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Sea Kayaking In Hampton Roads

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The beautiful Tidewater area of Virginia, also referred to as Hampton
Roads, offers a wide variety of sun-filled activities for tourists and
locals alike. From sandy beaches and amusement parks to aquariums and
zoos, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, and the surrounding areas have
activities that are sure to please everyone. The Hampton Roads area is
also well known for its terrific sea kayaking areas.

The oceans, bays, and inlets of Hampton Roads offer sea kayakers miles
and...


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The beautiful Tidewater area of Virginia, also referred to as Hampton
Roads, offers a wide variety of sun-filled activities for tourists and
locals alike. From sandy beaches and amusement parks to aquariums and
zoos, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, and the surrounding areas have
activities that are sure to please everyone. The Hampton Roads area is
also well known for its terrific sea kayaking areas.

The oceans, bays, and inlets of Hampton Roads offer sea kayakers miles
and miles of tranquil and scenic waterways. There are a number of
kayaking tours available in the area, including ecological tours that
examine the wondrous plant and animal life of the Tidewater area. More
experienced kayakers can rent equipment from one of the many outfitters
located throughout the area or can bring their own equipment to enjoy
their own adventure in one of the popular Hampton Roads kayaking areas.

Rudee Inlet is a great launch site for beginning kayakers or those
looking for a short, easy paddle. Just outside of the oceanfront area of
Virginia Beach, the Rudee Inlet boat launch is right by the popular
marine science museum. A variety of fish, birds, and plant life are
visible along the shores near the launch and to the south of the ramp.
The southern portion of Rudee Inlet ends after about half a mile. To the
north of the ramp, another half a mile out, is the entrance to the
Atlantic Ocean. Watch out for other boaters while paddling this section.
Fishing in the inlet is excellent, especially around the bridge just
before the ocean. The Rudee Inlet boat launch provides plenty of parking
for cars and trailers and there are two commercial campgrounds nearby as
well as a state park with oceanside camping facilities.

At the northern end of Virginia Beach’s oceanfront strip is the Lynnhaven
Inlet, which feeds into both the Atlantic Ocean and the Lynnhaven River.
The fairly new boat launch charges a $2.00 fee for kayaks and can be
quite busy during peak season. The channel leading to the sea is
generally full of jet skis and large motorboats, but the river is ideal
for kayaking in Hampton Roads. The saltwater marshes of the Lynnhaven
River are home to several species of birds, including the Bald Eagle.
The river also provides a great view of some of the best residential real
estate in Virginia Beach. There are several resorts and hotels nearby,
as well as First Landing State Park with a campground. Beware of wind
and tides around the Lynnhaven Inlet because it can have a drastic affect
on the water condition and depth.

If you are looking for a great area for a weekend kayaking trip in
Hampton Roads, try False Cape State Park, a land barrier between Back Bay
and the Atlantic Ocean. False Cape is surrounded by the Back Bay
Wildlife Refuge, so there is no access to vehicles. There are several
ways to enter the park while kayaking, but the waters of the Back Bay are
recommended for experienced paddlers only. If you plan to camp in one of
False Cape’s four primitive tent campgrounds, you will need reservations
and will most likely want to leave from the Little Island City Park boat
launch in Sandbridge, just south of Virginia Beach. Overnight parking is
permitted as long as your camping confirmation letter is visible in the
dash. Barbour Hill Bay is 6.9 miles from the launch and offers a boat
ramp and camping, while the bay side of False Cape Landin g offers the
same and is 8.7 miles away. Ocean camp sites are also available, but
there is no boat landing on this side. Fires are not permitted inside
the prak, so bring along a small camp stove, like the Coleman Breeze, if
you plan to cook during your stay. Kayaking to False Cape is a great
Hampton Roads kayaking day trip for advanced kayakers as well. Picnic
areas are easily accessible from the boat ramps.

								
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