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New Updated Yak launch sites

Postby bhorsley » Sat Aug 01, 2015 2:21 pm

Local OBX Bay and Sound Boat and Paddle Craft Launch Sites
(5/1/15)
(Public/free, official and unofficial sites, kind of in order north to south. None require beach-driving passes.)
Please note, I have tried to take reasonable care in assembling this information, but there may be errors.
If you find an error or a change in conditions or just have comments, please contact me at flyyakker104@yahoo.com. Boaters in particular consult charts. I also suggest users review one of the several available mapping websites’ satellite views to plan trips. See also: http://ncpaws.org/wrcmapbook/FishingAreas.aspx for official State launch sites statewide. For N.C. Boating requirements see: http://www.ncwildlife.org/Boating/LawsS ... tions.aspx

Site Name (access to)
Entrance Locations
(Approx. coordinates via Google Earth®)
Comments
Currituck Heritage Center (Currituck Sound)
36°22’27.54”, -75°49.43.76”
The entrance to the Park is north of the village of Corolla, Follow Route12 approximately 20.7 miles north from its intersection with Route 158 at approximately Mile Post (MP) 1.6. (That is, the intersection is approximately 1.6 miles east of the Wright Memorial Bridge.) The sign for the Heritage center will be on the east side of the highway. Turn into Club Road and follow it back to the ramp.
See also: http://www.outerbanks.com/currituck- heritage-park.html
(Note: The turn-in is at about Currituck Milepost 11.2. There are small white milepost signs on the east side of the highway starting at the Currituck county line which is just north of the Sanderling complex.)

There is one ramp and a modest-sized parking lot.
Note: Water levels is this area are driven to a great degree by wind. Easterly winds can result in low/no water at the ramp. Boater in particular should have a plan “B”, but even paddlers may have a problem.
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Duck Town Park Boardwalk (Currituck Sound)
36°09’56.53”, -75°45’12.24”
The entrance to the Park is in the town of Duck, across from the PNC Bank. Follow Route12 approximately 5.3 miles north from its intersection with Route 158 at approximately Mile Post (MP) 1.6. (That is, the intersection is approximately 1.6 miles east of the Wright Memorial Bridge.)
Paddle craft only...Fairly long distance (~500 feet) from the parking lot to the kayak dock. Suggest using a cart.
Currituck County Sound Park (Currituck Sound)
36°05’19.27”,-75°48’14.71”
Headed north on Route 158, the park entrance is on the right approximately 1.1 miles north of the Wright Memorial Bridge.
Two ramps...Plenty of parking and open space in the park
Dare County Kitty Hawk Ramp (Access to canal leading to Kitty
Hawk Bay or Currituck)
36°03’53.00”, -75°43’18.86”
At about MP 4.2 turn at the light by the 7-11 on to West Kitty Hawk Road. Go approximately 1.8 miles. Turn left on to Bob Perry Road. Go 0.4 miles and turn right at the big Kitty Hawk Recycling Center/Ramp sign.
One paved ramp... A dedicated paddle craft pier is located to the right about 95 feet by walkway, or 75 feet across grass, from the parking lot. Some dexterity is needed to use it. Most kayakers seem to use the ramps. This access provides connection to a long canal running south to Kitty Hawk Bay, or north - passing under US 158 and into Currituck Sound.
Dock of the Bay Marina (Kitty Hawk Bay/Albemarle Sound)
36°03’15.65”, -75°43’15.13”,
At about MP 4.2 turn at the light by the 7-11 on to West Kitty Hawk Road. Go approximately 1.8 miles. Turn left on to Bob Perry Road. Go approximately 2.5 miles (passing the Kitty Hawk ramp site) through the Vulcan Materials gate to the marina.
The friendly folks at this private marina allow free launching of paddle craft. The launch point is at the end of a 170' wooden footbridge over the marsh leading to a side canal. NOTE: The marina has firm business hours and Vulcan's gates are closed at the end of the business day. Verify the hours before launching here.
No ramp, but supplies and various fuels for powerboats. Deep water access
See: http//www.dockofthebayobx.com
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Kitty Hawk Sandy Run Park
(a fresh-water pond)
36°04’19.26”, -75°43’10.59”
At about MP 4.2 turn at the light by the 7-11 on to West Kitty Hawk Road. Go 1.6 miles and turn right on to Woods Road. Go 0.2 miles to park entrance on right.
Paddle craft only...This is a neat little municipal park in a coastal woodland setting, with a fresh water pond in the middle. A substantial wooden walkway runs over the pond section. Kayak launch sites are located by the parking lot and at two locations around the walkway. Read the map at the walkway entrance.
Kitty Hawk Tateway Park (Kitty Hawk Bay)
36°03’17.9”, -75°41’32.48”
At about milepost 4.9 on Route 158 turn on to West Tateway. Go 0.3 miles and turn left into the cul-de- sac (Wind Grass Circle) just before turn. Bear left into the parking lot.
Paddle craft only... This is a small park with limited parking. Located near the north end of Kitty Hawk Bay the water is shallow out for some distance. The parking is area is usually barricaded until 9:00 AM except for pedestrian and bike traffic and closes one half hour after sunset.
There can be heavy bike traffic on the multi-use path that runs through the lot.
Kill Devil Hills Bay Drive Pier (Kitty Hawk Bay)
36°32”36.02”, -75°41’21.15”
At approximately mile Post 5.7 turn West on to West Hayman Boulevard. The pier and associated beach are located at the end of West Hayman where it intersects with Bay Drive. Limited parking is provided along West Hayman across Bay Drive from the pier.
Paddle craft only... This is primarily a neighborhood access for walkers along the multi-use path. Paddle craft launching is not encouraged, but not forbidden. A fence with a person-width opening makes launching a bit difficult. Parking is located along West Hayman in very close proximity to houses, so noise (e.g. door slams) should be kept to a minimum, especially early in the morning.
Kill Devil Hills Avalon N.C. Wildlife Resources Ramps
(Kitty Hawk Bay)
36°02’09.55”, -75°41’09.38”
At about MP 6.4, on Route 158, by the BB&T Bank, turn at the light on to West 5th Street. Go to the 4- way stop sign and turn right on Bay Drive. Go approximately 0.1 miles to ramp parking lot on left.
Two boat ramps... There is a small sandy beach to the right of the ramps separated from the parking lot by a rip-rap and it is not easily accessed from the parking lot or pier, although the rip-rap has been worn down a bit of late.
Can be busy in the summer. Extra parking is available in the unpaved lot across the street. Exploring and good fishing in the area, particularly in the spring and early summer.
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Colington Road Pull-off (Kitty Hawk Bay)
36°00’37.47”, -75°42’05.59”
At about milepost 8.3 on Route 158, turn west onto Colington Road. You will pass over two bridges. The launch site is the pull-off area about 100 yards past the second bridge (Sgt. Earl Murray Memorial Bridge) on the right. Distance from Route 158 is about 2.7 miles.
Paddle craft only...Unmarked and not a formal launch site. A small sandy beach is located at the east end of the pull-off.
Note: Colington Road is a bit winding and can have heavy traffic.
Town of Nags Head Harvey Sound Access
35°54’56.35”, -75°36’10.55”
The launch site is located at about milepost 15.9, between Miller’s Restaurant and the OBX Event Site. This access site shares the driveway with Miller’s Restaurant. Parking for the access is to the right of the restaurant lot.
Paddle craft only...A very nice launch site. There is a small sandy beach located behind the pavilion at the end of the access’s large parking lot. There is space for unloading/loading beside the pavilion.
Town of Nags Head Causeway Estuarine Access Site (Roanoke Sound)
35°54’11.75”, -75°36’16.67”
The launch site is at the public lot and viewing area, on the east end of Causeway on US Route 64. The lot is on the south side of highway just west of Whalebone Tackle.
Paddle craft only...The access has recently been upgraded to a low wooden walkway. Short distance to water.
NC Wildlife Resources Washington Baum Bridge Boating Access (Roanoke Sound)
35°53’32.84”, -75°38’39.84”
Located on south side of Washington Baum Bridge across Rout 64 from Pirates Cove on Roanoke Island... Turn at light at west end of Baum bridge.
Huge parking lot with three boat ramps... There is also a small sandy beach at the foot of the fishing pier that can be used for paddle craft, but you have to carry across the pier walkway. Can also launch from nearby canal bank but the long drop to water can be tricky.
Note: There is a substantial fishing pier beside the bridge.
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Outer Banks Visitor Center (Croatan Sound)
35°53’ 14.68”, -75°39’59.84”
The Center is located at the east end of The Virginia Dare Memorial Bridge on the Route 64 Bypass, just west of the junction of US 64 Bypass, US 64 and NC 345.
There are two launch sites at the Visitor Center. One is located beside the large-vehicle/trailer parking lot behind the Visitor Center buildings. A flight of steps leads down to a low dock on a canal that runs through the marsh to Croatan Sound.
The second site is located 0.2 miles down the boardwalk at the west end of the main (front) parking lot. A short set of steps leads down to another low dock on the canal noted above.
Paddle craft only...The canal leads out into to the marshes on the north side of the bridge, and eventually out into the Croatan Sound. There are several side channels leading further into the marshes.
Town of Manteo Edward’s Landing (Shallowbag Bay/Roanoke Sound)
35°54’38.96”, -75°40’11.40”
Located on Roanoke Island in downtown Manteo. From the junction of the US 64 Bypass, US 64 and NC 345 near Manteo, take US 64 West towards Manteo and go approximately 1.9 miles. Turn right on to Budleigh Street and go .37 miles to where the street ends at Queen Elizabeth Avenue. Turn left and go half a block to cross Ananias Dare Street and enter the ramp parking lot.
Single ramp... The boat ramp is located at the northern end of Down Town Manteo and across the channel from Festival Park. This area can be busy in the warm months. City docks, nice stores and restaurants are located nearby.
Note: Kayakers should use the Festival Park Kayak Launch at the parking lot across the bridge. See below
Roanoke Island Festival Park (Shallowbag Bay/Roanoke Sound)
35°40’40.68”, -75°40’02.99”
Located on Roanoke Island adjacent to downtown Manteo... From the junction of the US 64 Bypass, US 64 and NC 345 near Manteo, take US 64 West towards Manteo and go approximately 1.9 miles. Turn right on to Budleigh Street and go approximately 0.37 mile to where the street ends at Queen Elizabeth Avenue. Turn left and go half a block to Ananias Dare Street. Turn right and cross the bridge and turn left into the parking lot immediately after the bridge. The kayak launch is located on the left at the second boardwalk entrance.
Paddle craft only...Slight carry (depending on parking) to a metal low-level floating dock. The parking lot may be crowded, particularly in Summer.
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N.C. Wildlife Resources Bowsertown Boat Ramps
(Croatan Sound from Roanoke Island)
35°53’52.90”, -75°40’32.71”
Located on Roanoke Island... From the junction of the US 64 Bypass, US 64, and NC 345 near Manteo, take US 64 West and go approximately 1.4 miles. Turn left at the light on to Bowsertown Road and travel 0.4 Mile. Turn left on California Lane and travel 0.1 miles. Turn right into ramp parking area.
Large unpaved parking lot with two paved boat ramps... A canal leads out to the Croatan Sound. Fishing and exploring here... Can be good fishing along the Sound shore and the associated marsh channels.
Dare County Old Swimming Hole (Croatan Sound)
35°54’59.73”, -75°42’10.07”
Located on Roanoke Island between the Dare County Airport and the N.C. Aquarium... From the junction of the US 64 and NC 345, near Manteo, travel west on US Business 64 for approximately 3.5 miles. Turn left on to Airport Road. Follow Airport Road past the Aquarium entrance. The entrance to the Swimming Hole is on the right between the Aquarium property and the Airport.
A nice beach area with one very wide paved ramp.
Park at North end of Roanoke Island
(Croatan Sound)
35°55’39.77”, -75°43’26.32”
Park is located at the north end of Roanoke Island. From the junction of the US 64 Bypass, US 64 West, and NC 345 near Manteo, travel west on US 64 West through Manteo to the north end of Roanoke Island. Just before crossing the William B. Umstead Memorial Bridge (Old Mann’s Harbor Bridge), turn right into Freedman’s Colony Rd, which is the entrance to the park.
Paddle craft only...This is a small, very informal, and not very well marked park. Not a formal launch site but there is a sandy beach with a few obstructions.
Bebop’s Multi-Use Pier (Croatan Sound)
35°54’42.09”, -75°46’10.38”
From the junction of US 64 Bypass, US 64, and NC 345 near Manteo, travel west on US 64 Bypass towards the mainland across the Virginia Dare Memorial Bridge. Turn right at the light on to US 64. Drive approximately 2.25 Miles. Pier parking lot is on the left just before the bridge.
Paddle craft only...This not a formal paddle craft launch site, but there is a narrow section of sandy beach at the end of the fishing pier’s parking lot next to the bridge.
Note: The fishing pier is a memorial for one of the local citizens.
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N.C. Wildlife Resources Manns Harbor Access Area (Croatan Sound)
35°54’40.20”, -75°46’13.62”
From the junction of US 64 Bypass, US 64. and NC 345 near Manteo, travel west on US 64 Bypass towards the mainland across the Virginia Dare Memorial Bridge. Turn right at the light on to US 64. Drive approximately 2.1 miles. Access Area is on the right as you approach the bridge.
There are three wide ramps and lots of parking. Great boat launch site...
N.C. Wildlife Resources Ramp (a.k.a. Mashoes Ramp) (East Lake/Albemarle Sound)
35°55’42.78”, -75°48’53.72”
From the junction of US 64 Bypass, US 64, and NC 345 near Manteo, travel west on US 64 Bypass towards the mainland across the Virginia Dare Memorial Bridge. Turn right at the light on to US 64. Drive approximately 1.7 miles and turn left onto Mashoes Road. Drive approximately 2.7 miles and turn left on to Boat Access Road and drive .3 miles to the ramp area
Kind of remote. One ramp with a fairly well maintained unpaved parking lot.
Dare County Wanchese Boat Ramp
(Roanoke Sound)
35°50’22.65”, -75°37’12.08”
Located on Roanoke Island... From the junction of the US 64 and NC 345 near Manteo, travel on NC 345 South approximately 4.7 miles. Ramp is on the left just past the Warf Restaurant.
Gravel, occasionally muddy, parking lot with one paved ramp. Park on the opposite side of the road from ramp.
Channel Behind Bode Island Light
(Pamlico Sound)
35°49’45.36”, -75°33’29.74”
The turn-in to the Bode Island Light is located on Route 12 at about MP 22.5. Turn at the sign for the lighthouse, and follow the driveway. The entrance to the dirt road leading to the access point is beside the locked gate that is located on the right of the lighthouse driveway circle before reaching the paved parking lot.
Paddle craft only...Foot traffic only on the dirt road... Good place to have a kayak cart - it is approximately 0.3 miles from the gate to water. Fairly easy shore launch for kayaks/canoes
Decent boat, shore, and wade fishing in this area - especially in the spring.
Notes: The island across the channel is private property.
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Oregon Inlet Fishing Center
(Pamlico Sound)
35°47’54.71”, -75°32’46.97”
The Fishing Center is located about 8 miles south of Whalebone Junction on Route 12 (about MP 24.6). Exit right just before crossing Oregon Inlet Bridge.
To get to the boat ramps - go straight after leaving the highway. Take care to not enter the Coast Guard driveway to the right.
To get to the paddle craft launch site - After leaving the highway, take the immediate left and then bear far left around the marina basin and drive to the end of the parking lot. There is a very small sandy beach at the right hand corner of the lot.
The Fishing Center is a well-known OBX facility coordinating charter and guide services out of the marina and selling gear and baits. There are five boat ramps behind the main building. The ramps will be incrementally upgraded in Spring 2015.
The small beach is not a formal launch site, but is popular with kayakers and also provides access for wade fishing. If the long-delayed bridge construction ever begins, parking and access to the beach may be limited. Paddelers should then be prepared for a long carry, use a cart, or use the boat ramps across the marina basin.
Notes: There can be heavy boat traffic around the marina and main channels. Wakes of the big offshore boats can be fairly large and persistent.
Be aware that this area is not as wide open as it looks. There are extensive flats present that navigable by paddle craft, and in some areas by small boats under high and, perhaps, mid-tide conditions, but low tides can bring very “skinny” water, or even expose the flats in places.
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New Inlet (Pamlico Sound)
35°40’30.75”, -75°28’50.40”
The New Inlet access is located south of Oregon Inlet on the Sound side at Mile Post 34 on Rt. 12 just past the new "New Inlet” bridge
This is a small Sound-side parking lot providing access to the Sound. No boat ramp, but launching small light powerboats is possible because of the gradual drop-off. Paddle craft can be unloaded at water’s edge. There is a slightly rough gravel beach. This area is nice to explore.
Road/bridge construction in this area may cause issues.
Historical interest: The wooden pilings west of the parking lot supported the old bridge over the inlet when it was open.
Rodanthe Harbor (Pamlico Sound)
35°35’45.11”, -75°28’28.43”
The harbor is located in Rodanthe at the end of Myrna Peters road at about MP 39.2 on Route 12. Very small green street signs mark the harbor turn- in. Look for the much larger and easier to see Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Community Center sign just behind the street signs.
There is a sandy/pebbly beach to right of the ferry dock. The ferry only runs when there are long-term Route 12 closings.
Salvo Day Use Area (Pamlico Sound)
35°31’41.59”, -75°28’27.03”
Located on the Sound side of Route 12 just south of the village of Salvo at MP 44...
Paddle craft only...Paved parking. There are two long and narrow sandy beaches on the Sound. Fairly shallow water close in...
Haulover Day Use Area a.k.a. “Canadian Hole” (Pamlico Sound)
35°17’56.60’, -75°40’28.37”
Located at about MP 58.9 on the Sound side of Route 12 about 1.6 miles south of the village of Avon...
Paddle craft only...Paved parking lot...
A few steps down to a long narrow beach... Fairly shallow water...
Popular windsurfing and kiteboarding site...
Parking lot (Pamlico Sound)
35°13’15.08”, -75°39’23.29”
Located at about MP 69.4 on the Sound side of Route 12 about one mile south of the village of Frisco.
Paddle craft only...The parking lot is on Sound side of RT 12 with two small beaches on Sound. There is a walkover to the ocean beach across the highway.
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Hatteras Island Ocean Center (Sandy Bay/Pamlico Sound)

35°12’33.72”, -75°41’00.69’
The facility is located on the Sound side of Route 12 at MP 71 at the north end of Hatteras village. Look for the large pumpkin-colored building.

Paddle craft only...Hatters Island Ocean Center is a non- profit educational center. It provides a free launch site on Little Ditch Creek - which opens into Sandy Bay and on to the Sound.
See their web site www.hioceancenter.org.
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