Cape Charles to Kiptopeke - Chesapeake Bay





The family had mentioned that they would like to go to Cape Charles, and hang out at the beach there for the day. This got me thinking, I could go, and kayak somewhere on the Chesapeake Bay, something I had not done yet...

I did a quick look at the maps, and figured it was about 8 miles, ended up being just over 9 miles.

I launched from the beach at Cape Charles, the only issue is the up and over the dunes on the boardwalk part, the walkway could be just a little wider, two people can pass, but if one is carrying a kayak, it gets a little tight. You have to wade out a bit to get into deep enough water, depending on where on the beach you launch from and the tide, it is about 20 or 30 yards to knee high water.

The trip was nice, but a little disappointing, because I expected the shore line to be a little more wild. There is essentially a house every quarter mile or less, for the entire 9 miles, and I was hoping for a little wilderness. There are at least 6 or 7 fish weirs, that you will have to contend with, they all have a net running from the shore to the weir attached to a string of floats, not hard to see at all, with the top of the net about 6 inches below the surface.

For the most part of the trip, the water was fairly smooth, but about 3 quarters of the way, it was real choppy, I guess it may have been the change in the tides.

I had a chance to also visit the Concrete Ships I had heard of them before, but I did not know the history, I thought they were targets or something along those lines. The concrete ships were former WW-II Navy Ships, that now, and for 60 years have made up the breakwater for the the old ferry landing. They had a lot of wear and tear, but for essentially sitting unmaintained for 60 years, they still looked pretty good. Just think a couple hundred bags of concrete, and you have your own mega yacht. :-)

I used the ramp at Kiptopeke, but you could use the beach to the North or South of the pier just as easy, and probably a bit safer. I used the ramp, because it was empty, and that is where the truck was. I had a brain fart, and forgot to take pictures of the ramp and facilities, but it is a state park, with full facilities.

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06/10/2007 Cape Charles Beach 9.10 47
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Kayak ready to go on Cape Charles Beach


Cape Charles Breakwater (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Cape Charles Breakwater


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Cape Charles Beach, and the Chesapeake Bay Gateway boardwalk


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Looking at the Cape Charles beach, from the Chesapeake Bay


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Looking at the Cape Charles beach, from the Chesapeake Bay


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Historic Cape Charles, Virginia


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Cape Charles


Fishing Weir (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
A fishing weir on the Chesapeake Bay


Fishing Weir (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Fishing weir and Pelicans


Fishing Weir (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Pelicans waiting for lunch on a fish weir on the Chesapeake Bay


Pelicans (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
More Pelicans on the weir


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Bay Creek


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Looking South along the shore of the Chesapeake Bay


Flying Boat (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Flying Boat or is it floating plane, I forget what is the current PC definition...


Concrete Ship (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
World War II era concrete ship, that forms the breakwater and Kiptopeke State Park


Concrete Ship (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
World War II era concrete ship, that forms the breakwater and Kiptopeke State Park


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Concrete Ship (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
World War II era concrete ship, that forms the breakwater and Kiptopeke State Park, with grass growing on the roof


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Concrete Ship (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
A few bags of concrete and... World War II era concrete ship, that forms the breakwater and Kiptopeke State Park


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Concrete Ship (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Lots of pigeons as well as other birds, top center is an Osprey on a nest...


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Derrick rigging on a World War II era concrete ship, that forms the breakwater and Kiptopeke State Park


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In the center is an S, I could see no other signs that it is a name, just an S imprinted in the concrete. The gray concrete to the right still has the grain of the wood from the form


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The stern of the World War II era concrete ship, that forms the breakwater and Kiptopeke State Park


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Concrete Ship (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
A World War II era concrete ship, that forms the breakwater and Kiptopeke State Park


Concrete Ship (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Bow to bow


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