New Inlet Boat Ramp has provided shallow-draft boat access to Pamlico Sound for decades. The parking areas for this area is currently being used by NC Department of Transportation contractors to provide support for road and bridge work.
Until the contract has been completed, there is no public boating access to Pamilico Sound on Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. Pea Island canoe tours launch from an area behind a locked gate. Vehicular access to this area is closed to the public unless accompanied by refuge staff or volunteers.