ICW - North Carolina

The minimum overhead clearance of fixed bridges over the North Carolina portion of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway is 64 feet with a federal project depth of 12 feet.

Aids to Navigation

Charts

NOAA Charts #12206, #11553, 11541, and #11534 provide coverage of the North Carolina portion of the AICW.


Chart #12206 - Norfolk to Albemarle Sound covers the North Carolina ICW from Mile 34.0, the Virginia / North Carolina state line, to Mile 65.0 at Albemarle Sound via Route #1 and to Mile 65.0 at the mouth of the Pasquotank River via Route #2.

Chart #11553 - Albemarle Sound to Neuse River covers the ICW from Mile 65.0, Albemarle Sound, to Mile 170.0 at Neuse River.

Chart #11541 - Neuse River to Myrtle Grove Sound covers the ICW from Mile 170.0, Neuse River to Mile 290.0 at Myrtle Grove Sound.

Chart #11534 - Myrtle Grove Sound to Casino Creek, SC covers the ICW from Mile 290.0, at Myrtle Grove Sound to Mile 341.0 at the North Carolina/South Carolina state line and then on to Casino Creek, SC at Mile 426.0.

Buoys and Marks

Intracoastal Waterway buoys and navigational markers are marked like most other lateral marks in the U.S. the difference is that either yellow triangles or yellow squares are added to the mark to indicate they are ICW markers.

The rule is: When proceeding south on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (Norfolk, VA to Key West, FL) or west on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (Ft. Meyers, FL to Brownsville, TX)

Green ICW Marker Red ICW Marker

In most cases, this will equate to "Red" marks to starboard and "Green" marks to port southbound and westbound on the ICW, but be careful, because regardless of the color of the mark; yellow "triangles" are to be kept to starboard and yellow "squares" are to be kept to port PERIOD.

Regardless of the color of the mark!

Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway - North Carolina Bridge Schedule

The following table lists the bridges; their schedules, and restrictions along the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AICW) in North Carolina.

This list is believed to be accurate as of July 2018. If any errors or omissions are noted, please e-mail us at with any corrections or recommendations.


Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway - North Carolina

Mile Marker Bridge Charted Vert. Clear. Schedule Restrictions VHF
50.0 Coinjock Bridge 65’ Fixed Bridge    
84.2 Alligator River Swing Bridge 14’ Opens on Demand Winds exceeding 35 knots. 13
114.0 Fairfield Bridge 65’ Fixed Bridge    
126.0 Wilkerson Creek Bridge 64’ Fixed Bridge    
157.0 Hobucken Bridge 65’ Fixed Bridge    
196.0 Core Creek Bridge 65’ Fixed Bridge    
203.6 Morehead City-Newport Bridge 65’ Fixed Bridge    
203.6 Morehead City RR Bascule Bridge 4’ Normally Open Closes for RR Traffic 13
206.5 Atlantic Beach Bridge 65’ Fixed Bridge    
226.0 Emerald Isle Bridge 65’ Fixed Bridge    
240.7 Onslow Beach Swing Bridge 12’ The draw shall open between 0700 - 1900 on the hour and ½ hour. Other times on demand. No openings when closed by the military. 13
252.5 Topsail Island Bridge 64’ Fixed Bridge    
260.7 Surf City Swing Bridge 12’ The draw shall open between 0700 - 1900 on the hour. Other times on demand.   13
278.1 Figure Eight Island Swing Bridge 20’ Opens on the hour and ½ hour.   13
283.1 Wrightsville Bascule Bridge 20’
CAUTION-lower than charted clearances have been reported.
The draw shall open between 0700-1900 on the hour. Other times on demand. Closed 2nd Saturday of July 0700-0900. Closed 3rd and 4th Saturdays in September from 0700-1100. Closed 0700-1030 on the last Saturday of October each year or the 1st or 2nd Saturday of November. 13
295.5 Snows Cut Bridge 65’ Fixed Bridge    
312.0 Oak Island/Ft. Caswell Bridge 65’ Fixed Bridge    
317.0 Swains Cut Bridge 67’ Fixed Bridge    
323.0 Holden Beach Bridge 65’ Fixed Bridge    
334.0 Ocean Isle Bridge 65’ Fixed Bridge    
338.0 Mannon C. Gore Bridge 65’ Fixed Bridge    

The North Carolina ICW Bridge List as well as the entire AICW Bridge List (Norfolk to Miami) can be downloaded for your personal and private use below. The ZIP files contain the schedules in Adobe (.pdf) file format:

AICW North Carolina Bridge Schedule - Download

AICW Bridge and Lock Schedule (Norfolk to Miami) - Download

Temporary Long Term Bridge Restrictions

Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway - North Carolina

Mile Marker Bridge Charted Vert. Clear. Restrictions
84.2 Alligator River Swing Bridge 14’ Proposal to replace swing bridge with new fixed bridge is in final review of the design and environmental package.
260.7 Surf City Swing Bridge 12’ Construction started to replace swing bridge with new fixed bridge. Estimated completion date is anticipated to be November 2020.

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