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Postby bhorsley » Fri May 16, 2014 9:25 pm

Some Local Bay and Sound Boat and Paddle Craft Launch Sites (Public/
- kind of in order north to south)

(For N.C. Boating requirements see: http://www.ncwildlife.org/Boating/LawsS ... tions.aspx)
(05/16/14)

Site Name (access to)
Entrance Locations (Approx. Coordinates via Google Earth®)
Comments

Duck Town Park Boardwalk (Currituck Sound)
36°09’56.53”,-75°45’12.24”
Entrance to the Park is in the town of Duck, across from the PNC Bank. Follow Route12 approximately 5.3 miles north on from its intersection with Route 158 at approximately Mile Post (MP) 1.6. (That is, the intersection is approximately 1.6 miles from the Wright Memorial Bridge.)
Fairly long distance (~500 feet) from the parking lot to the kayak dock.

Currituck County Sound Park (Currituck Sound)
36°05’19.27”,-75°48’14.71”
Entrance to park is approximately 1.1 miles north of the Wright Memorial Bridge on Route 158.
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 approx. 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 on the right side about 95 feet by walkway, or 75 feet across grass, from the parking lot. This access provides connection to a long canal running south to Kitty Hawk Bay, and 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 approx. MP 4.2 turn at the light by the 7-11 on to West Kitty Hawk 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.
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Kitty Hawk Sandy Run Park
(a fresh water pond)
36°04’19.26”,-75°43’10.59”
At approx. 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.
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 into cul de sac (Wind Grass Circle) just before turn. Bear left into park.
A small park with a sandy beach at the at the upper end of Kitty Hawk Bay... Water is shallow out for some distance. Signs indicate that parking is not allowed before 9:00 AM.
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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 is located at the end of West Hayman where it intersects with Bay Drive. Parking is provided along West Hayman across from the pier.
This is primarily a neighborhood access for walkers along the multi-use path, and paddle craft launching is not encouraged, but not forbidden. A fence with a person-width opening makes launching a bit difficult. Parking is located in very close proximity to houses so noise (e.g. door slams) should be kept to a minimum, especially early in the morning.
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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 ramps... There is a small sandy beach to the right of the ramps but it is not easily accessed from the shore or pier.
!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.
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 into 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.
Not a formal launch site. This is just an informal pull-off. A small sandy beach is located at the east end of the pull-off.
Plenty of area to explore here and good fishing - particularly in the Spring.
!Note: ColingtonRoadisabitwindingandcanhave heavy traffic.
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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.
A very nice 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”
Public lot, east end of Causeway on US Route 64 headed toward Roanoke Island. The lot is on the south side of highway just west of Whalebone Tackle.
The access is a short but fairly narrow and sometimes muddy path located to the right of the pier. Good area for exploring.

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.
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.

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 mile 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... 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
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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 .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.
Slight carry (depending on parking) to a metal low- level floating dock. The parking lot may be crowded in Summer.

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.
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 and go approximately 3.5. 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°43.50”
Located at 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 The Old Mann’s Harbor Bridge, turn right into Freedman’s Colony Rd, which is the entrance to the park.
This is a small, very informal, and not well marked park. Not a formal launch site but there is a sandy beach with a few obstructions.
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Bebop’s Multi-Use Pier (Croatan Sound)
35°54’42.09”,-75°46’10.38”
Located near Manns Harbor at the west end of the Route 64 Bridge (Old Manns Harbor Bridge). From the junction of the US 64 Bypass, US 64, and NC 345 near Manteo, travel west on US 64 West all the way through Manteo and across the Old Mann’s Harbor Bridge at the north end of the Island. The pier parking lot entrance is located on the right about 0.1 mile from the end of the bridge
This not a formal 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.

N.C. Wildlife Resources Manns Harbor Access Area (Croatan Sound)
35°54’40.20”,-75°46’13.62”
Located near Manns Harbor at the west end of the Route 64 Bridge (Old Manns Harbor Bridge). From the junction of the US 64, Bypass, US 64, and NC 345 near Manteo, travel on US 64 West all the way through Manteo and across the Old Mann’s Harbor bridge at the north end of the Island. The access is on the left about 0.15 miles past the end of the bridge.
There are three wide ramps and lots of parking. Great boat launch site...

N.C. Wildlife Resources Ramp (East Lake/Albemarle Sound)
From the junction of the US 64 Bypass, US 64 and NC 345 near Manteo, travel 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 1.7 miles and turn left on to Boat Access Road and drive to the end.
Kind of remote. One ramp and unpaved, fairly well maintained, 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.
There is one paved ramp. Parking on the opposite side of the road. Parking lot can be muddy. Good fishing around the end of the island at various times in the year.
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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 located on the right of the lighthouse driveway circle just before reaching the lighthouse parking.
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.

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 paddle craft launch, 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 l!ot.
To get to the boat ramps, go straight after leaving the highway. Take care to not enter the Coast Guard driveway to the right.
The beach is not a formal launch site but is very popular. Good fishing throughout the area. Also good birding (skimmers, oyster catchers, ibis, etc.) in the s!ummer-especially neartheinlet.
Note: There can be heavy boat traffic. Be aware that the wakes of the big offshore boats can be fairly large and persistent - particularly when the boats are moving fast. Note also that the pending construction of the new bridge might eventually temporarily limit access to the parking area by the beach as it may be used as a staging area. There will likely still be access to the beach through the grass to the left of the parking lot. Be prepared for a longer carry or have a cart available, or, use the ramps.
New Inlet (Pamlico Sound)
35°40’30.75”,-75°28’50.40”

The New Inlet access is located on the Sound side at Mile Post 34 on Rt. 12.
This is just a small Sound-side parking lot providing access to the Sound. No boat ramp, but launching small, light, powerboats is possible. Water is very shallow for some distance from shore. Paddle craft can be unloaded at water’s edge. There is a slightly rough, flat, gravel beach. This area is nice to explore and can be good fishing.
!There will be construction of a new bridge impacting this area soon.
!Historical interest: The wooden pilings west of the parking lot supported the old bridge over the inlet when it was open.
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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 approximately 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 beach to right of the ferry dock. The ferry only runs when there are long-term Oregon Inlet Bridge closings or other route 12 closings.
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