Do you like great sunrises and sunsets, seeing turtles and the cousin of stingrays—skates? You can experience these and more wonderful experiences from a canoe or kayak in the Pamlico Sound. Free ranger-led kayak tours are held in the summer months on Hatteras Island. Check the event calendar for details.
Commercial kayaks and canoe rentals are available locally, and ask where more secluded launch sites can be found if you want to try some different locations.
Oregon Inlet Kayak LaunchThe Oregon Inlet Kayak Launch, located at the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center on Bodie Island, provides a great opportunity to put kayaks into the water. Ample parking, loading areas, and maintained path to Pamlico Sound create an easy access to Pamlico Sound and Oregon Inlet.
Pamlico Sound is an enjoyable place for kayaking, but strong currents and waves can turn a fun visit into a frightening one. Kayaking in the area requires planning and attentiveness- Pamlico Sound and Oregon Inlet serve as a vital artery for fishing boats. Be mindful of vessels, and constantly monitor for their wakes. Always be aware of changing tides and ocean conditions.
The Oregon Inlet Kayak Launch was made possible by support from Outer Banks Forever, Towne Bank, Ocean Atlantic Rentals, and Bass Pro Shops.
Last updated: August 8, 2023