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New kayak launch on Tar River in Greenville offers safe access to paddlers

Port Terminal kayak launch in Greenville, NC.
Sound Rivers
Port Terminal kayak launch in Greenville, NC.

A new kayak launch is open to the public on the Tar River in Greenville. Located at the Port Terminal boat ramps, the launch was built by Sound Rivers, in partnership with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, State Division of Water Resources and the City of Greenville.

Sound Rivers environmental projects coordinator Clay Barber says the river has limited availability for public boat access, and even fewer access points for paddlers.

“People wind up dragging their boats across concrete and getting in off the side of high docks or sitting in their kayak on the concrete and scooting into the water, or some people just don’t paddle at all because it’s difficult.”

The new kayak launch comes as several improvements are planned at the Port Terminal board ramp, including increasing the size of the parking lot, improved handicapped accessibility, and the addition of a third boat ramp.

Sound Rivers is a financial supporter of PRE.

Meredith Radford is a News Reporter for Public Radio East. She studied at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, receiving a degree in Journalism and Political Science. Born and raised in Eastern North Carolina, Meredith is excited to cover the area and contribute to the community. When not out reporting, she enjoys hiking, camping and kayaking as well as baking.