Boasting not one – BUT TWO – roller-style launches, it’s easy to explore the rich rivers, creeks, marshes, and wetlands of beautiful Smithfield and Isle of Wight County.

Nike Park now offers a kayak launch FREE to the public and open during the park’s regular hours (8 a.m. until dark). The launch places you in the midst of all the natural beauty and twists & turns of Jones Creek, eventually connecting with the James River. Nike Park is located at 13036 Nike Park Road in Carrollton and is maintained by Isle of Wight County Parks and Recreation. The Parks and Rec folks would like to remind users to take into consideration how long it will take to get back to the launch and load up because the park must be vacated by 8:00 p.m.

The launch at Windsor Castle Park is open 365 days a year and there is no fee to use it. If you’re looking for an Outfitters to rent kayaks or SUP’s, Windsor Castle Park offers seasonal rentals available every Saturday & Sunday May through September 28 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. (Last rentals out at 4 p.m.). Reservations are not required but are suggested. There are three ways to make reservations:

Single Kayaks and Paddleboards are just $10 per hour. Tandem (2 person) kayaks are $20 per person. Rental fee includes paddles and personal flotation device. Please note that no cash is accepted on site – you must pay with a credit card!

Rentals are also available during the week with reservations made 24 hours in advance. The outfitters will also be open on Friday and Mondays of certain holiday weekends if reservations are made. Check the website for availability.

On Saturdays and Sundays you can call 757-359-0846 to make or change reservations.

For further information go to WindsorCastlePark.com.