Kayak Launches

Virginia Beach is surrounded by beautiful waterways perfect for kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding. We want to make our coastal environment even more accessible for residents by working with the City to build more kayak launches. Families and friends can explore the City’s natural habitats and wildlife while enjoying a day on the water.
Donations made for a kayak launch facility must first be approved by the Planning, Design & Development (PDD) division of the Parks & Recreation department. PDD will work with the donor to identify if a suggested launch site is currently identified in the Virginia Beach Outdoors Plan. The team will then visit the site to determine suitability and if there is adequate water level at low tide for launching. Deciding factors include ensuring there is adequate access to the water, determining if parking is needed, and if ADA accessibility can be provided. These items must be considered before the department can approve and accept a donation to build this type of recreational amenity. Typically, after design and permitting, a kayak ramp can be built in a 2-6 month timeframe. Currently, the only site in a planning phase is in the Kempsville area at Princess Anne Road. Use the interest form below​​ to identify ​​your proposed project and let's work together to make it happen. ​


Each potential site is different and costs could range from $50,000 to $350,000​​​​​ depending on requirements and specifications. Funding is needed for design work, wetland permitting and construction as well as any amenities or supporting infrastructure needed.