Local Boat Launches and Fishing Piers
Very nice public facility on Occohannock Creek. Davis Wharf Marina is located directly across the creek from Morley’s. The pier extends 150-feet into Occohannock Creek and has a 50-foot l-head. The facility is totally handicapped accessible and meets current ADA standards. There is also a Boat Ramp at this facility. There is no fee for this facility. The pier is open 24 hours and is covered by a blanket saltwater license.
Located about 15 minutes North of the Rt. 13/Rt. 183 intersection, the Wachapreague Marina offers a free boat ramp, rental slips, boat rentals, and a bait & tackle shop. You can also enjoy local seafood at the marina restaurant and watch the charter boats come into the harbor as the day ends. This is the perfect starting point for a trip through the inland waterway to the barrier islands for beach combing, fishing, or clamming. You can take your own boat, rent one, or charter a guide all from the marina. For more information call (757) 787-4110.
Harborton Landing is located in Accomack County on Pungoteague Creek. From US Route 13 on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, take Route 180W (Pungoteague Road) towards Pungoteague. The road winds around alot, so pay close attention. Follow Route 180W until it bears right (Harborton Road). At the T, turn left to continue on 180W/178S and then take an immediate right to continue on 180W. Make sure to bear right at the Y on 180W towards Harborton. The ramp will be at the end. 757-787-5710.
Wise Point Boat Ramp
Located on the Virginia Inside Passage, the Wise Point Boat Ramp provides access to the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay for fishing, hunting, wildlife observation and photography. The Wise Point Boat Ramp, as part of the Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge, is managed to provide wildlife-oriented recreation including fishing, hunting and wildlife observation. Access to the ramp is from Route 13 and Route 600 (Seaside Road) through the refuge onto Ramp Lane.
Ramp amenities include:
- 41 trailer parking spaces
- 21 vehicle only parking spaces
- Twin 16-foot wide boat ramps
- Floating courtesy pier
The Cape Charles Fishing Pier was completed in November 2005. The project received $300,000 in VSRFDF grant funds. The project included the replacement of the old fishing pier and boardwalk (now about 5 ft. wide). Also, 300 ft. of pier (10-12 ft. wide) with a small shaded area. An end platform was also added. The additional length of pier with alternating high and low areas, provides easier fishing opportunities for everyone, closer to the deeper water of the Cape Charles Harbor Federal Channel. The pier is lighted for safety and night fishing. It is free to fish from the pier and restroom facilities are available. Also, the Town purchased a saltwater recreational pier fishing license to cover those fishing from the pier, so individual licenses are not necessary. Many of the popular Chesapeake Bay species may be caught off this pier.
Completed in 2005, this Chincoteague facility improvement project received $145,000 in grant funds from the VSRFDF. The joint project between the Town of Chincoteague, the Virginia Port Authority and VSRFDF included such improvements as the breakwater, bulkheading, finger piers, handicapped floating pier, fish cleaning station, collector piers and a paved parking lot area. This location gives boating access to Chincoteague Bay as well as other seaside Eastern Shore inlets and bays and the Atlantic Ocean. Blackfish Bank Artificial Reef is about 6 miles east from Chincoteague. The facility should be open 24/7 and licensed recreational fishermen should receive a 20% discount on the yearly/weekly boat ramp permit fee. Please contact the Town of Chincoteague for the current cost.
The Kiptopeke State Park boat landing was completed in 1998. The project received $325,000 from the VSRFDF. The double-wide boat ramp is handicapped accessible. The ramp has 4.5-ft. at mean low water and the parking lot can accommodate 70 boat trailers. There are fees to use the facilities and to park. The boat ramp has nearby restrooms and showers. The concrete ships, located off the park's waterfront, offer some of Virginia's finest fishing. Kiptopeke is also the closest Eastern Shore facility to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel (CBBT). Just about every fish species that can be taken in Virginia's waters may be caught around the concrete ships and the CBBT. Other amenities available at the State Park are a camp store, walking/biking trails, beaches with swimming/fishing areas, covered picnic areas, campground and sleeping facilities, and a large handicapped accessible fishing pier with cleaning station (fees apply). Please use the Park website (listed below) for updated fees and other amenities available.
The Quinby Harbor enhancements were completed in March of 2010. The County of Accomack received $294,375 from the VSRFDF. The County contributed $98,125 to the project. The project included the replacement of the double-wide concrete boat ramp, the replacement of the bulkhead around the ramp, launch and recovery floating docks and a finger pier, a handicapped accessible aluminum access ramp, select dredging, and improved trailer parking areas.
The Town of Quinby does charge a fee to use the ramp. However, if you have your own valid Virginia saltwater fishing license, you are eligible for a discount. You must show your license, when you enter to receive the discount. Please remember that family and friends, who intent to fish from a saltwater licensed vessel and do not have their own Virginia saltwater fishing license, must register with the free Virginia Fisherman Identification Program (FIP). If you do not have a valid Virginia saltwater fishing license click here to register now. To purchase your Virginia Saltwater License online, click the icon on the left of the screen.
The Saxis fishing pier was completed in 2002. The project received $148,141 in VSRFDF grant funds. The pier extends 200 feet into Saxis Harbor and terminates with a 100-foot T-head. The pier is handicapped accessible and ADA compliant. The pier is lit and is open 24 hours a day. There is no fee to use the pier and public parking is allowed along the seawall. However, a valid individual Saltwater Recreational Fishing License is required. Fish such as gray trout, croaker, spot , whiting, red drum, and striped bass can be caught at this site. It is a popular location and the location of an annual kids fishing tournament that is also funded by the VSRFDF.
See a full list of public boat launching facilities: Virginia Public Boat Launching Facilities
Virginia's recreational fishing regulations and species identification information.
Maryland-Virginia Saltwater Fishing: Visit this fishing guide site for a wealth of local fishing information.
Fishing Calendar: Fishing Calendar for the Eastern Shore of Virginia (fishing seasons and peak-catch dates)
Virginia Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries: Limits, size requirements, licensing information and much more
Broadwater Bay Eco Tours
The story of Broadwater Bay is the story of Captain Rick Kellam, a guide, naturalist, author, historian, and descendant of the inhabitants of these extraordinary islands. History speaks through Kellam who has spent most of his life working these waters - as a waterman, as member of the Virginia State Marine Police, and, most recently, as a tour host for clients such as Orvis and The Nature Conservancy. They also offer sunset wine and cheese tours. Learn More
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Sea Hawk Sports Center: A family run business serving the shore for more than 20 years and a favorite of many of Runaway’s guests. They are located in Pocomoke, MD and are always happy to answer your fishing and hunting questions, make charter referrals, supply bait, tackle and much more. Tell Matt that we told you to call (410-957-0198) or if you are traveling to Runaway from the North, stop in. They are located on the West side of Rt.13 in Pocomoke, MD.
The shore's largest hunting, fishing and outdoor wear retailer. They are licensed hunting guides and offering individualized gear, turkey, and waterfowl hunting experiences for guests of Runaway at Silver Beach Cove. They are located at 4306 Main Street in downtown Exmore, south of the famous Exmore Diner. They stock saltwater, freshwater and fly rods, reels and tackle, fresh, frozen and live bait, hunting supplies (waterfowl, deer, and turkey) hunting apparel, Carhartt clothing and much much more. They are certified archery technicians and feature an indoor archery range. (757) 442-4009.
Captain Zed's Bait and Tackle Shop: Enjoy the world famous flounder fishing at Wachapreague, Va. this summer, or try bluefin tuna at the 21 or 26 Mile Hills, excellent wreck fishing for sea bass or tautog, Inshore trout, drum and croakers, or offshore marlin, tuna & dolphin.
Blogs and Articles
Hook & Bullet provides great information on Northampton County, VA and Exmore, VA Fish and Fishing Lakes, Rivers, Dams, Streams, Reservoirs, and other Fishing Spots. Whether you’re fishing for Weakfish, Summer Flounder or Winter Flounder, or one of the other fish found near Northampton County or near Exmore, “Hook & Bullet” can tell you where to find them, how to bring them in, and who's having success. So find your new favorite fishing spot near Northampton County or specifically in Exmore, and grab your favorite fishing gear. All that, including links to your local fish and wildlife websites, record catches for a location, photos, GPS coordinates for where the fish can be found, and so much more.
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