River Access Launch Sites on the Neuse
These launch sites are for small non-motorized crafts i.e. canoes and kayaks
Check out this website to check river access status.
The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department provides five launches for non-motorized watercraft along 17 miles of the Neuse River starting at the Falls Lake Dam. The access points are designed for paddle-craft and are open from sunrise to sunset. Overnight use is not permitted at parking lots of river access points. Cars may not be left overnight.
Below are the access location, directions and river miles from Falls Dam - Mile 0.
For updated information on the flow of the Neuse River, visit the American Whitewater River Database and search Neuse.
Falls Dam Access- Mile .25
From the I 540 take Falls of the Neuse Road exit 14. Travel three miles and just before crossing over the Neuse River turn right on a gravel road which ends at the access point. Turning left before the bridge will end in the Army Corps of Engineers parking lot which has access to the base of the dam.
Buffaloe Road Access- Mile 10.7
From the I-440 beltline take Route 64 East exit 11B. Travel two miles and turn right on Buffaloe Road. Travel 3.6 miles and just before crossing over the river turn right on Elizabeth Drive which will end at the access point.
A 10-foot dam is located 3.5 miles down stream. The only safe navigation of the dam is a portage (walking your boat around it on land) to reach the river down stream of the dam. The City is not responsible for maintaining portage walkways or injuries that occur during portages.
Milburnie Dam Access- Mile 14.2
From the I-440 beltline take Route 64 East exit 13B. Travel 2.7 miles and just after crossing the bridge over the river turn left on Old Milburnie Road. Travel 0.2 miles and turn left on Loch Raven Parkway. Travel 100 yards and turn right onto a gravel road which leads to the river access down stream of the dam.
Anderson Point Access- Mile 16.2
From the I-440 beltline take Route 64 East exit 13B. Travel 2.1 miles on New Bern Ave. Turn right on N. Rogers Lane. Follow until you reach a stop sign. Take a right to stay on N. Rogers Lane. Turn Left on Robbins Drive. Take the first right onto Anderson Point Drive. Turn left into a small parking lot before crossing the bridge over HWY 64 into Anderson Point Park. At the end of the parking lot is a gravel road which leads to the river access.
Poole Road Access- Mile 17.7
From the I-440 beltline take the Poole Road East exit 15. Travel 2.4 miles and turn left on the gravel road best before crossing over the river.