Virginia Seaside Water Trail - Wisharts Point Landing Launch Site

Wisharts Point Landing

Wisharts Point Landing

Accomack County

Very basic boat ramp located on North side of parking area is accessible at all tide levels, but best at mid- to low-tide. Well-protected ramp in southeast corner of parking area accessible in mid- to high-tides.

Launch site owner:

Accomack County - 757.787.5700

Directions to launch site:

  • East on Route 695. 2.0 Miles.
  • Left on Route 679. 0.2 Miles.
  • Right on Route 695. 1.4 Miles.
  • Ramp Located at end of Road.

GPS Coordinates:

+37.8817 / -75.4917


Advanced Paddler Routes:

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Wisharts Point Landing to Curtis Merritt Harbor

Only advanced paddlers should attempt this route that crosses busy Chincoteague Inlet to Chincoteague Island and only in ideal conditions.  There may be strong currents and heavy powerboat traffic. About 7 miles.

Intermediate and Beginner paddlers can explore the area near Wisharts Point Landing.

Route Description:

Launch at the Wisharts Point boat ramp and follow the channel markers out toward Powells Bay and Ballast Narrows. As you pass channel marker #5 head stay to the Left side of the channel and continue Northeast toward Chincoteague Island. After channel marker #3 head North and follow the remaining markers past Chincoteague Inlet and to the West of Chincoteague Point. At marker #1 continue North toward the 'CV' channel marker. Cross the channel at a right angle and head for the southern tip of Chincoteague Island. As you pass point on the Southern end of Chincoteague Island you will see the entrance to Curtis Merritt Harbor to the Left. Be aware of powerboat traffic using this marina as you enter the harbor. There is a floating dock inside the harbor to the Right.

Note: Paddlers who wish to head directly for Queen Sound and Greenbackville should proceed to the Wisharts Point to Queen Sound route below.

Wisharts Point Landing - advanced routes - Wisharts Point to Curtis Merritt


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Wisharts Point to Queen Sound

Route Description:

Launch at the Wisharts Point boat ramp and follow the channel markers out toward Powells Bay and Ballast Narrows. As you pass channel marker #5 head due North into the southern end of Cockles Creek. Stay in the main channel of this wide creek as navigation in this area can be tricky. Notice the Chincoteague Causeway ahead. As you approach the causeway, look for an opening in the marsh to your right (East) that opens into Shelly Bay. You should be able to see the boat ramp and dock facility at Queen Sound. Paddle across the bay to the boat ramp. Be aware of the effects of tide on the water level in this wide, shallow bay and look out for recreational fisherman and other power boaters.

Note: The Cockles Creek section of this paddle is not marked with channel markers. This route should only be used by Advanced paddlers who are able to navigate effectively with a map and compass or a GPS (global positioning system).

Wisharts Point Landing - advanced routes - Wisharts Point to Queens Sound

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