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 purchasing 5 kids kayaks to assist with the development of a kids kayaking orientation and camp, purchase of a touch tank for live specimen programs, materials for a story walk trail, two projectors in the auditorium for programs, along with support and educational materials and supplies for special events including Military Appreciation Day; and ongoing educational and interpretive programs. 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