By Elaine VonCannon, ABR, SRES, Associate Broker, Notary, Team Leader, Property Manager, Award Winning Agent
In Virginia, Isle of Wight, York and Surry counties all share some unique characteristics. Each one of these counties represents a different piece of early American history and continues to grow as a part of our nationís future. They also share the influence of the James River, York River and a huge system of creeks and tributaries associated with these bodies of water. Living on the water is an aspect of this region that draws thousands of prospective homeowners each year. Below, you will find a list of resources for potential and current homeowners interested in marinas, boat ramps, and other activities in some of the most beautiful areas of coastal Virginia.
Smithfield Station Marina
Smithfield Station is located on the Pagan River and offers the best in marina living and vacationing. This marina, with 60 slips, can accommodate boats up to 70 feet long and has floating docks. Power, water and hot showers are accessible from your boat and VHF radio is monitored on channel 16. Smithfield Station includes the beautiful Waterfront Inn complete with lighthouse suites and a full service restaurant. Smithfield Station fosters community spirit by inviting local residents and visitors to stroll the boardwalk, swim in the pool or picnic under the gazebo. Everyone is invited to annual activities such as the art show, fireworks, Halloween party or fishing tournament.
Gatling Pointe Marina
Another marina located along the Pagan River in Smithfield is the Gatling Pointe Marina. Gatling Pointe is similar in size to Smithfield Station with 68 slips. Water and electric are available to all boats.
For those interested in simply getting their boat in the water there are numerous boat ramps in the Isle of Wight region. One is the Joynerís Bridge Boat Ramp on Joynerís Bridge Road, which provides access to the Blackwater River. Tylerís Beach Boat Ramp allows boaters to access the James River on Tylerís Beach Road in Rushmere. The Jones Creek Boat Ramp in Carrollton on Boundary Lane has amenities available to boat enthusiasts. It provides access to 2 ramps, a fishing pier, bathroom facilities, parking, a staging area and a tie-down area. Fishing is plentiful on the James River system. You can find smallmouth and largemouth bass, carp, stripers, crappies and more. A Virginia fishing license is always required.
Hog Island Wildlife Management Area
This beautiful wildlife region is partially located in Surry County and in Isle of Wight County. It consists of flat, open land broken up by pine forests, tidal marshes and controlled ponds. The boat ramp can be found at Lawnes Creek. Many local homeowners and visitors come here to catch a view of a variety of shorebirds and even eagles. You may also fish for catfish and bass or hunt waterfowl and deer. There are also beautiful paths to hike along.
Grayís Creek Marina
Take a free ferry ride across the James River and find Grayís Creek Marina offering 26 slips and a boat ramp. Fuel, water and electric are accessible to all boats and casual dining and spectacular waterfront views can be enjoyed at the Rocky Bottom Grill.
Located on White House Cove Poquoson Marina offers 156 Boat slips, 74 of which are covered. They also provide100 dry storage stalls, boat ramps, digital cable, high speed Internet, a pump out station, pay phones and restrooms. You can also enjoy the marina restaurant, Bubbaís Ship Gallery.
Wormley Creek Marina
East of Yorktown you will find the Wormley Creek full service marina offering 90 slips, 7 of which are covered. Wormley Creek offers full boat repair services and has fixed docks, a pump out station, dry storage for long term or during bad weather, restrooms, telephones and access to VHF channels. Parking is available along with a comfortable picnic area the whole family can enjoy. Fishing and sailing are popular activities on Wormley Creek.
Near Yorktown, Dare Marina provides deepwater access into Chrisman Creek. At Dare Marina the staff offers certified repair of MerCruiser, Mercury and Volvo Penta. Dare Marina is also an official Volvo Penta Dealer. There are 50 slips available here, with a wide variety of amenities including access to VHF channels, floating and fixed docks, restrooms, showers, US mail services and fuel availability. The marina store also sells bait, tackle, spirits, boat parts and supplies.
This simple boat ramp area is located near a casual dining restaurant and gas station where boaters can purchase basic supplies.
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