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Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge in North Carolina

Trip Overview

Just west of the Outer Banks is a huge expanse of wetlands that make up the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. The north end of the Island features the East Lake area which is an open estuary that leads to the Alligator River as well as the sound.

East Lake can be accessed from route 64 then take Mashoe's Road to the Mashoe's boat launch. Both motorized craft as well as kayaks and canoes can be easily launched from this access point. There is a new dock and cement ramp leading to the marsh but no rest room facilities. East Lake has fetch so mind the wind direction and wind speed if you have a kayak less then 14 feet.

If you enjoy birding you may want to visit in the spring or fall and paddle in the early morning or evening.


Nice dock and ramp for motor boats




Take route 64 to Mashoe's Road


State of NC boat launch web site and Google Earth

  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Water Type: Flat/Sheltered Water
  • Group Rates: No

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