A new pier at Sleepy Hole Park heralds the first direct public access to the Nansemond River. Sleepy Hole will be an ideal place for novice kayakers to learn the sport, because it's shallow enough that if a paddler gets in trouble, he or she can just stand up.
On April 23, 2016 the city cut a ribbon on the 371-foot-long pier with its fishing platform and floating canoe and kayak launch. The $427,000 project was built with a $125,000 grant from the Department of Conservation and Recreation, Land and Water Conservation Fund, as well as local dollars.
Stand-up paddle boarders may also take a shine to the new launch, which is also accessible for those with disabilities. This amenity offers a plethora of healthy and active opportunities for Suffolk residents of all ages, as well as become a tourism destination spot. Inexperienced paddlers shouldn't expect to tour the roughly 20-mile long river from Sleepy Hole Park.