The municipal dock at Wrightsville Beach, just southward of U.S. Route 74-76 highway bridge, is 120 feet long with a reported depth of 4 feet alongside; water and electricity are available. Charter fishing boats use the wharf.
Several small-craft facilities are on the north side of Motts Channel between Wrightsville Beach and Wrightsville.
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Wrightsville Beach is a summer resort about 11.5 miles southwestward of New Topsail Inlet. Two tanks and many multistoried buildings on the beach and on Harbor Island are prominent from seaward. The facilities on the inside of the barrier beach are reached through Masonboro Inlet.
Wrightsville Beach Coast Guard Station is at the southern end of Wrightsville Beach at Masonboro Inlet.
Masonboro Inlet, about 12.5 miles southwestward of New Topsail Inlet and 22.3 miles north-northeastward of Cape Fear, is protected by jetties. A lighted whistle buoy is off the entrance.
A channel leads between the jetties at Masonboro Inlet, thence northward through dredged Banks Channel and Motts Channel to a junction with the Intracoastal Waterway at Wrightsville. The buoys marking the bar channel are frequently shifted to mark the best water, and therefore not charted; caution and local knowledge are advised. Banks and Motts Channels are well marked by lights and daybeacons.