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Lynhaven Inlet - Kayak Trip / Canoe Trip

Report Type: Destination Report
Nearest City: Virginia Beach, VA
Difficulty: Moderate
Submitted by: daggardog


Launch area can be busy in the summer as it provides access to the ocean. The City of Virginia Beach has recently built this launch and facilities are excellent!

CAUTION: Lynnhaven River and its tributaries can be as deep as 3 to 4 feet or as shallow as 3 to 4 inches. Watch the tides and the prevailing wind, as both can dramatically affect the depth of the water.

A day trip through the saltwater marshes of the Lynnhaven River can be extremely relaxing. You can expect to see Osprey, Egrets, Herons and even Bald Eagles. Paddling deeper into the Lynnhaven River will provide the paddler with a view of some of the most expensive residential real estate in Virginia Beach.

Jet ski's and larger boat traffic can be a nuisance at the ramp and in the channel, but the water is shallow outside the channel and provides an excellent safe haven for paddlers.


Numerous hotels are located along the resort strip in Virginia Beach. Out of towners should make reservations well in advance during the summer months.


$2.00 per day parking fee for canoe or kayak launch.


From Route 13, take Shore Drive exit south towards Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Follow signs to Lynnhaven boat ramp.


No maps or books needed, but take your Audubon Birds of North America with you, you'll find a lot of opportunities to use it.

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