The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has completed renovations on the Federal Point Boating Access area and opened it to the public, the agency reported last week.

The Federal Point Boating Access Area off U.S. Highway 421 in Kure Beach has newly paved parking lots for trailers and single vehicles, a boardwalk for beach access and concrete sidewalks.

Last winter, during the first phase of the renovation, the site received new ramps, floating docks, a new concrete apron, filled basin and new bulkhead, breakwater and a retaining wall.

"These renovations will make access to Buzzard Bay easier and more convenient for boaters who come from across the state to this extremely popular spot," Commission chief of the Division of Engeering Services Erik Christofferson said. "We are grateful for the partnerships with other agencies that allowed us to make these renovations to Federal Point."

A large portion of phase one was funded from a Division of Coastal Management Grant. Phase two was funded through sales of the Coastal Recreational Fishing License. Additional costs were covered by motorboat registration receipts.

For more information on boating in North Carolina, including an interactive map of free, 24-hour boating access areas, visit the Commission's Boating Maps/Locations page.