Wife and I heading down to NC to kayak out to barrier islands, launch from Harkers Island paddle over to the island , explore camp on beach, any advise from anyone or general info, we have 15 yrs experience, we ,kayaked Ak,ME, Apostle Islands, Everglades and parts unknown, kayaks are 2 Novus Composites (NC) 17'2" extensive gear, safety and otherwise,good to hear from others who have paddled the area, thank you!
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I Have Some Experience There|
Posted by: Kudzu on Aug-31-13 10:44 AM (EST)
The inlet there (Barden Inlet) has always been pretty kind to me. The 'hook' shape of it seems keep the water in check. Beaufort Inlet down at the other end of Shackleford Banks can be really mean when the tide is gushing out.
Posted by: nckayaker on Aug-31-13 11:11 AM (EST)
Thats a big help, we have thought about camping on Shackleford, still going over float plan, thank you!
Posted by: medawgone on Aug-31-13 9:34 PM (EST)
This is a map I use when leading our local meet up group. We paddle this route a couple times a year.
Posted by: nckayaker on Sep-02-13 4:27 AM (EST)
Medawgone, this will be a great help and appreciate you stopping by and sharing your knowledge of the area. We are looking forward to a good paddle, a good experience!
going there this weekend|
Posted by: capefear on Sep-04-13 10:32 AM (EST)
A few of us are paddling out there this Saturday and camping for the night. When are you going? Maybe we'll get a chance to say hello.
Posted by: nckayaker on Sep-05-13 8:03 PM (EST)
Saturday or Sunday Capefear, maybe we will run into you, kayaks are Novus Composites red,green white hulls, maybe see you there!, Thanks
Sounds like 5 of us|
Posted by: CapeFear on Sep-05-13 10:39 PM (EST)
It looks like 5 of us, with a plan to be on the water from Harker's Island at 1 pm Saturday. The plan is to paddle through Barden Inlet and Cape Lookout Bight, paddle the open coast around Cape Lookout, and camp somewhere on the east facing beach. We've been talking about paddling around Cape Lookout for a while, and finally decided this was the weekend. The weather looks favorable.
Posted by: nckayaker on Sep-06-13 7:25 AM (EST)
we are loading up now, there is a chance we could hook up at the launch or somewhere in the area, we appreciate your offer and would be great to meet you and your friends, we are pretty comfortable on the water and have paddled in many various conditions, 45 degs here, heading south!!...Thanks again
nice and calm this morning|
Posted by: CapeFear on Sep-08-13 9:01 PM (EST)
We did the trip as planned. James said he thinks he saw you launching there shortly after 12 noon on Saturday. I hope you had a good trip. It was a beautiful camping night. Clear skies and a NE breeze still blowing keeping the bugs away on the east facing beach where we camped. Very comfortable temperature-wise too. The no-see-ums were in force in the calm this morning though.
That was us launching|
Posted by: nckayaker on Sep-12-13 12:19 AM (EST)
I am sure, we did see a guy at the launch site and I went up to him him and asked "Capefear"?. We are on our way back home, we had a fantastic time, camping 4 nights, and paddled in early to load up this morning, 2 nights on Cape Lookout and 2 nights on Shackleford, seas were calm, playful at times, we were struck how shallow it was in areas, saw a sea turtle , stingray, tons of bait fish, no-see-ums, could sure do without them! According to the GPS we averaged 10mi each day exploring and enjoying the perfect weather during the day and star gazing on wonderful starry nights, The people we met said we picked a great week to enjoy the area, you all are lucky to have this area to paddle. Thanks to you, Kudzu and Medawgone for the information and the invite to join your paddle, we WILL return! It was Great!
Glad You Enjoyed it|
Posted by: Kudzu on Sep-12-13 4:42 AM (EST)
Central NC is a great place to live. Not very far from the coast or the mountains.