Water Access

Menokin Launches the Beginning of a New Era in the Northern Neck

Menokin’s newly improved road to Cat Point Creek featuring a “soft” kayak and canoe launch site is now open.

Natural Resource Conservation

The Menokin Foundation is dedicated to the conservation of Menokin’s natural resources through careful management of the woodland, fields, marshes and shoreline and the study of past and present flora and fauna. In 2005, 325 acres of our 500 acre property became part of the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge

The National Audubon Society identified the Lower Rappahannock River, which includes the Menokin property, as an Important Bird Area.

Find Your Chesapeake


The Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail lets you experience and learn about the Chesapeake Bay through the routes and places associated with Smith’s explorations. Menokin is honored to be a part of this first national water trail, established in 2006. The National Park Service has been instrumental in improving public access to Cat Point Creek at Menokin. Come for a paddle!


20th anniversary logo


The Rappahannock River Valley is one of three national wildlife refuges that comprise the Eastern Virginia Rivers National Wildlife Refuge Complex. The refuge was established in 1996 to conserve fish and wildlife habitat along this vital tributary of the Chesapeake Bay. We focus primarily on protecting and managing tidal and inland wetlands, and adjacent uplands, to benefit bald eagles, other migratory birds, and resident wildlife. In doing so, we contribute to the natural diversity of the mid-Atlantic region, which includes the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Of Menokin’s 500 acres, 325 are protected through conservation easement as part of the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge.




A Boater’s Guide to the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail is for boaters of all types of vessels and all skill levels. Whether you paddle, sail, or motor, whether you are a novice or a veteran boater, you’ll find the information you need to follow in Smith’s wake along the main stem of the Bay and all the rivers he traveled. Click on the image to download a PDF of the guide.



Menokin is included in the National Park Traveler 2015 Essential Paddling Guide. You don't want to miss an opportunity to paddle this unspoiled waterway.


Menokin is included in the National Park Traveler 2015 Essential Paddling Guide. You don’t want to miss an opportunity to paddle this unspoiled waterway. Click the image to read more.



Aerial View of Cat Point Creek at Menokin

Water Access Rules and Hours

NOTICE: Gate opens at 7:00 am and closes at 7:00 pm.  All paddlers must check in and out at the visitors center.


  • Wildlife Observation, Interpretation and Photography
    Enjoy year-round on marked trails.
  • Environmental Education
    Prescheduled visits may be enjoyed year-round with a Special Use Permit. Contact Menokin Foundation to request a permit.
  • Bicycles
    Permitted on roads but not on trails.
  • Boats
    Self-propelled boats only. No gas or electric motors. Creek access is available from the designated launch site for hand-launched boats only. No trailers are allowed.
  • Fishing
    Permitted in designated area on Cat Point Creek. State fishing
    license is required and state regulations are enforced.
  • Pets
    Pets must be kept on a leash while on the site. Owners are
    fully responsible for all actions or complaints from their pet. Please clean up after your pet.


  • Fires/Fireworks
    Open fires and possession/discharge of fireworks or explosive devices
  • Camping  
  • Firearms and Weapons
  • Feeding or Harassing Wildlife
    Feeding animals causes them to lose their fear of humans and makes them more vulnerable to vehicular traffic. Human food also causes digestive problems. Please help keep wildlife safe.
Current Menokin Weather
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humidity: 76%
wind: 3mph SE
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