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Boaters can definitely have a fun time in and around Wilson, and even more opportunities to get wet are a short drive away.

Buckhorn Lake is Wilson’s gem, more than 2,100 acres of water and land. The reservoir holds more than 7 billion gallons of water. It is open to power boats, personal watercraft, water skis, canoes and kayaks. The lake’s docks are open to fishermen seeking largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappie, walleye and more.

Ramp fees: $5 Wilson resident;  $10 non-resident

Hours: Open daily, sunrise to sunset

GPS directions: 8177 Rock Ridge School Road, Sims.

Lake Wilson is a great spot for kayakers, canoers and windsurfers, as well as small powerboats. The lake is around 90 acres so it’s a wonderful space to spend a few hours. Boaters can use a ramp, but there is also a canoe and kayak launch. The lake is surrounded by a 18-hole disc golf course, playground equipment, and a 2-mile walking trail that encircles the lake.

Ramp fees: None

Hours: Open daily, sunrise to sunset

GPS directions: 4621 Lake Wilson Road N

Wiggins Mill Reservoir is a wonderland for small boats to explore. It has 285 acres of water, much of it in alcoves that can be explored by kayaks, canoes or boats powered by electric motors. There are also areas for ramp or shore fishing.

Ramp fees: None

Hours: Open daily, sunrise to sunset

GPS directions: 3010 U.S. Highway 301 S

People looking for more adventures on the water nearby can plan a trip on the nearby Tar or Neuse rivers. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission lists ramp sites on its website:

http://ncwildlife.org/Boating/Boating-in-North-Carolina