Unfortunately, New Inlet Boat Access parking area is included in a current Special Use Permit for NCDOT to accomplish needed highway maintenance through Pea Island. As the NCDOT needs ebb abd flow, New Inlet may be open off and on for boating access. However, NCDOT contracts will dictate closure when needed.
For smaller boats (kayaks, canoes, etc) that can be carried short distances (25-50 yards). visitors may access the sound on the north end of the Refuge near the Bonner Bridge. However, tides and currents can be dangerous.