Calabash    910-579-3237

Sales Tax—7.75%
Grocery Store Food Tax—2%
Room Occupancy Tax—6%

The legal age for purchasing and consuming alcohol is 21. Liquor and mixed drinks are sold only in ABC stores, while beer and wine are sold in licensed convenience and grocery stores. Alcohol may be served until 2 a.m. daily and not until noon on Sunday. ABC stores are closed on Sundays.

Brunswick Islands’ Shrimping Industry

Interesting Facts on Brunswick Islands’ Shrimping Industry

While most people are still fast asleep in their beds as the sun starts to rise on another morning, there is one group of people who are steadily at work. Casting their skimmer trawls—the nets attached to the side of the boat—into the water, they guide their boats along the shallow Carolina coastal waters as they gather the sea life below the surface. Known for providing North Carolina’s coastal line with the best quality shrimp, the fishermen have trawled the waters since the beginning of the 20th century.


For years tourists from all over the world have traveled to the area just to take advantage of the delectable shrimp that North Carolina has to offer. Due to the relatively warm temperature of the water, there is a multitude of shrimp here, and the temperature is a trustworthy factor that fishermen use to determine what kind of harvesting season to expect.

If the winter is unusually cold, fishermen will expect a small shrimp population when spring comes. However, the state of North Carolina harvests about 10 million pounds of shrimp each year, a number that hardly seems to indicate a small population.

Shrimp begin their life cycle in winter on the bottom of the ocean floor as mud-dwelling creatures that travel in schools and are often eaten by larger fish. In the summer, the shrimp travel by tidal currents from the ocean into rivers and creeks. They find shelter in the safety of marshes, and with an intake of algae and plankton, the surviving shrimp undergo a tremendous growth spurt—up to two inches in one month. When they are almost fully grown, they swim to the ocean where they are caught by local fishermen.

Three types of shrimp are available in North Carolina:

  • White shrimp—the second-most abundant
  • Pink shrimp—harvested in spring and late fall
  • Brown shrimp—the most abundant shrimp that supports the Brunswick Islands fishing industry
  • Many Brunswick Island locals are passionate about preserving the local industry through Brunswick Catch, a non-profit organization that helps local fishermen by promoting the seafood industry in Brunswick Islands. They encourage residents and visitors to purchase only local seafood. The organization is composed of commercial fishermen, restaurant owners and other people who are interested in preserving and reviving the profitable industry.

    Shrimp cocktail

    Fresh Shrimp Cocktail

    By displaying the Brunswick Catch logo on all freshly caught shrimp, it helps buyers know that they are putting money back into the pockets of local fishermen and ensuring that they are receiving quality shrimp found in the waters of North Carolina. Their goal is to form a dominant presence in the county and provide a knowledgeable guide to educate people on which season shrimp is available, how to recognize it is fresh and how to cook it.

    Speaking of cooking, there are a variety of easy and delectable dishes to whip up while you’re enjoying your time in the Brunswick Islands. Try basic scampi with lemon, butter, garlic and white wine, or light the grill, and toss on some shrimp kabobs marinated in lime juice, coconut milk, rum and honey. Spice things up with a shrimp and sausage jambalaya, or make a classic calabash style served with cocktail sauce that the kids will enjoy.

    To learn more about the seafood industry in Brunswick Islands, visit www.brunswickcatch.com or www.visitnc.com.