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Get Exploring with Tula Adventure Sports

When you rent from Tula Paddle Sports, you have access to one of my favorite places to paddle a kayak or paddle board in all of Virginia Beach. Our launch spot puts you right into Long Creek, which is a tidal creek, and part of the rich tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay and Lynnhaven River. From our launch spot, you only have to paddle ½ mile to reach the shoreline of the First Landing State Park. The narrow shores of Long Creek keep us protected from heavy winds or ocean swells, leaving the only force to paddle with being a light tidal flow. There are many small beaches along the way to stop for a break and catch some shade.

At Tula Paddle Sports our favorite way to explore this area of Virginia Beach is by packing a lunch in a cooler, strapping it to my kayak or paddle board, and making a day of exploring the many beaches along this unique shoreline. Long Creek feeds into Broad Bay on the East end of the creek. From Broad Bay you can paddle into an area called the Narrows. Past the Narrows is Crystal Lake. If you are feeling bold, you can even navigate into White Hill Lake if the tide is right. This lake is surrounded by trees and saltwater marsh. It is a wonderfully quiet corner of Virginia Beach, with really the only noise being the call of all the birds that nest there, and the sound of the water skimming along your kayak.

This area is rich with history as well as environmental significance. It is where indigenous tribes collided with the first settlers, pirates, privateers, and blockade runners. It is where oysters were once the size of basketballs, and where many restoration projects to keep these waters clean and alive are underway and succeeding. It is where thousands of birds return to nest year after year. If these are statements that get you excited, I would highly recommend hiring a paddle guide from Tula to show you around.  

To get your next adventure planned with Tula Paddle Sports you can reach us by email at or give a ring at (757) 502-8852. We cannot wait to see you!

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