Lock and Dam 1
by Kent Fiala
From the intersection of NC 11 and NC 87 in Columbus County, drive west on 87 for 2.1 miles to Locks 1 Road on the right. Follow Locks 1 Road to its end. This is in Bladen County.
If you are coming from I-40, you can exit at Burgaw and follow NC 53 and then NC 11 until you reach the intersection with NC 87.
Birds to look for
Swallow-tailed Kite, Mississippi Kite, Anhinga, Wood Stork, Cattle Egret
When to come
Late spring or summer
The picnic area at this Corps of Engineers site provides an excellent vantage point for scanning the skies above the Cape Fear River. In recent years this site has come to be known as one of the better sites for finding Swallow-tailed Kites in North Carolina. Other species that might be seen flying by here include Mississippi Kite, Anhinga, Wood Stork, and various herons including Cattle Egret. Be prepared to be patient.
Kites are possible anywhere in the vicinity. They have sometimes been seen over fields along NC 87 for example.
Restrooms, picnic area with grills, boat ramp. A private campground is adjacent.