Virginia Seaside Water Trail - Red Bank Boat Ramp Launch Site

Red Bank Boat Ramp

Red Bank Boat Ramp

Northampton County

There are 2 boat ramps between L-shaped end docks with a straight dock in the center. All docks have ladders to water level at low tide. Ample parking is available. All in all this is a very nice launch site and a great place to paddle.  Fee for use of ramp.

Launch site owner:

Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries - 757.739.4689

Directions to launch site:

  • From US Highway 13, go east on Route 617, 1.7 miles.
  • Turn left on Route 715, 0.1 miles.
  • The ramp and dock are at the end of the road.

GPS Coordinates:

+37.4460 / -75.8389

Beginner Paddler Route:

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West out of Red Bank

Route Description:

Launch at the Red Bank boat ramp and head Right (West) up the creek. Please stay close to either side of the creek in order to avoid boat traffic. This winding route meanders through salt marshes and is protected from the wind by high ground and maritime forest. It is recommended that you take this paddle toward the end of an incoming tide in order to take advantage of the tidal currents and the increased water depth that will allow for access to the remote reaches of the creek. The creek will eventually dead-end at a causeway. This entire length of the creek is not always navigable, and paddlers should always pay attention to the effects of tide on the water depth in tidal waterways. Return to the launch point by retracing your route.

Red Bank Boat Ramp - beginner route - West out of Red Bank

Intermediate and Advanced Paddler Route:

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Red Bank Boat Ramp to Willis Wharf Harbor

Route Description:

Launch at the boat ramp at Red Bank. Head to your left (East) out of the creek. Please stay close to either side of the creek in order to avoid boat traffic. Stay in the main channel as you pass a branch creek to the right. The main channel will run into Castle Ridge Creek. Turn left (North) up Castle Ridge Creek and continue to stay toward the inside coastline in order to avoid boat traffic. At channel marker #6 turn left (West) and look for channel marker #8. Follow the markers up the main channel toward the town of Willis Wharf. As you approach the harbor, look for the boat ramp and landing sites in the Southwestern corner of the cove.

Red Bank Boat Ramp - intermediate and advanced route - Red Bank to Willis Wharf

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