Renovations to North Carolina's Washington Boating Access Area Complete

WASHINGTON, N.C. (March 26) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has completed renovations on the Haven’s Garden Boating Access Area, and it is now open to the public.

The site, located at the intersection of N.C. 32 and Runyon Creek, will be maintained by the city of Washington. The Commission replaced its two-lane ramp, and installed a floating dock to replace an old fixed dock. In addition, an auxiliary dock was replaced with a sturdier dock.

The Commission also replaced off-road grass parking with a new, 17-space paved lot with an ADA-accessible site and a paved walkway. The renovations were paid for through revenue from motorboat registration receipts.

Runyon Creek feeds into the Pamlico River.

“This site is very popular with boaters,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services. “This partnership with the city of Washington will allow us to operate the site free to the public for the next 50 years.”

For more information on boating in North Carolina, including an interactive map of more than 200 free, 24-hour boating access areas, visit and click on “boating.”

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