Kayaking in Wilmington

Have you ever wondered what it's like to ride the tide? Explore areas no boat can enter? Maybe have a fish take you on a "sleigh-ride"? If so, kayaking around the waters of Wilmington can be a great way to experience all of these things and more! Not only is it Eco-friendly and inexpensive; it's a great way to get away from the stress of school while revealing an entirely different perspective of the coast. A few ways to get started are:

  • Taking a trip with an experienced Seahawk Adventure leader is a great way to get involved, whether you are a veteran paddler looking to make new friends or a beginner wanting to try out Kayaking for the first time.
  • Hook Line and Paddle Canoe & Kayak Outfitters is a great local store located off of 435 Eastwood Road offering local expertise, tours, and rentals as well. If you have always dreamed of fishing from a kayak but don't know where to start, a guided fishing tour is an awesome option.

Safety is extremely important while kayaking in coastal areas. Paying attention to key factors such as wind, tides, and boat traffic must be addressed before traversing the Intracoastal waterway (ICW) and surrounding marshes. Always paddle with a buddy and if you opt out of a tour but are not too familiar with the sport, some suggested readings include:

Next, a few essential supplies will make your paddle much more enjoyable. These include:

  • Sunglasses (Polarized)
  • A dry bag or water-tight box to protect your phone, camera, wallet, keys, etc.
  • A small cooler with plenty of water, sandwiches, and snacks.
  • A whistle or noisemaker in case of emergencies
  • A small first aid kit
  • A backpack to store your conveniently
  • Sunscreen (Waterproof)
  • Life vest
  • Paddle
  • Comfortable clothing
      • Dress appropriately for conditions. (i.e. Paddling on a 75 degree day may still be chilly if water temperature is at 54 degrees.)

Being organized and informed will result in a smooth, relaxing experience that will be as memorable as it is addicting. Grab your gear, some friends, and hit the water!