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Zeke's Island

Wait for low tide to walk along a spit to Zeke's Island, a reserve in the Cape Fear River. Drive down to the Federal Point boat ramp (beyond the Southport-Fort Fisher ferry terminal) and find the Rocks, a breakwater first erected in 1873 that extends beyond Zeke's Island. The region is part of the North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve consisting of 16 acres of the comprised by: Zeke's Island, North Island, No-Name Island, and the Basin. The varied habitats include salt marshes, beaches, tidal flats and estuarine waters. Frequent wildlife spottings are bottle-nosed dolphins, red-tailed hawks, osprey and colonies of fiddler crabs. The intertidal flats in the Zeke's Island vicinity are the most important shorebird habitats in southeastern North Carolina. Fishing, sunbathing and boating are the primary pursuits here. Don't forget drinking water and sunscreen on your journey.


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