Paddle to Elizabeth City - Pasquotank River




Well I originally had other plans for today, but in doing the routing it just came out to be to long of a trip with the conditions forecast for today. My family was heading down to Elizabeth City, so I decided to paddle a section of the Pasquotank River. The weather today was great, temps in the mid to upper 70s with a fairly strong winds out of the Southwest.

Considering the winds today, I would have rather gone South to North, but being that I (or the KAYAKVB support team) had never been to the Shipyard Road launch site I decided to kayak from North to South. The local guy at the launch confirmed that fact, along with telling Nick about Alligators in the river. The gator story made Nick very leery of the water.

The river itself is about a quarter mile wide at this point lined with a mix of cypress, and various deciduous tress. For the most part the North side of the river is pretty much undeveloped, while the South side has a occasional development. There was very little traffic on the river today, but I bet that is a different story on a hot July day.

After about 4 miles there are a couple of bailout points, the first being a creek that leads to the North Carolina Game department Ramp on NC-343, or Lambs Landing a commercial marina, that may or may not charge you to haul your kayak out there. Continuing on, there is a railroad bridge that was pretty interesting, but it does cause some hinderance to passage, on the North side there is no clearance except at the middle between the trestle and the turntable, or you could use the main channel, but it is a pretty tight squeeze and I would not want to share it with any powerboat traffic. On the South side there is one section of the bridge with out cross bracing that looks passable.

The next couple of miles were pretty much a battle against the winds that were gusting to 23 MPH, that was directly out of the South as got to the wide part of the river that runs North and South. I made it to some protection from the wind at Causeway Park. Hugging the shore made the remainder of the trip easier, but use caution in this area because of the submerged barges in the area.

Passing under the drawbridges, I saw a lot more activity then I have in the past, pretty much all the docks were occupied. After a short paddle along the Elizabeth City waterfront I ended up at Dog Corner Park, with the KAYAKVB support team waiting for me.

Date Launch Site Distance Photos
11/11/2006 Shipyard Road, North Carolina 8.30 25
Shipyard Road launch (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Shipyard Road launch site.


Pasquotank River (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Looking South on the Pasquotank River


Pasquotank River (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Pasquotank River


Goat Island (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Goat Island in the Pasquotank River


Fall color Pasquotank River (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Fall color on the Pasquotank River


Cypress tree leaning (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Interesting looking Cypress tree on the Pasquotank River


Pasquotank River (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Pasquotank River


Spanish Moss  (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Spanish Moss Pasquotank River


Bridge over Pasquotank River (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Railroad bridge crossing the Pasquotank River


creek (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Creek to the NC Wildlife boat ramp


Open Railroad bridge (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Open railroad span on the Pasquotank River


Railroad bridge mechanical gear (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Some of the mechanical gear of the railroad bridge crossing the Pasquotank River.


Pasquotank River (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Pasquotank River


Cypress tree (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Another interesting looking Cypress tree


Causeway park dock (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Overview of the dock at Causeway Park near Elizabeth City North Carolina


Causeway park dock (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Close up of the dock at Causway Park in Elizabeth City NC


Boardwalk at Causeway Park (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
The boardwalk at Causeway Park on the Pasquotank River near Elizabeth City NC


Elizabeth City NC (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Elizabeth City North Carolina


Elizabeth City NC (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Elizabeth City NC


Drawbridge (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
The Camden Causeway Drawbridge


Sailboats and the museum of the Albermarle (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Sailboats and the museum of the Albermarle


Dog Corner Park (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
The approach to Dog Corner park in Elizabeth City NC.


KAYAKVB Support Team (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
The KAYAKVB Support team.


Aerial Map 11-11-2006 (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Aerial Map of 11-11-2006 trip


Topographic Map of 11-11-2006 trip (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Topographic Map of 11-11-2006 trip




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