Canal Waterfront

Canal Waterfront Ocean Isle Beach is the section of the Ocean Isle Beach more simply referred to as Canal Homes.  The Ocean Isle beach canals are located just to the east of the OIB main bridge access road- Causeway Drive.  There is a canal waterway every block running along E. Second Street for approximately 1.5 miles from town Center.  Here is a map of OIB with the canal section circled.  There are 20 canal waterways.

The canals are dredged from time to time and are boat navigable at all tide levels.  Boats of 35′ or more are common in the canals and we have seen them up to 50′.  Most common are the 20-35′ boats.  All of these canals are fronted by homes and have private docks, typically 20-25′ in width.  The canals tie into the Intracoastal Waterway and the ocean access is just a few miles away at the end of OIB.

There are 2 types of canals- Natural and Concrete.  The only other place with Concrete Canals on the east coast are in Ft. Lauderdale.  The concrete canals are nicer than the natural canals, but there is a slightly shorter distance to get to the Intracoastal from the natural canals.  If you like swimming in the canals, the concrete are unquestionably better with deeper water and no vegetation to contend with.  Swimming in the canals is one of our favorite family activities during summer vacation.

It is a wonderful thing to be able to fish, swim, catch crabs in the crab pot, or just hang out (and enjoy the tranquility with your favorite beverage) with your friends, family, and other loved ones at own private dock.

Here they are-