Eastern Ocean Regional Access - EORA


Located 6.4 miles from the B. Cameron Langston Bridge, between Pier Point and Ocean Reef condominiums at 2701 Emerald Drive.  


Open year round from sunrise to sunset


Leashed pets allowed; must be on a six foot leash.  Owners are subject to pooper scooper law.  $50 fine for violators. 


Lifeguards are on duty from 10am to 5pm late May through early September at the Eastern Ocean Regional Access (EORA).  There is a $10 fee charged for parking at the Eastern Ocean Regional Access (EORA) on Saturday, Sundays, and holidays from April through September between the hours of 7am - 4pm.  Reservations are not accepted. First come first serve. 


  • Beach Access
  • Handicapped Accessible
  • Parking for 167 cars
  • Picnic Pavilion
  • Restrooms
  • Showers
  • Grills
  • Seasonal Lifeguards


From the intersection of Hwy 24 and 58 proceed across the B. Cameron Langston Bridge.  Travel 6.4 miles (in the vicinity of mile marker 15), the Eastern Ocean Regional Access will be on the right-hand side between Pier Point and Ocean Reef condominiums at 2701 Emerald Drive.


Please contact Emerald Isle Parks & Recreation Department for more information.  252.354.6350.

Future of Eastern Ocean Regional 

The North Carolina Aquariums and the Town of Emerald Isle have been awarded a $2.2 million grant from the NC Waterfront Access and Marine Industry Fund (WAMI) for design work and initial construction activities for "The Aquarium Pier at Emerald Isle." The NC Division of Marine Fisheries, the agency responsible for overseeing the coast-wide $20 million WAMI Fund, announced the grant award in April. 
The NC Aquariums and the Town are partnering to construct a new 1,000 ft. long ocean fishing pier and new multi-purpose pier house at the site of the Town's Eastern Ocean Regional Access facility located near mile marker 15 on NC 58. The site is currently used for beach access and parking, and is the former site of the old Emerald Isle Pier that was dismantled as a result of the hurricanes of the 1990s.  
The new pier will be constructed with concrete and steel to withstand future hurricanes and will include wooden decking to maintain the traditional NC ocean pier experience. The new pier house will include typical pier amenities, and will also include Aquarium exhibits, educational facilities, university research facilities, and public meeting areas.

The $2.2 million grant will fund detailed design work for the new facility, construction of various site improvements (parking, wastewater, storm water), and construction of a new soundfront pier that will complement the new ocean fishing pier. Design work will begin later this summer with construction of the new facility expected to begin in 2010. The target date for the opening of the new facility is spring 2012. Construction will be funded with a combination of NC Aquarium funding and additional State and local grant funding. The total construction cost is estimated at more than $12 million. Learn more about the Aquarium Pier at Emerald Isle!