FHBI Marsh Cruises are offered September thru November each year.
Hammocks Beach State Park and FHBI are offering their popular marsh cruise programs. This one and a half to two hour interpretive tour leaves the Hammocks Beach State Park mainland and navigates the waterways around Bear Island, Huggins Island, and Swansboro on a 35 passenger Coast Guard inspected pontoon boat.
Space is limited and preregistration is required.
A minimum donation of $15.00 per passenger secures a seat on the cruise. Additional donations are welcome and can be made online at fhbi.org/donate or during the cruise.
Proceeds from this year's marsh cruises benefit the Friends of the Hammocks and Bear Island, Inc., the non-profit 501 (c)(3) support group for Hammocks Beach State Park. Some of the most recent projects the friends have helped with is contracting with UNC TV to produce a documentary on the history of the hammocks and Bear Island, the purchase of a golf cart to assist park staff and volunteers on Bear Island; repair and refurbish the barracks on Bear Island for the parks interns; educational materials and supplies; special events including the North Carolina Paddle Festival and Military Appreciation Day; and ongoing educational and interpretive program. Proceeds this year will go toward events, educational programs, special projects, as well as any assistance that may be requested by Hammocks Beach State Park or the Division of Parks and Recreation.
For more information on becoming a member of Friends of the Hammocks and Bear Island, Inc. go to www.fhbi.org/join