The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

March 11, 2013

Big Flatty Boating Access Area Renovations Complete

By Justin Jones, Staff Writer

Monday, March 11, 2013 — ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has completed renovations to the Big Flatty Boating Access Area, and it is now open to the public.


The refurbished site, on Big Flatty Creek in Pasquotank County, includes a new ramp, 8-foot by 40-foot floating dock, improved signage and parking, and shoreline stabilization.


Big Flatty Creek has a variety of fish for anglers to hook, including white perch and black crappie. A 2011 Wildlife Commission survey found good populations of largemouth bass and bluegill, but anglers can also expect to find saltwater species occasionally.


“Because it is so close to Albemarle Sound, saltwater species such as southern flounder, croaker, black drum and blue crabs can also be found in the creek from time to time,” said Jeremy McCargo, a fisheries biologist with the Commission.

“In addition, the close proximity of Big Flatty Creek access area to Albemarle Sound can provide anglers quick access to good fishing areas for striped bass throughout the sound.”


Because Big Flatty Creek is shallow, boaters should use caution and watch for shallow sandbars extending from the shoreline as well as submerged stumps and logs.


Renovations of the site were funded through motorboat registration receipts.


Visit the Commission’s boating web page for more information on boating in North Carolina, including an interactive map of more than 200 public access areas across the state.


About the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission

Since 1947, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has been dedicated to the conservation and sustainability of the state’s fish and wildlife resources through research, scientific management, wise use, and public input. The Commission is the state regulatory agency responsible for the enforcement of fishing, hunting, trapping and boating laws and provides programs and opportunities for wildlife-related educational, recreational and sporting activities. To learn more, visit