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Old 06-25-2013, 05:38 PM
 
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Hi there:

We usually paddle Masonboro Island, but we decided to be adventurous and try something new at Southport. Husband and I are both fairly experienced paddlers. Looking for recommendations for put-ins and trips (there and back, not shuttle). The net doesn't seem to be hopping with specific trip information.

Thanks!!!!
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Old 06-25-2013, 05:45 PM
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There is an excellent Wildlife Ramp, a few miles from SP toward Oak Island, on, I think, Fish Factory Road. It is about 1/4 from the ICW. Caution: Even in a 20 footer some of the RICH FOOLS go down the ICW at near light speed in big boats. Get to a bay or creek FAST. I almost was flipped, bow to stern in a 20 footer heavy top of the line fishing boat as I entered the ICW into the way of a huge yacht, traveling at high speed.

It has been a while, I am trying to think of other places, but nothing else comes to mind. There is an, or was an old, marina down near Lockwood Folly Inlet that also had a ramp that would put you in better *** water. It might be the Trump marina, now, but it used to be open for a small price.

There is not a lot of public access on the waterway, mostly just on the ocean, but things might have changed. You might be able to launch at either the BHI ferry or the Ferry to Fort Fisher.

Good Luck.
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Old 06-25-2013, 06:08 PM
 
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Thanks, LLN. I wasn't finding much info in the way of public launches either. I guess we could ferry across and revisit Masonboro if we have to.
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Old 06-25-2013, 06:12 PM
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Give this question some time, I am sure some locals (I used to be, not now) will come online with some info.
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Old 06-26-2013, 04:51 AM
 
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I can't wait to get my kayak in the water in NC. I've found this site to be very helpful. You can also find launch sites and even reviews of them. Canoe & Kayak Launch Map | Places to kayak & canoe | Routes - Paddling.net
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Old 06-26-2013, 06:49 AM
 
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There are several launch sites on Oak Island that will keep you out of the busy part of the ICW.

See this brochure for more info:

http://www.oakislandnc.com/Recreation/kayakbrochure.pdf
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Old 06-26-2013, 01:25 PM
 
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Thanks! We are worried about the heavy boat traffic that people keep reporting.
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Old 06-26-2013, 01:30 PM
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That brochure is cool. Things have become a lot more friendly since we left the island.

Pallas: THe fishfactory ramp is the one I was talking about, and the 57E is the one at the far end of island, near Lockwood Folly that I referenced. That is where I would start.

I did not mean to scare you on the ICW traffic, you just have to be very alert. You want to get off the ICW as soon as possible, at least i would, it is kinda sterile, and explore the back bays and flats, that kind of stuff.

Have fun, kinda makes me miss the island.

good luck
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Old 06-26-2013, 01:35 PM
 
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Thanks so much! We just moved to Raleigh a few years ago, so we're still finding our way around the blueways. I agree with you that the ICW can be very dangerous. We saw some boat traffic on our way to Masonboro, since we launched from the Masonboro Yacht Club. (Lots of big ships with drunk pilots!) We've actually never been to BHI or Oak Island, so these suggestions are super helpful.

We do try to launch between 7 and 7:30 a.m. to beat the traffic, but safety is always key in these kinds of situations. It just takes a moment to get into trouble. Since we do a lot of freshwater paddling, we find that jet skis are our mortal enemies on the water. A 15-year-old girl on a jet ski makes my heart go cold.
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Old 06-26-2013, 01:49 PM
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Thanks so much! We just moved to Raleigh a few years ago, so we're still finding our way around the blueways. I agree with you that the ICW can be very dangerous. We saw some boat traffic on our way to Masonboro, since we launched from the Masonboro Yacht Club. (Lots of big ships with drunk pilots!) We've actually never been to BHI or Oak Island, so these suggestions are super helpful.

We do try to launch between 7 and 7:30 a.m. to beat the traffic, but safety is always key in these kinds of situations. It just takes a moment to get into trouble. Since we do a lot of freshwater paddling, we find that jet skis are our mortal enemies on the water. A 15-year-old girl on a jet ski makes my heart go cold.
We use to do a lot of Kayak fishing on a lake near Charlotte. We would get there early, and try to be off the water before "the cartoons were over." I know what you mean.
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