You can go just about anywhere...but how safely depends upon your skill level. The first time you check out a place go just paddling. The other day I was around ponquoge bridge in HB with a rippin tide. I've been there before, so I know how to stay safe. Depends on your skill. 4 years, I haven't been in the inlet...truthfully don't plan on it. Ocean and sound though, but the inlet, you need brass ones.