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Kayak launch sites on Hatteras




Hey everyone

I've always stayed on Northern Beaches from KDH to Nags Head. Have occasionally ventured south to fish, but always land based. Thinking about staying in Buxton (or thereabouts) for a week next fall and bringing my kayak. Where are some good spots to launch from? Not looking for secret honey holes, just access spots. I already have looked at Haulover and Salvo day use areas (not sure how easy it is to launch there, so advice is welcome). Also have heard about the spot on the sound just a few hundred yards up 12 from the inns...can I park there to launch? If not, then where?

Also, any info on other access areas would be much appreciated. Haven't looked at much past Buxton, so of there are spots further down the island, let me know. And, if any of these areas are not worth it based on poor fishing (i.e. too shallow, too crowded, etc), I'm all ears. Thanks in advance, and let me know if I can provide any info about fishing Nags head to Manteo in order to reciprocate the favor.



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RE: Kayak launch sites on Hatteras




In addition to those mentioned, Hatteras Island Ocean Center in Hatteras Village, offers a kayak launching site. Google it.


RE: Kayak launch sites on Hatteras




You can get a daytime pass for entry to Frisco Woods campground and use their sound front to launch. Paddle ENE to fish the drop offs and sloughs. (Be sure to stop by The Tavern on 12 on your way out. If you didn’t catch anything they serve great fresh local fish dishes!)
There is also a parking lot just east of Hatteras Village that is a good launch, and no cost.
Back up to Canadian Hole, just north of Buxton, (I think you mentioned this place-Easy launch) still has some deeper holes that were left from sand pumped into the breach caused by a hurricane. I used to call that area “Trout Hole”, but ocean over wash from the protective dune has filled in some of the holes. This area is a popular kite and wind surfing area, but if it’s kayaking weather you won’t find many sailors.
Board member “Alexy” has vast knowledge of sound fishing near Frisco, and he’ll probably chime in when he has a moment.


RE: Kayak launch sites on Hatteras




I already have looked at Haulover and Salvo day use areas (not sure how easy it is to launch there, so advice is welcome). Also have heard about the spot on the sound just a few hundred yards up 12 from the inns...can I park there to launch? If not, then where?

troutslayer


Salvo Day Use area... easy to launch from. You need to lug your gear about 80' assuming you can park right in front of the beach area.

Haulover Day Use area... never launched from there proper, but 3,500' to the south as measured by Google Maps is a sand pull off and there's enough room there to park on the sound for quite a few trucks if the water isn't high. We launched there, very easy. I think you probably need the off road permit to park here.

And yes... I posted here before about the large bay across from the motel as you come into Buxton. I only fished there one day last October and it was epic. Very good depth and grass for trout. We didn't do too much in the channels cut alongside 12 up near the Haulover parking lot, but that bay... quite something. There's a sand pull off there as well, but probably only room for 2 vehicles else someone may be blocked in.

There's also the public boat ramp in Rodanthe. There's some good water up there and you're right near the jug handle bridge.




RE: Kayak launch sites on Hatteras




This is great info. Thanks to all who chimed in.


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