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!
At this time water access sites are open for public use amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we are urging residents to take the practices of self-quarantining and social distancing extremely seriously. Please practice social distancing and remain 6ft from one another and avoid gathering in groups of 10 or more.

Parks remain open for now, although all events in the parks are canceled. As of Thursday, March 26, ALL playgrounds, dog parks, skate parks, basketball, volleyball, and tennis courts are closed.

Questions? please refer to this FAQ.

*For the latest updates on Parks & Rec closures and cancellations due to the Coronavirus, visit our Facebook page or the City’s emergency information page​. Individuals may also receive emails from us pertaining to specific programs​. ​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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.


 Canoe & Kayak Launches

Birdneck Launch

1299 Old Virginia Beach Road | Provides access to Linkhorn Bay

Carolanne Farms Park

375 Gainsborough Drive | Provides access to the Elizabeth River. Parking is available along the street. You will need to transport your canoe/kayak approximately 300 yards to the launch facility.

Dozier Bridge Launch

Princess Anne Road | Provides access to West Neck Creek

Hutton Circle Launch

Hutton Circle | Provides access to London Bridge Creek and the Lynnhaven River

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 .

Little Island Park

3820 S. Sandpiper Road | Provides access to the Atlantic Ocean or Back Bay. From the parking area you will need to transport your canoe/kayak approximately 50 yards.

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 . 

Lynnhaven Boat & Beach Facility

3576 Piedmont Circle | Provides access to the Lynnhaven River and Chesapeake Bay.

Munden Point Park

2001 Pefley Lane | Provides access to Oakum Creek. Ample on-site parking. 

Owl Creek Boat Ramp

717 General Booth Blvd | Provides access to Rudee Inlet

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 .

Pungo Ferry Landing Park

2272 Old Pungo Ferry Road |  Provides access to the North Landing River

Stumpy Lake Natural Area

4797 Indian River Road | Provides access to Stumpy Lake.  Ample parking is available at the fishing pier and near the canoe/kayak launch.

Thalia Creek Launch

333 Thalia Road | Provides access to Thalia Creek and Lynnhaven River

 ​​​​​​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.​​​​​​​

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