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Boat Ramps

Public access

Marinas also provide public access for a small launch fee.

Old 288 From Bryson City. Take US 19 S to right turn at SR 1323 (Slope St.; begins at bridge by Walgreens). Travel Slope St. .2 miles and turn left at the blinking light onto SR 1321 (Bryson Walk). Bryson Walk becomes Old 288. Travel 1.6 miles and turn left to follow the river continuing on Old 288. Travel .8 miles to the area at the end of the road.

The ramp is handicapped accessible, and there are picnic tables, handicap accessible restrooms, covered pavillion, hiking trails and handicap fishing pier at this location.

Lemmons Branch From Bryson City take US 19/74 West to NC 28 N (right turn towards Robbinsville). Follow NC 28 about 3 miles to the sign for the Tsali Recreation area. Turn right and follow signs to Lemmons Branch Boat Ramp. The ramp is handicapped accessible.

Cable Cove From Bryson City take US 74 West to NC 28 N (right turn ttowards Robbinsville). Continue on approximately 20 miles (8.2 past the NC 143 turnoff). Turn right onto SR 1287 (Cable Cove). Go 1.5 miles to the end of the road.

Lewellyn Branch On Cheoah Lake, just below Fontana Dam. From Bryson City take US 19/74 West to NC 28 N (right turn towards Robbinsville). Follow NC 28N about 25 miles, crossing the Little Tennessee River just below Fontana Dam. Both the ramp and fishing pier are handicapped accessible.

Whittier There's a small craft boat ramp on the Tuckasegee River in the Whittier community east of Bryson City. On US 74, take exit 72. Turn left on Depot Street (at the Post Office, then take the first left on to Church Street. Look for the boat ramp on your right.

Lewellyn-Branch
Lewellyn Branch boat ramp on Cheoah Lake
  • Lewellyn Branch boat ramp on Cheoah Lake
  • Old Hwy 288 boat ramp on Fontana Lake
  • Whittier small craft boat ramp on the Tuckasegee River