Beach Fishing in North Carolina on Kure Beach Fishing Pier

Kure Beach Fishing Pier is open 24-hours a day, from Good Friday until the Sunday after Thanksgiving. It is one of the best places to fish in Wilmington, NC.

At Kure Pier, we are committed to being a fun, family-friendly stop on your vacation. We strive for customer satisfaction, although we realize with over a million people walking through our doors every year, that can be a difficult task!

Kure Pier has something for everyone—whether it's the little ones wanting to catch their first fish or find a new toy for the beach, teens wanting to do some beach fishing, or grandparents getting ice cream and trinkets to carry home.

How to reach us: 910.458.5524 | 100 Atlantic Avenue, Kure Beach, NC 28449

Our History

Hailing as the oldest fishing pier on the Atlantic coast, we're proud of our roots.

L.C. Kure, grandfather and early entertainer, first built the pier in 1923. The property, purchased by Hans A. Kure, had been in the family since the turn of the century.

The father and son team set to work on their dream of building an entertainment complex for the citizens of Wilmington. Although they tried various ideas—a pavilion, a strip of bars, a bathhouse, and even a group of cottages—the pier was the last idea to be built and the only structure to remain.

Old black and white photo of Fishing in North Carolina on Kure Beach Fishing Pier
Fishing in North Carolina on Kure Beach Fishing Pier in 1940

Year: 1940

The first pier was 120 feet long and 22 feet wide, crafted from pine poles that were cut from the forest along the river and used as pilings. Very little was known about sea worms or other marine borers. As a result, the first pier was destroyed and came down the very first year.

The pier was rebuilt in 1924. This time, it was built to be 240 feet long and 32 feet wide—twice as long as the original pier! Cement pilings were used that were built by L. C. Kure. He developed a new method of pouring concrete, which is today known as reinforced concrete. The forms were built in the parking lot in front of the pier, and the pilings were poured on-site. Then, they were carried out on the pier by a system of rail cars. Practically everything was done by hand.

These pilings lasted. In fact, some of them were still in use in 1954 when Hurricane Hazel washed the pier away.

Bill Robertson bought the pier from my grandfather in 1952. My father hailed from Bixby, North Carolina—a crossroads in Davie County, west of Winston-Salem. He had an extensive background in retail sales and advertising and was able to write, copy, and publish stories for newspapers and magazines.

While promoting Kure Pier, he encouraged visitors to buy real estate in the town. He figured if vacationers bought cottages near the pier, they would have to rent them out to help pay for them. This would ensure potential customers occupied the beach all summer long!

The idea seems to have worked...

Fishing in North Carolina on Kure Beach Fishing Pier in the 1950s

Year: 1950's

Hear from our friends...

Our family has spent many summer days hanging by the pier, and we plan to spend many more.

Sean Cook | Kure Beach Resident