Boating, Sailing, and Paddling on Cape Lookout National Seashore

Harkers Island, North Carolina

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Getting to the banks by private boat allows you the freedom to come and go as you like, assuming the weather and water levels permit. Boaters need to understand basic sound navigation before heading out to the islands from the mainland or from Harkers and Ocracoke Islands. Lookout Bight is a blow-boater’s dream. Formed by the hook of Cape Lookout and Power Squadron Spit, it is a deep-water safe harbor snuggled between South Core Banks and Shackleford Banks. The surrounding land blocks the wind from every direction, making it a safe anchorage in any weather. Exploring Cape Lookout National Seashore by kayak or canoe is a great way to see the islands and challenge your navigational and maneuvering skills. The Pamlico, Core, and Back Sounds and the Atlantic Ocean provide exceptional paddling opportunities. You can paddle the open water between the mainland and the islands, explore the marsh or spoil islands that dot the sounds, paddle through estuaries teeming with sea life, stop and fish in a soundside honey hole, cross tricky currents in channels and inlets, ride waves in the Atlantic surf, or paddle between the seashore’s attractions.
Exploring Cape Hatteras and Cape Lookout National Seashores

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Exploring Cape Hatteras and Cape Lookout National Seashores

by Molly Perkins Harrison (Falcon Guides)

Getting to the banks by private boat allows you the freedom to come and go as you like, assuming the weather and water levels permit. Boaters need to understand basic sound navigation before heading out to the islands from the mainland or from Harkers and Ocracoke Islands. Lookout Bight is a blow-boater’s dream. Formed by the hook of Cape Lookout and Power Squadron Spit, it is a deep-water safe harbor snuggled between South Core Banks and Shackleford Banks.

The surrounding land blocks the wind from every direction, making it a safe anchorage in any weather. Exploring Cape Lookout National Seashore by kayak or canoe is a great way to see the islands and challenge your navigational and maneuvering skills. The Pamlico, Core, and Back Sounds and the Atlantic Ocean provide exceptional paddling opportunities. You can paddle the open water between the mainland and the islands, explore the marsh or spoil islands that dot the sounds, paddle through estuaries teeming with sea life, stop and fish in a soundside honey hole, cross tricky currents in channels and inlets, ride waves in the Atlantic surf, or paddle between the seashore’s attractions.

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Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Harkers Island
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Contact information for the national seashore, visitor centers, and local resources are provided in the eTrail.
Driving Directions: Directions to Boating, Sailing, & Paddling on Cape Lookout National Seashore

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