Virginia Seaside Water Trail - Gargatha Landing Launch Site

Gargatha Landing

Gargatha Landing

Accomack County

A simple boat ramp with a straight dock along the western side. Parking for 10-15 vehicles in lot with additional street parking.  This site is on the Virginia Birding & Wildlife Trail...Check it out!

Launch site owner:

Accomack County - 757.787.5700

Directions to launch site:

  • From US 13, East on Route 680, 2.7 Miles.
  • Ramp located at end of road.

GPS Coordinates:

+37.7751 / -75.5612


Beginner Paddler Route:

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Gargathy Creek

Route Description:

Beginners can explore the waters along the shoreline of Gargathy Bay. About 7 miles. Launch at the Gargathy Landing boat ramp and turn left (Northwest) up Gargathy Creek. Follow the main channel as it winds through small residential areas and salt marsh ecosystems. There are a couple of tributary creeks that you can explore as conditions allow, and several good areas for birding and nature watching. Return to the boat ramp by retracing your path and be aware of powerboat traffic at all times. This is a trip that is best taken with consideration of the tidal currents as the main channel of the creek is well defined and thus has a strong tidal flow.

Gargatha Landing - beginner route - Gargathy Creek


Intermediate and Advanced Paddler Route:

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Gargathy to NASA Docks

Route Description:

Launch at the Gargatha Landing boat ramp and paddle across the creek. Turn Right (Southeast) when you get to the far side of the creek and follow it out into Gargathy Bay. Look for Gargathy Creek to turn off to the Left (Northeast). Follow Gargathy Creek out toward Metomkin Island and look for marker #60. Turn left (North) at marker #60 and follow the channel markers along Metomkin and Assawoman islands, and then paddle across Kegotank Bay. The channel will then wind through Northam Narrows. Look out for powerboat traffic in this area as they are limited to the narrow channel. At marker #27 turn Left (West) up Assawoman Creek and look for the NASA Dock on your left.

Gargatha Landing - intermediate and advanced route - Gargathy Creek to NASA Docks

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All route maps provided on the Virginia Seaside Water Trail web site are for illustration only. They are not intended for navigational use. To obtain a nautical map for this route, visit NOAA navigation charts.

Please check the land ownership and visitation policies map before your trip! Virginia's barrier islands, wildlife refuges and state wildlife management areas contain very sensitive wildlife habitat. Seasonal or year-round closures are in effect.

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