Catfish Lake Boat Launch


Catfish Lake offers a small boat ramp and dispersed camping area. The lake is shallow and therefore only flat bottom boats should be on it.

At a Glance

Fees No fee.
Open Season: Year round.
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: New Bern, Havelock, Maysville, Pollocksville
Operated By: USDA-Forest Service, Croatan National Forest

General Information


From US 70 E between New Bern and Havelock turn right onto FS1100. There will be a White church at this turn. Road will be paved and then turns to gravel. Cross the 2nd bridge and turn at the next right onto FS158. Lake is on the left a few miles down. From HWY 58 from Maysville, turn left onto FS1105. After the county line, turn left onto FS158.

Recreation Map

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Camping & Cabins

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Nature Viewing

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Scenic Driving

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Scenic Driving

The drive to Catfish Lake boat launch, off of Catfish Lake Road, offers scenery through the pine forest and the pocosin. There are lots of wildlife and plants to view along the way.

Pavement Type for ParkingGravel
Difficulty Level: Easy

Water Activities

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