Kayaking & Canoeing

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Virginia Beach offers a number of waterways that are perfect for kayaking, canoeing and even paddleboarding. Whether you have your own equipment or would like to rent a boat, there's no shortage of opportunities to get out on the water!
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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Guided Kayak Tours

Stumpy Lake is known for its serene setting, unique trees, and abundant wildlife sightings. Kayaking this area by moonlight only adds to the ambiance and appeal. Paddle with us to view the sunset and moonrise for a truly unforgettable experience. Or, join us for a Saturday morning paddle at Lake Lawson/Lake Smith or Horn Point in Back Bay. *Guided tours are subject to change.

 Canoe & Kayak Launches

Birdneck Launch

1299 Old Virginia Beach Road | Provides access to Linkhorn Bay.
*Limited on-street parking. From the parking area, you will need to transport/carry your canoe/kayak approximately 20 yards.

Carolanne Farms Park

375 Gainsborough Drive | Provides access to the Elizabeth River.
*Limited on-street parking. From the parking area, you will need to transport/carry/roll your canoe/kayak approximately 300 yards down asphalt path.

Dozier Bridge Launch

Princess Anne Road | Provides access to West Neck Creek.
*Limited parking spaces. From the parking area, you will need to transport/carry your canoe/kayak approximately 10 yards.

Hutton Circle Launch

Hutton Circle | Provides access to London Bridge Creek and the Lynnhaven River.
*Limited on-street parking. No parking spaces. From the parking area, you will need to transport/carry/roll your canoe/kayak approximately 50 yards down asphalt path.

Lake Lawson / Lake Smith Natural Area

5381 Shell Road | Provides access to Lake Smith. All boats, including canoes and kayaks, must have a valid City of Norfolk Boat Permit as the water is governed by the City of Norfolk.
*Ample vehicle and trailer parking. From the parking area, you will need to transport/carry/roll your canoe/kayak approximately 100 yards down asphalt path.

Little Island Park

3820 S. Sandpiper Road | Provides access to the Atlantic Ocean or Back Bay. 
*Seasonal parking fees may apply. Ample vehicle and trailer parking. From the parking area, you will need to transport/carry your canoe/kayak approximately 50 yards down a sandy path.

Lotus Garden Park

1289 Sandbridge Road | Provides access to Ashville Bridge Creek, Muddy Creek, and North Bay. This small roadside park is on the south side of Sandbridge Road with launch points on both sides of the road. 
*Limited parking spaces. From the parking area, you will need to transport your canoe/kayak approximately 10 yards.

Lynnhaven Boat & Beach Facility

3576 Piedmont Circle | Provides access to the Lynnhaven River and the Chesapeake Bay.
*Limited vehicle parking spaces. Trailer parking fee $10. From the parking area, you will need to transport your canoe/kayak approximately 10 yards.

Munden Point Park

2001 Pefley Lane | Provides access to Oakum Creek. 
*Ample on-site parking. Launching at Oakum Creek requires transporting/rolling your canoe/kayak approximately 150 yards down a concrete walkway to launch. This launch is located at the back of the park. Launching from boat ramp gives access to the North Landing River.

Owl Creek Boat Ramp

717 General Booth Blvd | Provides access to Rudee Inlet
*Ample on-site vehicle and trailer parking. Overflow parking located across General Both Blvd in grass overflow lot. 

Pleasure House Point Natural Area

3957 Marlin Bay Drive | Provides access to Pleasure House Creek, Crab Creek, and the Lynnhaven River. Kayaks/canoes can be launched from the beach; please do not launch from raised berms. 
*Ample parking is available along Marlin Bay Drive. Kayaks/canoes can be launched from the beach; please do not launch from raised berms. From Marlin Bay Drive you will need to transport your canoe/kayak approximately 1/4 mile on sandy trail to the beach area. Kayak launch at nearby Lynnhaven Boat Ramp gives access to Lynnhaven River & Crab Creek as well. Launching from there is suggested.

Pungo Ferry Landing Park

2272 Old Pungo Ferry Road |  Provides access to the North Landing River
*Limited on-site vehicle and trailer parking. From the parking area, you will need to transport/carry your canoe/kayak approximately 30 yards to beach access launch.

 ​​​​​​Kayaking Rules & Regulations

  • ​​​​​There must be one wearable life jacket for each person on the boat. Children under age 13 must be wearing a life jacket while on the boat.
  • Boats are required to carry night visual distress signals when operated on coastal waters at night.​​​​​​​