Kayaking, Boating & Fishing

Explore your wild side...

The winding waterways, creeks, and rivers in and around Leland make it an ideal spot to get out in nature and among a variety of year-round coastal wildlife, including catfish, flounder, Blue crab, You'll find several launch spots for your canoe, kayak, or fishing boat. 

If your particular call of the wild is bird-watching, Leland is one of three major bird fly zones in the country. Here, you'll get a chance to spot brown pelican, double-crested cormorants, herons, ibises, the American Oyster Catcher, terns and many more. 

Grab your binoculars, break out that rod and reel or dust off your paddle - whatever water-related pastime is your passion, you can find it here!

Eagle Island

Your best chance at seeing ospreys above and other salt marsh wildlife below. Launch your kayak from Cypress Cove Park in Leland or Belville's Riverwalk Park.

Town Creek & Rice Creek

These blackwater creeks flow gently through 20 miles of cypress swamp, making them a scenic paddling adventure for a quick outing or day trip. Boat launches are available at Rice Creek, Brunswick Nature Park, or Belville Riverwalk Park.

Sharks Tooth Island

The name says it all! Paddle out with the family to hunt for fossils and shark teeth.

Fort Fisher Basin

If you're looking to get out on the water for the day, head to the salt marsh and beaches of Fort Fisher. Bird-watchers - make sure to stop at Zeke's Island for some great views. 

Black River/Three Sisters

This one is for the more experienced and adventurous paddlers! Experience the wonder and majesty of 2,500-year-old bald cypress trees along your excursion. 

Area Kayak Launching Ramps

Cypress Cove Park, 844 Appleton Way NE in Leland

Davis Creek Park, located on Davis Creek Drive 

Riverwalk Park, 580 River Road SE in Belville

Brunswick Nature Park, 2601 River Road SE in Winnabow

Rice Creek, 797 Gordon Lewis Drive SE in Winnabow

River Road Park, 6500 River Road in Wilmington

Other Area Water Adventures