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April 15, 2020

Tyler Boyd Pier Photo
Take an evening stroll on wood planks suspended above the water or catch your first fish among friendly strangers, piers in the Southport Oak Island area have long played an important and romantic role in our community. Anglers fishing for king mackerel, sheephead, trout and pinfish enjoy a long fishing season from April - December on the Oak Island and Ocean Crest Piers.  These two piers may charge a nominal fee to stroll on the pier, so stop in the pier house to pay the fee prior to walking out onto the pier.  

Oak Island Pier – 705 Ocean Drive, Oak Island. (Formerly the Yaupon Pier/Yaupon Beach Pier).  The Pier is 880 feet long, and 27 feet above the water. Fishing passes for the day, for 3 days, 7 days or for the season. Snacks. Beach Access. Restrooms. Restaurant/lounge onsite. Fees vary for fishing. Free walking on the pier. The Pier is noted for it's excellent saltwater fishing including king mackerel, trout, flounder, bluefish, Spanish mackerel, Cobia, Whiting (Virginia Mullet), Pompano, Spots, Sharks, Tarpon, Amberjack, Jack Crevalle, Sheepshead, Black Drum, Red Drum, Croaker, Grey Trout, Ladyfish, Spadefish, and Pinfish. The North Carolina State Record for Tiger Shark came off this Pier in 1966 by Walter Maxwell, it weighed 1150 lbs.   The Pier is open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Call (910) 933-6161 for more info.

Ocean Crest Pier – 1409 E. Beach Drive, Oak Island. The longest fishing pier in the Southern Cape Fear Coast. One of the few family owned and operated fishing piers in North Carolina.  Known for its prize catches of king mackerel and Spanish mackerel. 893’ long with a 50’ kingfish fishing area. Shaded T at the end of pier with live bait well.  Landing nets. Cleaning area. Full Service Restaurant/Lounge. Tackle and Bait Sales. Rod rentals. Bench seating. Snacks, Ice Cream and Beer in Pier House. Beach Access. Restrooms. Fee for walking on the pier $1 per person.  Fees vary for fishing.  Open April – December.

Malcom Register Park Pier- NE 52nd Street & Yacht Drive, Oak Island.  A small municipal pier on the Intracoastal Waterway. Free.  Picnic Shelter and Restrooms. 

Southport Waterfront Pier

Southport Waterfront Park Pier -106 E. Bay Street, Southport.  A municipal pier on the Cape Fear River. Free. Picnic shelter, swing benches and restrooms nearby.