Shoaling shuts down some Ocracoke ferry service

By on April 7, 2021

North Carolina Ferry System

The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division announced on April 7 that it is suspending all service on Pamlico Sound between Cedar Island, Swan Quarter and Ocracoke through Monday, April 12 due to worsening shoaling issues in the ferry channel just outside of Ocracoke’s Silver Lake Harbor.

Shoaling occurs when sand and sediment fill into a ferry channel, making water depths too shallow and the channel too narrow for safe operation of the ferry system’s vessels.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continues to work in the Bigfoot Slough channel to clear the shoaling. The Ferry Division will reassess channel conditions on Monday and make a decision on whether to resume service at that time.

For up-to-the-minute information on schedule changes on the Cedar Island and Swan Quarter routes, please follow @NCFerryPamSound​ on Twitter.




See what people are saying:

  • hugh

    That’s a fascinating photo. Three motorboats appears to have rigged multiple lines to keep themselves off the visitor docks, and one sailboat has blocked the entire dock area with a web of seven lines to pilings and docks! Were they preparing for a tropical storm coming through?

    Thursday, Apr 8 @ 3:34 pm