A couple years ago some of us went out on a boat near "big thrasher gut" and "metompkin inlet", south of Chincoteatgue and east of Onancock. There are some islands out there, and I'm trying to plan a long weekend surf trip out there. I have a boat that will get us out there just fine. Plan on camping, taking food, boards, firewood, etc, and bringing all our trash back out.
Does anyone know if somebody owns those islands? they are just empty barrier islands? I saw some other people going out on a boat later in the day with camping gear and boards.
I know it's surfable cuz i surfed there before. I know about bugs and that kind of thing, so we go late sept, october.
Any advice on this trip is appreciated. I think i'll be fine, but anything I hadn't thought of would be appreciated.
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Aug 16, 2011, 07:46 PM #1
Surf/Camp Islands south of Chincoteague - advice if you've done it
Aug 16, 2011, 08:03 PM #2
You may try giving them a call and asking about the other islands in that area.
Let me know what you find out. I will go exploring out there sometime in the future and would love to know what is public land.
Looks like the nature conservancy owns all those islands. http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives...st-reserve.xml
According to the rules, you can't camp on any of those islands: http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives...nsert_2009.pdf
However, I would still give them a call. Maybe you can get a camping permit if they know you are only using the beach as a surfing trip.
Last edited by brewengineer; Aug 16, 2011 at 08:07 PM.
Aug 16, 2011, 08:10 PM #3
Yeah, looks like you discovered that about the same time i did... I'll have to see if they will give me an exception, but I doubt it. Maybe i should ask for forgiveness instead of permission
Aug 16, 2011, 08:28 PM #4
Honestly, if you pick an island area far from the USCG on Cedar Island, it is unlikely you will get caught. However, if you do get caught, I am guessing the fines are quite heavy.
I have surfed several of the barrier islands, and I would not recommend trying to camp on any of them, but if you do be careful and keep your eyes peeled for authorities and crazy water people.
Aug 16, 2011, 09:03 PM #6
brewengineer, do you brew for fun or for a job? my background is chemical engineering, and recently got into brewing.
I'm going to give them a call sometime and see if they are able to give me an exception to camp there or something.
Aug 16, 2011, 09:13 PM #7