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I'm wondering if there is a public dock for accessing Irvington, VA? I'm thinking of making The Local (in Irvington) a lunch destination (for takeout) - looks like it's not too far a walk from either Steven's Neck (Rappahannock Yacht, RRYC, The Tides) or Steamboat Road? Was thinking of Anchoring in Carter's Creek and taking the dinghy in...advice?
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There is a small private ramp on Steamboat. There is an honor system pay box there. I think it's five bucks. If you have a light enough dinghy that you can carry and leave out of the way in the parking lot you would be ok. If you're towing an RIB with outboard you're out of luck.

The RRYC has a dinghy dock and you might call and ask. Seems like a pretty good walk for a carry out sandwich.

You might consider the Yankee Point Marina as a lunch stop. They have a nice cafe with outdoor seating. Not an extensive menu but a good chef. And a pool is available if the virus hasn't shut that down. It's on the Corrotoman River about a half hour from Carter Creek.

I've often wondered why Irvington isn't more accessible to boaters.
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My wife and I anchored out in Carter's Creek across from the Tides Inn last fall and it is a GREAT anchorage! I believe the slip rate at the Tides is only $40 and it is within walking distance of several restaurants.
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Thanks everyone! I'm thinking of taking the dinghy to the ramp at Steamboat Rd, and then it's a short walk to The Local (my goal).

We're going to be anchoring up the Corrotomon on the east branch (somewhere between Moran Wharf and Iberis) overnight, so the backup plan was to go to The Fish Hawk dock at The Tides and eat there, but I've added the Yankee Point Marina to our plans as another backup.
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My wife and I anchored out in Carter's Creek across from the Tides Inn last fall and it is a GREAT anchorage! I believe the slip rate at the Tides is only $40 and it is within walking distance of several restaurants.
The first night we ever spent on a boat on the hook was in Yopp's Cove near the Tides Inn.

Spent several nights at Dead and Bones Cove in the years after that, because It has the coolest Pirate name of anyplace on the Chesapeake.

Slips at the Tides has never been as low as $40 in my recollection. I remember about $150 a night when we were in that area and we had friends that went there a lot. Site says $200 minimum during the season now and higher on Holidays. That does include a lot of resort amenities so its not horribly out of line with todays rates if you can make use of them.

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The first night we ever spent on a boat on the hook was in Yopp's Cove near the Tides Inn.

Spent several nights at Dead and Bones Cove in the years after that, because It has the coolest Pirate name of anyplace on the Chesapeake.

Slips at the Tides has never been as low as $40 in my recollection. I remember about $150 a night when we were in that area and we had friends that went there a lot. Site says $200 minimum during the season now and higher on Holidays. That does include a lot of resort amenities so its not horribly out of line with todays rates if you can make use of them.
Tides is way more expensive and they get you on every little thing. I think you also pay a resort fee. It is a first class place....but at a price.


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Yeah, I think we're unlikely to stay at the Tides, unless I hit the lottery. We might have the ILs come down, spend the night and meet up with us for dinner or something, but that could be a backup location. They do advertise dockside delivery of food from the Fish Hawk Bar (their casual restaurant). I am far more likely to bring some of the Angus steaks we purchase from a friend who runs an Angus operation, and splurge on nicer Prosecco for my wife.

I could see the ramp on Steamboat from Google Maps, but wasn't really sure of the status; I too am surprised that Irvington isn't a bit more friendly to boaters, but perhaps they're happily in cahoots with the Tides Inn, so...
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Sounds good....usually you can’t grill in a slip.


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Yeah, I think we're unlikely to stay at the Tides, unless I hit the lottery. We might have the ILs come down, spend the night and meet up with us for dinner or something, but that could be a backup location. They do advertise dockside delivery of food from the Fish Hawk Bar (their casual restaurant). I am far more likely to bring some of the Angus steaks we purchase from a friend who runs an Angus operation, and splurge on nicer Prosecco for my wife.

I could see the ramp on Steamboat from Google Maps, but wasn't really sure of the status; I too am surprised that Irvington isn't a bit more friendly to boaters, but perhaps they're happily in cahoots with the Tides Inn, so...
I'm not sure why they aren't more boater forward but I never really knew there was a reason to go there. I sailed out of Deltaville for several years and honestly never went to Irvington, even in the car. We fairly regularly drove to Urbana, Hummel or Kilmarnock if we got tired of the places to eat in Deltaville. Never even heard of any of our Marina mates going either.
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