Getting to the Island

Bald Head Island is a barrier island located about 3 miles across the Cape Fear River from Southport, North Carolina.  There is no bridge to Bald Head Island.  Almost everyone gets to Bald Head Island via ferry.  Bald Head Island Transportation, Inc. operates the passenger ferry. 

Departing Location

The ferries depart the mainland from Deep Point Marina which is located in Southport, North Carolina (1301 Ferry Road) just before the State-operated Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry landing. 

Parking at Deep Point Marina

Parking is available at Deep Point Marina for a daily fee.  For the latest information for parking at the Deep Point facility go to the parking website at

Ferry Schedule, Tickets, and Luggage Information

For the latest information on the ferry schedule, tickets, and luggage information, go to the ferry website at or call 910-457-5003 (for departing Deep Point) or 910-457-5006 (for departing Bald Head Island) for rates, general information, and current schedule. 

Getting to Bald Head Island Marina via Your Boat

The Bald Head Island Marina is located near buoy #13A at the mouth of the Cape Fear River and is accessible by boat from the Intracoastal Waterway, Cape Fear River, and the Atlantic Ocean.  The full-service marina can accommodate vessels up to 100 feet in length, with 7’ draft at MLW.  

People who bring passengers to the island by their own boat must return those passengers to the mainland by their own boat (Note:  The U.S. Coast Guard governs and enforces the illegal transportation of passengers.  Requirements can be found in USCG NVIC 07-94, 46 USC 2101 and  You will also need to check local and state requirements.)  Anyone who desires to return to the mainland via ferry will be required to purchase a ticket before boarding.

Marina slips are limited and are assigned when a reservation is made.  Materials and workers are to be unloaded at the assigned slip even if dockage is unnecessary.  To reserve a slip, call the dockmaster at 910-457-7380 or email or use VHF Channel 16.   For more information go HERE.