Guide to Sea Kayaking in North Carolina
by Pam Malec (The Globe Pequot Press)
© Pam Malec/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.
Paddled today. The temperature was 70 degrees with a water temp of 56 degrees. The wind was Southwest at 10-15 knots. I didn't launch from where the guidebooks says in the marina as there is no ramp or soft area and you would need to pay to use the dock. I traveled along Federal Road about a half mile (highly suggest bringing a kayak cart) to the public launch about 0.56 miles up the creek from the Cape Fear River. Launch from the public access along the creek next to Old Baldy Light house. Paddle 0.56 until you reach the inlet for the creek and the cape fear river. Stay to your right when paddling out as you go through the inlet as there are breaker waves to your left that will capsize you. Great paddle - once in the marsh I was alone. I didnt see much signs of wildlife but I feel that was mostly due to the time and weather at which I was paddling. If you stay near the marsh area you are well out of the way of any shipping area. I also highly recommend bringing a map and GPS.
Fairly easy trail to paddle. Experienced some Swells 3 - 4 ft, but flows well with the tides. Beautiful pictures from the lighthouse. Watch out for the shipping lanes. Great day paddle, about 3 - 4 hours, one way. Peace.
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