In the News: New Kayak Launch in Greenville

new kayak launch in Greenville

If warmer weather and a new kayak launch in Greenville are any indication of how this year’s boating season will go, it looks like smooth sailing ahead!

The new launch

Three years in the making, the new kayak launch in Greenville is finally ready for use. The kayak launch was added to the well-used Port Terminal ramp on the Tar River.

In the past, the boat ramp was being used by both motor boaters and paddlers. However, it was leading to a crowded, unsafe situation—especially for the paddlers.

First of all, the ramp was not designed with kayaks and other paddle equipment in mind. Secondly, it’s hard for boaters putting in 40-foot boats, for example, to see the smaller paddle boards and kayaks.

Last but not least was the issue of overcrowding since Port Terminal was one of only two boat ramps in Pitt County. The other is located off N.C. 222 in Falkland.

Feedback from citizens and the overall lack of river access spurred a partnership among the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, the nonprofit Sound Rivers and the city.

Sound Rivers is a conservation group on a mission to keep the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico rivers swimmable, fishable and drinkable. The organization was awarded a grant from the state to build three kayak launches in the area.

More on the Port Terminal launch

Originally, the Port Terminal launch included the ramp and about 30 parking spaces for trailers. Now, the new kayak launch in Greenville has been added.

Additional plans for Port Terminal include an extra boat ramp as well as more trailer and single-car parking spaces.


Are you ready to paddle your way to some river fun this spring and summer? Head to the new kayak launch in Greenville, which is just a 17-minute drive away from Summer Green! Find more fun things to do around town when you keep reading our blogs!