Neuse River


Hello. My name is Steve Tyson and I have spent my entire life enjoying the beautiful waters of the Neuse and Trent Rivers. The Neuse and Trent Rivers converge in downtown New Bern and at this point the Neuse River is about 1 mile wide. Just a short distance downriver it widens to around 3 miles. It continues to widen as it heads to the Pamlico Sound and and becomes the widest river in the United States. This is what makes it a haven for sailing, fishing, and boating.

Sailing is high on the list of things to do in New Bern    Fishing is always an option in New Bern.     Hatteras Yachts are manufactured in New Bern NC

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The Neuse River is the 2nd largest estuarine system in the US. It was named in 1584 after the Neusiok Indians.

The Neuse River is estimated to be 2 million years old. Native Americans settled along the banks of the Neuse as early as 14,000 years ago.  Early native American settlers included the Tuscarora, Coree, Neusiok, and Secotan tribes.

The Neuse River is New Bern's largest River

The Neuse and Tar Rivers are shown in the picture on the left. The Neuse River begins in the Piedmont area of North Carolina and empties in the Pamlico Sound. The total length of the river is about 195 miles.

 As you can see from the map on the left, the river is narrow until it reaches the New Bern area where it gets progressively wider. Union Park is located in downtown New Bern and the Neuse River is approximately 1 mile wide at this point.

Fishing in the Neuse River

The Neuse River is great for fishing.

Fishing in the Neuse River can be a remarkable experience as the variety of different fish species is quite remarkable. Salt water fish, such as shark, porpoise, speckle trout, grey trout, blue fish, crooker, Spanish mackerel, tarpon, will make it all the way upriver to New Bern during certain times of the year. Large and smallmouth bass, strip bass, flounder, drum, brim, and  catfish can be caught year around. Click the link below to see more information on fishing in this area.

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Boating and Sailing on the Neuse River

The picture below was shot just off Union Park in historic downtown New Bern. The Neuse River Bridge is in the background.

The Neuse River offers a plethora of boating activities. From canoes and kayaks to the hundred foot Hatteras Yachts that are manufactured in New Bern NC there are ample opportunities for everyone who loves the water.

The Neuse River is deep enought for large sailboats and motor yachts.

Above you see some beautiful boats parked in the Hilton Marina which is located in downtown New Bern. The big boat is a 100' Hatteras. I bet you didn't know Hatteras Yachts are made in New Bern.

Did you know the Neuse River is named after native Americans

Sailing is a very popular sport in New Bern. I estimate there are at least 600 sailboats in the area 26' or larger. Whether you are a seasoned professional or a complete novice the Neuse River will be a challenge for you.

Enjoy kayaking or canoeing? There are many small and large creeks that flow into the Neuse River and offer many opportunities to explore and excercise. And don't forget about the Trent River which offers plenty of navicable waterways for small boats. Click below to find out more about paddel clubs.

Twin Rivers paddle club

Barnacle Bobs Boat Rentals

Recreation and Camping on the Neuse River

New Bern recreation

Flanner's Beach sits on the bank of the Neuse River, (see A in the picture below) and offers campsites, picnic areas, and a sandy beach. It is about 10 miles South of New Bern off HWY 70

Flanners beach is a perfect place to relax and enjoy the Neuse River.


Kayak in New Bern

The Neuse River is around 3 miles wide at this point. Bring you canoe or Kayak and explore the shorelines.


Large expanse of beach is great for camping, walking, jogging, fishing, swimming, and just daydreaming.

For campers, Flanners Beach has 42 campsites. It has picnic tables, grills, tent pad and lantern poles, and 14 sites provide electric hook-ups. Camp fee is $12, or $17 with electricity.

New Bern waterfront camping on the Neuse River

Clean restrooms with shower facilities.

Flanner's Beach is a hidden treasure that is awaiting to be discovered by you. Check it out today. What are you waiting for?

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