Welcome to the Surf City Ocean Pier!
Topsail Island's first ocean pier, the Surf City Pier, was originally built in 1948. It has been owned and operated by the Lore family since 1973. Though it has weathered many storms (some better than others), Hurricane Fran destroyed it in 1996. It was totally rebuilt and reopened in August of 1997, looking much like it does today including a few additions. The Surf City Pier comes complete with large assortment of bait, fully stocked tackle shop, an eclectic collection of souvenirs fresh ground chuck burger's from the grill, and an outside covered dining area.
Surf City Ocean Pier Features:
2023 Fishing Fees
$10/1 Rod 24hr Ticket
$20/2 Rods 24hr Ticket
$10/Crab Trap 24hr Ticket
$10/Cast Net when Allowed
$30/King Fishing 3 Rods *Good for the day only
Parking is free and included while fishing or visiting only.
Rod Rentals Fees
For each rod
$30 CASH Deposit
$10 Rental Fee
$10 Fishing Pass 24hr Ticket
*Prices increase coming in 2024
Season Passes for 2024 are on Sale now.
Latest News & What's Currently Biting
Hello friends and Pier Family,
There will be some new changes coming in 2024. Starting with Edwin’s retirement. After almost 50 years of being actively involved in everyday operations and decision making he has decided to step back and Garrison will now take his place. Maybe he will be able to enjoy his new grandson and fishing for a change.
You will also see an increase in Daily and Season Passes in the 2024 Fishing Season. We have tried to keep costs down but the reality is everything is going up including the cost of maintenance, lumber, insurance, deductibles and taxes. The necessary evils of running a business.
This will be the first increase in Daily passes in over ten years. Daily passes will now be $12 a fishing rod. This fee also applies to all cast nets and crab traps. Season Bottom Passes will now be $300. This is the equivalent of fishing with us 12.5 times with two rods. If you purchase your season pass on or before November 30th you can save $25 on your pass. You will still receive a parking pass and a key to the gate. You may begin using the pass on December 1st and fish the winter months (December-mid March) during the daylight hours only. No one is allowed on the Pier after dark or before daylight.
We have also decided not to sell Season King Passes. King passes will be available for purchase on a daily basis and will be limited to the first 25 who show up. Anyone with a Season Bottom Pass will be able to add additional rod(s) for an additional fee if they wish to King Fish for the day.
As with every year all carts, coolers and other equipment needs to be removed from the downstairs area. Anything left will be considered abandoned property and disposed of accordingly. We will only be renting the front half of the space downstairs for storage in the 2024 season, please see Vinita or Garrison to have your name added to the list if you are interested. Spaces will be assigned and be available for use in mid March.
Our town's paid parking season runs from March 1-October 31. When you visit our beach during this time, you will need to pay to park from 9 am - 6 pm. You can purchase an hourly, daily, weekly, or season pass to accommodate your visit.
To obtain hourly, daily, or weekly passes you can use the text-to-park option or scan a QR code once you arrive to your preferred parking spot. The town's hourly rates are staggered with parking spots closest to the beach being $5/hr, while outlying lots and spaces are $3/hr.
Please reach out to the TOWN OF SURF CITY if you have questions or concerns about THEIR PARKING.
Please be respectful.
The Pier is Open
New Camera located at the Surf City Pier. Stays stationary so you can see what is happening in real time on the pier. Please enjoy this camera along with the others located at the pier and north of the pier that pans and scans the surrounding area.