Paddling meetup group out of Richmond does this one often and it is very nice - great sandy beach for lunch - half way rest. Half of the circumnavigation is protected inland waterways perfect for beginners and final 1/2 is open water around Windmill Point which requires skirt, and probably intermediate skills and knowledge of how to exit and reenter craft with spray skirt - dolphins sighted often. Option for those less experienced to double back the way they came and not take the point. Excellent "tiki bar" at windmill point marina for post row libations. Have to time this with the tide.. but we usually do late morning and get back around 4.. could do it quicker with less of a lunch break. An hour and 15 minute to get there from newport news.. via gloucester bridge. pretty ride.
This is about a 6 1/2 to 7 mi. paddle. High tide is 8:58am on Sept. 6.
AT THE SUGGESTION OF OTHERS WHO HAVE DONE THIS PADDLE I AM MOVING THE START TIME BACK TO 10:30AM TO BETTER ACCOMMODATE THE TIDES .
Here are a few visuals - hope this helps!
1) This shows the two launch areas - upper part of map is the "short boat launch" as some call it - but launch here for easier paddle - to avoid some of the open water on south side of island.
2) This shows both the advanced route and the easier inner route.. typically we'd start heading toward west side of island.. map doesn't show that little section from end of road launch - but you just follow south end of island coast and turn right into the creek and meeup with the orange route.. not sure what the red is about.
3) and just a good overview map of the island.
4) Here's a pic of that little bridge you have to go under