About Eagles Island

Eagles Island lies in the confluence of the Cape Fear and Brunswick Rivers in southeastern NC in the Lower Cape Fear River Basin. Eagles Island consists of approximately 3,100 acres situated between the Brunswick and Cape Fear Rivers. The island is directly across the Cape Fear River from Wilmington in New Hanover County, but is located mostly in Brunswick County. The town of Bellville lies just to the west of the Island on the west bank of the Brunswick River, and the nearby towns of Leland and Navassa are located to the northwest, adjacent to Mill Creek and Sturgeon Creek, which flows into the Brunswick River. 

"Eagles Island is, and has always been, part of a dynamic riverine system. What exists today is the result of myriad interactions between natural and human forces that have taken place over time."

Current Status

The land of Eagles Island is currently owned by private and corporate individuals, the State of North Carolina (through the NC Division of Soil and Water Conservation, NC Department of Transportation, and NC Ports Authority), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Hanover Soil and Water Conservation District, and the Town of Leland. Currently the majority of the island is undeveloped and is home to the USS North Carolina Battleship.

  • Conservation Planning and Land Acquisition Committee
  • Executive Committee
  • Funding and Development Committee
  • Outreach and Education Committee
  • Recreation and Cultural Resources Committee​​