Virginia Seaside Water Trail - East Side Landing Launch Site

East Side Boat Landing

East Side Landing - Chincoteague Island

Town of Chincoteague, Accomack County

Floating Dock at East Side Landing

A new floating dock greets you at East Side Landing.  The floating dock was provided through the Virginia Seaside Heritage Program and funding from the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program.  Additional access to the water is available through a large boat ramp with docks on either side with ladders.  East Side Boat Ramp is the preferred launch site for exploring Assateague Channel and connecting to the Assateague Island Canoe Trail. There is generally less powerboat activity here and to the north along Assateague Channel.

Launch site owner:

Town of Chincoteague, Accomack County - 757.336.6519

Directions to launch site:

  • From US 13, East on Route 175, 10.2 Miles.
  • Left on Main Street, 0.1 Miles.
  • Right on Church Street into East Side Road, 1.5 Miles.
  • Left into parking lot.
  • Ramp is straight ahead.

GPS Coordinates:

+37.9179 / -75.3718

Intermediate Paddle Route:

paddle imageEast Side to Toms Cove


Skill Level Description

Route Description:

The East Side boat ramp is the most paddler-friendly of the launch sites on Chincoteague Island, but is also puts you right into one of the busiest waterways on Virginia's Eastern Shore.  All paddlers must be aware of the large volume of powerboat traffic and take measures to ensure you are highly visible.

Once you enter the waterway, cross the channel at a right angle and turn Right (Southeast) when you reach the other side. Assateague Island, and the Assateague Lighthouse, will be visible to the East. Continue along the shoreline until you reach the open water crossing to Assateague Island. Paddle across to Assateague Island and turn Left (South) when you near the shore. Keep an eye out for the world famous Chincoteague ponies as you paddle along this wild shoreline. After rounding Assateague Point you will see Toms Cove open up to your left. Explore the cove as conditions permit, keeping an eye out for Cow Nose Rays and wading birds. You can land on the sandy beach near the Toms Cove Visitor Center. Return to the East Side boat ramp by retracing your route and be aware of powerboat traffic at all times.

Note: None of this paddling trip is designated with channel markers and paddlers must rely on other visible landmarks to maintain awareness of their location relative to the boat launch. As you depart, look back toward the boat launch and make note of several obvious landmarks that you can use to direct yourself back to the launch sight.

East Side Boat Ramp - intermediate route - East Side to Tom

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