Kayak Launch - Bertie County

Two grants from NC Division of Coastal Management's North Carolina Public Beach and Coastal Waterfront Access Program, in cooperation with Stanley Thompson, land owner, were used to provide new and improved public access to the public waters of the Cashie River in Bertie County NC. The fully accessible design build project included a passive recreation fishing pier, a small boat launch transfer station, a connector boardwalk from parking to piers, and other site enhancements. The project also supports the town of Windsor’s ongoing eco-tourism efforts highlighting the Cashie River's resources. There were many collaborative partnerships to make the project a success: the Windsor Board of Commissioners, David Hodges, Jr. with Mid-East RC&D Council, Inc., Dr. Paige Viren and her students from East Carolina University Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies for planning and project support, private land easement for the site provided by Stanley Thompson, Vic Thompson from Bertie SWCD, and NC Division of Coastal Management for resources through their Public Access grant program.
A. R. Chesson Construction provided design and construction management services, with construction services provided by Sawyer's Residential & Marine & Tim Phelps & Co.
The Town of Windsor and Bertie County adopted a cooperative mission of promoting sustainable, community-driven economic enhancement and stewardship in the region through environmental education, water-based recreation, and nature-based and cultural tourism. The focal point for such activities centers on the historical Cashie River, the only river in the nation whose headwaters and receiving waters are located in the same county.