Kayaking in Poquoson, VA

Rens Road Boat Ramp

A favorite paddling put-in location for one of my Meetup.com groups is the public boat ramp at Rens Road in Poquoson. It’s about a 45 minute drive from Williamsburg. The Hampton Roads Kayakers group is very active and we sometimes gather for after-work paddling sessions there to enjoy the sunset and moonrise. (If you’re not familiar with Meetup.com, check it out – there’s an activity, hobby, or interest for everyone!) The members of the Hampton Roads Kayakers have taught me a lot about kayaks, equipment, and paddling. They love the sport and are generous with their knowledge, especially with beginner paddlers.

I took one of my favorite photos when we got out for a stretch break one evening on Racoon Island:

Sandy Bay panorama by Laurie Brown, copyright 2016, all rights reserved.
Racoon Island in Sandy Bay, off of the Poquoson River, VA. Photo by Laurie Brown, copyright 2016.

Round trip from the boat ramp to the Sandy Bay and back is 6 – 7 miles.

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We’ve seen eagles, ospreys, egrets, isis, and oyster catchers, plus lots of jumping fish. At times, I’m told, you’ll even see dolphins.