Bogue Inlet, located south and west of Emerald Isle and north and east of Bear Island/Hammocks Beach State Park, is the connection to the ocean for Swansboro, Cedar Point, Cape Carteret and Emerald Isle.
It is a shallow-draft inlet that require the constant attention of a dredge. The channel to the inlet intersects the ICW at Marker 45, a mile north of Swansboro.
Bogue Inlet is one of the inlets where some local knowledge and the ability to read the water are crucial. A trip to Dudley’s Marina, the Nancy Lee Fishing Center or The Reel Outdoors for an update on the inlet would be time well-spent before using it for the first time each year.
Provided that funding is available, Bogue Inlet is dredged by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on a rotating schedule with numerous other inlets and projects. Bogue Inlet was dredged in February, and as of the May 15 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dredging schedule, it is scheduled to be dredged again between June 21 and July 5.
The dredging schedule may be found at the Navigation Section of the U.S. Corps of Engineers – Wilmington Division website, www.saw.usace.army.mil. Even immediately after the dredging is completed, it is wise to ask for local knowledge of the inlet and be careful when using it.