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Circumnavigate Fleets Island out of White Stone VA

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.

http://www.northernneck.org/MAPS/lc_little_oyster_creek_water_trail_guide_web.pdf

4)  Here's a pic of that little bridge you have to go under


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  • Jared

    sorry I had to miss it... all morning and early afternoon I was thinking "Crap! I could be at Fleets!"

    1 · September 6, 2014

    • Cathlyn

      It was alot of fun,

      September 6, 2014

  • Cathlyn

    What a great experience! Loved going thru the waves, seeing the dolphins when setting up, picking up some big driftwood and meeting a lot of great folks. Hopefully,.George's wife's injuries will heal fast.

    September 6, 2014

  • Dean V.

    Peggy, I am wondering how shallow the inside passage is at most shallow point low tide. I have a Hobie peddle kayak and need 18 inches to peddle and 8 to float enough to paddle? Worried about a mud crawl.

    September 5, 2014

    • Peggy

      it will be difficult to know for sure the conditions until you look at them tomorrow -

      September 5, 2014

    • Dean V.

      Thank you Peggy for getting the paddle started and George for leading it. I really enjoyed the day and the company. The bald eagle Peggy hired to be present didn't hurt:).

      September 6, 2014

  • Bill H.

    Just a beautiful day. Really nice group of paddlers, most new to me. The drive is entirely worth it to be in such a different world, actually so close, unreal!

    September 6, 2014

  • Dean V.

    Great folks. Great place and beautiful day.

    September 6, 2014

  • Dean V.

    Great folks. Great place and beautiful day.

    September 6, 2014

  • Anne W

    I'm going to back out. I will paddle around home and hopefully be in shape for the next one. Peggy, thanks for organizing.

    September 5, 2014

    • Peggy

      I had to back out myself - woke up Sat and could hardly get my arms to raise above my shoulders - pulled both shoulders a bit Thursday night in a little too strenuous weight training class..

      September 6, 2014

  • Dean V.

    Sorry to back out after all the questions. Worried about getting stuck. Next time when I build seat time with my Paddle kayak.

    September 6, 2014

  • Therese H.

    Hate to bail again because of band practice, but that's the breaks I guess :-(

    September 5, 2014

  • George G.

    It will be mid tide when we are in that area.

    September 5, 2014

  • Peggy

    With the SW 10 knot wind it will be rolly at the end road 695 beach launch. Open water paddle comfort good., Alternate put in for short boats off of 695 before you get to end of road. Unload,drive short distance back and park in field. Puts you on creek that leads to inside passage (Oyster Creek) Hobies: on mean low can be 6” in oyster creek.. Can you raise peddles? I am guessing you'd be coming back that way around 1:30 - low is 3:00 p.m.
    Two Strategies: 1) 100% circumvention - have to be ready for the rolls around Windmill Point , be comfortable with wet exits, and getting back in your boat . 2) Avoid Windmill Point - launch from either put in, go around towards west of the island, under the bridge, and take the interior passage to the beach.... return the same way. WOULD BE good to have VOLUNTEER TO LEAD THIS WAY –
    THE END - all can meet for light food/beer at Merrior's - 784 Locklies Creek Rd., Topping, VA

    September 5, 2014

    • Dean V.

      Open water return should work fine for the Hobie. Very stable. Getting wet may be welcome. 6 inch water would be a challenge but possible. Can pull it if bottom is sandy. Is it that shallow on the bay/river side?

      September 5, 2014

    • Peggy

      nope

      September 5, 2014

  • Richard M.

    Gota Work

    September 5, 2014

  • Anne W

    What is the plan? My shoulder won't let me do the outside route at this time. But I would enjoy the inside path.

    September 4, 2014

    • Peggy

      Typically in this meetup with the Richmond group the leader finds a co-lead willing to do this and posts that info. Being that this is first time out group does it , all those details will fall into place the next time. Typically that co-lead and lead stay in touch via radio

      September 5, 2014

    • Peggy

      Anne - i'm seeing Karen is new to kayaking - she may be good to go with on alternate way back.. might email her

      September 5, 2014

  • Peggy

    Winds will me SW at 10 knots. 1 to 2 foot waves and at Wndmill Point , the first of two alternative ways to complete the paddle, probably some confused water and rollers. Does anyone want to volunteer to lead a group back the second way (circle back). That would be good for paddlers who aren't do much into sea kayaking. Both groups end back about the same time and meet for post paddle gathering and story telling.

    September 5, 2014

  • Peggy

    Merrior's in nearby Topping has been suggested for post paddle gathering. It is supposed to be beautiful great casual place on the water. MERROIR
    This is where it all started – on the banks of the Rappahannock River overlooking where we grow our oysters. We like to call Merroir a “tasting room,” just so people know to expect something different. Everything is either served raw or cooked on an outdoor grill, small-plate-style, and beautifully paired with craft brews and world-famous wines. Each menu item is singularly-focused, seasonal, and ever-changing, so there’s always a surprise in store.
    – 784 Locklies Creek Rd., Topping, VA •[masked]

    September 5, 2014

  • Jared

    change of plans for tomorrow, there's something I must do in the morning and can't make the paddle

    September 5, 2014

  • Lyn

    Regret I have to miss this - I have other conflicting commitments on the 6th. Have a great time everyone!

    August 31, 2014

  • Therese H.

    Works for me! Looking forward to it!

    August 26, 2014

  • Peggy

    I hope you all love this paddle as much as I do - some decent rollers can be happening around the Windmill Point bend depending on the bend - but the group ca split - those not that comfortable with that type of paddling can return the way they came back to same starting space - and avoid open water paddling. There is a great beach about half way through perfect for beaching it and having some lunch - so pack some food and water.. we generally hang out there an hour or more..

    August 26, 2014

    • Peggy

      i mean depending on the wind - if its SE to NE

      August 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Date?

    August 15, 2014

  • Therese H.

    Any idea on a date yet?

    August 8, 2014

  • Peggy

    Might need George or another experienced paddler to lead - my mom broke her hip and is in rehab - doing just soso - is transitioning to assisted living in the next few weeks - have to keep my weekends fairly free - can't commit beyond a day or two in advance.. not in a position to "lead".. but I can advise.. lol

    July 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ok depends on date

    July 13, 2014

  • Gayle O.

    I would love to do this depending on the date.

    July 10, 2014

  • Lyn

    Great idea Peggy! I'm IN - depending on the date!
    I can either pair up with Dean V. or finally use my new [used] Capella! Do you have any ideas of a Plan A & B date yet?

    July 5, 2014

  • Dean V.

    I have a Hobie Tandem sit on top and am interested depending on the date and if I can get someone to help peddle who has the endurance.

    1 · July 5, 2014

  • Peggy

    you tube Steve from Virginia Paddling meetup put together from several of our trips.. http://youtu.be/_vgPWIFwGX8

    May 22, 2014

  • Peggy changed the location to end of state route 695

    May 22, 2014

  • Peggy

    it's about 11 miles around the island..

    May 22, 2014

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