The northeast wind off the ocean is a chilly reminder that fall has arrived on the Outer Banks. Out on the sounds, the duck, geese, and swans are carpeting the water, migrating to the bays and estuaries in a cycle of life that as constant as the change of the seasons.
Yet even this time of the year, as the days get shorter and the Outer Banks goes back to its small-town roots, there are still some great opportunities to enjoy the beauty that surrounds us. One of the best ways to explore the natural world of the Outer Banks is by kayak, and the fall and winter are great times to get on the water. There are a number of reasons for that.
The wind is the bane of many kayakers’ existence, and yes there usually a northeast wind at this time of the year, but the waters of Outer Banks sounds are to the west and are well-protected from the wind. And because there are so few visitors at this time of the year, renting kayaks at almost any time should not be a problem.
Guided tours are also still offered at this time of the year, but availability is limited so be sure to call ahead if plans include a guided tour. But for more experienced kayakers, the offseason is a golden opportunity to get on the water.
Most NC Fish & Wildlife ramps have provisions for kayaks.