The Great Machipongo flows into Willis Wharf Harbor on the seaside.

WATER RECREATION

Morley's Wharf fishing pier.

Morley's Wharf Boat Ramp and Fishing Pier

2101 Morley's Wharf Rd, Exmore, VA 23350

 

Located on the bayside on Occohannock Creek, Morley’s Wharf is an excellent, free boat launch and put-in area for kayaks or canoes. There are two double wide boat ramps, portable restrooms, and parking for cars and trailers. The long fishing and crabbing pier extend 150 feet into Occohannock Creek offering excellent opportunities for snagging spot, croaker, red drum, spotted trout, flounder, black drum, cobia, striped bass, tautog, gray trout and crabs. This recreational facility, operated and maintained by Northampton County, is open 24-hours and is fully accessible, meeting all current ADA standards. And the orientation provides good simultaneous views of the setting sun and rising moon.

Willis Wharf
Boat Ramp and Observation Deck

5201-5307, County Rd 603, Exmore, VA 23350

On the seaside, just one mile east of Main Street in downtown Exmore, is the quiet hamlet of Willis Wharf with harbor facilities that include 51 boat slips, a free public boat ramp, free kayak launch, spacious grassy parking lot for cars and trailers, potable restrooms and a large observation deck looking out to the Barrier Islands. The observation deck has a picnic table and telescope and is ideal for birdwatching or viewing celestial events, including any rockets launched by Wallops Island. Among birdwatchers, Willis Wharf is known for the whimbrels that transit through on their way to and from southern wintering spots. These shorebirds stop for several weeks during migrations in spring (April – May) and fall (July – September) to congregate on the extensive tidal flats. The facilities at Willis Wharf are operated and maintained by Northampton County and are ADA compliant. The ambiance of Willis Wharf is very pleasant. This secluded waterfront area is an important aquaculture capital, raising clams and oysters here in our pristine waters for distribution nationwide.

 The observation deck at Willis Wharf is a perfect place for viewing waterfowl or rocket launches. A picnic table and viewer overlooks the creek.