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Taskinas Creek - Kayak Trip / Canoe Trip

Report Type: Destination Report
Nearest City: Williamsburg, VA
Difficulty: Easy

Description:

Taskinas Creek is a small tributary of the York River and a great option for paddlers at the York River State Park when the river is too rough to explore. If you bring your own boat, there is a rather steep hill to navigate to and from the dock.

A great trip would be to head downstream to the confluence of the creek and river. During low tide, there is a sandbar that almost prevents you from entering the river. This section of the creek is more saline of an environment and a good place to take note of the types of plants and fish that live in such places.

As you make your way back upstream, you may notice shell formations near the dock at low tide. This was an old corduroy road used during the colonial period for transporting tobacco to the boats and ships headed for England.

As you paddle, you will notice observation decks on the left bank. These decks are part of the Taskinas Creek trail. The longest of these is so close to the water that you may strike up a conversation with a hiker or two.

About 3/4 of a mile from the dock, the creek splits into two branches. The one on the right is blocked. It is possible to paddle quite a ways on the left branch on a high tide. This is where the water becomes more fresh and there are more fallen trees to cope with.

Accommodations:

The day use section of the park has a visitor's center with historic displays and an aquarium room. The office and gift shop is open on weekdays. The contact station is open on weekends.

There are picnic shelters for rent and a gazebo with a great view of the confluence of the creek and river. The park boast almost 30 miles of trails

Fees:

Parking is $2 weekdays, $3 weekends.

The fee at the Croaker Landing section is $6 to cover state boat ramp and pier fees

Directions:

From I-64, take the Croaker Exit 231B. Go north on Route 607 (Croaker Rd.) for one mile, then right on Route 606 (Riverview Rd.) about one and a half miles to the park entrance. Take a left turn into the park.

Launches:

The put in on Taskinas Creek is down a steep hill from the visitor's center. Bring a friend to help you to and from the dock.

Contact:

York River State Park
5526 Riverview Road
Williamsburg, VA 23188

phone: (757)566-3036
e-mail: yorkriver@dcr.virginia.gov

website: www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/yor.shtml


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