Boating Access Points
High Rock Lake is best explored by boat. Whether you choose to use a power boat or paddle, there are plenty of places available to access the water. It all depends on what you want to do and what part of the lake you want to enjoy. With a beautiful wooded shoreline and numerous parks, it is a great place to relax and explore. Here is a list of our favorite access points and a easy to read map!
Just off Interstate 85, this is the northern most access to High Rock Lake. It's here that Yadkin River begins to spread out into
the lake. Here you can launch your motor boat or kayak and head upstream toward Boone's Cave or downstream into the main
portion of High Rock. The access is part of the Yadkin River Park that includes fishing areas, picnic tables, trails and views from the historic Wilcox Bridge.
The campground, which is located at 9120 Bringle Ferry Road in Salisbury, also offers rental equipment, a convenience store, and the After Dock restaurant, which is open from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
There is free parking nearby, as well as a public launch location where you can get your stand up paddle board into the ocean and begin your SUP adventure!
North Carolina Wildlife Access Ramp (off Bringle Ferry Road)
Right across Bringle Ferry Road from Tamarac Marina you'll find a public boat ramp operated by the NC Wildlife. This ramp and parking area was renovated a few years ago and offers nice docks and ample parking.
Southmont Access Ramp
This is probably the most popular and most used ramp on the lake. Located on Abbott's Creek in Southmont, it is just off Highway 8 on Wildlife Recreation Access Rd., across the rail lines Mazatlan Family Mexican Restaurant. This is the spot to be if you're searching for a wonderful site to start your paddle boarding session. This landing, also known as the Southmont Abbots Creek Access.
Buddle Creek Boat & Fishing Access is located at 2880 Holloway Church Road. It offers a beach and swimming area that is
open in the summer months (no lifeguards but life jackets are available and encouraged. There's a boat ramp that is open year round. From this access you can reach the Abbott's Creek section of the lake. It's very popular with paddlers.
As one of High Rock lakes most popular spots during the spring and summer months, Pebble Beach is a great place to bring your family for a day of stand up paddle boarding. The swimming area is surrounded by a buoy fence the keep swimmer traffic and boater traffic separated, so if you’d like to paddle on the greater portion of the lake, there is an area just south of the beach called Flat Swamp Public Access that is great for launching a paddle boarding adventure.
This is the newest access on the lake. A nice gravel parking lot has been constructed just east of the Highway 47 bridge over Abbott's Creek. The area is still being developed and plans are to have a pier and dedicated kayak launch ramp. For now you'll
need to carry your boat to the water from the parking area. Keep in mind that lake levels fluctuate. The area is a fantastic place to paddle and only a few minutes upstream you'll find your self in a quiet "wilderness like" setting with abundant wildlife and a grove of beautiful cypress trees. It's also a favorite spot for fishermen. From here you have access to the entire Abbott's Creek section of the lake.