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About Launch Sites Below

I've done my best to organize and report the various launch sites in the Baltimore/Annapolis area.

Some of the information, particularly launch fees and hours, might be outdated.  If you see any errors, or would like to report a new launch site or one I've overlooked that is in the Baltimore/Annapolis area, please contact me.

You may see my describing directions that start with any of the following intersections:
     highway 95 and 695
     highway 95 and 495
     highway 295 and 695
     highway 295 and 495
Unless otherwise stated, assume these are the intersections that are at the southern side of 695 (when 695 is referenced) or at the northern side of 495 (when 495 is referenced). Call me selfish but I often tend to give directions as if other people live near me.

Driving time, when given, is often expressed relative to Arbutus, Maryland which is at the southern end of Baltimore County, near where the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet.  It is also near the Baltimore Washington International (BWI) Airport and University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). I might also express driving time relative to Elkridge, Maryland (just south of BWI) or Hanover, Maryland which is near Arundel Mills Mall, where the Baltimore Washington Parkway (highway 295) and route 100 meet. As of 2010, I express driving time relative to Savage, Maryland which is near where highway 95 and route 32 meet. Fortunately, all these places are relatively close together. These are places I have lived or currently live.


 
The Chesapeake Bay

If you were to ask me what I like most about Maryland, I wouldn't say the weather, the cities, or the people. I would say the Chesapeake Bay. While my home state of California has quite a bit of water, it is much different than the Chesapeake. The latter isn't nearly as clean as the pristine waters of California but it is significantly warmer in the summer. The big, open waters, the jagged coastline, and the numerous tributaries that meander through wilderness areas makes for a good reason to go out and buy a kayak...or several, as I have done.

The Spanish explorer Ferdinand Magellan embarked on the first voyage around the world in 1519 with a fleet of 5 ships. The pilot of one, the Santo Antonio, was a Portuguese by the name of Esteban Gomez. A year into the trip, Magellan promoted Alvaro de Mesquita to command the Santo Antonio. Gomez was steamed at being passed over. Conspiring with a few crewmen, Gomez slapped Mesquita in irons and turned the ship around. They arrived in Seville, Spain, on May 6, 1521. Gomez and his mutineers were eventually judged not guilty. In 1524, Emperor Charles V put Gomez in charge of an expedition to find a western passage across North America to the far east. Gomez sailed up the east coast of North America in January 1525, exploring every inlet including one at 37 degrees north latitude believed to be the Chesapeake Bay.
- from Flashbacks by Patrick M. Reynolds, March 2009


 
Accomack County, Virginia Launch Sites
 
Chincoteague Island
Location: Eastern shore, northern Virginia
Date: September 12, 2005
Directions to Chincoteague: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east. Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Pay $2.50 toll one way only. On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301. Stay on highway 50 east. Follow for 68 miles into Virginia.
In Virginia, highway 50 will become route 13 south. Follow for another 39 miles.
Turn left (east) onto Chincoteague Road (route 175). Follow for 10.5 miles, crossing over the bridge to Chincoteague Island.

Notes: About 3.5 hours from Arbutus in light traffic.

The town of Chincoteague, Virginia has a wide variety of private campgrounds that can accommodate family campers and organized groups. Information about private campgrounds, motels, and cottages can be obtained from the
     Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce
     P.O. Box 258
     Chincoteague, Virginia 23336
     Phone: 757-336-6161
or the
     Virginia State Travel Service
     Route 13
     New Church, Virginia 23415
     Phone: 757-824-5000
For specific information on wildlife, visitor activities, and hours of operation, contact the
     Refuge Manager
     Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
     P.O. Box 62
     Chincoteague, Virginia 23336
     Phone: 757-336-6122

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
Date: August 14, 2010
Phone: 757-336-6122
Directions: See Chincoteague NWR - Directions.
For more information, see Challenge Weekend 2010.

Curtis Merritt Harbor
Location: South end of Chincoteague Island
Date: August 14, 2010
Phone: 757-787-5700
Use the above directions to Chincoteague Island then continue with the below:
Immediately after crossing the route 175 bridge to Chincoteague Island, turn right (southwest) onto Main Street. Follow for 2.5 miles.
Turn left (east) onto Curtis Merritt Harbor Drive. Follow for about a tenth of a mile.
The boat ramp is in the northeast corner of the marina.

Notes: Restrooms and boat ramp. This launch site is at the far south end of the island. It is a great place to launch if doing a circumnavigation or looking for dolphin. Parking for maybe 25 vehicles. There is a sign next to the ramp that a kayaker might easily miss if carrying ones boat from the parking lot. It reads, "A valid town boat ramp license must be properly displayed by all users of this facility. Licenses may be purchased at 6150 Community Drive. Non-compliance will result in a citation." But I've launched from there twice (both on a Sunday) without a license, and have not been ticketed. Beginners should not launch from here as the current can be very strong (2 mph) as soon as you leave the harbor. For more information, see Challenge Weekend 2010, October 11, 2010, and Pocomoke Challenge and Chincoteague 2011.

Fir Landing
Location: Fir Landing, Chincoteague, Virginia 23336
Phone: Date: August 14, 2010
Use the above directions to Chincoteague Island then continue with the below:
Immediately after crossing the route 175 bridge to Chincoteague Island, turn left (northeast) onto North Main Street (route 175). Follow for 0.4 miles.
Turn right (southeast) onto Maddox Boulevard. Follow for 0.4 miles.
Turn left (northeast) onto Deep Hole Road. After 0.8 miles, you'll need to veer right to remain on Deep Hole Road. Follow for another 0.1 miles.
Stay straight to go onto Fir Landing (route 2107). Follow for 0.25 miles to the water.

Notes: Boat ramp available. No restrooms. Outfitters launch their folks from this place. A boat ramp license must be displayed by anyone using this launch site. Licenses may be purchased at 6150 Community Drive. This is only 0.75 miles from the ramp. Launch site provides access to Little Oyster Bay. This is the scenic side of the island...particularly nice as one gets closer to Assateague. I recommend that you consider staying overnight at the Wild Heron. This will ensure you have a place to park near the ramp. For more information, see Challenge Weekend 2010 and October 10, 2010.

Memorial Park (also known as Chincoteague Veterans Memorial Park)
Date: September 12, 2005
Use the above directions to Chincoteague Island then continue with the below:
Immediately after crossing the route 175 bridge to Chincoteague Island, turn right (southwest) onto Main Street.
Turn left (southeast) on Bunting Road. It will veer to the right.
Turn right (southwest) on Ridge Road. Follow for a tenth of a mile.
Turn left (east) on East Side Drive. Follow for 0.2 mile.
Turn right (southwest) on Memorial Park Drive into Memorial Park and Recreational Area.

Notes: Restroom and boat ramp. According to , A boat ramp is available for launching power boats but a permit is required. Does that mean kayakers also need to pay? From what I've heard on the kayaker website, the answer is yes. But when I launched on September 19, 2014, I didn't see any sign indicating this, though I wasn't looking that hard either. I didn't get a ticket but I seem to be pretty lucky at avoiding them. Access to Assateague Channel between Chincoteague Island and Assateague Island. Paddling northeast between the islands will take you near the Assateague Lighthouse. If paddling southwest towards Hammock Point, be careful of the current which can be quite strong.

NASA Dock
Location: Persimmon Point, Virginia (or somewhere around there)
Date: August 14, 2010
Phone: 757-787-5700
Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east. Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Pay $2.50 toll one way only. On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301. Stay on highway 50 east. Follow for 68 miles into Virginia.
In Virginia, highway 50 will become route 13 south. Follow for another 46.3 miles.
Turn left (east) on Mappsville Road (route 689). Look for Matthews Market on the left side of route 13. Follow for 1.8 miles.
Turn left (northeast) on Pierce Taylor Road (route 730). Follow for 0.7 miles to the end, just past Point Breeze Lane.

Notes: No restrooms. Boat ramp. Picnic tables. No fee to launch. Parking for maybe 8 vehicles. Access to Assawoman Creek. For more information, see Challenge Weekend 2010 and October 9, 2010.

NASA Wallops
Date: August 14, 2010
The NASA Wallops Visitor Center has a boat ramp that provides access to Mosquito Creek, just south of route 175 on the mainland before crossing over the Queens Town Channel on the way to Chincoteague Island. I contacted the folks at the visitor center in August 2010 and unfortunately, I was told that their ramp is not open to the public. It is used by the Marine Science Consortium and NASA.

Public Ramp
Date: September 12, 2005
Use the above directions to Chincoteague Island then continue with the below:
Immediately after crossing the route 175 bridge to Chincoteague Island, turn right (southwest) onto Main Street.
After about 150 meters, turn right at the American Legion Post 159.

Notes: There will be a public ramp providing access to Chincoteague Channel. Note that I saw a school of about 30 bottlenose dolphin near this location on September 12, 2005 heading south just after high tide. When navigating, use the Coast Guard's large radio towers as a guide. If paddling southwest towards Hammock Point, be careful of the current which can be quite strong.

Queen Sound
Location: Wallops, Virginia
Date: August 14, 2010
Phone: 757-787-5700
Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east. Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Pay $2.50 toll one way only. On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301. Stay on highway 50 east. Follow for 68 miles into Virginia.
In Virginia, highway 50 will become route 13 south. Follow for another 39 miles.
Turn left (east) onto Chincoteague Road (route 175). Follow for 8 miles.
Just before leaving the mainland and crossing over Queen Sound, turn right onto a little road.

Notes: No restrooms. Boat ramp. No fee to launch. Parking for 10 vehicles. Best to make a U-turn at the ramp area. Not much room for a turnaround further down. This will provide access to Queen Sound and lots of big open water. But one can paddle north for about 0.75 miles to access Cockle Creek on the west. Or one can paddle north for 1.5 miles to access Mosquito Creek on the west. For more information, see Challenge Weekend 2010 and October 10, 2010.

Tom's Cove Campground
Location: 8128 Beebe Rd, Chincoteague, Virginia 23336
Phone: 757-336-6498 Date: August 14, 2010
Use the above directions to Chincoteague Island then continue with the below:
Immediately after crossing the route 175 bridge to Chincoteague Island, turn right (southwest) onto Main Street. Follow for 1.6 miles.
Turn left (southeast) onto Beebe Road. Follow for 0.2 miles.

Notes: Boat ramp, restrooms, and good campground. Very busy during the summer. Be sure to apply bug spray before going into the bathroom near the tent site. Picnic tables, fire rings, no-fee showers, laundry room, and camp store. Best of all, if you want a good map of the island, this is the place to go. Or, you can order it from GMCO Maps. For more information, see Challenge Weekend 2010.

Toms Cove Visitor Center
Location: Virginia side of Assateague Island
Phone: 757-336-6577 Date: October 10, 2010
Use the above directions to Chincoteague Island then continue with the below:
Immediately after crossing the route 175 bridge to Chincoteague Island, continue straight. The road will change names to Maddox Boulevard. Remain on this street heading east as it takes you across Assateague Channel then to Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. You will need to pay a fee to continue into the park.
Maddox Boulevard will change names to Beach Road. Continue for about 2.5 miles. You will see the visitor center on your right. But you're not done yet.
The road will end at a traffic circle at the beach. Turn right to head south. Follow for about a quarter of a mile.
The launch area will be on your right (west side).

Notes: Parking is abundant and if there isn't a restroom there, then there is one near the visitor center. Access to Toms Cove. Note that several parts of Toms Cove and/or the shoreline may be off limits at certain times of the year. Stop by at the visitor center to find out where you can paddle and land. For more information, see October 10, 2010.

Wallops Pond
Location: Wattsville, Virginia
Date: August 14, 2010
Directions to Chincoteague: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east. Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Pay $2.50 toll one way only. On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301. Stay on highway 50 east. Follow for 68 miles into Virginia.
In Virginia, highway 50 will become route 13 south. Follow for another 39 miles.
Turn left (east) onto Chincoteague Road (route 175). Follow for 2.7 miles. Pond is just before mailbox number 33227.

Notes: Just east of the intersection of Mill Dam Road (route 798) and Chincoteague Road (route 175) on the southwest side of Chincoteague Road in Wattsville, Virginia is a muddy, narrow dirt road that leads to Wallops Pond. This is a scenic little pond that I checked out because it looked like it might flow into Chincoteague Channel. Unfortunately, the maps instead indicate it is only about a mile long below Chincoteague Road.

There is another, much smaller side of this pond on the other side of Chincoteague Road but I don't know if the two sides connect under the road and if they do, I don't know if one can paddle from one side to the other. The satellite photos make it look like this northern side might eventually flow into Little Mosquito Creek but since I have not tried this myself, I really don't know if it is do-able.

One can back up a vehicle onto the dirt road and park there. One might be able to fit 3 vehicles with the last backing in the others. There really isn't room to park on the side of the road. No ramp, restroom, or anything.

For more information, see Challenge Weekend 2010.


 
Allegany County Launch Sites
 
Gene Mason Sports Complex
Location: 701 Mason Rec Road, Cumberland, MD, 21501; mapping software might not recognize this address
Date: June 30, 2014
Phone: 732-563-2525
Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet on the southern side, take highway 695 clockwise. Take exit 16 to highway 70 west.
After 91 miles, take exit 1A on the left to highway 68 west, to Cumberland.
Take exit 43B. At the end of the ramp, turn left (east) onto Howard Street. Follow for 100 meters.
Turn right (southeast) onto South Mechanic Street, route 51. This will turn into East Industrial Boulevard, route 51. Follow for a total of 1.2 miles.
Turn right (southwest) onto Virginia Avenue. Follow for 0.3 mile.
Turn left (southeast) onto East Offut Street. Follow 0.5 mile to end, crossing over the Chesapeake and Ohio Towpath and into park.
Follow boat launch signs to south side of park.

Notes: Two hours and 13 minutes from Savage. Restroom on other side of parking lot across from boat ramp. Access to the Potomac River. 10.5 miles to Spring Gap 17.5 miles to Oldtown. In "Maryland and Delaware Canoe Trails," Ed Gertler recommends that the water level be at least 334 cubic feet per second and 2.4 gage height feet. One can check the level at Potomac River water level at Cumberland. See my June 30, 2014 blog for more information.

Oldtown
Location: Oldtown, Maryland
Date: June 30, 2014
Phone:
Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet on the southern side, take highway 695 clockwise. Take exit 16 to highway 70 west.
After 91 miles, take exit 1A on the left to highway 68 west, to Flintstone.
Take exit 56 and turn right (east) on Flintstone Drive, Northeast. Follow for 0.2 mile.
Turn right (south) on Murleys Branch Road, Northeast. Follow for 4 miles. This will turn into Williams Road, Southeast. Follow for another 1.9 miles.
Veer left (south) onto Cresap Mill Road, Southeast. Follow for 6.1 miles.
Veer left (southeast) onto Oldtown Road, Southeast (route 51). Follow for 2.3 miles.
Turn right (south) onto Opressa Street, Southeast. Follow for 0.6 mile.
Turn right (south) on Green Spring Road, Southeast. Follow for 0.25 mile. Turn right (east) into the parking lot at the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal.

Notes: Two hours and 24 minutes from Savage. Parking for ~15 vehicles. Porta-john. The parking lot may fill up with bicyclists and fishermen. Launch on the Potomac River on the northeast side of the bridge. See Oldtown, Maryland on the C&O Canal Towpath. You may be able to drive down to the water and drop off your boat. That is what we did on June 30, 2014 but at that time, the bridge was out and there was nobody manning the toll booth. If you have to carry, it will be about a 100 meter carry from the lot. Consider eating at School House Kitchen on 19210 Opressa Street, Southeast in Oldtown. Good prices and friendly small-town atmosphere. Sometime, I'd like to do the Oldtown to Paw Paw trip.


 
Anne Arundel County Launch Sites
 
Anne Arundel County has 533 miles of shoreline, according to Volunteers get the nearly forgotten Franklin State Park ready to open. While it may seem like there are a lot of public launch sites in the county, the truth of the matter is that if you look at the ratio of the number launch sites to the number of miles of shoreline, the resulting value is quite low.

For a listing of launch sites on the Anne Arundel County website, see Cartop Boat Launch Site Guide.

These maps shown below were provided directly from the source or obtained from the Chesapeake Paddlers Association (CPA) Facebook page with the following note:
...this is free for your use, just not to be used commercially, per the cartographer's wishes.
Index map helps put things in perspective.

  • Anne Arundel Water Trail Map 1 - Northwest Section
  • Anne Arundel Water Trail Map 3 - North-Central Section (Marley Neck/Tick Neck)
  • Anne Arundel Water Trail Map 4 - Northeast Section
  • Anne Arundel Water Trail Map 5 - Magothy River
  • Anne Arundel Water Trail Map 6 - East-Central Section (Sandy Point, Greenbury Point)
  • Anne Arundel County Water Trail Map 8 - Upper Severn River
  • Anne Arundel County Water Trail Map 9 - Lower South River to Eastport
  • Anne Arundel Water Trail Map 10 - Upper South River
  • Anne Arundel Water Trail Map 11 West - Rhode Rivers
  • Anne Arundel County Water Trail Map 12 - Franklin Pt. - Deale
  • Anne Arundel Water Trail Map 13 - Southeast Section

  • Amos Garrett Park
    Location: Annapolis, Anne Arundel County ADC map 20 H11
    Date: September 6, 2005
    Phone: 410-263-7973 (harbormaster)
    Directions: From the Baltimore beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Take exit 23, Parole. At the end of the ramp, turn left (east) onto West Street.
    West Street will come to a circle. Stay on West Street by taking the second right.
    Make the next right onto Amos Garrett Boulevard and follow to the end.

    Notes: This is a public small boat landing. It is 33 minutes from Arbutus in light traffic. No restroom or water refill station. Garbage can present. Access to Spa Creek. You can paddle directly across Spa Creek to Truxton Heights Park and use the restroom there at the top of the hill. When returning from a trip, look for the "Cable Crossing" sign at the north end of the creek. There is no parking lot but you can park along the side of the road in the neighborhood. Launch early so you don't have to carry your boat too far in case there are others also intent on launching. Or, just launch from Truxton Heights Park. This is a good launch point for a night paddle since no hours are posted indicating that the park is ever closed. If returning via West Street, when you are in the circle, make the right after the cemetary.

    Back Creek Nature Park
    Location: Annapolis, Anne Arundel County ADC map 21 B13
    Date: June 1, 1999
    Directions: From the Baltimore beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Take exit 22 to Aris T Allen Boulevard (route 665) southeast.  Aris T Allen Boulevard eventually turns into Forest Drive.  Forest Drive merges with Bay Ridge Road.
    At the Bay Forest Shopping Center, turn left onto Edgewood Road.  If you come to Arundel on the Bay Road, you’ve gone too far.
    The park is on the left.

    Notes: The park is a very small grassy area with room for about 4 cars.  Restroom available.  35 minute drive from Arbutus.  Access to Back Creek.  Beware of submerged boulders near the 3 radio towers.  On return trip, look for water tower to find your way back.  Back Creek is northwest of the water tower while the launch site is just southwest of it. This launch site is about 5.5 miles from Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse. There is a small beach and porta-john on the south side of Thomas Point Park, just 1.2 miles west of the lighthouse on the north side of the mouth of the South River. Good place to rest.

    Beverly Triton Beach Park
    Location: 1202 Triton Beach Road or 7920 Carvel Lane, Mayo 21106; Anne Arundel County ADC map 5537 A9
    Phone: 410-222-1777
    Date: Unexplored
    Directions: From the Baltimore beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Take exit 22 to Aris Allen Boulevard (route 665) southeast.  Stay in the right lane.
    Turn right (south) at Solomons Island Road (route 2).
    At Mayo Road (route 253), turn left (southeast).
    Turn left (southeast) on Central Avenue East (route 214). Follow for 3.5 miles.
    Veer left (southeast) on Shoreham Beach Road. Follow for 0.25 mile.
    Veer right (east) onto Triton Beach Road. Follow about a half mile into the park.

    Notes: Open 0700 to dusk Wednesday through Monday. The public can access the Beverly Triton Beach Park without a vehicle permit by walking into the park and carrying or carting your boat 0.2 mile. If you drive a vehicle in the park, you need to purchase a yearly vehicle permit sold at Quiet Waters Park for $75 each (as of 2013). Cash or checks only. Contact Quiet Waters Park at 410-222-1777 for more information. See my July 21, 2013 blog.

    Beachwood Park
    Sometimes it is spelled "Beechwood."
    Location: 8320 Beachwood Park Road, Pasadena, Maryland 21122, Anne Arundel County ADC Map 9 D-12, 2009 ADC Map 5174 E-4. Also see Google Maps coordinate 39.107037, -76.534043.
    Date: May 19, 2017
    Directions: From the Baltimore beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 100 east. Follow for 6.9 miles.
    Take exit 20 to Edwin Raynor Boulevard. At the end of the offramp, turn left (south). Follow for a half mile to the end.
    Turn left (east) on Magothy Bridge Road. Follow for 0.3 mile.
    Make the first right (south) on Beachwood Park Road. Follow for about a tenth of a mile. Look for the brown sign and a break in the road barrier. It won't be obvious.

    Notes: Park along the west (right) side of the road before the road turns left. No restroom or ramp. Walking trails in the park. Carry or cart boats about an eighth of a mile to the water. 30 minutes from Savage. Access to a pretty calm and narrow stretch of the Magothy River and Beachwood Branch. In this area, the maximum boat speed is only 6 mph so no big wakes. Be sure to pay attention where you launched because things tend to all look the same in this area.
    Room for about 8 vehicles at the first lot. Launch at a beach near what appears to be an old foundation for a house that was destroyed. Watch for broken glass. Because of the downhill carry for the last 25 meters and all the trees, it is a little awkward carrying a boat longer than 14 feet by yourself.
    If you drive a little further down Beachwood Park Road to the smaller second lot, you'll see an entrance to an easier place to launch though the beach is almost non-existent. The trail is a little steep but you won't have to walk as far or make any tight turns.
    For more information, see Magothy River Water Trail (as of 2017), May 4, 2012, August 8, 2014, September 14, 2014, August 7, 2016, May 19, 2017, and May 26, 2017.

    Brock Bridge Road
    Location: Prince George's County ADC map 5169 F9
    Phone:
    Date: March 17, 2010
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take the Baltimore Washington Parkway (highway 295) south to Laurel Bowie Road (route 197).
    Turn right (north) on Laurel Bowie Road (route 197). Follow for 0.6 miles.
    Turn right (northeast) on Brock Bridge Road. Follow for 0.3 miles.

    Notes: Access to the Patuxent River. Note that this road also crosses over the Little Patuxent but that not this launch site. Park on the side of the road. There is very little room but enough for an average width vehicle on the east side of the bridge on both sides of the road. Room for at least 2 vehicles. There is a sandy area that makes an easy launch on the southeast side, about 30 meters from the road. No restroom, ramp, or anything. I highly recommend NOT launching from here as there are numerous fallen trees. See my March 17, 2010 trip report.

    Carrs Wharf
    Location: 1001 Carrs Wharf Road, Mayo; Anne Arundel County ADC map 25 E13 or map 5536 G8
    Phone: 410-222-7317
    Date: May 15, 2015
    Directions: From the Baltimore beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Take exit 22 to Aris Allen Boulevard (route 665) southeast.  Stay in the right lane.
    Turn right (south) at Solomons Island Road (route 2). Follow for 1.2 miles, crossing over the South River.
    At Mayo Road (route 253), turn left (southeast). Follow for 1.2 miles. There are some interesting restaurants in this area as well as gas stations, and a Rita's ice creamery on the east side.
    Turn left (southeast) on Central Avenue East (route 214). Follow for 3.4 miles.
    At the Mayo Post Office (on the right), turn right (southwest) onto Carrs Wharf Road. Follow for 0.4 mile.
    Carrs Wharf Road will veer to the left. Head straight onto Cadle Creek Road. Follow 0.1 mile to end.

    Notes: Porta-john available. Parking can be scarce early in the morning due to all the fishermen that use this area.  About 40 minutes from Arbutus and Savage.  Access to Rhode River. See my July 21, 2013, July 6, 2014, and May 10, 2015 blogs. Consider paddling to the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) or launching at the SERC ramp. SERC is open to the public Monday through Saturday from 0900 to 1630.

    Chain-O-Hills
    Location: West end of Chain-O-Hills Road. Anne Arundel County ADC map 5057 E5. Google Maps coordinates 39.15731, -76.59704.
    Date: Unexplored
    Notes: A co-worker of mine by the name of Randy S. told me about this place. He said he launched his kayak here. Access to the upstream section of Marley Creek. If you don't mind launching further downstream, check out Solleys Cove.

    Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF)
    Location: 6 Herndon Avenue, Annapolis, Maryland 21403, Anne Arundel County ADC map 5537 F1
    Phone:
    Date: September 23, 2016
    Notes: See CBF - Public Beach Policy. Very limited hours but if you want to paddle out to Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse, then this ia a great place to launch. See my September 23, 2016 trip report.

    Commander John L. Dunning, Jr USNR (Retired) Memorial Pier at Mill Creek Cove
    Location: Annapolis, Anne Arundel County ADC map 5417 H2
    Date: August 23, 2012
    Directions: From the Baltimore beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Severn River Bridge then take exit 27 southeast to Governor Ritchie Highway (route 450).
    Before crossing over the U.S. Naval Academy Bridge, turn left onto Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard (route 648). Follow for 0.4 mile.
    Veer right (east) onto Greenbury Point Road (route 672). The road will change name to Bullard Boulevard. Follow for a total of 1.4 miles.
    Turn left (east) on McLeans Road. This may not appear on some maps. Follow for not more than 0.1 mile to the end.
    Turn left (north) on Hooper High Road. Follow for about 0.1 mile to the end.

    Notes: Porta-john and boat ramp. A sign says that the boat ramp is for authorized use only. I don't know what is considered "authorized" but there is a phone number on the sign: 410-293-3731. There is parking nearby but the signs in the lot state "parking for slipholders and guests only." There are "government property" signs on the sandy beach on the east side. So can a kayak launch here? I don't know. This is Navy property but there are no signs or gates indicating that civilians should stay out. Still, the area has a distinct military feel that makes me less than comfortable. I suppose if my hair was shorter, I wouldn't stand out so much. Access to Mill Creek. The next closest launch site is Jonas Green Park, Truxton Heights Park, and Sandy Point State Park, all about 4 miles away.

    Davidsonville Park
    Location: 3042 Patuxent River Road, Davidsonville, Maryland 21035; Anne Arundel County map 5534 A1
    Phone: 410-222-7317
    Date: August 25, 2013
    Directions: From the Baltimore beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south.
    Take highway 50 heading west. Follow for 4.4 miles.
    Take exit 16 for Davidsonville Road (route 424) heading northwest. Follow for a tenth of a mile.
    Turn left (west) on Rossback Road. Follow for 1.2 miles.
    Continuing south under highway 50, Rossback Road will become Patuxent River Road. Follow another 1.3 miles. Destination will be on the right.
    Notes: 34 minutes from Savage. Parking for about 3 vehicles. Long set of stairs lead down to launch area. There is also a very steep ramp with handrails. No boat ramp or restroom though there might be one somewhere in the park...just not at the launch site. 1.7 miles downstream of Governor Bridge Road. This is site 57 on Launch Sites along the Patuxent River Trail. Check out my August 25, 2013 trip report.

    Downs Memorial Park
    Location: 8311 John Downs Loop, Pasadena 21122, Anne Arundel County ADC map 10 H12
    Date: June 7, 2012
    Phone: 410-222-6230
    Directions: From the Baltimore beltway (highway 695), take exit 2 south to the Arundel Expressway (route 10).
    Take highway 100 southeast to the end.
    Veer right onto Montain Road (route 177). Follow for 3.7 miles.
    Instead of veering right to remain on Mountain Road (route 177), continue straight on Pinehurst Road, entering the park.
    Follow signs to the boat launch area.

    Notes: 36 minutes from Savage. Entrance fee is $6 but free for active-duty military and veterans with ID. That's why I carry my Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) card. 75 meter carry to beach launch. There might also be a boat ramp open to the public just south of the beach...I'm not sure. There are restrooms but not in the parking area for the boat launch so catch one of the restrooms on the way in. This is a big, well maintained park. It is a little too pristine for my taste...somewhat Columbia-ish, but that is just my opinion. Launching here will put you smack dab on the Chesapeake Bay. From here, you can paddle 3.8 miles to Mountain Point, which is the southernmost point of Gibson Island. Getting around this will put you on the east side of the Magothy River. Or, you can paddle 1.4 miles north from the beach to get to Cedar Point. Just watch out for fishermen on the pier. Heading west from Cedar Point will put you on Bodkin Creek. Cedar Point is one of the few places where you can see both the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and the Francis Scott Key Bridge. The bay can get pretty rough at Downs Park so be careful. My co-worker told me that not so long ago (as of 2012), a body washed ashore. This might be why if you launch here, the staff write down you name, phone number, boat description, vehicle information, and where you are heading. They also say to be back an hour prior to closing. This sounds like overkill to me but maybe large groups of sea kayakers need this time to get out of the park before closing. It is 5 miles to Fort Smallwood Park. For more information, see my June 7, 2012 and May 30, 2014 blogs. In 2015, a cartop boat launch was added in the park on Bodkin Creek. See Facebook - Bodkin Creek launch in Downs Memorial Park for more details. I have been told that a kayak cart will be handy. The put-in itself is muddy.

    Ferry Point Marina Yachtyard
    Location: 700 Mill Creek Road, Arnold 21012-1128, Anne Arundel County ADC map 15 G6, map 5174 J10
    Phone: 410-544-6368, 410-647-9793
    Date: July 24, 2002
    Directions: From the Baltimore beltway (highway 695), take exit 2 south on the Arundel Expressway (route 10).
    Turn left (southeast) onto Governor Ritchie Highway (route 2).
    Turn left (east) at College Parkway.
    Turn left at Jones Station Road.  Note that this road is not the same Jones Station Road that intersects Governor Ritchie Highway further north.
    Turn left at Mago Vista Road.
    Turn left at River (Road?) and follow to end at Mill Creek Road intersection.
    Ferry Point Marina is straight ahead.

    Notes: Located on Mill Creek on the south side of the Magothy River. Office is open 0900-1700 daily but launching is 24 hour.  $15 launch fee.  Do not park for an extended period near the ramp.  Insert money in envelope and push through mail slot on office door.  Envelopes and pens are on office door.  Facing the water, the restroom is just right of the restaurant. Previously, one could launch at the small park next to the marina but launching is no longer permitted. They share a huge parking lot with the Point Crab House and Grill but this lot fills up during popular dining times. You can always park on Mill Creek if needed. If you don't want to pay, you can launch at Spriggs Farm Park which is nearby. See Magothy River Water Trail (as of 2017) and my August 7, 2016 blog.

    Fort Smallwood Park
    Location: 9500 Fort Smallwood Road, Pasadena 21122, Anne Arundel County ADC map 10 A2
    Date: June 24, 2012
    Phone: 410-222-0087
    This Anne Arundel County Park should not be confused with Smallwood State Park.
    Directions: From the Baltimore beltway (highway 695), take exit 2 south to the Arundel Expressway (route 10).
    Take highway 100 southeast.
    After exit 20, take the next exit. At the end of the ramp, turn left (north) on Magothy Bridge Road (route 607). Continue on route 607 to Hog Neck Road. Follow for a total of one mile to the end.
    Turn right (east) on Fort Smallwood Road (route 173). Follow for 3 miles to the park. Once in the park, signs will guide you to the kayak launch beach. Watch out for speedbumps. I think Fort Smallwood has the biggest speedbumps in the county.

    Notes: 40 minutes from Savage. As of June 2012, there is a $6 entrance fee but it is free for military and veterans. Now I don't know how they determine if someone is a veteran but fortunately, I carry my Veterans of Foreign Wars life membership card so they didn't doubt my veteran status and let me in without paying. There is a sandy beach launch near restrooms. Launch area will put you on the east side of the park. Parking for 20+ vehicles. Be prepared to tell the folks that work there your vehicle information, boat description, route, etc. There is a sign stating that inflatables may not launch. Launching here will put one at the mouth of the "big" Patapsco River. This is a big, open area so be sure to check the weather report before launching. Heading southwest for 1.2 miles will give one access to Rock Creek. 0.6 mile northwest from Rock Point is White Rocks, a unusual location in that there are great big rocks in an otherwise muddy bottom area. They are white from all the bird shit...but the rocks are light in color too. Paddling southwest for 3 miles will give one access to Bodkin Creek. It is 5 miles to Downs Memorial Park. For more information, see my trip report from June 24, 2012 and May 30, 2014.

    Franklin Point State Park
    Location: Southeast end of Dent Road, Churchton, Maryland 20733, Anne Arundel County ADC map 5656 J10
    Phone: This land is managed by Sandy Point State Park, 410-974-2149. In case of emergency, call the Natural Resources Police at 410-260-8888.
    Date: August 24, 2015
    Directions: From the Baltimore beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Take exit 22 to Aris Allen Boulevard (route 665) southeast.  Stay in the right lane.
    Turn right (south) at Solomons Island Road (route 2).
    One mile after reaching the bridge, you'll come to Mayo Road (route 253). At Mayo Road, turn left (southeast). Follow for 1.2 miles.
    Turn left (southeast) on Central Avenue East (route 214). Follow for 0.7 miles.
    Turn right (southwest) at Muddy Creek Road (route 468). Follow for 9.5 miles.
    Turn right (southeast) onto Dent Road. Follow for about a quarter of a mile. This will take you to a locked gate. You'll need to know the combination to get further. Assuming you know the combination, drive about 0.2 mile on a dirt road and then turn right (southwest) into a small clearing to unload your boat. Then drive back towards the gate and before you get to it, you'll see a dirt parking lot on your right (east).

    Notes: Porta-john. No ramp. Parking for about 12 vehicles. 47 minutes from Savage. Don't launch at low tide. Access to Deep Creek. The gate to the launch area is locked but you can request the combination at Maryland DNR - Franklin Point State Park. Make sure you look back and take note of where you launched when you're on the water because the launch area doesn't stand out much when you're on the water. For more information, see West Rhode Riverkeeper - Franklin Point State Park. Special thanks to Lisa A. for providing me with this information. See my August 23, 2015 and June 25, 2016 blogs.

    Galesville
    Location: Galesville, Anne Arundel County ADC map 30 C8
    Date: July 12, 2014
    Directions: From the Baltimore beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Take exit 22 to Aris Allen Boulevard (route 665) southeast.  Stay in the right lane.
    Turn right (south) at Solomons Island Road (route 2).
    One mile after reaching the bridge, you'll come to Mayo Road (route 253). At Mayo Road, turn left (southeast). Follow for 1.2 miles.
    Turn left (southeast) on Central Avenue East (route 214). Follow for 0.7 miles.
    Turn right (southwest) at Muddy Creek Road (route 468). Follow for 4.7 miles.
    Turn left at Galesville Road (route 255) and follow to end.
    Turn left at Riverside Drive.
    Park in the lot on the right.

    Notes: The main parking lot near the Inn at Pirates Cove has room for about 14 vehicles. The lot fills up quickly on weekends. There is additional parking in a dirt lot just on the other side of Galesville Road. This lot holds 8 vehicles. Porta-john available.  Short carry to the small sand and mud beach.  Several restaurants in the area include Thursday's Steak and Crab House and The Inn at Pirates Cove.  Access to West River. This is a good place to go if you want to launch at night since there are no signs saying you can't. Grill and picnic table near the launch site. 7 miles to Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse. There is a small beach and porta-john on the south side of Thomas Point Park, just 1.2 miles west of the lighthouse on the north side of the mouth of the South River. Good place to rest. 50 minutes from Arbutus. 40 minutes from Hanover. See my October 1, 2014 trip report.

    Geisler Point Marina
    Location: 7831 Southwest Road, Pasadena 21122, Anne Arundel County ADC map 10 G7 or map 5059 J9
    Phone: 410-255-0549, 410-956-5611
    Date: August 8, 2014
    Directions: From the Baltimore beltway (highway 695), take exit 2 south to the Arundel Expressway (route 10).
    Take highway 100 southeast.
    Turn left at Magothy Bridge Road (route 607) north.  This will turn into Hog Neck Road.
    Turn right (northeast) at Fort Smallwood Road (route 173).
    Turn right at Bayside Beach Road and follow to the end.
    Turn right on Thackara Road and follow to end.
    At Bodkin View Drive, turn right and follow to end.
    Turn right on Southwest Road and follow to end.
    Marina is on the left.

    Notes: Launch fee is $15.  Insert money in mailslot in form stone building.  31 minute drive from Arbutus.  Access to Bodkin Creek. On August 8, 2014, I called the marina to see if they still charge $15 to launch. I got a recording so I left a message, inquiring how much they charge to launch. My call was eventually returned and I was told to call them back. Seems like it would have been a lot easier if they just told me how much they charge.

    Green Haven Wharf
    Location: 7660 Outing Avenue, Pasadena 21122
    Phone: 410-222-7317
    Date:
    Directions: From the Baltimore beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south.
    Take highway 100 southeast.
    Take exit 19 for Catherine Avenue, turning left (north). Follow for 1.6 miles.
    Make a slight left (west) onto 202nd Street. Follow for less than a tenth of a mile.
    Turn right (north) on Outing Avenue. Follow just over 0.1 mile to end.

    Notes: 35 minutes from Savage. Very pretty, very clean, mostly a fishing pier, 10 parking spots, small beach to the right of the wharf, short carry. No restroom. I think the closest is at Royal Farm on Catherine Avenue and Mountain Road. There is a spring at the beach. If you go from here to Black Rocks, then to White Rocks, then to Rock Point at Fort Smallwood Park and back, it is about 10 miles. Special thanks to Lisa for telling me about this place. Access to Stoney Creek. See my August 28, 2015 and July 6, 2016 blogs.

    Homeport Farm Park
    Location: 11 Homeport Drive, Edgewater, Anne Arundel County ADC map 5416 D7, coordinates 38.963178, -76.538944.
    Phone: 410-222-7317
    Date: June 18, 2017
    Directions: From the Baltimore beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Take exit 22 to Aris Allen Boulevard (route 665) southeast.  Stay in the right lane.
    Turn right (south) at Solomons Island Road (route 2).
    After 0.2 mile, you'll come to Homeport Drive on the left (southeast) but you can't make a left turn so you'll have to go up a ways then make a U-turn.
    Follow Homeport Drive to the end, passing through a traffic circle. You'll pass a historic barn. The road is very bumpy so take it slow.

    Notes: Access to Church Creek and the South River. Parking for 10+ vehicles and room for more near the barn. It is about a 150 yard carry to the water. It may not be too far but just remember that you have to carry uphill after kayaking to get back to your car so consider bringing a kayak cart. Pay special attention to where you launch as it is easy to miss on the return. 30 minutes from Savage. See my June 18, 2017 blog.

    Horn Point Street End Park
    Location: The corner of Chesapeake Avenue and Horn Point Drive in the Eastport area of Annapolis, Anne Arundel County ADC map 5417 D5; Google Maps coordinate 38.973259, -76.476523
    Date: September 23, 2016
    Directions: From the Baltimore beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Take exit 22 to Aris T Allen Boulevard (route 665) southeast. Aris T Allen Boulevard eventually turns into Forest Drive. Follow for a total of 2.5 miles.
    Turn left (east) on Hilltop Lane. Hilltop Lane will eventually turn into Tyler Avenue. Follow for a total of 1.5 miles.
    Turn left (north) on Bay Ridge Avenue. Follow for 0.3 mile.
    Veer right onto Chesapeake Avenue. Follow for 0.8 mile to the end.

    Notes: About 37 minutes from Savage. There is a small sandy beach for launching. This place may look like a community beach but it is not. No restroom or boat ramp. Access to the mouth of the Severn River. I suggest stopping at Truxton Heights Park to use the restroom if you gotta go. This isn't a bad place to launch if you want to go to Thomas Point Shoal (lighthouse) which is about 5.4 miles away. Not an ideal location but there isn't much better with such easy kayak access. See my July 15, 2012 and September 23, 2016 blogs for more information.

    Jonas Green Park
    Location: 1997 Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard (route 450), Annapolis, Maryland 21409; Anne Arundel County ADC map 21 A7 or map 5417 C1
    Date: August 28, 2016
    Phone: 410-222-6141
    Directions: From the Baltimore beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Severn River Bridge then take exit 27 southeast to Governor Ritchie Highway (route 450).
    Before crossing over the U.S. Naval Academy Bridge, turn left onto Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard (route 648).
    Take the first right onto a road that leads under the bridge.

    Notes: Porta-johns available. Open dawn to dusk. A restaurant called the Severn Inn stands southeast (downstream) of the parking lot. On the northwest (upstream) side of the parking lot near the porta-johns, there is a sandy beach, ideal for launching. Be cautious of fishing lines near the pier. If paddling upstream or in Weems Creek, be sure to stay away from the midshipmen practicing their rowing. It is best to paddle near the shore in Weems Creek since their rowing shells move like torpedoes. It is about 12.5 miles to the Bay Bridge and back. I think you can rent kayaks there. Maybe SUPs too. For more information, see my July 24, 2011 and August 28, 2016 trip reports.

    Marley Creek Marina (formerly Glen Burnie Boat Yard)
    Location: Glen Burnie, Anne Arundel County ADC map 8 E2
    Phone: ?
    Date: July 27, 2002
    Directions: From the Baltimore beltway (highway 695), take exit 2 to the Arundel Expressway (route 10) south.
    Turn left (south) on Furnace Branch Road (route 270).
    Turn left on Margate Drive.
    Turn right on Leymar Road.
    Turn left into the Marina.

    Notes: Portable toilet available.  Boat ramp fee is $5 Monday through Thursday and $10 Friday through Sunday.  17 minutes from Arbutus.  Access to Marley Creek. Sells ice, has soda machine, and will supposedly be selling snacks later in 2008.

    Patuxent Wetlands Park (Hills Bridge)
    Location: 1598 Southern Maryland Boulevard, Lothian, MD, Prince George’s County ADC map 27 H4 or Anne Arundel County map 5769 G1
    Date: August 1, 2002
    Directions: From where the Baltimore Washington Parkway (highway 295) meets the Washington D.C. beltway (highway 495), take the beltway clockwise towards Richmond, Virginia.
    Take the Pennsylvania Avenue (route 4; 11A) exit heading east, away from Washington D.C. Follow for 1.6 miles past Crain Highway South (route 301).
    Turn left (east) on Waysons Corner Annapolis (route 408, Mount Zion Marlboro Road).  Follow signs for Patuxent Wetland Park.
    Immediately after crossing over route 4, turn left before the Texaco gas station.  The road will bear to the left.  Follow to end, about 0.4 miles.
    The launch site is on the right.

    Notes: Hand carried boats only.  Paddle left 120 meters to get to the Patuxent River.  Once on the Patuxent River, go left to get to Jug Bay or right to go upstream.  Open sunrise to sunset.  The launch site is extremely shallow and narrow.  Plan to launch and return when the tide is high. It is 130 meters to the Patuxent River. It is this section that can be muddy. 3.2 miles downstream to Jackson's Landing. Porta-john available. Parking for about 5 cars in the main area then room for a lot more along the side of the road further out.  Access to Patuxent River and Jug Bay.  This is site 47 on Launch Sites along the Patuxent River Trail. 45 minutes from Arbutus or Savage. See my August 25, 2013 and June 13, 2017 trip reports.

    Pier 7
    Location: 48 South River Road, Edgewater, Anne Arundel County ADC map 24 K2 or map 5416 B9
    Phone: 410-956-2288
    Date: June 24, 2017
    Directions: From the Baltimore beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Take exit 22 to Aris Allen Boulevard (route 665) southeast.  Stay in the right lane.
    Turn right (south) at Solomons Island Road (route 2).
    After crossing the South River Bridge, take the first left onto South River Road.

    Notes: Access to South River.  As of 2014, it costs $20 to launch. Almost 10 miles around Turkey Point Island and back. 14.5 miles to Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse and back. There is a small beach and porta-john on the south side of Thomas Point Park at the northern side of the mouth of the South River. Good place to rest. If you paddle to the West River, consider resting at Beverly Triton Beach Park. See my July 16, 2014 blog. As of this date, I quit launching from here since there were significant changes to the marina that controls this area. I reached out to them on June 24, 2017 and was told that there is a $15 parking fee and we can launch from their beach. Their office is open 0900-1700. Not sure what to do if you want to launch after hours.

    Piney Orchard
    Location: Piney Orchard Parkway, Anne Arundel County ADC map 5291 C1
    Phone:
    Date: March 31, 2010
    Directions: From the Baltimore beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to exit 7, route 32.
    Take route 32 heading west. Follow for 3.1 miles.
    Take the Telegraph Road (route 170) exit, turning left (south) on Telegraph Road. Note that the road will change names to Piney Orchard Parkway. Follow for 3.6 miles to the bridge over the Little Patuxent River.

    Notes: Access to the Little Patuxent River. No parking on the side of the road around the river. Best to drop off the boat then park at the Piney Orchard Nature Preserve at Anne Arundel County ADC map 5291 D1, just 0.3 miles northeast of the launch site. Signs on the downstream (southeast) side of the bridge state "No trespassing, U.S. property." I did not see signs on the upstream side. Unfortunately, it is easier to launch on the downstream side on the southwest side of the bridge. There are no restrooms or ramp. This is not a good launch site but there are really very few options if you want to paddle on the Little Patuxent River. I've been told that paddling downstream of this to Crain Highway (Route 3) in Crofton is a real bitch because of all the downfalls but I know paddling from Savage to Piney Orchard is pretty nice. See my March 31, 2010 trip report.

    Rose Haven Memorial Park
    Location: 626 Walnut Road, Rose Haven 20714; Anne Arundel County ADC map 5888 E4
    Date: June 5, 2013
    Phone: 410-222-7317
    Directions: From the Baltimore beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Take exit 22 to Aris Allen Boulevard (route 665) southeast.  Stay in the right lane.
    Turn right (south) at Solomons Island Road (route 2). Follow route 2 south for 18.4 miles.
    At the traffic circle in Friendship, take the third exit onto Friendship Road (route 261) heading east towards North Beach. Follow route 261 which will be Friendship Road, then change names to Lake Shore Drive, then Walnut Avenue. Follow for 4.2 miles total.
    Park in small, unmarked parking lot on the left.

    Notes: This area may be called Holland Point Park or Tracy's Landing. It is a cartop boat launch area. Parking for 4 vehicles. No ramp or restroom. Access to Herring Bay and the Chesapeake Bay. This area is very open on the north and east sides so be sure to check the forecast and make sure the conditions are suitable for your skill level. Check out my June 5, 2013 and September 12, 2016 trip reports.

    Route 3
    Location: Anne Arundel or Prince George's County ADC map 5413 H2
    Date: March 17, 2010
    Directions: From the Baltimore beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south.
    Take exit 7 to Crain Highway North (route 3) heading southwest. Follow for 7 miles.
    Immediately after passing Defense Highway (route 450), look for parking on the side of the road. This road is very busy but the shoulder is wide.

    Notes: Just before the bridge over Patuxent River on the northeast side is some concrete rubble that starts a steep path that leads to a trail that goes to the river. This is a great take-out if paddling the upper Patuxent or the Little Patuxent since it is just after where the two merge. No restrooms, ramps, or any amenities. Parking for maybe a dozen vehicles on the shoulder. Finding a spot for your vehicle might be difficult during fishing season. Looking upstream (north), there appears to be quite a few downed trees but looking downstream (south), the river looks wider and clearer. To monitor river conditions in this area, see U.S. Geological Survey Real-Time Water Data (Patuxent River near Bowie). Also check out my March 17, 2010 and March 31, 2010 trip reports.

    Sandy Point State Park
    Location: Anne Arundel County ADC map 22 D8
    Phone: 410-974-2149
    Date: June 30, 2009
    Directions: From the Baltimore beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Take exit 32 to Sandy Point State Park.
    Boat ramp is on the right.

    Notes: About 45 minutes from Arbutus.  35 minutes from Hanover in very light traffic. Restrooms available. Several boat ramps on the north side and a beach launch on the south side.  The trip across the Chesapeake Bay to Kent Island is 4.3 miles one way.  Extreme caution should be used while crossing the shipping lanes.  Entrance fee varies but it is generally between $3 and $5. During the off season, the entrance may not be manned so be sure to bring dollar bills or quarters for the automated gate.  Note the speed limit at the park.  Watch out for speed traps during the summer!  Water can get very rough. A night paddle may be an option depending on the season. For more information, see my June 30, 2009 and July 22, 2012 trip reports along with
         Sandy Point State Park
         Sandy Point State Park - General Site Info

    Shadyside
    Location: 1355 East West Shady Side Road, Shady Side, Maryland 20764, Anne Arundel County ADC map 5656 H5
    Phone: 410-222-7317
    Date: Unexplored
    Directions: From the Baltimore beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Take exit 22 to Aris Allen Boulevard (route 665) southeast.  Stay in the right lane.
    Turn right (south) at Solomons Island Road (route 2).
    One mile after reaching the bridge, you'll come to Mayo Road (route 253). At Mayo Road, turn left (southeast). Follow for 1.2 miles.
    Turn left (southeast) on Central Avenue East (route 214). Follow for 0.7 miles.
    Turn right (southwest) at Muddy Creek Road (route 468). Follow for 11.2 miles.
    After passing the Shady Side Post Office make no turns. Turn right onto East West Shady Side Road.

    Notes: Restroom. No ramp. It is a flat 140 yard carry from the parking lot to the put-in so wheels are handy. Open sunrise to sunset. 52 minutes from Savage. Special thanks to Lisa A. for providing me with this information.

    Smith’s Marina
    Location: 529 Ridgeley Road, Crownsville 21032, Anne Arundel County ADC map 14 G11 or map 5293 H4
    Phone: 410-923-3444, 410-987-9370
    Date: July 11, 2014
    Directions: From the Baltimore beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south.
    Take exit 5 to Generals Highway (route 178) south. Once leaving the highway, follow for about a mile.
    Shortly after the Shell gas station, turn left (east) on Herald Harbor Road. Follow for 1.4 miles.
    Turn left (north) to stay on Herald Harbor Road. Follow for less than a tenth of a mile.
    Make the first right (east) onto Ridgley Road. Follow for 0.2 mile.
    Marina is on the right.

    Notes: $20 boat ramp fee.  Access to Round Bay on the Severn River. Boat ramp and restrooms. This place is like an oasis in a desert. As far as I know, there is only one public launch site on the Severn River and that is near the mouth at Jonas Green Park. The only other place to launch is this one, which is in the middle of the river. Look for a guy near the ramp wearing a Smith's Marina shirt and pay him. If you can't find him, go to the building to the north. There is a little store there and restrooms you can access from the outside. Park in the upper lot. Round Bay is a big place and it is not easy to figure out where you launched on the return trip so pay special attention to your surroundings when you launch. Better yet, mark the location with a GPS. If you just have a compass, go to the northern tip of Saint Helena Island and then paddle due west. Once you hit the shore, paddle south for about a tenth of a mile and then into the little cove where the marina resides. See my July 11, 2014 and September 27, 2014 trip reports.

    Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC)
    Location: The SERC is located at 647 Contees Wharf Road, Edgewater, Maryland 21037-0028, the ramp is at the end of Dock Road; Anne Arundel County ADC map 5536 D9
    Phone: 443-482-2200
    Date: May 10, 2015
    Directions: From the Baltimore beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Take exit 22 to Aris Allen Boulevard (route 665) southeast.  Stay in the right lane.
    Turn right (south) at Solomons Island Road (route 2).
    0.8 mile after crossing Central Avenue (route 214), turn left (east) onto South River Clubhouse Road. This will change names to Contees Wharf Road. The main road accessible to the public will bend to the right (south).
    Less than a tenth of a mile after the bend, turn left (east) onto Dock Road. There might not be a sign indicating the name of this road but if you just follow signs to the Reed Education Center, you'll be fine.

    Notes: Access to Fox Creek, Sellman Creek, and the Rhode River. Open to the public 0900 to 1630, Monday through Saturday, year-round, except on national holidays. Restrooms. It is suggested to make a $5 donation if launching. There are two walking trails at the Center: the Discovery Trail and the Java History Trail. One can get in a good 3.5 miles of trail hiking here...another 2.25 miles if you're willing to go to the trail that starts at the Contee Mansion Ruins. In the summer, there are lots of biting flies near the water. Visiting when it is windy might help keep them away. From the Dock Road ramp, it is 1 mile to the fish weir on Muddy Creek. From the fish weir, it is 0.75 mile to the canoe shed. I was told one can paddle upstream another quarter of a mile. See the SERC trail map and SERC trail information papers that I scanned. Also see my July 12, 2014 and May 10, 2015 trip reports. Definitely see the latter if you plan to paddle up Muddy Creek.

    Solleys Cove
    Location: American Legion, 7376 Carbide Road, Baltimore 21226; Anne Arundel County ADC map 3 H11; Google Maps coordinates 39.185782, -76.571337.
    Date: April 18, 2016
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) meets highway 95 on the southern side, take highway 695 east (counterclockwise).
    Take exit 1 to Quarantine Road.
    Turn right (south) on Quarantine Road.
    Turn left (east) on Hawkins Point Road.
    Keep going straight as it turns into Fort Smallwood Road (route 173).
    Turn right (west) at Pittman Road.
    Turn left (south) at Carbide Road.
    Carbide Road ends at a dirt road.
    Follow the dirt road to the American Legion Post 277 building.
    Park on the grassy area south of the building near the water.

    Notes: No restrooms.  Access to Curtis Creek and Marley Creek. Sandy launch area may be full of trash and smell bad. At the south end of the creek, past the overpass, is a more natural area where I've spotted several muskrat and other wildlife. At high tide, I can make it about a third of a mile upstream of the Arundel Expressway (route 10). Don't park near the American Legion building. That is for post members. For more information, see my July 4, 2012, May 19, 2013, May 31, 2015, and April 18, 2016 blogs.

    Spriggs Farm Park
    Location: 965 Bayberry Drive, Arnold, Maryland 21012. Anne Arundel County ADC map 5175 E1. Also see Google Maps coordinate 39.060750, -76.473023.
    Phone: 410-222-7317
    Date: Unexplored
    Directions: From the Baltimore beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Take exit 28 and turn right (west) at Ferguson Road, the end.
    After a tenth of a mile, turn right (north) on Bay Dale Drive. Follow for 1.2 miles.
    Turn left (west) on College Parkway. Follow for 0.5 mile.
    Turn right (north) on Shore Acres Road. Follow for 1.2 miles.
    Turn left (north) on Bayberry Drive. Follow for ~0.5 mile.

    Notes: 40 minutes from Savage. Open 0700 to dusk. Porta-john. No ramp. Beach launch. Parking almost unlimited since you can just park on the grass. Access to the Magothy River on the south side near Deep Creek. This is the first public water access point on the south shore of the Magothy River. The county bought the old Spriggs Farm for 3.1 million dollars in 2011. The park's 55 acres has meadow, woods, trails, an intermittantly tidal pond and most importantly the only 700 feet of publicly owned shoreline on the south shore of the Magothy. You need a lock code to enter the lower park entrance so check out Spriggs Farm Park gate lock combination. For more information, see Facebook - Spriggs Farm Park photos. Special thanks to Lisa A. for providing me with this information. See Magothy River Water Trail (as of 2017) and my April 30, 2017 blog.

    Stoney Creek Bridge Marina
    Location: 430 Greenland Beach Road, Anne Arundel County ADC map 9 E2
    Phone: 410-255-5588
    Date: April 11, 2008
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) meets highway 95 on the southern side, take highway 695 east (counterclockwise).
    Take exit 1 to Quarantine Road.
    Turn right on Quarantine Road.
    Turn left (east) on Hawkins Point Road.
    Keep going straight as it turns into Fort Smallwood Road (route 173).
    Just before crossing the draw bridge, turn right onto Greenland Beach Road.  This will be on the west side of Stoney Creek.  Note that Greenland Beach Road connects to Fort Smallwood Road twice.  Either entrance will work.
    Marina is on the east side.

    Notes: Launch fee is $15 fee on weekdays and $25 on weekends.  Restrooms and soda machine available.  Access to Stoney Creek.  19 minutes from Arbutus.  The side of Stoney Creek that meets the Patapsco River can get very congested with boats on the weekend.

    Thomas Point Park
    Location: 3890 Thomas Point Road, Annapolis 21403; Anne Arundel County ADC map 26 D9 and map 5537 F5
    Phone: 410-222-1777
    Date: Unexplored
    Notes: I thought I'd mention this place because it looks like such a tempting place to launch. But unfortunately, it is for fishing by permit only.

    Tucker Street
    Location: Annapolis, Anne Arundel County ADC map 5416 K2
    Date: July 27, 2012
    Phone: 410-263-7973 harbormaster, 410-263-7958 city of Annapolis Recreation and Parks Department
    Directions: From the Baltimore beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Take exit 24 to Roscoe Rowe Boulevard (route 70) heading southeast (right) towards Annapolis. Follow for 0.9 mile.
    Turn left (northeast) on Melvin Avenue. Follow for 0.3 mile.
    Turn left (northwest) on Tolson Street. Follow for 0.1 mile to the end of the street.
    Turn left (southwest) on Monterey Avenue. Follow for 0.1 mile.
    Make the first left (northwest) on Tucker Street. Follow for 0.1 mile to the end.
    Notes: 30 minutes from Savage. Access to Weems Creek. Boat ramp. No restroom. Signs indicate this launch area is only for Annapolis residents only but I have heard this is not enforced. There is some parking in the immediate area and considerable parking on Tucker Street just east of Monterey Avenue. Special thanks to Geoff U. for introducing me to this site. For more information, see July 28, 2012.

    Truxton Heights Park
    Location: 273 Hilltop Lane, Annapolis, Maryland 21403 but don't go by the address alone...that will just get you close; Anne Arundel County ADC map 20 J12 or map 5417 A5
    Phone: 410-263-7958
    Date: August 28, 2016
    Directions: From the Baltimore beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Take exit 22 to Aris T Allen Boulevard (route 665) southeast. Aris T Allen Boulevard eventually turns into Forest Drive. Follow for a total of 2.5 miles if measuring from where the offramp ends.
    Turn left (east) on Hilltop Lane. Follow for 1.1 miles.
    Turn left (north) on Primrose Road. Follow for 0.1 mile.
    Veer left onto Truxton Park Road (there may not be a sign) and head downhill to the boat launch.

    Notes: Sometimes this place is spelled "Truxtun" and often the word "Heights" is not included in the name. 32 minutes from Savage. Open 0600 to 2100 daily. There is a small sandy beach to the left of the concrete launch.  Parking is uphill.  Access to Spa Creek. Restroom available. When returning from a trip, look for the "Cable Crossing" sign at the south end of the creek. As of April 2012, there is a $5 fee for vehicles with trailers. This is probably the best place in my area for beginners. It is sheltered from the wind and waves, has an easy beach launch, restroom, and picnic area. Also, if you fall in, the water isn't very dirty (as compared to Baltimore). I think you can rent kayaks and SUPs there. For information about pavillion rental, see City of Annapolis - Parks and Trails. For more information, see my October 10, 2012, July 18, 2014, and August 28, 2016 blogs.

    Turkey Point Marina
    Location: 1107 Turkey Point Road, Edgewater, Anne Arundel County ADC map 25 H11
    Phone: 410-798-1369
    Date: July 31, 2002
    Directions: From the Baltimore beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Take exit 22 to Aris Allen Boulevard (route 665) southeast.  Stay in the right lane.
    Turn right (south) at Solomons Island Road (route 2).
    At Mayo Road (route 253), turn left (southeast).
    Turn left (southeast) on Central Avenue East (route 214).
    Left (east) on Turkey Point Road.
    Marina is on the right side of the road just after crossing the bridge.

    Notes: $15 fee to launch on weekdays, $20 on weekends.  Insert money in slot next to boat ramp.  Envelopes to insert money are located next to the front door of the office.  Launch anytime.  Restrooms available but controlled via cipher lock.  Soda, juice, and water machine available.  30 minutes from Fort Meade.  Access to mouth of the South River.

    Wooten's Landing
    Location: 4550 Sands Road Road, Harwood, Maryland 20776; Anne Arundel County ADC map 5654 A3
    Phone: 410-741-9330
    Date: June 16, 2013
    Directions: From the Baltimore beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south.
    Take exit 7 to Crain Highway North (route 3) heading southwest.  Route 3 will eventually turn into Crain Highway South (route 301).
    In Bowie, turn left (east) onto Central Avenue (route 214). Follow 3 miles across the Patuxent River.
    Turn right (south) onto Patuxent River Road. Follow 2 miles.
    Turn right (south) onto Sands Road. Follow 2 miles.
    Notes: Park is on the right (east) side. Open all year from sunrise to sunset. It is a 200 yard carry from the parking lot to the river. There is a nice aluminum pier. This is a much better rest stop than it is a launch site. I recommend launching 3.8 miles upstream at the Queen Anne Canoe Launch.


     
    Baltimore County and Baltimore City Launch Sites
     
    Anchor Bay East Marina
    Location: 8500 Cove Road, Dundalk 21222, Baltimore County ADC map 45 A7
    Phone: 410-284-1044
    Date: Unexplored
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 695 east across Francis Scott Key Memorial Bridge.
    Take exit 43, Peninsula Expressway (route 157), heading northwest. Follow for 2 miles.
    Turn right (northeast) at Chesterwood Road. Follow less than a tenth of a mile.
    Turn right (southeast) at Stansbury Road. Follow for 0.4 miles, crossing over the railroad tracks on your left.
    Turn right (southeast) at Cove Road. Follow for about 0.15 miles. The marina will be on your left.

    Notes: About 30 minutes from Hanover in light traffic. I know one can launch a kayak here but I believe you'll need special permission to do so.

    Baltimore Boating Center
    Location: 2015 Turkey Point Road, Essex, 21221, Baltimore County ADC map 38 B12
    Phone: 410-687-2000, 410-404-3013 (cell)
    Date: July 19, 2008
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 695 counterclockwise (east) to exit 36, Southeast Boulevard (route 702).
    Follow Southeast Boulevard for 3.2 miles.
    Turn left (east) on Turkey Point Road.  This turn occurs before Southeast Boulevard merges with Back River Neck Road.
    The Boating Center is on the right.  Boat ramp is on the left end of the marina.

    Notes: Open 0900-1700, 7 days a week.  $10 to use boat ramp (on the far left).  Pay at office.  Restrooms. Gates locked after hours.  Soda machine available.  35 minutes from Arbutus.  Access to Sue Creek. General manager Jim High seems like a nice dude. When returning, look for the building with the line of blue near the top.

    Baltimore Rowing and Water Resource Center/Aquatics Division
    Location: 3301 Waterview Avenue, Cherry Hill, Baltimore County ADC map 43 A6
    Date: May 8, 2005
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 695 east (counterclockwise).
    Take exit 7 to the Baltimore Washington Parkway (highway 295) north.
    After passing the Harbor Tunnel Thruway (highway 895), take the Waterview Avenue exit right (southeast).
    Look for a building on the left with a sign that reads “Baltimore Rowing and Water Resource Center/Aquatics Division.”  A floating pier for small boat launches may be found behind this building.
    Getting back to highway 295 can be a bit tricky.
    To return on 295 south, take Waterview Avenue west and turn left on Annapolis Road (route 648).  This is the first left after crossing over highway 295.
    Take the first left.  There is no sign for this turn but it is the on-ramp to highway 295 south.

    Notes: Launch site is about 17 minutes from Fort Meade.  Restrooms next to building or slightly east near playground.  Access to Middle Branch and the Patapsco River.  The area under highway 395 is very shallow.  Gwynns Falls is extremely polluted.  Just southeast of the Harbor Hospital, the (Little) Patapsco River flows through Patapsco State Park and separates Baltimore and Anne Arundel County then enters into the (Big) Patapsco River.  If paddling up the (Little) Patapsco River, beware of fishing lines and crab net lines that hang from Hanover Street, Potee Street, and Patapsco Avenue.  Also watch for fishing lines from the shore.  Paddling up the (Little) Patapsco River is scenic and natural although paddling gets difficult once crossing under highway 695 due to water depth (too shallow). I've paddled up as far as highway/route 195.

    Beacon Light Marina
    Location: 825 Bowleys Quarters Road, Middle River, Baltimore County ADC map 38 E7
    Phone: 410-335-6489
    Date: Unexplored.  Phone recon conducted August 2002.
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 695 counterclockwise (east) to exit 36, Southeast Boulevard (route 702) east to Essex.
    Turn left (northeast) onto Eastern Boulevard (route 150).
    Turn right on Carroll Island Road.
    Turn right onto Bowleys Quarters Road.
    Marina is on the left, near the Bowleys Quarters Fire Department.

    Notes: Open Monday through Saturday 0900-1700.  Closed Sunday.  Launch fee $5 Monday through Friday, $8 on Saturday.  Access to Seneca Creek.

    Bowerman’s Marina
    Location: 11045 Bowerman Road, White Marsh, Baltimore County ADC map 30 E10
    Phone: 410-335-8756
    Date: July 26, 2002
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 95 northeast through the Fort McHenry Tunnel.
    Take exit 67A to White Marsh Boulevard (route 43) southeast.
    Turn right (northeast) on Pulaski Highway (route 40).
    Turn right (southeast) Allender Road.  This will turn into Loreley Beach Road.
    At the split, take Bowerman Road left.
    Turn right on a dirt road marked with a “Bowerman’s Marina” sign.  Follow to end.

    Notes: According to Jean Bowerman (spoken to on July 29, 2002), if nobody is in the office, place $3 in an envelope with “George Bowerman” written on the outside.  Should also write auto information, date, time, and that the fee is for a kayak launch.  Be sure to bring an envelope and pen since these did not appear to be available in the office.  No boat ramp.  Access to Bird River.

    Broening Park
    Location: 2801 South Hanover Street, Baltimore, MD 21225; just north of the MedStar Harbor Hospital, Baltimore County ADC map 43 B6; coordinates 39.255577, -76.615788
    Date: August 26, 2016
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 695 east (counterclockwise).
    Take exit 7 to the Baltimore Washington Parkway (highway 295) north.
    After passing the Harbor Tunnel Thruway (highway 895), take the Waterview Avenue exit right (southeast).  Follow to end.
    Launch point is just beyond the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
    To return on 295 south, take Waterview Avenue west and turn left on Annapolis Road (route 648).  This is the first left after crossing over highway 295.
    Take the first left which is the on-ramp to highway 295 south.

    Notes: Broening Park is about 17 minutes from Fort Meade.  No restrooms.  Closest public restroom is next to the Baltimore Rowing and Water Resource Center/Aquatics Division at 3301 Waterview Avenue.  Access to Middle Branch and the Patapsco River.  The area under highway 395 is very shallow.  Gwynns Falls is extremely polluted.  Just southeast of the Harbor Hospital, the (Little) Patapsco River that flows through Patapsco State Park and separates Baltimore and Anne Arundel County enters into the (Big) Patapsco River.  If paddling up the (Little) Patapsco River, beware of fishing lines and crab net lines that hang from Hanover Street, Potee Street, and Patapsco Avenue.  Also watch for fishing lines from the shore.  Paddling up the (Little) Patapsco River is scenic and natural although paddling gets difficult once crossing under highway 695 due to water depth (too shallow). See my June 4, 2011, September 11, 2012, September 4, 2013, August 26, 2016, and June 21, 2017 trip reports for a taste of what you might see if you launch here.

    Canton Waterfront Park
    Location: Canton Waterfront Park, 3001 Boston Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21224. Baltimore County ADC map 43 J2
    Phone: 410-396-7931
    Date: October 14, 2016
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 95 northeast.
    Before reaching the Fort McHenry Tunnel tunnel, get in rightmost lane.
    Immediate after crossing tunnel, take exit 56, turning right (west) onto Keith Avenue. Follow 0.2 mile to the end.
    Turn right (north) on Clinton Street. Follow 0.9 mile.
    Turn left (west) on Boston Street. Follow for about 0.1 mile.
    Turn left on S. East Avenue at the Korean War Veteran’s Memorial.

    Notes: Boat ramp available.  Restrooms near boat ramp but I've never seen them open.  20 minutes from Arbutus and 30 minutes from Savage. Ramps may be slippery.  Access to Inner Harbor and Fort McHenry. If this lot is filled, you can pay and park at the big parking lot on the west side of South Clinton Street, just south of Boston Street. Park at the northernmost end as close to South Clinton Street as possible and then carry or cart your boat to the ramp. I'm not sure of the best way to get back home. Usually, I just drive east on Boston Street until I see signs for highway 895 south. See my June 4, 2011, September 11, 2013, and October 14, 2016 trip reports for a taste of what you might see if you launch here.

    Coxs Point Park
    Location: 820 Riverside Drive, Essex, Maryland 21221; Baltimore County ADC map 37 D13
    Date: June 2002
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 695 counterclockwise (east) to exit 38.
    Turn right (east) on Eastern Avenue (route 150).
    Turn right (southeast) on Riverside Drive.  This intersection appears at Mace Avenue.  Follow Riverside Drive to the end.

    Notes: Boat ramp available.  Launch from the west side of the peninsula.  Ramp opens at 0600 year round.  Closes at 1730 November through March.  Closes at 2000 April, May, September, and October.  Closes at 2030 June, July, and August.  Public restrooms available.  About 30 minutes from Arbutus.  Access to Back River.

    Dundee Creek Marina at Gunpowder Falls State Park
    Location: 7400 Graces Quarters Road, Middle River, Maryland 21220; Gunpowder Falls State Park, Baltimore County ADC map 38 K2
    Phone: 410-335-9704, 410-335-9390, 410-335-5352 for boat rental information
    Date: August 1, 2006
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 95 northeast through the Fort McHenry Tunnel.
    Take exit 67A to White Marsh Boulevard (route 43) southeast.
    Turn right (northeast) on Pulaski Highway (route 40).
    Turn right (southeast) on Ebenezer Road.  After crossing over the railroad tracks, Ebenezer Road turns into Quarters Road.  Follow Quarters Road.  Quarters Road then turns into Graces Quarters Road.  Follow Graces Quarters Road south.
    Turn right at Dundee Creek Marina.

    Notes: See map location at Google Maps - Dundee Creek Marina. $10 launch fee but if you park on the right and launch on the sandy/muddy area with the "car top boat launch" sign, you can avoid the fee.  Restrooms available.  Open Monday through Thursday 0600 to sunset, Friday through Sunday 0600 to 2200.  43 minute drive from Arbutus. 48 minutes from Savage.  Boat rentals available. Access to Dundee Creek. See Aberdeen Proving Ground warning. Special thanks to Dave O. for providing information about this launch site.

    Ferry Bar Park
    Location: Cherry Hill, across from the Harbor Hospital, Baltimore County ADC map 43 C6
    Date: Unexplored from land
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 95 north.
    At exit 54, take Hanover Street south. Follow for 0.2 mile.
    Turn left (east) onto Cromwell Street. Follow for 0.1 mile.
    Turn right (south) on Light Street. Follow 0.2 mile to the end.

    Notes: No boat ramp.

    Fort Armistead Park
    Location: Baltimore, Baltimore County ADC map 44 F10; Anne Arundel County ADC map 4 D7 or map 4940 E7
    Date: February 20, 2017
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 695 east (counterclockwise).
    Take exit 1 to Hawkins Point Road, turning right (south) onto Quarantine Road.
    Turn left (east) on Hawkins Point Road.
    Keep going straight as it turns into Fort Smallwood Road (route 173).
    After about a quarter of a mile, take the right exit to Fort Armistead Road. It will seem unintuitive but this is how to do it.
    Follow Fort Armistead Road about a mile and a half until it ends at Fort Armistead Park. This is a really crappy road (especially at the railroad track) so drive cautiously.

    Notes: No restrooms.  Stay at least 50 meters from the shore to avoid lines from fishermen.  18 minutes from Arbutus.  Access to Patapsco River. Tons of parking. Boat ramp. If you want to get up close and personal with Fort Carroll, this is the best place to launch. See my July 18, 2014 and February 20, 2017 blogs.

    Gunpowder River
    Location: Gunpowder Falls State Park, Hammerman Area, Baltimore County ADC map 39 B4
    Date: May 29, 2004
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 95 northeast through the Fort McHenry Tunnel.
    Take exit 67A to White Marsh Boulevard (route 43) east.
    Turn right (northeast) on Pulaski Highway (route 40).
    Turn right (southeast) on Ebenezer Road.
    After crossing over the railroad tracks, Ebenezer Road turns into Quarters Road.  Turn left at Gunpowder Falls State Park, Hammerman Area.
    Turn right at road marked with boat ramp icon sign and sign that reads "cabin 2."

    Notes: $3 per person entrance fee. Be careful driving down the road at the sign that reads "cabin 2" since it is only wide enough for one car but cars can drive either direction. As far as I know, you can park in the lot near the ramp but if you have a trailer, you should probably park in the lot uphill. From the boat ramp, there is a trail that begins with some scrap concrete on the north side of the parking lot. Follow this trail to the open grassy area with the picnic tables. Turn right (east) and walk about 150 meters to the restrooms. Access to Gunpowder River and Cunninghill Cove.  About 30 minutes from Arbutus.  The Hammerman Area also has a place called Ultimate Watersports that has kayak and windsurfing lessons/rentals. You have to drive to the far end of the park to get to Ultimate Watersports. This a very popular place in the summer. Might want to get there early if you plan to launch from here. It is about 250 meters from the parking lot to the water in this area. Launch from beach 4 or 5, maybe 3. Beach 1 and 2 are for swimming. The park is open 0800 to sunset. See Aberdeen Proving Ground warning.

    Hart-Miller Island State Park
    Also known as Hart Miller (without the hyphen). This island offers kayak camping. Deciding where to launch is the biggest concern. It can be accessed from Rocky Point Park, North Point State Park, or Rudy's Marina, all listed on this page. Not sure which offer overnight parking. Mailing address:
        Hart-Miller Island State Park
        c/o Gunpowder Falls State Park
        2813 Jerusalem Rd.
        P.O. Box 480
        Kingsville, MD 21087
        Phone: 410-592-2897.
    I also found
        Hart-Miller Island State Park
        Essex, MD 21221
    As of May 2005,
        Sites: 22 tent sites, each with a picnic table, latern post, and campfire grill.
        Reservations: None. First come, first served. Checkout time is 1500.
        Cost: $6.00 per site per night. A maximum of six people per site. Set up site and a ranger will come by to register you and collect a fee.
        Restrooms: Yes
        Drinking water: No
        Mainland parking: No information, suggested I contact North Point State Park.
    Open May 1 to September 30.
    A lot has changed on the island since I wrote the above and I haven't been back in several years to see how things have changed. As of June 2016, I found the following information:
  • The Baltimore Sun - Created from harbor muck, new stretch of Hart-Miller Island open to public
  • Facebook - Hart Miller Island
  • Enjoy Baltimore County - Hart-Miller Island State Park

  • The South Cell of the park is supposedly open May through September, Thursdays through Mondays from 1100-1600. There are 5+ miles of hiking and biking trails with bike rentals available on the island. But one must check in at the ranger station at 39.252789, -76.371230 before walking in the South Cell. See map one, map two, and my July 17, 2016 blog.
    The South Cell portion of the island is currently being maintained as a state park with hiking, swimming, fishing, biking, wildlife and bird watching opportunities, as well as history and interpretive sign displays. The area hosts a truly remarkable concentration of species, made possible by the creation and management of a completely artificial habitat complex, including mudflats, shallow wetlands, and open water.
    Due to its unique location and diverse wildlife habitats, the South Cell has sustained a healthy bird population. The area is an essential stop-over for spring and fall migrations, providing birds with stable food and shelter.

    - from sign at park

    Hawthorne Park
    Location: Middle River, Baltimore County ADC map 37 H7
    Date: July 19, 2008
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 695 counterclockwise (east) to exit 36, Southeast Boulevard (route 702).
    Follow Southeast Boulevard for 0.9 miles.
    Turn left (northeast) onto Eastern Boulevard (route 150). Follow for 0.8 miles.
    Turn right on Kingston Road (second right after crossing over water; just before McDonald’s).
    Turn right onto Midthorn Road.
    This will end at Hawthorne Park.
    Look for the basketball court. There is a small sandy area through the trees.

    Notes: No ramp. No parking lot. Limited parking in neighborhood. Access to Middle River.  35 minute drive from Arbutus.  No restrooms.  Closest one is at McDonald’s.  Boat ramps seen from water at Driftwood Inn and Markey’s.  Not sure if these places have are open to the public.

    Inverness Waterfront Park (West Inverness Park)
    Location: 2025 Inverness Road, Dundalk, Maryland 21222; Baltimore County ADC map 44 K6
    Date: August 18, 2002
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 695 east across Francis Scott Key Memorial Bridge to exit 44, Broening Highway left (northwest).
    When Broening Highway splits, stay on the right side, Belclare Road.
    Turn left (northwest) at Dundalk Avenue.
    Turn right onto Holabird Avenue.  Holabird Avenue will eventually turn into Wise Avenue.  Pass Merritt Boulevard.
    Just after passing CVS on the right, turn right on Lynch Road.
    Take the first left on Kavanagh Road.
    After about 0.6 miles, turn right on Jasmine Road.  Sandy Plains Elementary School will be on the left.  Do not turn into Inverton Road just yet.
    Take the second right on Inverton Road and follow to end.

    Notes: Restroom available.  Ramp open 0600 year round.  Closes at 1730 November through March.  Closes at 2000 April, May, September, and October.  Closes at 2030 June, July, and August.  32 minutes from Arbutus.  Access to Lynch Cove and Bear Creek. Stouten's Marina on Bear Creek sells sodas, ice cream, and snowballs.

    Island View
    Location: 2542 Island View Road, Essex, Maryland 21221-6411, Baltimore County ADC map 46 D4
    Phone: 410-687-9799
    Date: July 6, 2010
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 95 north through the tunnel.
    Merge onto Pulaski Highway (route 40) via exit 61. Head northeast for 2.9 miles.
    Merge onto the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) heading towards Essex (southeast/clockwise). Follow for 0.4 miles.
    Keep left to take Souteast Boulevard (route 702) via exit 36 towards Essex (southeast). Follow for 4.2 miles. This will merge with Back River Neck Road. Follow for another 2.3 miles.
    Turn left (east) on Barrison Point Road. Follow for 1.4 miles.
    Turn left on Island View Road. Follow for a stone's throw. The restaurant is on the right.

    Notes: 48 minutes from Savage in light traffic. Access to Browns Creek. This place is very near the mouth of the Back River and Hart Miller Island. As of 2010, the Chesapeake Paddlers Association meets there on the first Tuesday of the month at 1730. You can pull up near the restaurant to drop off your boat. Just be sure to move it to the open area across the street before you start paddling. Not sure if paddling is for anyone or just CPA members on the first Tuesdays of the month. There is a broken up boat ramp about 25 meters behind the restaurant for launching.

    Jaws Marine
    Location: 6100 Chemical Road, Baltimore/Curtis Bay 21226 Date: June 7, 2012
    Phone: 410-354-9100
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) meets highway 95 on the southern side, take highway 695 east (counterclockwise).
    Take exit 1 to Quarantine Road.
    Turn right on Quarantine Road. Follow for 0.1 mile.
    Turn right (west) on Fort Smallwood Road/Hawkins Point Road (route 173). Follow for 0.7 mile.
    Turn right (north) on Chemical Road. Pass under highway 695 then make an immediate left into the marina.

    Notes: I know they have a boat ramp. I've never launch there and don't know how much they charge. Access to Curtis Creek and Curtis Bay. This location will put you within stone's throw range of the Curtis Bay shipwrecks. For more information, see my July 4, 2012 blog.

    Marshy Point Nature Center
    Location: 7130 Marshy Point Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21220; Baltimore County ADC map 30 H3
    Phone: 410-887-2817
    Date: Unexplored.
    Notes: No fee to launch. 45 minutes from Savage in light traffic. Access to Dundee Creek. For directions, see Directions to Marshy Point Nature Center. Special thanks to Dave O. for informing me of this launch site.

    Maryland Marina
    Location: 3501 Red Rose Farm Road, Middle River, Baltimore County ADC map 38 D7
    Phone: 410-335-8722
    Date: Unexplored.  Phone recon conducted August 2002.
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 695 counterclockwise (east) to exit 36, Southeast Boulevard (route 702) east to Essex. Follow for one mile.
    Turn left (northeast) onto Eastern Boulevard (route 150). Follow for 3.2 miles.
    Turn right (east) on Carroll Island Road. Follow for 0.2 miles.
    Turn right (south) onto Bowleys Quarters Road. Follow for 0.8 miles.
    Turn right on Red Rose Farm Road at church. Follow for 0.1 miles.
    Marina is on the right.

    Notes: Open weekdays 0830-1700, Saturday 0900-1700, and Sunday 1000-1700.  $8 launch fee.  Access to Frog Mortar Creek.

    Merritt Point Park
    Location: 7800 Dunmanway Extended, Dundalk, Maryland 21222; Baltimore County ADC map 44 H7
    Date: April 2005
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 695 east across Francis Scott Key Memorial Bridge to exit 44, Broening Highway left (northwest).
    When Broening Highway splits, stay on the right side, Belclare Road.
    Turn left (northwest) at Dundalk Avenue.
    Turn right on South Center Place. This street may not appear on maps.
    At the end of South Center Place, turn right then make an immediate left onto Dunmanway. This will occur in a very short distance.
    Follow Dunmanway to the end.

    Notes: The park ramp is open at 0600 year round.  It closes at 1730 November through March, 2000 in April, May, September, and October, and 2030 in June, July, and August.  No fee to enter park.  Portable toilet next to ramp.  Park provides access to Bullneck Creek and Bear Creek.  Total driving time is about 30 minutes from Arbutus. Stouten's Marina on Bear Creek sells sodas, ice cream, and snowballs.

    Miami Beach Park
    Location: 4001 Bay Drive, Bowley's Quarters, 21220, Baltimore County ADC map 38 H10
    Phone: 410-887-3873
    Date: August 23, 2008
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 695 counterclockwise (east) to exit 36, Southeast Boulevard (route 702) east to Essex. Follow for one mile.
    Turn left (northeast) onto Eastern Boulevard (route 150). Follow for 3.2 miles.
    Turn right (east) on Carroll Island Road. Follow for 0.2 miles.
    Turn right (south) onto Bowleys Quarters Road. Follow for 2.4 miles.
    Turn left (east) on Goose Harbor Road. You should see the park entrance on the right.

    Notes: Seven dollar entrance fee per person. Beach for swimming. I assume one can launch kayaks here. I landed here on August 23, 2008 and nobody told me otherwise. Restrooms, lockers, showers, and a snack bar.

    North Point State Park
    Location: Near Edgemere. Baltimore County ADC map 46 K9
    Phone: 410-477-0757 (office) or 410-592-2897 (headquarters)
    Date: June 18, 2006.
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet on the southern side, take highway 695 counterclockwise (east) to exit 43 (Bethlehem Boulevard/Sparrows Point).
    Turn left at Bethlehem Boulevard (route 158). This will be the first blinking light.
    Follow Bethlehem Boulevard (route 158) east. Cross North Point Boulevard.
    Veer right onto North Point Road (route 20).
    Follow route 20 through Edgemere for 1.9 miles.
    At the "North Point State Park" sign, turn left onto Bay Shore Road.
    Enter the park and follow Bay Shore Road to the end.
    The road ends at parking lot B. But instead of entering parking lot B, turn right and head towards the Takos Visitor Center. Ignore the signs that say "do not enter." The park staff I spoke to don't mind if you just go there to unload or load your boat. The road will end at the beach but as of June 18, 2006, you can only get to a gate at the visitor center. Unload your boat then park in parking lot B.

    Notes: Three dollar entrance fee for Maryland residents. Open 0800 to sunset. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. 30 minutes from Arbutus. Porta-johns. No boat ramp. Many picnic tables. Just to the south of the beach is a long pier/penninsula. Stay well away from this since it is likely to have many fishermen with lines in the water.

    Regular restrooms and drinking fountain at visitor center though they might be closed and turned off in the off-season. If this is the case, there is a water refill station near parking lot B. Look for the handicapped parking area. Near this there is a wheelchair ramp. Between the end of the ramp and the observation tower is a pinic table and a water refill station.

    This is a great place to launch if you like lighthouses. There are 4 lighthouses, all looking very unlike the other. All of these can be seen in a single day if you are ambitious:
  • Lower Range Rear Light (Craighill Channel Range - Rear): To the northeast, about 1.75 miles away. On the southwest side of Pleasure Island.
  • Lower Range Front Light (Craighill Channel Range - Front): To the southeast, in the Chesapeake bay, about 2.5 miles away
  • Upper Range Front Light (Craighill Channel Upper Range - Front): To the southwest, about 2 miles away. Won't be visible until you get past Fort Howard Park
  • Upper Range Rear Light (Craighill Channel Upper Range - Rear): Northwest of Upper Range Front Light, about 4.5 miles away (from North Point State Park), in Old Road Bay
  • Note that these are just rough estimates.

    If you prefer a more natural, calm water area, try paddling in Shallow Creek. Just don't do so at low tide. There's a reason it has that name. Supposedly, there is a canoe launch at the north end of Shallow Creek though I suspect this isn't open to the public.

    Consider a combination kayak/bicycling/hiking day at North Point State Park. In addition to kayaking, bring a bicycle and bike to the various trails which connect to Bay Shore Road in the park. According to one source, there are about 4 miles of trails. There are trail maps though I was unable to find any in October. The visitors center probably has some but they were closed for the off-season. Couldn't find any on-line either.

    After a long day, try out the Bay Shore Bar and Grille which is just outside the park, on the right as you leave. Let me know how you like it. Never been there myself but you can't beat the location after a hard day of paddling.

    For emergencies, call the ranger at 1-800-825-PARK (24 hours a day). Mailing address:
         North Point State Park
         c/o Gunpowder Falls State Park
         2813 Jerusalem Road
         P.O. Box 480
         Kingsville, Maryland 21087
    or
         North Point State Park
         P.O. Box 176
         Fort Howard, Maryland 21052

    For more information, see Sherpa Guides and scroll down to "North Point State Park."

    Oella - Trolley Stop Lot
    This historic town just east of Historic Ellicott City provides access to the Patapsco River. According to "Maryland and Delaware Canoe Trails" by Edward Gertler, there is quite a bit of whitewater from Old Frederick Road just north of highway 70 (Hollofield area) down to Frederick Road (route 144) at Historic Ellicott City and Oella. Downstream from Oella, things should be easier for awhile. From what I've seen, this section south of Oella isn't extremely difficult but it isn't exactly easy either. A long sea kayak may not give you the maneuverability you desire. But there is quite a bit of flat water with just a few riffles between Oella and Thistle Road, a 2.1 mile stretch. You might want to portage around the Thistle Road dam area unless you have whitewater skills. Please keep in mind that my comments are based on what I've read and seen while scouting. As of February 2016, I haven't paddled any of this.

    One big reason to launch from Oella is to paddle up the mill race that flows under Historic Ellicott City. You'll paddle under roads and buildings. Unfortunately, you won't get far...maybe an eighth of a mile. The race empties into the Patapsco River just a few feet south (downstream) of Main Street on the west (Howard County) side. You can see it easily from the bridge that connects Main Street and Frederick Road (route 144).

    Location: Baltimore County ADC map 40 F4
    Date: Unexplored
    What I call the "Trolley Stop Lot" will put you as close as you can get to the mill race but on the opposite side of the river (Baltmore County) and slightly upstream. Park just behind (north of) the Trolley Stop at 6 Oella Avenue, Ellicott City, Maryland 21043. This is the address that Google Maps gives me but it is actually in Oella, Baltimore County. This is a big, free parking lot that holds about 70 cars. It fills up quickly on nice weekends. Then just walk across Oella Avenue and launch. No restroom or ramp. For more information, see my February 28, 2016 blog.

    Pleasure Island
    This island offers kayak camping. It is located just a short distance from Hart-Miller Island which also offers kayak camping. Deciding where to launch is the biggest concern. It can be accessed from Rocky Point Park, North Point State Park, or Rudy's Marina, all listed on this page. Not sure which offer overnight parking. As of May 2005, there are 4 tent sites. As of July 2016, campsites are open May through September. There is a fee of $6 per night per site with a maximum of six people per site. Checkout time is 1500. You set up your site and then a ranger comes by to register you and collect the fee. For non-campers, the island closes at sunset. See Hart-Miller Island State Park and my July 17, 2016 blog for more information.

    Porter’s Seneca Park
    Location: 918 Seneca Park Road, Middle River, Baltimore County ADC map 38 D6
    Phone: 410-335-6563
    Date: Unexplored.  Phone recon conducted August 2002.
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 695 counterclockwise (east) to exit 36, Southeast Boulevard (route 702) east to Essex.
    Turn left (northeast) onto Eastern Boulevard (route 150).
    Turn right on Carroll Island Road.
    Turn right on Seneca Park Road before crossing railroad tracks.
    Marina is on the right.

    Notes: Open daily 0900-1700.  $7 launch fee.  Access to Seneca Creek.

    Rocky Point Park
    Location: 2200 Rocky Point Road, Essex, Maryland 21221; Baltimore County ADC map 46 C7
    Date: June 30, 2016.
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 695 counterclockwise to exit 36, Southeast Boulevard (route 702) to Essex.
    Stay on Southeast Boulevard heading southeast.  This will merge with Back River Neck Road.
    Turn left on Barrison Point Road.
    Turn right on Rocky Point Road.  Stay on Rocky Point Road to its end at Rocky Point Park.

    Notes: The park ramp is open at 0600 year round.  It closes at 1730 in November and March, 2000 in April, May, September, and October, and 2030 in June, July, and August.  Immediately upon entering the park, you can turn right to get to one boat ramp or drive to the end of the road to access another ramp closer to the Chesapeake Bay. Small boats can also be launched from the beach on the left in areas not marked for swimming. $7 per person entrance fee.  Restrooms are near the beach. Total driving time is about 40 minutes from Arbutus or one hour and five minutes from Savage.  Access to Back River and Hawk Cove.  Also access to Pleasure Island and Hart Miller Island.  The water can get rough on the bay (east) side in this area. For more information, see my June 30, 2016 and July 17, 2016 blogs.

    Rudy's Marina
    Location: 4309 Shore Road, Sparrows Point 21219, Baltimore County ADC map 45 F5
    Phone: 410-477-3276
    Date: October 14, 2002
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 695 counterclockwise (east) to exit 43.  This is the Bethlehem Boulevard (route 158) towards Peninsula Expressway (route 157) Sparrows Point exit.
    At the end of the offramp, make a left onto Bethlehem Boulevard (route 158).  Note that this road may not be marked.
    Turn left (north) onto North Point Boulevard (route 151).
    Turn right (north) onto Morse Lane.
    Turn right onto Wise Avenue.  Look for “Rudy’s Marina” sign on left.  Follow Wise Avenue to end.
    Turn left onto Shore Road.  Rudy’s Marina is on the right.

    Notes: Boat ramp.  Restroom.  Soda machines.  $10 launch fee.  If nobody in office or at home, shove money under the door.  One might wish to put the money in an envelope with the date and car license plate number written on the outside.  Access to Back River.  26 minutes from Arbutus.

    Southwest Area Park
    Location: 3939 Park Drive, Baltimore, Maryland 21225; Baltimore/Lansdowne/Baltimore Highlands, Baltimore County ADC map 43 A10
    Date: June 3, 2011
    Phone: 410-887-1439
    Directions: From the Baltimore beltway (highway 695), take exit 10 to Washington Boulevard (route 1, alternate) north (turn right at end of ramp). Follow for a half mile.
    Turn right (east) at Lansdowne Boulevard.  This will eventually turn into Daisy Avenue. Follow for 1.6 miles.
    Turn right (south) onto Annapolis Road (route 648). Follow for a half mile.
    Turn left onto Georgia Avenue.  Look for the Baltimore Highlands Elementary School. 
    Follow Georgia Avenue past Baltimore Street into Southwest Area Park.  Cross over railroad tracks after about 0.6 mile.
    At the end of the road, turn left, then make the first right.  Follow to end.

    Notes: Boat ramp, built around 2001.  Porta-john near the ramp.  Park may close as early as 1700 in the winter but will be open until 2000 in the summer. Call the above phone number to verify.  Access to the (Little) Patapsco River which flows through Patapsco State Park and separates Baltimore and Anne Arundel County enters into the (Big) Patapsco River.  If paddling down the (Little) Patapsco River, beware of fishing lines and crab net lines that hang from Hanover Street, Potee Street, and Patapsco Avenue.  Also watch for fishing lines from the shore.  Paddling up the (Little) Patapsco River is scenic and natural although paddling gets difficult once crossing under highway 695 due to water depth (too shallow). It is 3 miles to highway 695 (the 5th bridge from the launch area if heading upstream). One mile to Potee Steet near the mouth. Ramp is 23 minutes from Savage. After paddling, consider eating at
         John's Italian Deli
         3802 Annapolis Road (route 648)
         Baltimore, Maryland 21227
         phone: 410-789-7300
    For a trip report, see March 11, 2009 and June 3, 2011.

    Tradewinds Marina
    Location: 412 Armstrong Road, Middle River, Baltimore County ADC map 38 D6
    Phone: 410-335-7000
    Date: Unexplored.  Phone recon conducted August 2002.
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 695 counterclockwise (east) to exit 36, Southeast Boulevard (route 702) east to Essex.
    Turn left (northeast) onto Eastern Boulevard (route 150).
    Turn right on Carroll Island Road.
    Turn right onto Bowleys Quarters Road.
    Turn right on Edwards Lane.
    First left onto Armstrong Road.
    Marina is on the left.

    Notes: Open weekdays 0830-1700, Saturday 0900-1700, and Sunday 1000-1700.  $8 parking fee.  Access to Frog Mortar Creek.

    Turner Station Park
    Location: 23 Rayme Road, Dundalk, Maryland 21222; Baltimore County ADC map 44 H9
    Date: September 26, 2016
    Notes: 25 minute drive from Arbutus.  The park ramp is open at 0600 year round.  It closes at 1730 November through March, 2000 in April, May, September, and October, and 2030 in June, July, and August.  No fee to enter park.  Portable toilet available.  Park provides access to Peach Orchard Creek and Bear Creek. Stouten's Marina on Bear Creek sells sodas, ice cream, and snowballs. See my September 25, 2016 blog.

    Watersedge Beach
    Location: Dundalk, Baltimore County ADC map 44 K8
    Date: April 18, 2004
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 695 east across Francis Scott Key Memorial Bridge to exit 44, Broening Highway left (northwest).
    When Broening Highway splits, stay on the right side, Belclare Road.
    Turn right (southeast) at Dundalk Avenue.  At the split, veer left to remain on Dundalk Avenue.
    Follow almost to the end, turning left onto Bullneck Road.
    On the left, by the basketball court and at the Longpoint Road intersection, is a parking lot for Watersedge Beach

    Notes: Restroom and water fountain at park available but may not be working. I've never seen the fountain work or the restrooms unlocked.  No boat ramp.  Small beach area to launch kayak.  Access to Bear Creek. To the best of my knowledge, one can launch here for a night paddle. There are no signs that indicate otherwise. Parking for about 12 either near the launch or near the basketball court parking. There is a place called "The Beach House" on the southeast side of the Wise Avenue bridge at Baltimore County ADC map 45 C5 on Waterview Road. It either either a bar or a restaurant. I could not find anything about it on-line. One can pull up kayaks under the bridge and walk to the place. Stouten's Marina on Bear Creek sells sodas, ice cream, and snowballs.

    Wilson Point Park
    Location: 950 Beech Avenue, Middle River, Maryland 21220; Baltimore County ADC map 37 K7
    Date: August 23, 2008
    Phone: 410-887-0234
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 695 counterclockwise (east) to exit 36, Southeast Boulevard (route 702).
    Follow Southeast Boulevard for 0.9 miles.
    Take the second exit onto Eastern Boulevard (route 150) which heads east. Follow for 1.7 miles.
    Turn right (south) on Wilson Point Road (route 587). Follow for 0.9 miles.
    Turn right (west) onto Beech Drive. Follow for 0.3 miles. Park is on the right.

    Notes: Two boat ramps available. The second lot is the one that contains the ramps. This lot appears to be only for vehicles with boat trailers. But fear not, there are other lots for vehicles without trailers...maybe 50+! Ramp is open 0600 to sunset. After paddling, consider dining at Carson's Creekside Restaurant which is a short walk from the boat ramps. They have outdoor seating with a water view of Dark Head Creek. Special thanks to David T. for telling me about this launch site...I would have found it anyway though it may have taken me awhile. 40 minutes from Hanover. See my trip that began at this location on August 23, 2008.

    Aberdeen Proving Grounds Restricted Water Zones
    Be sure to stay off Aberdeen Proving Ground lands. Much of this area has live unexploded munitions. In some areas, not only must you stay off the land, but you must stay well away from it at ALL times. Don't pass between the buoys with the danger markings and the land. Doing so may get you a $500 fine.

    Many (but not all) of the waters on the Gunpowder River and Bush River along with waters near Pooles Island, Taylor Island, Carroll Island, and Spesuite Island are restricted. This means they are normally closed to the public from 0730 to 1700 during the week. When these waters are closed during weekends or holidays, notifications are made via telephone to various yacht clubs, boatyards, marinas, and interested organizations and agencies. Look for a pamphlet titled "Boater's Guide to Restricted Water Zone" by the Aberdeen Proving Ground. This contains a map showing the restricted and off limit areas.


     


    Calvert County Launch Sites
     
    Bayfront Park
    Location: Brownie's Beach Road and Bayside Road, Chesapeake Beach, Calvert County ADC map 4 G13. Google Maps coordinates 38.678181, -76.535374
    Date: October 30, 2016
    Notes: Open 0600 to 2100. Only park in the parking lot or you might get towed. You'll probably want a cart to take your boat to the beach since it is about 1000 feet away but the road to it is paved. I don't think you can drive to it. This place is also known as Brownie's Beach. It is also the south end of Boardwalk Park. Up to $18 entrance fee for non-Calvert County residents but only Memorial Day through Labor Day. Access to Chesapeake Bay. There are shark's teeth here but it is a very popular place so unless you go right after a big storm, don't expect to find much. For more information, see Chesapeake Beach - Bay Front Park.

    Breezy Point Marina
    The adjacent Breezy Point Park is a popular place for beach-goers in the summer. But it is also known for having sharks teeth just waiting to be found. See Sharks Teeth at Breezy Point. Just a quarter of a mile south is Plum Point which also supposedly has sharks teeth.
    Location: 5230 Breezy Point Road, Breezy Point (if your GPS doesn't recognize this town, then enter Chesapeake Beach), Maryland 20732; Calvert County ADC map 7 K11.
    Phone: 301-758-9981 and 410-414-9292
    Date: August 10, 2014
    Directions: From where route 32 and the Baltimore Washington Parkway (highway 295) meet, take the parkway south.
    Take the Washington D.C. beltway (highway 495) heading clockwise towards Richmond, Virginia.
    Take exit 11A to Pennsylvania Avenue (route 4) headng east towards Upper Marlboro. Follow for 24.8 miles.
    Turn left (east) onto Ponds Woods Road. Follow for 3.6 miles.
    Turn left (north) onto Bayside Road (route 261). There may not be a sign for this. Follow for 0.6 mile. If you miss it, you'll just continue on Ponds Woods Road and then quickly come to a dead end.
    Turn right (south) onto Breezy Point Road. After 0.15 mile, veer left to stay on Breezy Point Road. After one mile (including the 0.15 already mentioned), veer right. If you veer left, you will to to the park where I believe you can also launch. In fact, if you prefer a beach launch, this may be better but will require a longer carry. Going right will take you to the marina which is what I prefer.
    Notes: One hour and 10 minutes from Savage. Access to the Chesapeake Bay. There are no rivers to explore nearby...just big open water. As of 2014, it costs $10 to use their boat ramp. Pay at a drop box at a building on the northeast side. There is a restroom at the north end and a porta-john near the ramp, which is near Plum Point Creek, on the southeast side. Plenty of parking near the ramp. If you want to get up really early, consider camping at Breezy Point Park. There is a nice little convenience store along the way called Breezy Point Market at 3885 Breezy Point Road, just off Bayside Road (route 261). See my August 10, 2014, June 26, 2016, and September 9, 2016 blogs.

    Chesapeake Beach, Marina West, Lynwood T. Kellam Memorial Recreation Park
    Location: The website says 4055 Gordon Stinnett Boulevard, Chesapeake Beach, Maryland 20732 but I believe Google Maps coordinate 38.691214, -76.536213 is more accurate. This puts it just south of the Northeast Community Center at 4075 Gordon Stinnett Avenue; Calvert County ADC map 4 F10.
    Date: May 14, 2017
    Phone: 301-855-3572
    Notes: As of 2017, the sign it costs $10 to launch but when the place is manned with an actual person, I've been charged $5 to launch my kayak. If nobody is there, you can fill out an envelope, put your money inside, and then drop it in the mail slot beside the store door. Access to Fishing Creek which is scenic and natural but better seen from a SUP because of all the bay grasses. Best to go at high tide but even at low tide, you should be able to get 2.5 miles upstream. There are some nice tributaries to explore. Great route for beginners and there is even a kayak/SUP/bicycle rental place at Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa Boat and Bike Rental. This is also a great place to launch if you want to look for shark teeth out along the shore of the Chesapeake Bay. There are restrooms for marina customers where you pay to get in that are combo-protected but also public restrooms at the big building where there is also a locker room. As far as I know, you don't have to pay or be a member to use these. There is a double ramp on both the east and west sides. There is also a floating dock for kayaks on the west side. For more information, see my May 14, 2017 blog.

    Flag Ponds Park
    See Flag Ponds Park and my August 10, 2014 blog.

    Hall Creek Natural Resources Management Area
    This launch site is the closest site I known of to Hall Creek, which is quite scenic and natural. I've been told this area also has quite a few trails but since it is primarily a hunting area and not a hiking area, I suspect these trails are not particularly interesting or scenic. It does appear, however, that one of these trails leads to a small public beach about 100 meters south of the launch site. This area began operating as a ferry in 1788. A Calvert County law guarantees public access.
    Location: Dunkirk, Calvert County. See Prince George's County ADC map 35 A10 or map 5885 K8..
    Phone: 1-800-784-5380
    Date: July 23, 2005
    Directions: From where the Baltimore Washington Parkway (highway 295) meets the Washington D.C. beltway (highway 495), take the beltway clockwise towards Richmond, Virginia.
    Take the Pennsylvania Avenue (route 4; 11A) exit heading east, away from Washington D.C. Follow for about 17 miles.
    In the town of Dunkirk, turn right on Ferry Landing Road (route 525). Follow to the end.
    Notes: 55 minutes from Savage. No restrooms. The closest restroom is at the British Petroleum (BP) gas station on the left (east) side of route 4 just before Ferry Landing Road. This hunting area has a small parking area which connects to a dirt walking road. Be sure to wear insect repellent if wearing open toed shoes or shorts. I've caught a deer tick in this area. Walk on this road pulling your boat on a wheeled cart. Since the dirt road winds a bit from the entrance, it may be easiest to lift a heavy boat over the metal gate and have another person run to the other side of the gate, then pull the boat over. The road will branch to the right. Stay on the main part. A short distance ahead, it will again branch to the right. This branch will clearly head downhill. You should be able to see the water from the split in the road. Follow this branch downhill and launch at the bottom where it meets the Patuxent River. One quarter mile from the parking lot to the water. The dirt road may be bumpy. Paddle south (left) for a mile, then turn left (east) into Hall Creek Marsh which meanders east for 3.5 miles before fallen trees may make continuing difficult. There is a good chance you will see bald eagles in this area. Upon returning, look for the stumps in the water from where a pier used to be. Where you launched is just south of this. Check out my trip report from September 30, 2012 where I paddled Hall Creek.

    Hallowing Point
    Location: Prince Frederick, Maryland; Calvert County ADC map 8 A4
    Phone: 410-535-3382, 301-855-1748
    Date: May 29, 2006
    Directions: From where the Baltimore Washington Parkway (highway 295) meets the Washington D.C. beltway (highway 495), take the beltway clockwise towards Richmond, Virginia.
    Take the Pennsylvania Avenue (route 4; 11A) exit heading east, away from Washington D.C.
    Turn right (south) at Crain Highway South (route 301).

    Option A: Generally faster and on a major road.
    Route 301 will merge with route 5 and remain as one for about 2.25 miles.
    Just after crossing over Mattawoman Creek, route 301 and route 5 (Mattawoman Beantown Road) will split. Veer left to follow route 5.
    After 3 miles, you'll come to Beantown. Here, you'll need to turn left (southeast) to stay on route 5 which is now Leonardtown Road. Follow for 8.5 miles.
    Turn left (east) on Prince Frederick Road (route 231). Cross the Patuxent River Bridge. Prince Frederick Road becomes Hallowing Point Road.
    Make the first right onto Hallowing Lane.

    Option B: Generally slower with some 30 mph speed limits through small towns. More scenic and easier to follow.
    Turn left (southeast) on Brandywine Road (route 381). This will turn into Aquasco Road. Follow to the end.
    Turn left (southeast) on Prince Frederick Road (route 231). Cross the Patuxent River Bridge. Prince Frederick Road becomes Hallowing Point Road.
    Make the first right onto Hallowing Lane.


    Notes: Two boat ramps. Parking for about 20 vehicles. Porta-john. Launch kayak from beach area near ramp. Access to the Patuxent River. Facing the river, left (south) is downstream while right (north) is upstream. One hour and 20 minutes from Elkridge. If exploring Hunting Creek (the one that drains into the Patuxent River), this is a pretty good place to launch...not a great place, but I know of no better. See September 17, 2006 for my Hunting Creek trip report.

    Consider the following kayak car shuttle trip done by Brian and me on May 29, 2006:
  • Drive to Hallowing Point with two vehicles, at least one capable of carrying two kayaks.
  • Leave one vehicle at the parking lot and load both boats on one vehicle. Be sure to pack personal floatation devices (PFDs), paddles, and drinking water.
  • Drive to Clyde Watson Boating Area (Magruders Ferry).
  • Directions: Cross back over the Patuxent River Bridge (west) on Prince Frederick Road (route 231).
  • Turn right (north) on Brandywine Road (route 381). This will turn into Aquasco Road.
  • Turn right (northeast) on to Croom Road (route 382).
  • Turn right (east) onto Magruders Ferry Road.
  • Turn right at the "Clyde Watson Boating Area" sign.
  • Paddle downstream. Consider exploring tributaries along the way.
  • Just after the Patuxent River Bridge, paddle to the boat ramps on the east. This is the take out point.
  • The entire trip without exploring tributaries is 10 miles.

    Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum
    Location: 10515 Mackall Road, Street Leonard, Maryland 20685; Calvert County ADC map 15 K11.
    Date: Unexplored
    Notes: Access to Patuxent River.

    King's Landing Park
    3255 Kings Landing Road, Huntingtown, Maryland; Calvert County ADC map 5 E9
    Date: Unexplored
    Notes: Access to the Patuxent River.

    Nan's Cove
    Location: 8081 Broomes Island Road, Broomes Island, Maryland; Calvert County ADC map 15 D7.
    Date: Unexplored
    Notes: Access to Nan Cove and the Patuxent River.

    North Beach Public Beach
    Location: Just east of the North Beach Welcome Center at 9023 Bay Avenue, North Beach, Maryland 20714; Google Maps coordinate 38.707593, -76.530765; Calvert County ADC map 4 G7.
    Date: Unexplored
    Notes: No ramp. Supposedly, one can rent kayaks there. Access to Chesapeake Bay.

    Parkers Creek
    See American Chestnut Land Trust and my November 13, 2011 and August 10, 2014 blogs.

    Sandy Point Road
    A scouting trip on August 24, 2008 showed me there are few places to launch on the lower Patuxent River. But I did find this one place that looks like it might be launchable. I didn't get out of my boat to check it out but it appears one might be able to park on the side of the street and carry one's boat down the rocks.
    Location: Bowens, Calvert County. See Calvert County ADC map 8 D8.
    Phone:
    Date: Boat recon conducted August 24, 2008
    Directions: Follow directions for Hallowing Point but instead of turning right onto Hallowing Lane, continue straight on Hallowing Point Road (route 231) for another 2.2 miles.
    Turn right (south) on Adelina Road (route 508). Follow for 0.8 miles.
    Turn right (west) on Sandy Point Road. Follow until you reach the water.
    Notes: One hour and 15 minutes from Hanover. Provides access to the Patuxent River south of the Patuxent River Bridge. Rough launch and likely limited parking. Have a back-up plan until I verify launchability.


     


    Caroline County Launch Sites
     
    If you are launching a boat from a Caroline County launch site and you see a sign mentioning fees for using the boat ramp, you can ignore them if you are not using a boat trailer.
    Effective April 1st 2009, a permit is required for launching any vessel via boat trailer at all county boat ramps.
    - Caroline County Depsrtment of Recreation and Parks

    Choptank Marina
    Location: 21843 Water Street, Preson, Maryland. Caroline County ADC map 23 G8
    Phone: 410-479-8120
    Date: April 14, 2011
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    In Easton, turn left (east) on Dover Road (route 331). Follow for 10.4 miles.
    In Preston, turn right on Maple Avenue (route 324). This will continue as Choptank Road. Follow for 3.2 miles.
    In the unincorporated are known as Choptank, the road will veer to the left and turn into Water Street. Follow for 0.1 mile and park on the right.

    Notes: There is a restroom, boat ramp, and beach. During the off-season, there is a porta-john. It is clean and well maintained. There is a sign indicating that a permit is required to launch but that is just for those towed with a boat trailer. Parking for maybe 12 vehicles in the immediate area but plenty of room nearby. Access to the east side of the Choptank River, southeast of Easton. Quick access to the scenic Hunting Creek. One hour and 40 minutes from Savage. For more information, see my April 14, 2011 trip report.

    Federalsburg Recreation Park and Marina
    Location: Marina Road, Federalsburg, Maryland 21632; Caroline County ADC map 26 D6
    Phone: 410-754-8173
    Date: September 19, 2015
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    In Easton, turn left (east) on Dover Road (route 331). This will change name to Dover Bridge Road (still route 331). Follow for about 10 miles
    In the town of Preston, route 331 will veer left (southeast) and become Main Street. Stay on route 331.
    After the town of Preston, veer left (southeast) on Preston Road (route 318). Follow for 6 miles.
    In Federalsburg, route 318 will veer right (south). Instead, continue straight on Bloomingdale Avenue (route 315). This will turn into Main Street (route 308). Follow for 1.5 miles.
    Turn right (east) on Marina Road and follow to end. If you come to Federalsburg Highway (route 313), you've gone too far.

    Notes: Two boat ramps. Porta-johns. Access to Marshyhope Creek. Parking for 50+ vehicles. Picnic area, volleyball court, and soccer field. One can paddle about 2 miles upstream from this location. Read my September 19, 2015 trip report or check out Maryland DNR - Federalsburg Marina and Recreation Park for more information.

    G. Daniel Crouse Memorial Park
    Location: Denton, Caroline County ADC map 12 D9
    Phone:
    Date: July 31, 2014
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    Turn left (east) onto Queen Anne Highway (route 404). Queen Anne Highway will become Shore Highway.
    Veer right onto Meeting House Road (route 404 business). Cross over the Choptank River into Denton. Immediately after crossing the bridge, there will be an area to make a U-turn that will enable you to head west on Gay Street.
    Shortly after making the U-turn, turn right into the park.

    Notes: Boat ramp. Restroom. Access to Choptank River. Parking for about 25 vehicles. Open dawn to dusk. There is also an old, unmaintained boat ramp on the south side of the park on the other side of route 404. This opens to a very sheltered area. If launching here, stay to the right (north) side when going out to the river since the left (south) side is very shallow. One can paddle about 8 miles upstream to Greensboro during the flood time and explore lots of interesting things along the way. Or, paddle downstream to Martinak State Park and then paddle up Watts Creek. Both of these are great summertime trips. For more information, see my May 25, 2012 and July 31, 2014 trip reports.

    Ganeys Wharf Park
    Location: Caroline County ADC map 14 C11
    Phone:
    Date: June 17, 2006
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    Turn left (east) onto Queen Anne Highway (route 404). Queen Anne Highway will become Shore Highway. Follow it through Denton. Route 404 and route 313 will merge and head south.
    After crossing Watts Creek, turn right (southwest) on Harmony Road (route 16). Follow for about 5 miles.
    Turn right (west) on Wilkens Branch Road. Follow for 0.9 miles to end.
    Turn right (north) on Gilpin Point Road. Follow for 0.2 miles.
    Turn left (west) on Ivans Road. Follow for 0.8 miles to end.
    Turn right on Ganeys Wharf Road. Follow for 0.8 miles to end.

    Notes: Boat ramp, porta-john, and picnic area. Access to Choptank River. Parking for about 17 vehicles. Closed dusk to dawn. A great beginner/intermediate trip is to launch from here a little before high tide then paddle upstream and explore Fowling Creek and Robins Creek. For more information, see my June 28, 2012 blog.

    Greensboro Boat Ramp
    Location: Greensboro, Caroline County ADC map 8 J7
    Phone:
    Date: June 17, 2006
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    Turn left (east) onto Queen Anne Highway (route 404).
    After crossing over Tuckahoe Creek, turn left (north) onto Ridgely Road (route 480).
    In Greensboro, turn right onto Sunset Avenue East (route 314).
    Before crossing over the Choptank River, turn right (south) into the Greensboro Carnival Ground. No street sign name. Follow to end.

    Notes: Boat ramp. Restroom near basketball court and porta-john near ramp. Access to Choptank River. Parking for about 18 vehicles. Big, grassy area great for throwing the frizbee. One can paddle about another 2.3 miles upstream at high tide or paddle downstream for about 8 miles to G. Daniel Crouse Memorial Park in Denton. Lots of interesting places to explore along the way. This is a great summertime place to launch. For more information, see my July 1, 2006, May 25, 2012, and June 27, 2014 trip reports.

    Hillsboro
    Location: Hillsboro, Queen Anne’s County ADC map 28 E13 or Caroline County ADC map 10 H4
    Phone:
    Date: June 17, 2006
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    Turn left (east) onto Queen Anne Highway (route 404).
    After crossing over Tuckahoe Creek, turn right (south) onto Ridgely Road (route 480). Follow to end.
    Make the next right onto Main Street (may also be Hillsboro Road, route 404 alternate).
    Before crossing back over Tuckahoe Creek, turn left into a small parking lot at the "Civil War Trails" sign.

    Notes: Boat ramp.  No restroom.  Access to Tuckahoe Creek. Parking for about 8 vehicles. If locking up boat or bicycle, consider securing to the "Frederick Douglass" sign. See my May 17, 2014 blog.

    Hunting Creek Bridge
    Location: Southeast end of Blades road in Choptank, Maryland. Caroline County ADC map 23 J9
    Phone:
    Date: April 14, 2011
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    In Easton, turn left (east) on Dover Road (route 331). Follow for 10.4 miles.
    In Preston, turn right on Maple Avenue (route 324). This will continue as Choptank Road. Follow for 3 miles.
    Turn left (southeast) onto Blades Road. Follow for 0.8 miles. Look for parking on the right, just before the bridge.

    Notes: No restrooms or boat ramp. This is just a sandy beach area with room for at least 2 vehicles. I didn't go ashore but I saw 2 cars there owned by some fishermen. Access to the mouth of Hunting Creek where it empties into the Choptank River. One hour and 40 minutes from Savage. The Choptank Marina is a better location for launching. For more information, see my April 14, 2011 trip report.

    Linchester Mill
    Location: Linchester Road in Preston, Maryland. Caroline County ADC map 24 E4
    Phone:
    Date: April 14, 2011
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    In Easton, turn left (east) on Dover Road (route 331). Follow for 11.3 miles.
    Just after leaving the town of Preston, make a hard right (southwest) onto Linchester Road. The mill will be on your left (west) in less than 0.1 miles.

    Notes: No restrooms or boat ramp. Not even sure if it is legal to launch but I saw no signs to indicate otherwise. This area is run by the Caroline County Historical Society. There is room for about 8 vehicles. It is maybe an eigth of a mile portage to an easy dirt launch area near the post that says "Hunting Creek." While not the easiest launch, it would make for an excellent lunch spot if you were to do an up and back trip launching at the Choptank Marina. Access to the head of Hunting Creek. One hour and 37 minutes from Savage. For more information, see my April 14, 2011 trip report.

    Martinak State Park
    Location: 137 Deep Shore Road, Denton, Maryland 21629, Caroline County ADC map 15 C1
    Phone: 410-820-1668 (park office, Monday through Friday), 1-800-825-PARK (after hours for emergency). For campground reservations, call 1-888-432-2267
    Date: June 17, 2006
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    Turn left (east) onto Queen Anne Highway (route 404). Queen Anne Highway will become Shore Highway. Follow it through Denton. Route 404 and route 313 will merge and head south.
    After passing the Denton Plaza Shopping Center, turn right (west) onto Deep Shore Road.
    The entrance to the park will be on the left (south side). Enter the park.
    The boat ramp will be on the left (west side) near the end of the road.

    Notes: Restroom, soda machine, and phone. Access to Watts Creek and Choptank River. Parking for about 50 vehicles. For more information, see my July 1-4, 2006 and July 31, 2014 trip reports.

    Campground info: Camp loop A contains most of the non-electric tent sites. Campsites are shaded and sheltered don't expect any breezes. As of June 2006, non-electric sites are $20 per night, electric sites are $25 per night, and cabins are $50 per night. Canoes can be rented for $15 for a half day and $20 for a full day. See camp host at site #30 in the B loop for canoe rental. Showers. Self service firewood is available 1500-2100 on Fridays and Saturdays. The woodshed is in the B loop across from the sign at the beginning of the loop. One small crate of wood costs $3. Some short hiking trails exist in the park. Each campsite has a trash can. Unlike some other state parks, this campsite is not gated so you can show up at any time.

    Area info: At Legion Road and route 404/313 is the Denton Plaza Shopping Center. The following restaurants exist as of June 2006: China House, Snappy's Bar and Grille, Collosseum Ristorante, and ice cream shop (closed Saturday), and Subway. Across from the shopping center is a Food Lion and Rite Aid.

    Marshyhope Greenway/VFW
    Location: 2703 Veterans Drive, Federalsburg, Maryland 21632 according to Mapquest and ADC maps but Google maps may say this is 2785-2793 Rosser Road (38.678838, -75.774926). It is right across the street from the VFW at 2630 Veterans Drive; Caroline County ADC map 26 C8
    Phone: 410-754-8173
    Date: September 19, 2015
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    In Easton, turn left (east) on Dover Road (route 331). This will change name to Dover Bridge Road (still route 331). Follow for about 10 miles.
    In the town of Preston, route 331 will veer left (southeast) and become Main Street. Stay on route 331.
    After the town of Preston, veer left (southeast) on Preston Road (route 318). Follow for 6 miles.
    In Federalsburg, route 318 will veer right (south) and merge with route 313 which is Federalsburg Highway. Follow this for 1.5 miles.
    Before crossing over Marshyhope Creek, turn right (south) on Veterans Highway. Google maps may incorrectly show this as Rosser Road. The launch area is on the left (east) side.

    Notes: 1.5 hours from Savage. Two boat ramps. Porta-john. Access to Marshyhope Creek. Parking for about 20 vehicles. Picnic tables. This is the southern terminus of the Federalsburg trail which extends about 2.5 miles to Laurel Grove. One can paddle about 2.5 miles upstream from this location. This is the southernmost (furthest downstream) public launch site on Marshyhope Creek. Of this I am quite certain and if you know otherwise, please let me know. Five miles to the Harrison Ferry Bridge (route 392), 9.5 miles to the Eldorado Road Bridge (route 14), and 16 miles to the mouth at the Nanticoke River. A little upstream from the mouth is a Boy Scout boat dock at Google coordinates 38.544955, -75.762853. So if you're somehow connected with the Scouts, then you're in luck. The closest public launch site near the mouth of Marshyhope is 2.5 miles upstream on the Nanticoke at Cherry Beach Park. Read my September 20-21, 2008 and September 19, 2015 trip reports for more information.

    Pocket Park
    Location: 105 East Central Avenue, Federalsburg, Maryland 21632 (38.694090, -75.772485); Caroline County ADC map 26 C5
    Phone:
    Date: September 19, 2015
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    In Easton, turn left (east) on Dover Road (route 331). This will change name to Dover Bridge Road (still route 331). Follow for about 10 miles
    In the town of Preston, route 331 will veer left (southeast) and become Main Street. Stay on route 331.
    After the town of Preston, veer left (southeast) on Preston Road (route 318). Follow for 6 miles.
    In Federalsburg, route 318 will veer right (south). Instead, continue straight on Bloomingdale Avenue (route 315). This will turn into Main Street (route 308). Follow for 0.9 mile.
    Turn left (east) on Central Avenue East. Follow for 0.1 mile and turn left (south) at the "Little Violet's Thrift Store Parking" sign. Don't expect to see a sign for "Pocket Park."

    Notes: Park south of the Prudential building at 105 East Central Avenue and east of the Pizza Empire Building at 110 S Main Street. Room for about 15 vehicles to be shared with customers. Porta-john available. Launch at a small beach area marked by a sign that reads "Canoe and Kayak Landing Site." This is the northernmost (furthest upstream) public launch site on Marshyhope Creek. One can paddle about 1.75 miles upstream from this location. Read my September 19, 2015 trip report for more information.

    Stoney Point Landing
    Location: Just south of Hillsboro in Caroline County ADC map 10 G8
    Phone:
    Date: June 28, 2012
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    Turn left (east) onto Queen Anne Highway (route 404).
    After crossing over Tuckahoe Creek, turn right (south) onto Ridgely Road (route 480). Follow to end.
    Make the next right onto Main Street (may also be Hillsboro Road, route 404 alternate). Follow for a stone's throw.
    Take the next left (south) on Tuckahoe Road. Follow for 1.6 miles.
    Turn right (west) on Stoney Point Road. Follow for 0.8 mile to end. This is a dirt road that can be powdery and high in the center. Don't take your lowrider here or you might be stuck but normal vehicles should be fine.

    Notes: No ramp or restroom. Access to Tuckahoe Creek. Parking for about 8 vehicles. Very scenic peninsula. See my June 28, 2012, July 13, 2013, and May 17, 2014 blogs.


     

    Carroll County Launch Sites
     
    Double Pipe Creek Park
    Location: Town of Detour. Carroll County ADC map 8 F12 or Frederick County ADC map 9 G11
    Date: June 24, 2007
    Phone:
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet on the southern side, take highway 695 north (clockwise) to exit 16, highway 70 west. (to Frederick).
    Take exit 62 heading north on Green Valley Road (route 75). Follow for 11.3 miles.
    Veer left (northwest) onto Keymar Road. Follow for 2.5 miles.
    Turn left (west) onto Good Intent Road. Follow for 0.9 miles to Ladiesburg.
    Turn right (northeast) onto Woodsboro Pike (route 194). Follow for 0.2 miles.
    Turn left (northwest) on Haughs Church Road. Follow for 2.3 miles to the end.
    Turn right (east) on Rocky Ridge Road (route 77). Follow for 1.2 miles. Parking will be on the right after the bridge.

    Notes: 70 minutes from Hanover. Extremely shallow. Only attempt to paddle after a very heavy rain. Even then, you're probably better off launching at Millers Bridge, just 1.2 miles away. Parking for 12 vehicles. Steps lead down to the water. Access to Double Pipe Creek. 1.2 miles downstream, the creek connects to the Monocacy River. No boat ramp or porta-john.

    Liberty Reservoir
    Location: Carroll County ADC map 31 B10
    Date: Not explored
    Phone: 410-795-6151 for questions regarding permits
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet on the southern side, take highway 695 north (clockwise) to exit 16, highway 70 west. (to Frederick).
    Take exit 80 to Sykesville Road (route 32) north. Follow for 7.2 miles.
    Turn right (southeast) on Liberty Road (route 26). Follow for 3 miles.
    Turn left (north) on Oakland Mills Road. There are 2 boat ramps available off Oakland Mills Road on the right about 0.4 miles from the turnoff.

    Notes: Boat propulsion is limited to rowing, paddling, or battery-powered motors. A seasonal permit issued by the City of Baltimore Reservoir Natural Resources Office is required prior to launching a boat in Liberty Reservoir. Due to the potential for zebra mussel infestations, boaters on Liberty, Loch Raven, and Prettyboy Reservoirs must sign an affidavit stating their boat will be used only on these reservoirs. This is why I've never paddled here. For more information, see Liberty Reservoir.


     

    Cecil County Launch Sites
     
    Note that the north end of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries can be a good place to paddle late in the summer. Though the water may be brackish, the low salinity will result in few, if any jellyfish. Scenery is nice because there are a lot of trees near the shore, whereas the saltier places will have more grasslands. On the bad side, aquatic vegetation can be thick in the shallow areas during late summer. In the winter, the low salt content is a problem for a different reason...the water will freeze up easily.

    For a list of boat launches, see Public Boat Ramps in Cecil County

    Bohemia River Minipark
    Location: Cecil County ADC map 21 G9
    Date: May 30, 2013
    Phone:
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 95 northeast through the Fort McHenry Tunnel.
    At exit 100, take North East Road (route 272) south towards the town of North East. Follow for 2 miles.
    Tur left (east) on Pulaski HIghway (route 40). Follow for 6.6 miles.
    Turn right (south) on Augustine Herman Highway (route 213). Follow for 11 miles, passing through Chesapeake City and driving over the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal.
    0.8 mile after passing Bohemia Manor Farm Lane, turn right (west) into a tiny parking lot just before the Bohemia River Bridge.

    Notes: No boat ramp or restroom. Parking for 4 vehicles through you might be able to fit 6 if people coordinate. There is a narrow dirt path on the south side that leads 50 yards to a shallow beach. Access to the Bohemia River. From here, you can easily explore Scotchman Creek, Little Bohemia Creek, and Great Bohemia Creek. About 1.5 hours from Savage. For more information, see my May 30, 2013 and March 10, 2016 blogs.

    Conowingo Creek Landing
    Location: Old Conowingo Rd, Conowingo, Cecil County, Maryland 21918. Cecil County ADC map 2 D12. Google Maps coordinate 39.6833164, -76.1953354
    Phone:
    Date: April 9, 2017
    Notes: Access to Conowingo Creek and the Conowingo Reservoir in the Susquehanna River. 2.5 miles to Broad Creek. No ramp or restroom. Parking for about 20 vehicles. Open one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset. While the creek looks very calm at the launch area, Edward Gerler says in his "Maryland and Delaware Canoe Trails" that within 1.25 miles or less, the area becomes "one steep, complex, snaggle-toothed rapid that is occasionally filtered through a fallen tree." He claims you may see up to class five whitewater! For more information, buy his book.

    Conowingo Community Park
    Location: Just downstream of the Conowingo Dam and Octoraro Creek on the Susquehanna River; Cecil County ADC map 2 D12
    Phone:
    Date: April 28, 2014
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet on the southern side, take highway 95 northeast through the Fort McHenry Tunnel. Follow for about 41 miles. Take the Level Road (route 155) exit (route 89) to the left (northwest) towards Bel Air. Follow for 2.9 miles. Turn right (north) onto Darlington Road (route 161). Follow for 4.5 miles to the end.
    Make a right oblique (north) onto Main Street in Darlington to remain on route 161. Follow for 0.75 mile.
    Turn right (north) onto Casleton Road (route 623). Follow 0.1 mile.
    Turn right (east) onto Conowingo Road (route 1). Follow 2.2 miles, crossing over the Susquehanna River and the Conowingo Dam.
    Turn right (southeast) onto Susquehanna River Road (route 222). Follow 0.9 miles, crossing over the Octoraro Creek.
    Turn right (west) into the park.

    Notes: One hour and 15 minutes from Savage. Park in the westmost lot near a break in the low fence. A trail leads about over a small foot bridge 200 feet to the water. This is a very muddy launch but will put you right at the mouth of Octoraro Creek on the Susquehanna River. Porta-john available. Parking for at least 25 vehicles. Less than a half mile upstream is a big heron rookery on private property that you will probably be able to see when there aren't many leaves on the trees. There are various trails in the park, some that walk along the water. A less muddy launch site nearby is Moore Road. For more information, check out my April 28, 2014 blog.

    (Elkton) Marina Park
    Location: Elkton, Maryland 21921; Cecil County ADC map 13 B9; see Google maps coordinate 39.602491, -75.833280.
    Date: March 10, 2016
    Phone: 410-620-7964
    Notes: If you're driving northwest on Delaware Avenue (route 7), then you'll turn left just before crossing the creek. If driving southeast, then you'll turn right just after crossing the creek. Open March to October 0600-2100, November to February 0600-1800. Closed during inclement weather. Parking for 25+ vehicles. Porta-john. Access to Big Elk Creek. Very shallow. No boat ramp. For more information, see my March 10, 2016 blog.

    Fredericktown Boat Launch
    Location: Cecil County ADC map 25 inset which appears at the bottom of page 24 or Kent County ADC map 5 A4 (easier to read than Cecil County map)
    Date: September 30, 2013
    Phone: 410-996-8101, 410-392-4537, 410-658-3000
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    Take highway 50 east across the Bay Bridge. It will merge with highway 301
    At exit 46, 301 will split off. Follow highway 301 heading northeast for 56.6 miles.
    Turn left (northeast) onto Galena Road (route 313). Follow through Galena. In town, the road will change names to Augustine Herman Highway but remain on Route 213 north. At mile 3.2, you will see Toal Park on the right. There is a porta-john here. If you gotta go, then go here since there won't be any place to go at the launch site. Follow for a total of 4 miles, crossing over the Sassafras River.
    Turn left (west) on George Street. Follow for 0.2 miles.
    Turn left (south) at the Fredericktown Boat Launch, right across from Sassafras Street.

    Notes: About 90 minutes from Savage. Boat ramp. No restroom. Parking for 6 vehicles but if there are trucks with boat trailers, then only 3. After paddling, consider dining at the Granary Marina and Restaurant, the Sassafras Grill, or the Harbor Cafe and Pizzaria. All are on George Street. For more information, see September 30, 2013.

    Historic Elk Landing
    Location: 561 Landing Lane, Elkton, Maryland 21921; Cecil County ADC map 13 A11; see Google maps coordinate 39.597676, -75.840955.
    Date: March 10, 2016
    Phone: 410-620-6400
    Notes: Follow Landing Lane south until it ends. Access to Little Elk Creek near the Little Elk Creek and Big Elk Creek confluence. Shallow. No boat ramp. For more information, see my March 10, 2016 blog.

    Moore Road
    Location: 134 Moore Road, Conowingo, Cecil County, Maryland 21918. Cecil County ADC map 8 E12. Google Map coordinate 39.660180, -76.153915.
    Phone:
    Notes: There are many places along Moore Road where you can drop your boat but the best I've found is at this location. It is on the north side of Octoraro Creek and just on the west side of a tall, beautiful train bridge (not the dilapidated one). Park along the side of the road slightly east and across the street, just west of the tall bridge support. There is room for about 2 vehicles. There is also room for about 4 vehicles just west of the older dilapidated train bridge on the same side of the street as the river. At 39.660186, -76.152920, it is actually easier to put a boat into the water and the parking is better but it will be too shallow to get back without portaging. No restroom or ramp but if you gotta pee, then go behind the tall bridge train support. Access to Octoraro Creek and the Susquehanna River. The mouth of the creek is 0.8 mile from the dam so when the dam releases a lot of water, it is not safe to paddle in the Susquehanna River. To find out if water is being released from the dam, call the Conowingo generation hotline: 1-888-457-4076 or the Spill conditions hotline: 1-877-457-2525. For more information, see my April 9, 2017 and April 17, 2017 blogs.

    Northeast River Area
    Location: Elk Neck State Park, Cecil County ADC map 19 J3
    Date: September 25, 2005
    Phone:
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 95 northeast through the Fort McHenry Tunnel.
    At exit 100, take North East Road (route 272) south towards North East.  Route 272 will turn into Turkey Point Road.  Drive through the town of North East, then into Elk Neck State Park.
    At the sign which reads "N.E. River Area" turn right and follow to end.

    Notes: No boat ramp. Large parking lot for about 80 vehicles. Just to the left of the recycled tire playground is a blocked road which leads to a beach. 78 paces from the parking lot to the water via this blocked road so you may wish to bring a kayak cart. Three dollar entrance fee for Maryland residents unless you have are camping at Elk Neck State Park. Restroom. Soda machine. Snack bar open seasonally. 80 minutes from Arbutus. Access to the Chesapeake Bay and the west side of the Elk Neck State Park peninsula.

    (Historic) Port Marina Park
    Location: In Port Deposit along the Susquehanna River; Cecil County ADC map 9 A10
    Phone:
    Date: April 28, 2014
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet on the southern side, take highway 95 northeast through the Fort McHenry Tunnel. Follow for about 44 miles. After crossing over the Susquehanna River, take exit 93.
    Take Perrylawan Drive (route 222) north. Follow for a half mile.
    Turn left (west) onto Bainbridge Road to remain on route 222. Follow for 2.5 miles into Port Deposit.
    On the left (west) will be the park.

    Notes: One hour and 10 minutes from Savage. There is parking for about 30 vehicles and a porta-john on the south side of the lot. There are 2 boat ramps. One is new. Access to the Susquehanna River. Paddle northwest (upstream) to get to various small islands: Robert, Spencer, Steel, Wood, and Street. Or paddle downstream to get to Garrett Island. Directly across is the Lapidum Boat Launch Facility which is a little closer to Baltimore and you don't have to pay as much toll, but then you don't get to see Port Deposit. If you want to make a full day out of it, consider stopping for dinner at any of the following:
         D'Lorenzo Pizza & Grill
         15 South Main Street, Port Deposit, Maryland 21904
         Phone: (410) 378-2800

         Backfin Blues Bar & Grill
         19 South Main Street, Port Deposit, Maryland 21904
         Phone: (410) 378-2722

         Union Hotel Restaurant
         1282 Susquehanna River Road
         Port Deposit, Maryland 21904
         Phone: (410) 378-3503
    For more information, check out my April 28, 2014 blog.

    Rogues Harbor
    Location: Elk Neck State Park, Cecil County ADC map 19 J8
    Date: February 7, 2004
    Phone:
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 95 northeast through the Fort McHenry Tunnel.
    At exit 100, take North East Road (route 272) south towards North East.  Route 272 will turn into Turkey Point Road.  Drive through the town of North East, then into Elk Neck State Park.
    At the sign which reads “Rogues Harbor Boating Facility” turn left and follow to end.

    Notes: Multiple boat ramps.  Restroom.  $10 launch fee for Maryland residents, though this fee might be waived if you are camping at Elk Neck State Park.  75 minutes from Arbutus.  Access to the Elk River on the east side of the Elk Neck State Park peninsula. If camping with a large group, request the group camp site on the Sassafras loop.


     

    Charles County Launch Sites
     
    Benedict
    Location: Charles County ADC map 21 K9
    Phone:
    Date: May 29, 2006
    Directions: From where the Baltimore Washington Parkway (highway 295) meets the Washington D.C. beltway (highway 495), take the beltway clockwise towards Richmond, Virginia.
    Take the Pennsylvania Avenue (route 4; 11A) exit heading east, away from Washington D.C.
    Turn right (south) at Crain Highway South (route 301).

    Option A: Generally faster and on a major road.
    Route 301 will merge with route 5 and remain as one for about 2.25 miles.
    Just after crossing over Mattawoman Creek, route 301 and route 5 (Mattawoman Beantown Road) will split. Veer left to follow route 5.
    After 3 miles, you'll come to Beantown. Here, you'll need to turn left (southeast) to stay on route 5 which is now Leonardtown Road. Follow for 8.5 miles.
    Turn left (east) on Prince Frederick Road (route 231).
    Turn right (southeast) on Benedict Avenue. Ramp is located at the end of the road on the left.

    Option B: Generally slower with some 30 mph speed limits through small towns. More scenic and easier to follow.
    Turn left (southeast) on Brandywine Road (route 381). This will turn into Aquasco Road. Follow to the end.
    Turn left (southeast) on Prince Frederick Road (route 231).
    Turn right (southeast) on Benedict Avenue. Ramp is located at the end of the road on the left.


    Notes: Paved double ramp. Parking for about 10 vehicles. Porta-john. Five dollar launch fee. Use drop box. This site is poorly maintained but suitable for a kayak launch. One hour and 15 minute drive from Elkridge. Access to the Patuxent River. Facing the river, right (south) is downstream while left (north) is upstream. To avoid the fee, drive about 5 minutes to launch at Hallowing Point.

    Chapel Point State Park
    Location: Charles County ADC map 25 G4
    Phone:
    Date: August 19, 2006
    Directions: From where highway 95 meets the Washington DC beltway (highway 495) at the northern end, drive clockwise on the beltway.
    Take exit 7A to route 5 south. This will merge with route 301 after 9 miles.
    In Mattawoman, route 301 will split with route 5. Route 301 (Crain Highway) will veer to the right (southwest). Follow route 301.
    In the town of La Plata, turn right (west) on Port Tobacco Road (route 6).
    In the town of Port Tobacco, veer left (south) onto Chapel Point Road.
    Turn right (west) on Pices Lane. Follow to end.

    Notes: Porta-john. Long dirt road on Pices Lane. Parking for about 12 vehicles in two dirt lots. No paved ramp. May be hard to find if landing. Access to Port Tobacco River.

    Chaptico Wharf Recreation Area
    Location: Charles County ADC map 37 G4
    Phone:
    Date: July 6, 2008
    Directions: From where highway95 meets the Washington DC beltway (highway 495) at the northern end, drive clockwise on the beltway.
    Take exit 7A to route 5 south. Avoid route 301 which goes through La Plata and has lots of stop and go traffic.
    In Newmarket (at the route 6 intersection), take Thompsons Corner Road (route 236) south to the end.
    At Budds Creek, turn left (southeast) on Budds Creek Road (route 234). Follow for 4 miles.
    In Chaptico, turn right (southwest) on Maddox Road (route 238). Follow for 3 miles.
    In Maddox, turn left (west) on Old Chaptico Wharf Road. Follow for one mile. Entrance is on the right. If you go too far, you'll come to a private dirt road where the residents will yell at you if you drive over 10 mph.
    Notes: Porta johns, boat ramp, and parking for 20. Watch for fishermen and stay away from lines. 90 minute drive from Hanover. Access to the Wicomico River on the western shore. This should not be confused with the river of the same name on the eastern shore. See my trip report at July 6, 2008.

    Friendship Landing
    Location: 4705 Friendship Landing Road, Nanjemoy, MD 20662; Charles County ADC map 23 J24
    Phone:
    Date: August 19, 2006
    Directions: From where highway95 meets the Washington DC beltway (highway 495) at the northern end, drive clockwise on the beltway.
    Take exit 7A to route 5 south. This will merge with route 301 after 9 miles.
    In Mattawoman, route 301 will split with route 5. Route 301 (Crain Highway) will veer to the right (southwest). Follow route 301.
    In the town of La Plata, turn right (west) on Port Tobacco Road (route 6).
    After crossing the bridge over Ward Run, turn left (south) onto Durham Church Road. Continuing straight, this road will turn into Ironsides Road (route 425).
    Turn left (southeast), onto Friendship Landing Road. Follow to end.

    Notes: No restroom. Paved ramp. One can launch a kayak from an area to the right of the ramp. Parking for about 16 vehicles. A vehicle without a boat trailer can also park just up the hill on the north side of the road at the lot for Friendship Trail. Access to Nanjemoy Creek and Hill Top Fork. See my trip report on September 22, 2007 and July 13, 2008.

    Mallows Bay Launch
    Location: 1440 Wilson Landing Road, Nanjemoy, Maryland 20662. Charles County ADC map 22 B5
    Phone: 301-932-3470
    Date: June 12, 2011
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take the Baltimore Washington Parkway (highway 295) south to the end at the 6 o'clock position of the Washington D.C. beltway (highway 495).
    Head east (counterclockwise) on highway 495 just slightly, following signs for route 210.
    Take Indian Head Highway (route 210) south. Follow for 14.7 miles.
    Turn left (south) onto Marshall Hall Road/Livingston Road (route 227). Follow for 1.3 miles.
    Route 227 will turn to the left. Instead, go straight onto Livingston Road (route 224). Follow for 2.9 miles.
    Turn left (south) onto Hawthorne Road (route 224/225). Follow for 0.4 mile.
    Turn slight right (southwest) onto Chicamuxen Road (route 224). Follow for 8.6 miles.
    Turn right (southwest) onto Riverside Road (route 224). Follow for 3.8 miles.
    Turn right (west) onto Wilson Landing Road. If you reach Green Manor Drive, you've gone too far. Follow for a tenth of a mile to the launch site on the left.
    Notes: Some maps show this launch area as the John C. Wilson launch. One hour and 27 minutes in light traffic. Provides access to Mallows Bay at Liverpool Point. Boat ramp and small beach area next to the ramp. Porta johns near the big parking lot that holds at least 30 vehicles. Open sunrise to sunset. 0.8 mile trail. Mallows Bay is famous for being a ship graveyard. This being the case, there is a lot of debris that could easily damage a kayak. So if you visit, bring a plastic boat and paddle slowly near the wrecks. The wrecks are mostly submerged at high tide so visit at low tide. To learn about this area, read the book The Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay. For tide info, see Salt Water Tides and use the information for Liverpool Point. See my trip report on September 23, 2007, June 12, 2011, and June 21, 2014.

    Marshall Hall Boat Launch
    Location: End of Marshall Hall Road in Piscataway Park 20607. Charles County ADC map 1 G4
    Phone:
    Date: May 5, 2007
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take the Baltimore Washington Parkway (highway 295) south to the end at the 6 o'clock position of the Washington D.C. beltway (highway 495).
    Head east (counterclockwise) on highway 495 just slightly, following signs for route 210.
    Take Indian Head Highway (route 210) south for about 14 miles.
    Turn right (north) at Marshall Hall Road (route 227). Follow for 4 miles, to the end. When the road splits, stay on the left (main) side.

    Notes: Parking for at least 50 vehicles. Two boat ramps. No restroom. Area can get busy with fishing boat launches. Consider launching at Farmington Landing, which is nearby.

    Mattingly Park/Slavins Launch
    Location: Indian Head, Maryland 20640. Charles County ADC map 6 H8
    Phone:
    Date: September 24, 2007
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take the Baltimore Washington Parkway (highway 295) south to the end at the 6 o'clock position of the Washington D.C. beltway (highway 495).
    Head east (counterclockwise) on highway 495 just slightly, following signs for route 210.
    Take Indian Head Highway (route 210) south. Continue into the town of Indian Head.
    Just before entering the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center, turn left (south) on Mattingly Avenue and follow to the end.
    Notes: One hour and 15 minutes in light traffic. Provides access to Mattawoman Creek. This creek is very scenic and natural as you paddle upstream. Porta-johns, picnic table, and boat ramp available. Parking for about 12 vehicles. See my trip report on September 21, 2007.

    Patuxent River Bridge
    Location: Charles County ADC map 21 J3
    Phone:
    Date: April 29, 2007
    Directions: From where the Baltimore Washington Parkway (highway 295) meets the Washington D.C. beltway (highway 495), take the beltway clockwise towards Richmond, Virginia.
    Take the Pennsylvania Avenue (route 4; 11A) exit heading east, away from Washington D.C.
    Turn right (south) at Crain Highway South (route 301).

    Option A: Generally faster and on a major road.
    Route 301 will merge with route 5 and remain as one for about 2.25 miles.
    Just after crossing over Mattawoman Creek, route 301 and route 5 (Mattawoman Beantown Road) will split. Veer left to follow route 5.
    After 3 miles, you'll come to Beantown. Here, you'll need to turn left (southeast) to stay on route 5 which is now Leonardtown Road. Follow for 8.5 miles.
    Turn left (east) on Prince Frederick Road (route 231).
    Just before coming to the Patuxent River Bridge, pull over on either side of the road.

    Option B: Generally slower with some 30 mph speed limits through small towns. More scenic and easier to follow.
    Turn left (southeast) on Brandywine Road (route 381). This will turn into Aquasco Road. Follow to the end.
    Turn left (southeast) on Prince Frederick Road (route 231).
    Just before coming to the Patuxent River Bridge, pull over on either side of the road.


    Notes: Launch from beach on south side of bridge. Beware of fishing lines. Parking for about 14 vehicles on the sides of the road. One hour and 15 minute drive from Elkridge. Access to the Patuxent River. Facing the river, right (south) is downstream while left (north) is upstream. No restroom. If needing one, drive about 5 minutes to Hallowing Point.

    Port Tobacco Road (route 6)
    Location: Charles County ADC map 23 B13
    Phone:
    Date: September 22, 2007
    Directions: From where highway95 meets the Washington DC beltway (highway 495) at the northern end, drive clockwise on the beltway.
    Take exit 7A to route 5 south. This will merge with route 301 after 9 miles.
    In Mattawoman, route 301 will split with route 5. Route 301 (Crain Highway) will veer to the right (southwest). Follow route 301.
    In the town of La Plata, turn right (west) on Port Tobacco Road (route 6).
    After crossing the bridge over Ward Run, turn left (south) onto Durham Church Road. Continuing straight, this road will turn into Ironsides Road (route 425).
    Follow Ironsides Road heading southwest to the end.
    At Port Tobacco Road (route 6), turn left (south).
    Follow for 1.4 miles to the bridge over Nanjemoy Creek. There is a grassy area on the southeast side of the bridge with room for about 2 vehicles.

    Notes: This is just a place off the road, not a formal launch site. Best to launch on the southeast side of the bridge (downstream). Right under the bridge are some mud covered sandbags that are extremely slippery. Trust me, I fell on my ass there. Just a bit downstream of that is a path that leads to a more secure launch area. From here, you can't go very far upstream but you can paddle about 6 miles to Friendship Landing then continue further to explore the much wider section of Nanjemoy Creek. Launching from Port Tobacco Road and paddling downstream is extremely scenic. See my trip report on September 22, 2007.

    Purse State Park
    Location: 10124 Riverside Road (route 224), Nanjemoy, Maryland 20662; Charles County ADC map 22 D11. About two miles south of Liverpool Point Road (route 426).
    Phone: Natural Resources Police 410-260-8888, 800-628-9944
    Date: August 20, 2016
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take the Baltimore Washington Parkway (highway 295) south to the end at the 6 o'clock position of the Washington D.C. beltway (highway 495).
    Head east (counterclockwise) on highway 495 just slightly, following signs for route 210.
    Take Indian Head Highway (route 210) south.
    Just before reaching Indian Head, turn left (south) on route 225 in Glymont.
    Almost immediately, this will end at Hawthorne Road (route 225). Veer left (east) on Hawthorne.
    After 1.4 miles, turn right (west) on Chicamuxen Road (route 224).
    Route 224 will turn into Riverside Road. Turn right (west) onto Riverside. Follow for 6.5 miles.
    Notes: One hour and 35 minutes in light traffic. No restroom. Provides access to the Potomac River, 3 miles south of Mallows Bay, where a large ship graveyard resides. There really isn't a park entrance. It is just a dirt parking lot on the east side of the road with room for about 9 vehicles. It is marked by a sign that reads "Nanjemoy Wildlife Management Area" but that isn't the only lot in the area with that sign so make sure it is the one about two miles south of Liverpool Point Road (route 426). From there, walk on a wide trail marked by a sign that reads "Beach Trail" that is just across Riverside Road from the lot. After about two thirds of a mile walking west, you'll come to the Potomac River. I HIGHLY recommend you bring a kayak cart. It is then a downhill carry to the river at Wades Bay. Not an easy launch by any means. For kayaking, you are better off launching 2 miles north at Mallows Bay.

    There are lots of fossils here and it is a great place to look at low tide. At high tide, the beach might not be there. There are also plenty of places (less popular so probably more fossils) to look further north though one will have to walk a little further to get from the parking lot to the beach. Douglas Point is one such area. Get tide info at Maryland DNR Tide Finder by selecting "Region: Potomac River" and "Location: Liverpool Point."

    The Purse area can be very popular on a hot summer day. For information, see my trip report for September 23, 2007, June 21, 2014, and August 20, 2016.

    Smallwood State Park
    This 628 acre park has a marina, boat launching ramps, 2 miles of nature trails, and a campground. Canoes (and kayaks?) can be rented May through September, Wednesday through Sunday at the Sweden Point Marina Concession. Note that this park is not the same as Fort Smallwood Park which is operated by Anne Arundel County.

    Location: 2750 Sweden Point Road, Marbury, Maryland 20658. Charles County ADC map 14 D3
    Phone: 301-743-7613 (general), 1-888-432-2267 (camping reservations)
    Date: September 10, 2004
    Directions: From where highway95 meets the Washington DC beltway (highway 495) at the northern end, drive clockwise on the beltway.
    Take exit 7A to route 5 south. This will merge with route 301 after 9 miles.
    In Mattawoman, route 301 will split with route 5. Route 301 (Crain Highway) will veer to the right (southwest). Follow route 301.
    In La Plata, turn west on route 225.
    Turn left (south) on route 224. The park entrance is ~3 miles on the right.
    -OR-
    From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take the Baltimore Washington Parkway (highway 295) south to the end at the 6 o'clock position of the Washington D.C. beltway (highway 495).
    Head east (counterclockwise) on highway 495 just slightly, following signs for route 210.
    Take Indian Head Highway (route 210) south.
    Just before reaching Indian Head, turn left (south) on route 225 in Glymont.
    Almost immediately, this will end at Hawthorne Road (route 225). Veer left (east) on Hawthorne.
    After 1.4 miles, turn right (west) on Chicamuxen Road (route 224). Follow for 3.5 miles.
    The park entrance is on the right.
    Notes: One hour and 20 minutes in light traffic. Provides access to Mattawoman Creek. This creek is very scenic and natural as you paddle upstream. Porta-johns, several boat ramps, and parking for more vehicles than you can shake a stick at. Ten dollar launch fee as of September 2007. But no launch fee if you're camping. See my trip report for September 21, 2007 and June 12, 2011.


     
    Chester County, Pennsylvania Launch Sites
     
    Shaws Bridge Park
    Location: The southwest intersection of South Bridge Road (route 842) and South Creek Road in West Chester, Pennsylvania
    Date: April 15, 2012
    Phone:
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet on the southern side, take highway 95 north.
    At exit 5 in Delaware, take route 141 heading north. Follow for 5.8 miles.
    Take Kennett Pike (route 52) northeast. Follow for 7.8 miles into Pennsylvania.
    Turn left (west) onto East Baltimore Pike (route 1). Follow for 0.4 mile.
    Turn right (north) onto Lenape Road (route 52). Follow for 4.4 mile.
    After crossing over Brandywine Creek, turn left (northwest) onto Creek Road (route 52) at Brandywine Picnic Park. Follow for 0.2 mile.
    Turn left (northwest) onto South Creek Road. Follow for 1.1 miles. Look for the parking lot on the left just after Withers Way on the right but before South Bridge Road on the left.

    Notes: Two hours and 8 minutes from Savage. This will put one on the East Branch of the Brandywine Creek, just above the confluence where the east and west branches merge. Parking for 7 vehicles. The lot is short so be sure to pull your vehicle all the way in. No restroom at lot but there is one 300 meters southeast on South Creek Road at the main entrance to the park. After unloading your boat, carry down the stairs to the water, about 40 meters to the west. About 12 miles downstream is Thompsons Bridge and in between are two dams that require portage. This route is described verbosely in the "Confluence East and West branches to Rockland" route in the Maryland and Delaware Canoe Trails book by Ed Gertler. I highly recommend reading this before launching. For more information, see April 14-15, 2012.


     

    Dorchester County Launch Sites

    Asquith Island
    Location: Dorchester County ADC map 42 E1
    Date: Unexplored.
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.  On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301.  Stay on highway 50. Pass through Easton. Cross over Senator Frederick C. Malkus, Jr. Bridge (Choptank River Bridge). Follow route 50 (approximately 1.6 more miles) until you come to a traffic light just past the Dorchester Square Shopping Center (Center includes Wal Mart and Food City).
    You will see a brown sign directing you to the refuge. Turn right at this light onto route 16 West (Gypsy Hill Road/Cambridge Beltway/Church Creek Road). Continue to the town of Church Creek. Follow for 7.5 miles.
    Turn left (southeast) on Golden Hill Road (route 335). Continue to the end.
    Turn left (east) to remain on Golden Hill Road (now route 336) which will become Lakesville Road then Crapo Road. Follow for 7.7 miles.
    Turn right (south) on Asquith Island Road. Follow for 0.7 miles. According to the map, there should be a boat ramp near or on Cannon Road on the right.

    Notes: This launch site give one fairly good access to the mouth of Worlds End Creek, 3.5 miles away. From what I've seen and read about this creek, it is quite nice and deserves to be explored by true nature lovers. About 2 hours and 5 minutes from Savage. Access to Lakes Cove and the Honga River. Special thanks to Lisa A. for providing me with this information. She says
    The Asquith put-in is by the green building on Cannon Road just off Asquith Island Road on the west side of Asquith. The put-in is at the end of Cannon road where it goes into the water. It's an iffy ramp, looks like fine for kayaks, iffy for anything more. There's a "thou shalt not dump oil in the water sign" but nothing to mark that it's a put-in. Looks like you can park a good number of cars along the road.

    Beaver Dam Creek, Smithville Bridge
    Location: Dorchester County ADC map 27 J5
    Date: April 25, 2015
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.  On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301.  Stay on highway 50. Pass through Easton. Cross over Senator Frederick C. Malkus, Jr. Bridge (Choptank River Bridge). Follow route 50 (approximately 1.6 more miles) until you come to a traffic light just past the Dorchester Square Shopping Center (Center includes Wal Mart and Food City).
    You will see a brown sign directing you to the refuge. Turn right at this light onto route 16 West (Gypsy Hill Road/Cambridge Beltway/Church Creek Road). Follow for 14.5 miles.
    Turn left (southeast) onto Smithville Road. If you cross over a big bridge, you've gone too far. Follow Smithville Road for 4.5 miles. Parking on the right just before Smithville Bridge over Beaverdam Creek.

    Notes: One boat ramp, no porta-john. Holds about 10 vehicles. About 2.5 hours from Elkridge. For a trip report that involved landing at this site, see my trip reports from Taylors Island, June 2007 and April 25, 2015.

    Bestpitch
    Location: Dorchester County ADC map 31 F7
    Date: May 4, 2013
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.  On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301.  Stay on highway 50. Pass through Easton. Cross over Senator Frederick C. Malkus, Jr. Bridge (Choptank River Bridge).
    Follow route 50 (approximately 1.9 more miles) then turn right (south) on Bucktown Road. Follow for 6.5 miles.
    Somewhere around the Bucktown United Methodist Church in Bucktown, the road turns left (south) and becomes Greenbrier Road. Follow for a half mile.
    Turn left (southeast) onto Bestpitch Ferry Road. Follow for 0.4 miles.
    Turn right (southwest) to remain on Bestpitch Ferry Road. Follow for 0.2 miles to the end.
    At a church, turn left (south) to remain on Bestpitch Ferry Road. Follow for 3.4 miles to the Transquaking River.
    Parking is on the southeast side of the one lane, shaky wooden bridge.

    Notes: This launch site is a real gem and gives plenty of access to some narrow, winding rivers. Parking for about 8 vehicles, no porta-john. Access to the Transquaking River. The scenery in this area is pretty much all marshy grasslands without trees. About 2 hours from Hanover. As of May 4, 2013, I determined that this is launch site is NO LONGER AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC LAUNCH. Instead, use Fishing Bay which is just on the other side of the river and much nicer.

    Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge
    Location: Dorchester County ADC map 30 A3
    Date: December 31, 2005
    There is a restroom (sort of like a Porta-John) off the Wildlife Drive in the parking lot of the Marsh Edge Trail. One can pull a kayak into the area near the trail or the observation site (look for an information sign with a roof). The restroom is a little over a quarter mile northeast of the observation site. Not sure if boats are actually permitted to land but it is certainly better than polluting the wetlands with human waste.
         Blackwater Refuge Paddling Trails

    Crapo
    Location: Dorchester County ADC map 36 E12
    Date: June 10, 2007
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.  On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301.  Stay on highway 50. Pass through Easton. Cross over Senator Frederick C. Malkus, Jr. Bridge (Choptank River Bridge). Follow route 50 (approximately 1.6 more miles) until you come to a traffic light just past the Dorchester Square Shopping Center (Center includes Wal Mart and Food City).
    You will see a brown sign directing you to the refuge. Turn right at this light onto route 16 West (Gypsy Hill Road/Cambridge Beltway/Church Creek Road). Continue to the town of Church Creek. Follow for 7.5 miles.
    Turn left (southeast) on Golden Hill Road (route 335). Continue to the end.
    Turn left (east) to remain on Golden Hill Road (now route 336) which will become Lakesville Road then Crapo Road. Follow for 7.6 miles.
    Turn right (south) on Parks Neck Road, a dirt road. Once can access Charles Creek just a short distance down on this road.

    Notes: According to the map, there are two tributaries of Charles Creek that meet with Parks Neck Road. I only remember the first (northernmost) one which was totally unsuitable. No place to park and no place to really put in without getting filthy and possibly bitten by ticks. No trespassing signs around too. Unfortunately, I didn't venture to check out the second though I have no reason to believe that would be any better. I only mention this "site" if you call it that, because it is mentioned in Maryland and Delaware Canoe Trails by Edward Gertler on page 225. I expect the launch site at Asquith Island would be better though I didn't check this site out. About 2.5 hours from Hanover.

    Crocheron
    Location: Dorchester County ADC map 43 H12
    Date: Unexplored.
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.  On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301.  Stay on highway 50. Pass through Easton. Cross over Senator Frederick C. Malkus, Jr. Bridge (Choptank River Bridge). Follow route 50 (approximately 1.6 more miles) until you come to a traffic light just past the Dorchester Square Shopping Center (Center includes Wal Mart and Food City).
    You will see a brown sign directing you to the refuge. Turn right at this light onto route 16 West (Gypsy Hill Road/Cambridge Beltway/Church Creek Road). Continue to the town of Church Creek. Follow for 7.5 miles.
    Turn left (southeast) on Golden Hill Road (route 335). Continue to the end.
    Turn left (east) to remain on Golden Hill Road (now route 336). It will change names to Lakesville Road, Lakesville-Crapo Road, and Wingate Bishops Head Road. Route 336 will end. Just continue straight. Remain on these roads for a total of 13.4 miles to the town of Bishops Head.
    Turn left (south) on Crocheron Road. Follow 2 miles to the end.
    Turn left (northeast) onto Crocheron Wharf Road. Some maps might show this as Crocheron Road. Follow 0.8 mile to the end.

    Notes: Access to Tedious Creek and Fishing Bay. 2 hours and 20 minutes from Savage. Special thanks to Lisa A. for providing me with this information. She says
    Nice big county ramp, room for lots more cars than the "5" listed on the DNR site. Puts into Tedious Creek, which looks like it has jetties protecting its mouth.

    Elliott Island Road
    Location: Dorchester County ADC map 39 E4
    Date: June 11, 2007
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.  On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301.  Stay on highway 50. Pass through Easton. Cross over Senator Frederick C. Malkus, Jr. Bridge (Choptank River Bridge). Follow for about another 14.3 miles.
    Veer right to catch Ocean Gateway (route 731). Do not go left to remain on highway 50 (Vienna by-pass). Follow for one mile.
    Veer right onto Race Street. Follow for 0.2 miles.
    Turn right (southwest) onto Market Street which will change name to Elliott Island Road. Follow for about 12 miles.
    There will be a boat ramp on the left.

    Notes: No porta-john. Parking for about 12 vehicles on the side of the road. Narrow stream that may have a strong current. Lots of marshy grasslands. Access to Island Creek. About 2.5 hours from Hanover.

    Fishing Bay
    Location: Dorchester County ADC map 31 F7
    Date: May 4, 2013
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.  On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301.  Stay on highway 50. Pass through Easton. Cross over Senator Frederick C. Malkus, Jr. Bridge (Choptank River Bridge).
    Follow route 50 (approximately 1.9 more miles) then turn right (south) on Bucktown Road. Follow for 6.5 miles.
    Somewhere around the Bucktown United Methodist Church in Bucktown, the road turns left (south) and becomes Greenbrier Road. Follow for a half mile.
    Turn left (southeast) onto Bestpitch Ferry Road. Follow for 0.4 miles.
    Turn right (southwest) to remain on Bestpitch Ferry Road. Follow for 0.2 miles to the end.
    At a church, turn left (south) to remain on Bestpitch Ferry Road. Follow for 3.3 miles.
    Just before crossing over a shaky wooden bridge, turn right (south) onto a road that will lead to the launch site.

    Notes: This launch site is a real gem and gives plenty of access to some narrow, winding rivers. Access to the Transquaking and the Chicamacomico Rivers. Parking for about 35 vehicles. No porta-john. The scenery in this area is pretty much all marshy grasslands without trees. About 2 hours from Savage. See my May 4, 2013 blog.

    Hoopersville
    Location: Hoopersville, Middle Hooper Island. Closest real town is Fishing Creek, Maryland. Dorchester County ADC map 41 H10
    Date: April 28, 2013
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.  On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301.  Stay on highway 50. Pass through Easton. Cross over Senator Frederick C. Malkus, Jr. Bridge (Choptank River Bridge). Follow route 50 (approximately 1.6 more miles) until you come to a traffic light just past the Dorchester Square Shopping Center (Center includes Wal Mart and Food City).
    You will see a brown sign directing you to the refuge. Turn right at this light onto route 16 West (Gypsy Hill Road/Cambridge Beltway/Church Creek Road). Continue to the town of Church Creek. Follow for 7.5 miles.
    Turn left (southeast) on Golden Hill Road (route 335). Continue to the end (9.8 miles).
    Turn right (west) on Hoopers Island Road (route 335). This will change names to Hoopersville Road on Middle Hooper Island. Follow for 14.3 miles.
    The parking lot will be on either side of the road.

    Notes: About 2 hours and 30 minutes from Savage. Access to Muddy Hook Cove and the Honga River. Note that this means launching on the east side of the island though one could launch on the west side if a rough rip rap launch was acceptable. There may also be an informal beach launch area on the island at Dorchester County ADC map 41 F4 just on the north side of Hoopersville Island Road and on the southeast side of Cat Cove.

    Golden Hill Road (route 335) Bridge
    Location: Dorchester County ADC map 29 C3
    Date: December 31, 2005
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.  On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301.  Stay on highway 50. Pass through Easton. Cross over Senator Frederick C. Malkus, Jr. Bridge (Choptank River Bridge). Follow route 50 (approximately 1.6 more miles) until you come to a traffic light just past the Dorchester Square Shopping Center (Center includes Wal Mart and Food City).
    You will see a brown sign directing you to the refuge. Turn right at this light onto route 16 West (Gypsy Hill Road/Cambridge Beltway/Church Creek Road). Continue to the town of Church Creek. Follow for 7.5 miles.
    Turn left (southeast) on Golden Hill Road (route 335). Follow for 4.5 miles. Enter Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge and pass Key Wallace Drive on the left. There will be a parking lot and launch site on the right just before crossing over the Blackwater River.

    Notes: No restroom or ramp. Nearest restroom is at the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. Room for about 18 vehicles. Access to Blackwater River. About 2 hours from Hanover. For a trip report that involved launching and landing at this site, see Taylors Island, June 2007, June 21, 2008, and October 16, 2010.

    Great Marsh Creek
    Location: Dorchester County ADC map 27 K11
    Date: June 10, 2007
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.  On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301.  Stay on highway 50. Pass through Easton. Cross over Senator Frederick C. Malkus, Jr. Bridge (Choptank River Bridge). Follow route 50 (approximately 1.6 more miles) until you come to a traffic light just past the Dorchester Square Shopping Center (Center includes Wal Mart and Food City).
    You will see a brown sign directing you to the refuge. Turn right at this light onto route 16 West (Gypsy Hill Road/Cambridge Beltway/Church Creek Road). Continue to the town of Church Creek. Follow for 7.5 miles.
    Turn left (southeast) on Golden Hill Road (route 335). Follow to the end.
    Turn right (west) on Hoopers Island Road (route 335). Follow for 2 miles. Park on the shoulder of the road near the bridge over Great Marsh Creek.

    Notes: No restroom or ramp. Nearest restroom is at the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. There are private property signs on the southwest side (the best place to launch) but none on the northwest side. The northwest side is rocky around the water and is a difficult and barely doable put-in. The east side appears less doable. I only mention this "site" if you call it that, because it is mentioned in Maryland and Delaware Canoe Trails by Edward Gertler on page 225. Access to Great Marsh Creek and the Honga River. Paddling an extra 3 miles to Taylors Cove or 5 miles to the launch site at Wallace Creek might be preferred. About 2.25 hours from Hanover.

    Lloyds Volunteer Fire Department, Station 36
    Location: 1606 Hudson Road, Lloyds (near Cambridge) 21613; Dorchester County ADC map 10 H2
    Date: July 5, 2015
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.  On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301.  Stay on highway 50. Pass through Easton. Cross over Senator Frederick C. Malkus, Jr. Bridge (Choptank River Bridge). Follow route 50 for about 0.5 more mile.
    Turn right (west) on Bramble Street. Follow for a tenth of a mile (or less) to the end.
    Turn left (south) on Dorchester Avenue. Follow for a tenth of a mile to the end.
    Turn right (west) on Washington Street (route 343). The road will change name to Hudson Road. Follow for a total of 6.4 miles.

    Notes: One hour and 36 minutes from Savage. No restroom. Park along side of the road and launch across from the fire station at the drainage ditch. This isn't an official launch site but you won't find anything better in the area. Launch sites in this area are few and far between. Access to Gary Creek and the Little Choptank River. See my July 5, 2015 and March 25, 2017 blogs.

    Madison
    Location: Madison, Dorchester County ADC map 20 B4
    Date: May 23, 2015
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.  On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301.  Stay on highway 50. Pass through Easton. Cross over Senator Frederick C. Malkus, Jr. Bridge (Choptank River Bridge). Follow route 50 (approximately 1.6 more miles) until you come to a traffic light just past the Dorchester Square Shopping Center (Center includes Wal Mart and Food City).
    You will see a brown sign directing you to the refuge. Turn right at this light onto route 16 West (Gypsy Hill Road/Cambridge Beltway/Church Creek Road/Taylors Island Road). Follow for 10.3 miles to the town of Madison.
    Near Madison United Methodist Church (on the left) and just after the volunteer fire department (on the right), turn right onto Madison Canning House Road.

    Notes: Boat ramp. Sometimes there is a porta-john and sometimes there is not. I think it is seasonal. Parking is a little strange in that it seems like a bit of a free-for-all. I try to give vehicles with trailers the biggest spaces and just fit my small car in whatever niche I can. Access to Madison Bay. This is a good place to see rays. About 2 hours from Hanover or one hour and 50 minutes from Savage. The closest campground is right next door at
         Madison Bay Campground and Marina
         4814 Canning House Road
         Madison, Maryland 21648
         Phone: 410-228-4111
    As of October 2010, camping costs $15 per tent. Room for maybe 8 tents. It has a bar and restaurant and very few trees. Also check out Taylors Island Family Campground for another nearby place to camp.

    There is a nice little convenience store with a deli and public restroom on the way to and not far from the launch site:
         Woolford Country Store
         1614 Taylors Island Road
         Woolford, Maryland 21677
         Phone: 410-228-3020

    See my October 16, 2010, May 23, 2015, and July 5, 2015 blogs for more information.

    New Bridge (not to be confused with New Bridge Landing in Talbot County)
    Location: Dorchester County ADC map 25 C8
    Date: May 5, 2013
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.  On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301.  Stay on highway 50. Pass through Easton. Cross over Senator Frederick C. Malkus, Jr. Bridge (Choptank River Bridge). Follow for about another 14.3 miles.
    Veer right to catch Ocean Gateway (route 731). Do not go left to remain on highway 50 (Vienna by-pass). Follow for one mile.
    Veer right onto Race Street. Follow for 0.2 miles.
    Turn right (southwest) onto Market Street which will change name to Elliott Island Road. Follow for about 1 mile.
    Veer right onto Steele Neck Road. Follow for 1.8 miles.
    Veer right (west) onto New Bridge Road. Follow for 0.6 mile, crossing over a bridge at Chicamacomico River. Park in a lot on the left (southwest) side of where the bridge crosses over the river.

    Notes: Parking for about 20 vehicles. No porta-john. Several trees. Looks very scenic. About 2.25 hours from Hanover.

    Pokata Creek
    Location: Dorchester County ADC map 39 E7
    Date: June 11, 2007
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.  On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301.  Stay on highway 50. Pass through Easton. Cross over Senator Frederick C. Malkus, Jr. Bridge (Choptank River Bridge). Follow for about another 14.3 miles.
    Veer right to catch Ocean Gateway (route 731). Do not go left to remain on highway 50 (Vienna by-pass). Follow for one mile.
    Veer right onto Race Street. Follow for 0.2 miles.
    Turn right (southwest) onto Market Street which will change name to Elliott Island Road. Follow for about 12.8 miles.
    Park on the southeast side of Pokata Creek Bridge.

    Notes: Parking for about 20 vehicles. No porta-john. Small gravel ramp on southeast side of lot (not main creek side) provides access to very small tributary of Pokata Creek. Grassy marshlands. Current can be strong in this area. About 2.5 hours from Hanover.

    Ragged Point
    Location: Madison, Dorchester County ADC map 9 E8
    Date: May 3, 2015
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.  On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301.  Stay on highway 50. Pass through Easton. Cross over Senator Frederick C. Malkus, Jr. Bridge (Choptank River Bridge). Follow route 50 for about 0.5 more mile.
    Turn right (west) on Bramble Street. Follow for a tenth of a mile (or less) to the end.
    Turn left (south) on Dorchester Avenue. Follow for a tenth of a mile to the end.
    Turn right (west) on Washington Street (route 343). The road will change names to Hudson Road and then Hills Point Road. Just stay on route 343. Follow for 13.8 miles.
    Turn left (south) on Ragged Point Road. The road will bend to the left and then the right. Just stay on the main road. Follow for one mile.
    Turn left (east) on Ragged Point Marina Road to the launch area.

    Notes: One hour and 56 minutes from Savage. No restroom. Try to park in a place that doesn't limit parking for vehicles with trailers. See my May 3, 2015 blog for more information.

    Saint Thomas Road
    Location: Dorchester County ADC map 43 D8
    Date: Uneplored.
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.  On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301.  Stay on highway 50. Pass through Easton. Cross over Senator Frederick C. Malkus, Jr. Bridge (Choptank River Bridge). Follow route 50 (approximately 1.6 more miles) until you come to a traffic light just past the Dorchester Square Shopping Center (Center includes Wal Mart and Food City).
    You will see a brown sign directing you to the refuge. Turn right at this light onto route 16 West (Gypsy Hill Road/Cambridge Beltway/Church Creek Road). Continue to the town of Church Creek. Follow for 7.5 miles.
    Turn left (southeast) on Golden Hill Road (route 335). Continue to the end.
    Turn left (east) to remain on Golden Hill Road (now route 336). It will change names to Lakesville Road, Lakesville-Crapo Road, and Wingate Bishops Head Road. Route 336 will end. Just continue straight. Remain on these roads for a total of 13.4 miles to the town of Bishops Head.
    Continue straight (southwest) on Saint Thomas Road. After a stone's throw, you'll cross over the waterway where you should launch.

    Notes: 2 hours and 18 minutes from Savage. Special thanks to Lisa A. for providing me with this information. She says
    There's a culvert bridge with a potential muddy put-in on each side. Saint Thomas Methodist Church is about 100 feet down the road. I'd ask for permission to use the church parking lot and make a donation towards the church light bill. You end up on Falling Cove and then on the Honga River. Might be iffy on a real low tide, but I was there mid-tide yesterday [October 27, 2014] and it looked like a great kayak launch.

    Shorters Wharf
    Location: Dorchester County ADC map 30 E13
    Date: December 31, 2005
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.  On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301.  Stay on highway 50. Pass through Easton. Cross over Senator Frederick C. Malkus, Jr. Bridge (Choptank River Bridge). Follow route 50 (approximately 1.6 more miles) until you come to a traffic light just past the Dorchester Square Shopping Center (Center includes Wal Mart and Food City).
    You will see a brown sign directing you to the refuge. Turn right at this light onto route 16 West (Gypsy Hill Road/Cambridge Beltway/Church Creek Road). Follow for 2.2 miles.
    Turn left (south) onto Maple Dam Road (route 341). Follow for 12 miles. Cross over the Blackwater River Bridge.
    Turn right into the parking lot immediately after the bridge.

    Notes: No restroom. Nearest restroom is at the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. Note that the ADC map may show the launch site on the left before the bridge. This is probably an old launch site. The one on the right after the bridge is much newer and nicer. Room for about 25 vehicles. Access to Blackwater River. About 2.5 hours from Elkridge.

    Spocott Windmill
    Location: Across from 1606 Hudson Road, Lloyds (near Cambridge) 21613; Dorchester County ADC map 10 H2
    Date: July 5, 2015
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.  On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301.  Stay on highway 50. Pass through Easton. Cross over Senator Frederick C. Malkus, Jr. Bridge (Choptank River Bridge). Follow route 50 for about 0.5 more mile.
    Turn right (west) on Bramble Street. Follow for a tenth of a mile (or less) to the end.
    Turn left (south) on Dorchester Avenue. Follow for a tenth of a mile to the end.
    Turn right (west) on Washington Street (route 343). The road will change name to Hudson Road. Follow for a total of 6.4 miles.

    Notes: One hour and 36 minutes from Savage. There is a little clearing at the south end of this property where one can launch. But I don't know if this is allowed. It is a bit of a carry to get to this clearing. So instead, I suggest launching at Lloyds Volunteer Fire Department, Station 36.

    Taylors Cove
    Location: Dorchester County ADC map 35 A6
    Date: June 10, 2007
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.  On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301.  Stay on highway 50. Pass through Easton. Cross over Senator Frederick C. Malkus, Jr. Bridge (Choptank River Bridge). Follow route 50 (approximately 1.6 more miles) until you come to a traffic light just past the Dorchester Square Shopping Center (Center includes Wal Mart and Food City).
    You will see a brown sign directing you to the refuge. Turn right at this light onto route 16 West (Gypsy Hill Road/Cambridge Beltway/Church Creek Road). Continue to the town of Church Creek. Follow for 7.5 miles.
    Turn left (southeast) on Golden Hill Road (route 335). Follow to the end.
    Turn right (west) on Hoopers Island Road (route 335). Follow for 6 miles.
    Park on the northwest side of the bridge over Fishing Creek.

    Notes: Porta-john, dumpsters and boat ramp. Parking for about 30 vehicles. About 2.75 hours from Hanover. This ideal spot provides access to several bodies of water and islands within a short distance. One can gain immediate access to Fishing Creek as well as access to Tar Bay and the Honga River. Barren Island lies to the west while Wroten Island is on the east.

    Taylors Island Boat Ramp
    Location: Dorchester County ADC map 18 K10
    Date: June 10, 2007
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.  On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301.  Stay on highway 50. Pass through Easton. Cross over Senator Frederick C. Malkus, Jr. Bridge (Choptank River Bridge). Follow route 50 (approximately 1.6 more miles) until you come to a traffic light just past the Dorchester Square Shopping Center (Center includes Wal Mart and Food City).
    You will see a brown sign directing you to the refuge. Turn right at this light onto route 16 West (Gypsy Hill Road/Cambridge Beltway/Church Creek Road/Taylors Island Road). Follow for 15.7 miles, crossing over a large bridge over Slaughter Creek.
    On the right you may see a sign for the County Dock. This is NOT where you want to be. Go just a bit further. There will be a restaurant called the Island Grill at Chapel Cove Marina just across the street from the post office. Parking for the ramp will be behind the restaurant and the fire department.

    Notes: One boat ramp, dumpster, and porta-john. Holds about 40 vehicles. Access to Chapel Cove and Slaughter Creek. About 2.25 hours from Hanover. For a trip report that involved launching at this site, see Taylors Island, June 2007. Note that the Dorchester County ADC map shows a boat ramp called Taylors Landing nearby at map 19 B9. No such launch site exists.

    Taylors Island Family Campground
    There are numerous fine places to paddle in this area. Out by Taylors Island, the water remains fairly deep. Near Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, there are numerous bald eagles. Biking in this area is also nice. The problem is that for many of us, this is a long drive and there are no state campgrounds. I searched high and low and found two places for camping. Both have boat ramps either on their property or right next to them. The first is Madison Bay Campground. The second is
         Taylors Island Family Campground
         4362 Bayshore Road
         Taylors Island, Maryland 21669
    Mailing address:
         Taylors Island Family Campground
         P.O. Box 156
         Taylors Island, Maryland 21669
    Phone: 410-397-3275
    Click to send e-mail to Taylors Island Family CampgroundClick to send e-mail
    On June 2007, I paid $14 per tent to stay there. They have their own boat ramp near the office which provides access to the Chesapeake Bay. They have hot showers, laundry machines, and a camp store. The tent site is very small and has room for only a few vehicles. The place is reasonably clean though it doesn't have a "campsite" feel or look and can use a little work. An overwhelming majority of the people staying there have trailers. The place caters to fishermen. Campsites aren't numbered and I don't think they get many people staying with tents. Not many picnic tables but there are fire rings (old rusty tire rims with the center cut out). The tent site is wooded and gets quite a few insects and little breeze. The nearest grocery store is in Cambridge which is about a 25 minute drive. The campsite doesn't seem to have a strict policy regarding check-in or check-out time. They don't sell firewood. Alcohol is permitted. It would do well for a small group (8 or less) but I don't think the campground could handle a large group with tents. In June 2017, I called and asked if one can launch there for a fee if they aren't camping there. The answer is yes; for $5. People camping there can launch for free. They are open year-round.

    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.  On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301.  Stay on highway 50. Pass through Easton. Cross over Senator Frederick C. Malkus, Jr. Bridge (Choptank River Bridge). Follow route 50 (approximately 1.6 more miles) until you come to a traffic light just past the Dorchester Square Shopping Center (Center includes Wal Mart and Food City).
    You will see a brown sign directing you to the refuge. Turn right at this light onto route 16 West (Gypsy Hill Road/Cambridge Beltway/Church Creek Road/Taylors Island Road). Follow for about 16 miles, crossing over a large bridge over Slaughter Creek.
    At the split in the road, veer right onto Hoopers Neck Road. Follow for 0.1 miles.
    Turn left (south) on Bay Shore Road. Follow for 2.3 miles. The campsite will be on the left.


    There are two restaurants on or near Taylors Island that I know of.
         Island Grill at Chapel Cove Marina
         See directions for Taylors Island Boat Ramp
         Haven't eaten there
    The other place is
         Dockside Bar and Grille Floating Restaurant
         Just on the east side of Slaughter Creek, north on Taylors Island Road (route 16)
         Good food, great prices, but sometimes slow service if busy
    On Hoopers Island one can eat at
         Old Salty's Restaurant
         2560 Hoopers Island Road
         Fishing Creek, Maryland 21634
         Phone: 410-397-3752

    Temple Street
    Location: Temple Street and Gordon Street, Secretary, Dorchester County ADC map 5 B11
    Date: October 8, 2015
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.  On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301.  Stay on highway 50.
    In Easton, turn left (east) on Dover Road (route 331). Follow for 11.5 miles.
    In Preston, route 331 and route 16 will merge. Follow route 16 heading south for 7.3 miles.
    Turn right (west) on Secretary East New Market Road (route 14). Follow for 1.6 miles.
    Turn left (south) on Temple Street. Follow for 0.1 mile. Destination will be on the left (west) just before Gordon Street.

    Notes: I don't know the actual name of this launch site. There was no sign indicating this. Boat ramp. Access to Warwick River. Porta-john available. Parking for 25 vehicles. Two hours and five minutes from Savage. See my October 8, 2015 blog.

    Trenton Street
    Location: Cambridge, Dorchester County ADC map 12 D5
    Date: July 4, 2006
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.  On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301.  Stay on highway 50. Pass through Easton. Cross over Senator Frederick C. Malkus, Jr. Bridge (Choptank River Bridge).
    0.2 miles after crossing over the bridge, turn right (west) on LeCompte Street. Follow for 0.25 miles.
    Turn right (north) on Trenton Street. The ramp will be on the left at Shipslanding Lane.

    Notes: No restroom. Parking for 13 near the ramp. More parking just a bit further though this might be only for condo residents. Access to the Choptank River. Water refill station and picnic tables available. After paddling, consider eating just up the street at
         Portside Seafood Restaurant
         201 Trenton Street
         Phone: 410-228-9007


    Tylers Cove
    Location: Honga, Maryland; Dorchester County ADC map 35 A6
    Date: April 28, 2013
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.  On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301.  Stay on highway 50. Pass through Easton. Cross over Senator Frederick C. Malkus, Jr. Bridge (Choptank River Bridge). Follow route 50 (approximately 1.6 more miles) until you come to a traffic light just past the Dorchester Square Shopping Center (Center includes Wal Mart and Food City).
    You will see a brown sign directing you to the refuge. Turn right at this light onto route 16 West (Gypsy Hill Road/Cambridge Beltway/Church Creek Road). Continue to the town of Church Creek. Follow for 7.5 miles.
    Turn left (southeast) on Golden Hill Road (route 335). Continue to the end (9.8 miles).
    Turn right (west) on Hoopers Island Road (route 335). Follow for 6.2 miles.
    Turn right (east) into parking lot just before bridge over Fishing Creek.

    Notes: About 2 hours and 20 minutes from Savage. Access to Fishing Creek, Tar Bay, and the Honga River. See my April 28, 2013 blog.

    Vienna
    Location: Vienna, Dorchester County ADC map 26 B8
    Date: May 9, 2008
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east. Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Pay $2.50 toll one way only. On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301. Stay on highway 50 (Ocean Gateway).
    About 14.3 miles after crossing over the Senator Frederick C. Malkus, Jr. Bridge (Choptank River Bridge), route 50 will veer left (east) and call itself Vienna By-Pass. The right side will remain Ocean Gateway (sometimes called Old Ocean Gateway) and become route 731. Follow route 731 into Vienna. Follow for 1.4 miles.
    Turn right (south) on Gay Street (route 331). Follow for 40 meters.
    Turn left (southeast) on Race Street and follow to the end.

    Notes: Boat ramp available. No restrooms. There are restrooms at the gas station on route 731 and Market Street. Drop off your boat then park at the community center at 104 Race Street. The ADC map shows two boat ramps but I never found the second one. This site gives access to the Nanticoke River. Chicone Creek is one mile north while the scenic Barren Creek is 1.2 miles south. One hour and 55 minute drive from Hanover in light traffic. Read my May 9-11, 2008 or September 20-21, 2008 trip reports for more information. Special thanks to Norma for helping scout this location.

    Wallace Creek
    Location: Dorchester County ADC map 28 E13
    Date: December 31, 2005
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.  On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301.  Stay on highway 50. Pass through Easton. Cross over Senator Frederick C. Malkus, Jr. Bridge (Choptank River Bridge). Follow route 50 (approximately 1.6 more miles) until you come to a traffic light just past the Dorchester Square Shopping Center (Center includes Wal Mart and Food City).
    You will see a brown sign directing you to the refuge. Turn right at this light onto route 16 West (Gypsy Hill Road/Cambridge Beltway/Church Creek Road). Continue to the town of Church Creek. Follow for 7.5 miles.
    Turn left (southeast) on Golden Hill Road (route 335). Continue to the end.
    Turn right (west) on Hoopers Island Road (route 335).
    Turn left after about an eighth of a mile into a parking lot.

    Notes: Porta-john available. Parking for about 35 vehicles but it may be mostly filled with boat trailers, especially during bird hunting season. Access to Wallace Creek and Honga River. About 2.5 hours from Elkridge.

    Wingate
    Location: Dorchester County ADC map 42 J1
    Date: April 29, 2014
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.  On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301.  Stay on highway 50. Pass through Easton. Cross over Senator Frederick C. Malkus, Jr. Bridge (Choptank River Bridge). Follow route 50 (approximately 1.6 more miles) until you come to a traffic light just past the Dorchester Square Shopping Center (Center includes Wal Mart and Food City).
    You will see a brown sign directing you to the refuge. Turn right at this light onto route 16 West (Gypsy Hill Road/Cambridge Beltway/Church Creek Road). Continue to the town of Church Creek. Follow for 7.5 miles.
    Turn left (southeast) on Golden Hill Road (route 335). Continue to the end.
    Turn left (east) to remain on Golden Hill Road (now route 336). It will change names to Lakesville Road and Lakesville-Crapo Road but just stay on route 336 and continue straight once it ends. Follow for a total of 9.6 miles.
    Immediately after passing Toddville Road on the left (east), turn right into the parking lot.

    Notes: This place is right next to Stine Marine Railway at 2322 Wingate Bishop Head Road, Wingate, MD 21675 or alternatively at 2322 Wingate Bishops Head Road, 5, Lakes, MD 21675. Just use whatever your GPS recognizes. Access to Insley Cove, Fox Creek, and the Honga River. 2 hours and 15 minutes from Savage. Lots of parking and a pavillion. Well maintained.

    I was also told there is a ramp in Wingate at Dorchester County ADC map 43 C6 where Bishops Head Road (route 336) meets Farm Creek Road. But there is little parking and lots of junk and trash all over the place. Special thanks to Lisa A. for providing me with this information.

    Worlds End Creek
    Location: Dorchester County ADC map 36 A1
    Date: June 10, 2007
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.  On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301.  Stay on highway 50. Pass through Easton. Cross over Senator Frederick C. Malkus, Jr. Bridge (Choptank River Bridge). Follow route 50 (approximately 1.6 more miles) until you come to a traffic light just past the Dorchester Square Shopping Center (Center includes Wal Mart and Food City).
    You will see a brown sign directing you to the refuge. Turn right at this light onto route 16 West (Gypsy Hill Road/Cambridge Beltway/Church Creek Road). Continue to the town of Church Creek. Follow for 7.5 miles.
    Turn left (southeast) on Golden Hill Road (route 335). Continue to the end.
    Turn left (east) to remain on Golden Hill Road (now route 336). Follow for 1.8 miles to where the road crosses Worlds End Creek.

    Notes: There is no room to park. The road bisects the creek. No bridge. During heavy rains, I imagine the road would be flooded. Might be good to go with another driver, stop half on and half off the road, unload boats, then drive a ways until there is more of a shoulder for parking then walk back to the boats, though I didn't find any suitable place to park anywhere near there. I only mention this "site" if you call it that, because it is mentioned in Maryland and Delaware Canoe Trails by Edward Gertler on page 225. From what I have seen of this area, the scenery is excellent as Gertler agrees. Unfortunately, there are no other launch sites in the area. Fit paddlers could launch from the ramp at Wallace Creek but from there to Golden Hill Road (route 336) at Worlds End Creek and back is a 20 mile trip! The other option is launching at Crapo which seems unsuitable or Asquith Island which I have yet to explore. About 2.5 hours from Hanover.


     
    Fairfax County, Virginia Launch Sites
     
    Also see Northern Virginia Launch Sites and Washington D.C. Launch Sites.

    Belle Haven Marina
    Location: Dyke Marsh, Metro Washington, DC ADC map 21, H10
    Date: April 12, 2003
    Directions: From where the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 95 south to the Washington D.C. beltway (highway 495).
    Take highway 495 clockwise (left) to exit 1, Richmond Highway (route 1).
    Take route 1 southwest to Huntington Avenue.
    Turn left on Huntington Avenue.  Huntington Avenue will end shortly at Fort Hunt Road (route 629).
    Turn right onto route 629 and follow to Belle View Boulevard.
    Turn left on Belle View Boulevard and follow to end.
    Turn left onto George Washington Memorial Parkway.
    Take the next right to Dyke Marsh Park.

    Notes: $5 fee to launch at the boat ramp, $3 to launch on astroturf.  Access to the Potomac River on the Virginia side.  Kayaks are best suited to launch from the astroturf.  Limited parking in the marina area.  Restrooms and soda machines available.  Closed at dusk.


     
    Franklin County, Pennsylvania Launch Sites
     
    Bino Road
    See my January 29, 2010 trip report for this bad place to launch on Conococheague Creek.

    Cool Hollow Road
    See my January 29, 2010 trip report for this bad place to launch on Conococheague Creek.

    Findley
    Location: Mercersburg, PA 17236
    Date: April 11, 2010
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 695 north (clockwise).
    Take exit 16 to highway 70 west towards Frederick.
    At exit 24, take Greencastle Pike (route 63) north. This may be called Williamsport Pike on some maps. Follow for 5.4 miles.
    Enter the roundabout and take the third exit onto Cearfoss Pike. This will take you into Pennsylvania. The road will change names to Mercersburg Road (route 416). Follow for a total of 9.5 miles to the end.
    Turn right (east) on Buchanan Trail West (route 16). Follow for 200 meters, crossing over the West Branch of the Conococheague River.
    Make the first left onto Findley Road. Turn left after 15 meters into a dirt parking lot.

    Notes: Access to the West Branch of the Conococheague River. Parking for 4 vehicles. No restroom or ramp. One hour and 43 minutes from Savage. 17.5 miles to Route 494 take-out. Be sure to launch only when the water is high. Beware of 5 foot high dams at Heisey Road (mile 1.7) and Anderson Road (mile 3.1). Ed Gertler recommends portaging on the left sides of these dams. I suggest portaging on the right sides (facing downstream). See USGS Real-Time Water Data for Conococheague Creek for water flow data. Be absolutely sure to check out my Findley map showing this launch site and my Findley to Route 494 map showing the route. Also check out my April 10, 2010 scouting and May 12, 2012 trip reports. Special thanks for Yukon John for telling me about this site and to Norma for helping me scout the area.


     
    Frederick County Launch Sites
     
    Monocacy River Water Level Information
    I like to think of the Monocacy as the jewel of Frederick County. Unfortunatley, like many of the creeks in this area, the water level is often low. I highly recommend you check out the water flow and depth before paddling on this scenic river. If kayaking in the late spring through fall, take advantage of heavy rains. That may be the only time you get to paddle in this area.

    Ed Gertler recommends that the minimum water flow be 150 cubic feet per second (3.1 feet) at U.S. Geological Survey Real-Time Water Data (Bridgeport). A sign at Pinecliff Park says the minimum water flow should read 350 cubic feet per second (2.1 feet) at U.S. Geological Survey Real-Time Water Data (Jug Bridge). This same sign says that from Devilbiss Bridge and below, U.S. Geological Survey Real-Time Water Data (Monocacy Boulevard), the gauge should read at least 215 cubic feet per second (1.7 feet).

    Bennies Hill Road
    See my January 29, 2010 trip report for this bad place to launch on Catoctin Creek.

    Biggs Ford Road
    Location: Frederick County ADC map 21 J7
    Date: September 7, 2008
    Phone:
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 695 north (clockwise).
    Take exit 16 to highway 70 west (to Frederick).
    Take exit 53B to Frederick Freeway (route 15) north. Route 15 will turn into Catoctin Mountain Highway. Stay on route 15 for 6.6 miles.
    Turn right (east) on Biggs Ford Road. Follow for 0.6 miles. Gate on right just after crossing the Monocacy River (on its east side).

    Notes: This locked gate (I've never seen it unlocked) secures Whitmore Road (no sign). This is a dirt road that leads to the river. One might find parking along the side of the road but even so, it is an approximately 0.2 mile carry to the water. To the best of my knowledge, this is public property since the water trail map shows it as a site. But with no designated parking area and a long carry to the water, one should look upstream towards Devilbiss Bridge or downstream towards Pinecliff Park for launching. Access to the Monocacy River. About 60 minutes from Hanover. No porta-john or boat ramp.

    Brunswick Bridge
    Location: Frederick County ADC map 35 C12
    Date: May 28, 2006
    Phone: Frederick County Parks and Recreation 301-694-1646
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet on the southern side, take highway 695 north (clockwise) to exit 16, highway 70 west. (to Frederick).
    Take highway 70 to exit 52, route 15/340 southwest. Remain on route 340 heading west.
    Take the exit to Burkittsville Road (route 17) heading southeast towards Brunswick.
    In the town of Brunswick, turn right (southwest) onto Petersville Road (route 17).
    Enter the town circle.
    Make a right on A Street.
    Turn right on Maple Avenue. Drive slowly over the railroad tracks.
    Immediately after the second set of railroad tracks, turn right onto a dirt road. Watch for big potholes. Follow to end.

    Notes: Boat ramp and porta-john. Room for 16 vehicles. More room near the railroad tracks at the MARC parking lot. Picnic tables. This area is at mile 55 on the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal Towpath. Access to the Potomac River. One hour and five minutes from Elkridge. Six miles to Catoctin Creek, southwest of the Potomac River; 6.25 miles to Point of Rocks; 10 miles to Nolands Ferry; 12.5 miles to the Monocacy River; 22.5 miles to Edwards Ferry; 29 miles to Seneca. A local paddler informed me that the current from Brunswick Bridge to the Monocacy River is fairly strong and weaker after the Monocacy.

    Some maps show a boat ramp called "Brunswick Municipal" about a mile downstream (east) of the Brunswick Bridge. A dirt road leads to this ramp which resides at the Brunswick Family Campground. This is a private campground; most certainly a launch fee or only for guests.

    After paddling, consider a meal or ice cream at one of the places on Maple Avenue just south of East Potomac Street in Brunswick.

    For a photo of the launch area and a biking blog related to the area, see May 6, 2012.

    Buckeystown Community Park
    Location: 7221 Michaels Mill Road, Buckeystown, MD 21717 Frederick County ADC map 38 E9
    Date: May 26, 2014
    Phone:
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 695 north (clockwise) to exit 16, highway 70 west. (to Frederick).
    Take highway 70 to exit 54, Buckeystown Pike (route 85) south. Follow for 5.6 miles.
    Turn left (east) on Fingerboard Road (route 80). One might be tempted to take a shortcut on Michaels Mill Road (route 880) but I don't recommend this. There is a section where Michaels Mill Road dwindles down to one lane and you can't see on-coming traffic very easily. Very dangerous!
    Follow Fingerboard Road for 1.2 miles.
    Just before crossing over the Monocacy River, make a hard left (northwest) onto Michaels Mill Road (route 880). Follow for about 0.2 mile.
    Turn right (east) into the park.

    Notes: Porta-john. No ramp. The launch is a little steep and muddy so it is better if you've got someone to help you. This is a great little picnic area. Open 0800 to sunset. See water trail sign for more information. Also see my May 26, 2014 blog. For water level information, see Monocacy River Water Level Information.

    Burkittsville Road
    Location: Middletown, Maryland, Frederick County ADC map 27 D4
    Date: January 29, 2010
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 695 north (clockwise).
    Take exit 16 to highway 70 west towards Frederick.
    Take exit 49 heading west on Old National Pike (alternate route 40). The road may change names a few times. Just remain on alternate route 40. Follow for 3.8 miles.
    Turn left (south) on Church Street South (route 17) which will change names ot Burkittsville Road. Follow for 1.2 miles.
    Look for parking (preferrably on the opposite side of the road) immediately after crossing the bridge over Catoctin Creek.

    Notes: Access to Catoctin Creek. Plenty of parking on the side of the road. No restroom or boat ramp. River monitoring station and dam present. Dirt road on the southeast side of the bridge leads one under the bridge to launch. Fifteen miles from this site to Lock 29 on the Potomac River. Unfortunately, there are no good shorter routes with an easy take-out that I know of. If you hit it after a heavy rain in the early spring, it shouldn't be too difficult. For water level information, see USGS Real-Time Water Data for Catoctin Creek near Middletown, Maryland. See my January 29, 2010 and March 8, 2010 trip reports.

    Creagerstown Park
    Location: Frederick County ADC map 14 E5
    Date: June 24, 2007
    Phone: Frederick County Parks and Recreation 301-694-1646
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet on the southern side, take highway 695 north (clockwise) to exit 16, highway 70 west. (to Frederick).
    Take exit 62 heading north on Green Valley Road (route 75). Follow for 7.5 miles.
    Turn left (west) on Liberty Road/Main Street (route 26) in Libertytown. Follow for 0.2 miles.
    Turn right (north) on Woodsboro Road (route 550). Follow for 5 miles.
    Turn right (north) on Main Street in Woodsboro. Follow for 0.4 miles.
    Turn left (northwest) on Creagerstown Road (route 550). Follow for 2.8 miles.
    Turn right (east) on Penterra Manor Lane at sign that reads "Creagerstown Park." Follow into Creagerstown Park.
    Just before the playground, turn right and park.

    Notes: 70 minutes from Hanover. Small, steep boat ramp. Parking for about 15 vehicles. Access to the Monocacy River. Very shallow but might be paddleable after a heavy rain. Moderate current of about 2 mph if the water is low or 5 mph if the water is high. Site has grill, trash can, picnic tables, but no porta-john. See water trail sign for more information. For water level information, see Monocacy River Water Level Information.

    Devilbiss Bridge
    Location: Frederick County ADC map 22 A2
    Date: October 2, 2010
    Phone: Frederick County Parks and Recreation 301-694-1646
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 695 north (clockwise).
    Take exit 16 to highway 70 west (to Frederick).
    Take exit 53B to Frederick Freeway (route 15) north. Route 15 will turn into Catoctin Mountain Highway. Stay on route 15 for 8.3 miles.
    Turn right (east) on Devilbiss Bridge Road. Follow for 1.3 miles. Parking will be on the left (northwest side), prior to crossing the river. Turn onto road at sign that reads "8276".

    Notes: Access to the Monocacy River which is often too low to paddle in the summer at early autumn. About 60 minutes from Hanover. No porta-john or boat ramp. Parking for about 15 vehicles. Small beach area for launching that is often muddy after rain. Hours of operation March 15 to October 31, 0830 to sunset; November 1 to March 14 by special request, call 301-600-2936 during normal work hours. Vehicles towed if parked after hours. Alcohol prohibited. Very shallow but might be paddleable after a heavy rain. Moderate current of about 2 mph if the water is low or 5 mph if the water is high. See water trail sign for more information. For water level information, see Monocacy River Water Level Information. You might also want to read my April 27, 2008 trip report which mentions the Pinecliff Park to Devilbiss bicycle shuttle route I used. Also see my October 25, 2009 and October 2, 2010 trip reports which involved a more conventional car shuttle. Check out U.S. Geological Survey Real-Time Water Data (Monocacy Boulevard) before launching.

    Frederick City Park
    Location: Frederick County ADC map 29 K1
    Date: October 25, 2009
    Phone: Frederick County Parks and Recreation 301-694-1646
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 695 north (clockwise).
    Take exit 16 to highway 70 west (to Frederick).
    Take highway 70 to exit 56.  Continue straight onto Patrick Street (route 144). Follow for 1.2 miles after the circle.
    Turn right (north) onto East Street. Follow for a stone's throw.
    Make a right oblique (northeast) onto East Church Street. Some maps might show this as Gas House Pike. I don't know which is correct since I haven't actually driven this route yet. Follow for 2 miles, crossing over the Monocacy River.
    At the Y, veer left (northeast) onto Monocacy Boulevard. Follow for 1.5 miles. Cross over the Monocacy River again.
    Take the first left after crossing over the river. Not sure what the name of this road is.
    Make an immediate left (south) into the parking lot.

    Notes: Access to the Monocacy River which is often too low to paddle in the summer at early autumn. Porta-john and boat ramp. Parking for about 35 vehicles. Moderate current of about 2 mph if the water is low or 5 mph if the water is high. Ramp may be extremely muddy after a heavy rain. There is a trail that starts at the park and heads upstream along the river. For water level information, see Monocacy River Water Level Information.

    Lilyponds Bridge
    Location: Frederick County ADC map 45 B2
    Date: May 31, 2014
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 695 north (clockwise) to exit 16, highway 70 west. (to Frederick).
    Take highway 70 to exit 54, Buckeystown Pike (route 85) south. Follow for 7.6 miles.
    Make a hard left (east) on Lilypons Road. Follow for 0.5 mile.
    Veer right (southeast) onto Criss Ford Road. Follow 0.2 mile to the Monocacy River.

    Notes: My 2002 Frederick County ADC map shows a boat ramp here but I verified that there is no boat ramp here. Additionally, I saw no place to launch.

    Lock 29
    Location: Frederick County ADC map 36 D13
    Date: January 29, 2010
    Phone:
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet on the southern side, take highway 695 north (clockwise) to exit 16, highway 70 west. (to Frederick).
    Take highway 70 to exit 52, route 15/340 southwest. Follow for 3.8 miles.
    Take exit 10 to Catoctin Mountain Highway (route 15), heading south. Follow for 5.2 miles.
    Turn right (northwest) on Point of Rocks Road (route 464). Follow for 1.2 miles.
    Turn left (west) on Lander Road. Follow 1 mile.
    Turn left (southwest) into the
    Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal Towpath.
    Notes: Porta-john and boat ramp. Access to the Potomac River 0.3 miles downstream of Catoctin Creek. See my March 8, 2010 trip report.

    Millers Bridge
    Location: Frederick County ADC map 9 C11 or Carroll County ADC map 8 C12
    Date: June 24, 2007
    Phone: Frederick County Parks and Recreation 301-694-1646
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet on the southern side, take highway 695 north (clockwise) to exit 16, highway 70 west. (to Frederick).
    Take exit 62 heading north on Green Valley Road (route 75). Follow for 11.3 miles.
    Veer left (northwest) onto Keymar Road. Follow for 2.5 miles.
    Turn left (west) onto Good Intent Road. Follow for 0.9 miles to Ladiesburg.
    Turn right (northeast) onto Woodsboro Pike (route 194). Follow for 0.2 miles.
    Turn left (northwest) on Haughs Church Road. Follow for 2.3 miles to the end.
    Turn left (northwest) on Rocky Ridge Road (route 77). Follow for less than a tenth of a mile. Parking will be on the left before the bridge.

    Notes: 70 minutes from Hanover. Parking about a tenth of a mile on the northwest side of the bridge along the side of the road. Room for about 6 vehicles. Trail at gate leads to beach. Sign at gate says "Closed except by permit" but I'm guessing that applies to vehicles, not pedestrians...but don't quote me on that. Be sure to bring a kayak cart if you plan to launch by yourself. Access to the Monocacy River. Very shallow but might be paddleable after a heavy rain. Moderate current of about 2 mph if the water is low or 5 mph if the water is high. No porta-john though there are plenty of woods to pee. No boat ramp. See water trail sign for more information. For water level information, see Monocacy River Water Level Information.

    Monocacy Natural Resources Management Area
    Location: Frederick County ADC map 38 H2
    Date: Unexplored
    Phone:
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 695 north (clockwise) to exit 16, highway 70 west. (to Frederick).
    Take highway 70 to exit 54, Buckeystown Pike (route 85) south. Follow for 0.4 miles.
    Turn left (south) on Urbana Pike (route 355). Follow for about 2 miles, crossing over the Monocacy River. Look for parking and a boat ramp on the left (east) side of the road.

    Notes: See water trail sign for more information. For water level information, see Monocacy River Water Level Information.

    Monocacy Natural Resources Management Area
    Location: Under the Park Mills Road bridge. Frederick County ADC map 45 B7
    Date: January 5, 2003
    Phone:
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 695 north (clockwise) to exit 16, highway 70 west. (to Frederick).
    Take highway 70 to exit 54, Buckeystown Pike (route 85) south. Buckeystown Pike will eventually turn into Dickerson Road. (route 28). Follow for 12 miles.
    Turn left (northeast) at Park Mills Road.  Follow for one mile, just before reaching the bridge over the Monocacy River.  There will be a boat ramp on the left.

    Notes: No restrooms.  Area closes at dusk. Access to the Monocacy River. See water trail sign and my May 26, 2014 blog for more information. For water level information, see Monocacy River Water Level Information.

    Monocacy River (Mouth)
    Location: Montgomery County ADC map 6 H7
    Date: March 31, 2006
    Phone:
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 695 north (clockwise) to exit 16, highway 70 west. (to Frederick).
    Take highway 70 to exit 53A, Dwight D. Eisenhower highway (highway 270) southeast.
    Take exit 22, Old Hundred Road (route 109) left (west, but sign will say south) at end of ramp.
    Turn right at Comus Road (route 95).  This will lead to the base of Sugarloaf Mountain.
    At the parking lot area at the base of Sugarloaf Mountain, bear left at Mount Ephraim Road.  There may not be a sign for this road.  If you are on this road, you should pass the pond on your right.
    Turn right at Mouth of Monocacy Road.  Cross over single lane bridge. Be careful crossing over the railroad tracks since there is no gate or flashing lights to warn when a train is oncoming.
    At the split in the road, stay on the right. Follow sign for boat ramp.

    Notes: Porta-john available.  75 minutes from Arbutus.  Fairly slow current that flows to the slow moving Potomac River.  Limited parking but more available just a short walk to the Aqueduct C&O Canal area. I recommend parking near the aqueduct anyway to make more room for boat trailers if there is a chance that area will fill up.  Paddling upstream can be difficult at times.  Closed sunset to sunrise. Access to the Monocacy River. See water trail sign for more information. Also see my March 31, 2006 and May 26, 2014 blogs. For water level information, see Monocacy River Water Level Information.

    The Monocacy River (Mouth) parking lot is 4.2 miles from the Sugarloaf Mountain parking lot. Might make a good multi-sport day trip. That is, paddle, bike to Sugarloaf Mountain, hike the mountain, then bike back to the Mouth parking lot. Mountain bikes are not permitted on Sugarloaf Mountain.

    Note that according to some maps, there should be a boat ramp just downstream of the mouth of the Monocacy on the Potomac River. I was unable to find this ramp.

    Nolands Ferry
    Location: Tuscarora, Frederick County ADC map 44 E10
    Date: May 22, 2004
    Phone: 301-739-4206
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 695 north (clockwise) to exit 16, highway 70 west. (to Frederick).
    Take highway 70 to exit 53A, Dwight D. Eisenhower highway (highway 270) southeast.
    Take exit 31 to Buckeystown Pike (route 85), turning right (south) at the end of the ramp.
    Turn right (southwest) onto route 28.  Follow route 28 as it veers to the right and becomes Tuscarora Road.
    Turn left onto New Design Road and follow to the end.  It eventually turns into a gravel road that leads to a park.

    Notes: Porta-john available.  65 minutes from Arbutus.  One can also follow Nolands Road to the park but this appears to be less maintained.  Limited parking but more just before crossing the C&O canal in a dirt area.  Boat ramp.  Access to the Potomac River.  Closed sunset to sunrise.

    Old National Pike
    See my January 29, 2010 trip report for this bad place to launch on Catoctin Creek.

    Pinecliff Park
    Location: Frederick County ADC map 30 A10
    Date: March 31, 2006
    Phone:
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 695 north (clockwise) to exit 16, highway 70 west. (to Frederick).
    Take highway 70 to exit 56.  Continue straight onto Patrick Street (route 144). Follow for 0.2 miles after the circle.
    Turn left (southwest) onto Monocacy Boulevard. Follow for 0.3 miles.
    Turn left (southeast) onto South Street East which will turn into Reichs Ford Road. Follow for 1.3 miles.
    Cross over the Monocacy River then turn left (northeast) on Pinecliff Park Road which leads to Pinecliff Park.

    Notes: Moderately strong current that would make paddling upstream quite difficult.  16 miles to the Potomac River; 15.4 miles to the last launch site before the Potomac River, Monocacy River (Mouth).   The Monocacy River is a designated state scenic river.  Park is open April through October 0800 to 2330 and November through March 0800 to 1800.  The boat ramp is on the left near Shelter 6.  Restrooms, water fountain, and picnic area available.  Access to the Monocacy River. The current might be 2 mph if the water is low or 5 mph if the water is high. See water trail sign for more information. 50 minutes from Arbutus. For water level information, see Monocacy River Water Level Information.

    The scenic canoe route begins at Pinecliff Park. Unfortunately, if you plan on launching from the park, paddling downstream, and returning upstream, you may have problems because of the current. I recommend you use a car shuttle with the other car at Monocacy River (Mouth). If you'd rather do it on your own, then bring a bicycle, lock it up at the Mouth, drive to Pinecliff Park, paddle downstream (3 to 3.75 hours), lock your boat up at the Mouth, ride your bicycle back to the park, then retrieve your boat. See Mouth of Monocacy to Pinecliff Park bicycle route.

    You might also want to consider taking out at the park. See my April 27, 2008 trip report which mentions the Pinecliff Park to Devilbiss bicycle shuttle route I used. Also see my October 25, 2009 trip which involved a more conventional car shuttle.

    Poffenberger Road
    See my January 29, 2010 trip report for this bad place to launch on Catoctin Creek.

    Point of Rocks
    Location: Frederick County ADC map 43 F6
    Date: May 28, 2006
    Phone:
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet on the southern side, take highway 695 north (clockwise) to exit 16, highway 70 west. (to Frederick).
    Take highway 70 to exit 52, route 15/340 southwest. Follow for 3.8 miles.
    Take exit 10 to Catoctin Mountain Highway (route 15), heading south. Follow for 5.2 miles.
    Turn left (southeast) on Point of Rocks Road (route 464). Follow 0.1 miles to end.
    Turn right (southwest) on Ballenger Creek Pike. Follow for 0.9 miles.
    Cross Clay Street and continue straight to Commerce Street for 0.1 miles.
    Turn right onto Canal Street/Road (probably no sign) to cross the railroad tracks. There is parking for nine on the side of the road which is ideal for Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal Towpath bicyclists. Continue to the end if launching.

    Notes: Boat ramp. No restroom. Parking for 16 near ramp. The bridge at Point of Rocks was originally constructed as a pivot bridge in the early 1830s by Lewis Wernwag and rebuilt as a permanent bridge in 1844 and again in 1852.

    Consider the following bicycling/kayaking trip:
  • Drive to Brunswick Bridge.
  • Lock your kayak to a tree.
  • Drive north on Petersville Road (route 17).
  • Turn right (southeast) on Souder Road (route 464).
  • Turn left (northeast) on Point of Rocks Road (route 464). Follow to end.
  • Turn right (southwest) on Ballenger Creek Pike.
  • Cross Clay Street and continue straight to Commerce Street.
  • Turn right onto Canal Street/Road (probably no sign) to cross the railroad tracks. Continue to the end.
  • Park at Point of Rocks lot.
  • Ride your bicycle heading upstream (northwest) on the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal Towpath for 6.5 miles to the Brunswick Bridge. Be sure to bring your paddle, personal floatation device (PFD) and drinking water
  • Unlock your kayak and lock up your bicycle.
  • Paddle back to your car. Try exploring the Catoctin Creek (west), or at least view the aqueduct. See Frederick County ADC map 36 B12.
  • About a half mile downstream of the mouth of Catoctin Creek, there is a boat ramp at lock 29. Make a pit stop if necessary.
  • Continue downstream and try exploring Catoctin Creek (east) on the west side of Paton Island. See Frederick County ADC map 43 E5.
  • Load up your kayak and drive back to Brunswick to pick up your bicycle.
  • Eat ice cream at the store on Maple Avenue, just south of East Potomac Street in town.

  • Sumantown Road
    See my January 29, 2010 trip report for this mediocre place to launch on Catoctin Creek.


     
    Garrett County Launch Sites
     
    Before you get your hopes up and think "Hooray! Saki has found places I can launch my sea kayak in Garrett County!" I suggest you read my November 25, 2011 and November 26, 2011 blogs.

    Hoyes Run
    Location: Garrett County ADC map F17
    Date: November 26, 2011
    Phone:
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet on the southern side, take highway 695 clockwise. Take exit 16 to highway 70 west.
    After 91 miles, take exit 1A on the left to highway 68 west, towards Cumberland.
    Take exit 14A in Keysers Ridge, heading south on Garrett Highway (route 219). Follow for 12.7 miles.
    Turn right (west) on Sang Run Road. Follow for 0.6 mile.
    Turn left (south) on Hoyes Run Road. Follow for 3.25 miles to the end.
    Turn right (west) on Oakland Sang Run Road. Follow for 0.1 mile. Park on the left (west) side of the road in a dirt lot just after Hoyes Run.

    Notes: About 3.5 hours from Savage. Room for about 6 vehicles in gravel lot. Carry boats about 0.1 mile to the water and launch on the Youghiogheny River in a somewhat muddy area. This section is the start of the flatwater section which extends about 3.25 miles down to Sang Run. Be sure to take out at Sang Run unless you are a very competent whitewater kayaker. No restroom.

    Gormania
    Location: Mavis Avenue and George Washington Highway (route 50), Gormania, West Virginia. See Garrett County ADC map K37.
    Date: November 25, 2011
    Phone:
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet on the southern side, take highway 695 clockwise. Take exit 16 to highway 70 west.
    After 91 miles, take exit 1A on the left to highway 68 west, towards Cumberland.
    Take exit 22 and follow to Chestnut Ridge Road south to New Germany Road.
    Turn left (south) onto New Germany Road. Follow for 9.7 miles.
    Turn slight left (southwest) onto Bittinger Road (route 495). Follow for 7.4 miles.
    Turn right (west) onto Swanton Road to stay on route 495. Follow for 3.2 miles.
    Continue straight, veering right (west) onto Maryland Highway (route 135). Follow for about 6.2 miles.
    Turn left (south) onto Paul Street (route 560). Follow for 1000 feet.
    Turn right (east) onto West 3rd Avenue to stay on route 560. This will change names to Lothian Street and Gorman Road. Just be sure to stay on route 560. Follow for a total of about 9.25 miles to the end.
    At route 50, turn left and pass over the Potomac River via George Washington Highway then into West Virginia. Follow for about 420 feet.
    Turn right (southwest) onto Mavis Avenue. Park on the side of the road.

    Notes: About 3.75 hours from Savage. Parking at the lot next to the gas station is for customers only. Park on the side of the road on Mavis Avenue or elsewhere nearby. No restrooms though there is likely one at the gas station. There is a dirt road that passes under the bridge. This road exits on the northeast side of the quonset hut-looking building next to the bridge. The road leads to a place behind a building on the northeast side of George Washington Highway. I am guessing the road next to the quonset hut is public but if you feel like you'd be intruding on personal space, walk to the northeast side of George Washington Highway at the "Welcome to Maryland" sign. Then walk downhill to the dirt road and turn left on the road. This is a moderately rough and rocky launch. Launch under the bridge on the North Branch of the Potomac River. The river in this area may have a fairly strong current that flows northeast but there should be little whitewater in this area. However, there is a good bit of whitewater downstream. About 10.5 miles downstream is Lost Land Run. Kitzmiller is about 14 miles downstream.

    Jennings Randolf Lake
    Location: Jennings Randolf Lake, Garrett County ADV map Z26
    Date: Map recon conducted November 25, 2011
    Phone:
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet on the southern side, take highway 695 clockwise. Take exit 16 to highway 70 west.
    After 91 miles, take exit 1A on the left to highway 68 west, towards Cumberland.
    Take exit 22 and follow to Chestnut Ridge Road south to New Germany Road.
    Turn left (south) onto New Germany Road. Follow for 9.7 miles.
    Turn slight left (southwest) onto Bittinger Road (route 495). Follow for 7.4 miles.
    Turn left (east) onto Swanton Road. Follow for 2.1 miles.
    Make a hard right (west) on Maryland Highway (route 135). Follow for a stone's throw.
    Turn left (south) on Mount Zion Road. Follow for 3.25 miles to the end. The boat ramp will be on the right.

    Notes: Not sure if there is a restroom. Satellite photo show a lot of parking. About 3.75 hours from Savage. Unless you want to putz around the lake or paddle upstream (not recommended), there is no place to go since there is a big dam that prevents access to the downstream section of the North Branch of the Potomac River.

    Kitzmiller
    Location: Mavis Avenue and George Washington Highway (route 50), Gormania, West Virginia. See Garrett County ADC map V29.
    Date: November 25, 2011
    Phone:
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet on the southern side, take highway 695 clockwise. Take exit 16 to highway 70 west.
    After 91 miles, take exit 1A on the left to highway 68 west, towards Cumberland.
    Take exit 22 and follow to Chestnut Ridge Road south to New Germany Road.
    Turn left (south) onto New Germany Road. Follow for 9.7 miles.
    Turn slight left (southwest) onto Bittinger Road (route 495). Follow for 7.4 miles.
    Turn left (east) onto Swanton Road. Follow for 2.1 miles.
    Make a hard right (west) on Maryland Highway (route 135). Follow for 2.1 miles.
    Turn left (south) onto Kitzmiller Road (route 38). Follow for 5.5 miles into Kitzmiller.
    Turn right (west) on West Main Street. This will change names to Shallmar Road. Follow for ~0.8 mile to North Hill Road.

    Notes: About 3.75 hours from Savage. There is room for about 2 vehicles on the north side of Shallmar Road, just past (west of) North Hill Road. No restroom or ramp. Walk down where Wolfden Road drains into the North Branch of the Potomac River via a metal pipe and head to a big flat rock. It is a rocky area but will do for a rough launch. Jennings Randolf Lake is about 7.75 miles downstream. See North Branch of the Potomac Kitzmiller for more information.

    Lost Land Run
    Location: 1701 Potomac Camp Road, Oakland, Maryland; Potomac-Garrett State Forest, Garrett County ADC map S31
    Follow directions to Potomac State Forest, following Lost Land Run Road to the end at the North Branch of the Potomac River. Just ~100 meters south of the parking lot on the east side (you'll see it on the way in) are a couple of picnic tables. Just behind the tables is a place where one can carry down and launch on the flat rocks. Just downstream is a section that can be pretty rough when the water is high so this is a good place to take out, rest, eat, and climb to the overlook (northeast) to see what lies ahead. From the picnic tables, walk past the parking lot and you should see a sign pointing to the overlook trail. If this is your take-out, it will be easy to miss. Heading downstream, look for the take-out on the left, just after where Lost Land Run flows into the river. If using this location as a take-out, consider launching at Gormania. If launching from here, consider taking out at Jennings Randolf Lake, about 10.25 miles downstream. Kitzmiller is about 3.5 miles downstream. See North Branch of the Potomac Kitzmiller for more information.

    Sang Run
    Location: Garrett County ADC map E14
    Date: November 26, 2011
    Phone:
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet on the southern side, take highway 695 clockwise. Take exit 16 to highway 70 west.
    After 91 miles, take exit 1A on the left to highway 68 west, towards Cumberland.
    Take exit 14A in Keysers Ridge, heading south on Garrett Highway (route 219). Follow for 12.7 miles.
    Turn right (west) on Sang Run Road. Follow for 1.6 miles then make a hard left to remain on Sang Run Road. Then follow for an additional 2.2 miles.
    After passing the community park on the left but before crossing the bridge over the Youghiogheny River, turn onto a short dirt road and lot on the left.

    Notes: About 3.5 hours from Savage. Room for about 10 vehicles in gravel lot and more room at the community park next door. Porta-johns available. Two dollar fee to launch once or $20 per year. Launch on the Youghiogheny River from here if you can handle class V rapids. Launch area is grassy. This section ends the flatwater portion which begins about 3.25 miles upstream at Hoyes Run. There is a trail that leads back to Hoyes Run but I don't recommend it.


     
    Harpers Ferry, West Virginia Area Launch Sites
     
    Harpers Ferry at route 340
    A popular and large parking lot lies in the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park grounds just off route 340 near Shenandoah Street in West Virginia. This area is ideal for white water kayakers, river tubers, and hikers.

    Harpers Ferry Road
    Location: Just north of the intersection of Harpers Ferry Road (route 671) and highway/route 340 in Loudoun County, Virginia. Washington County ADC map 36 J11
    Phone:
    Date: June 24, 2007
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet on the southern side, take highway 695 north (clockwise).
    Take exit 16 to highway 70 west (to Frederick).
    Take exit 52 to highway/route 340 west. Drive into Virginia where route 340 is also called Jefferson Pike. Within a tenth of a mile once crossing over the Potomac, you'll see a turn off on the right. Drop your things off here.

    Notes: This location is where the buses drop off and pick up river tubers. White water paddlers also launch here. Just west of the information sign is a path that leads down to the Potomac River. There is only parking for about 3 vehicles at the west end of this turn off so you'll want to drop your things off then drive to the kettlecorn lot. No restroom but there is at the Exxon just across the street. Note that personal floatation devices (PFDs) must be worn on the Potomac River for boaters and tubers. For questions regarding river safety, rules, or regulations, call 1-800-628-9944.

    Millville Road near Harpers Ferry
    Location: Millville Road just west of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. Washington County ADC map 36 K10
    Phone:
    Date: June 24, 2007
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet on the southern side, take highway 695 north (clockwise).
    Take exit 16 to highway 70 west (to Frederick).
    Take exit 52 to highway/route 340 west. Drive into Virginia, then West Virginia. Follow for 20.4 miles.
    Turn left onto CR-27 (Millville Road) at the flea market.
    This is as much information as I have.

    Notes: A local white water canoe person told me that if you launch from this spot and paddle down to Harpers Ferry Road and route 340, you'll hit some of the best rapids in the area. Also check out River Riders which is in this same area. They might be able to provide more information on the launch site. Note that personal floatation devices (PFDs) must be worn on the Potomac River for boaters and tubers. For questions regarding river safety, rules, or regulations, call 1-800-628-9944.

    Sandy Hook Road
    Location: Where Sandy Hook Road passes under the route 340 bridge in Maryland. Washington County ADC map 36 K10
    Phone:
    Date: June 24, 2007
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet on the southern side, take highway 695 north (clockwise).
    Take exit 16 to highway 70 west (to Frederick).
    Take exit 52 to highway/route 340 west.
    After the route 67 turn off and before crossing into Virginia, make a left (east) onto Keep Tryst Road at the signal light. Follow for 0.3 miles.
    Turn right (southwest) onto Sandy Hook Road. Follow for 0.4 miles.
    Under the route 340 bridge, look for parking.

    Notes: Room for about 10 vehicles. You'll definitely want to get there early on a nice day. There is some space along both sides of the road and some on a dirt road between Sandy Hook Road and the river. If you park on this road, stay far to the south (river) side. There is a clearing that leads to the Potomac River. No restroom though there might be one at Sandy Hook Grocery which sells ice cream and has a cold drink vending machine. The grocery is slightly west of the main parking area. If no restroom there, then the next closest is at the Exxon just east of the kettlecorn lot. Note that personal floatation devices (PFDs) must be worn on the Potomac River for boaters and tubers. For questions regarding river safety, rules, or regulations, call 1-800-628-9944.


     
    Harford County Launch Sites
     
    There are lots of great places to launch in Harford County. Many are listed at Maryland DNR - Harford County Public Boating Access

    Broad Creek Public Landing
    Location: Darlington, Harford County ADC map 6 B5 or Cecil County ADC map 1 B5. Also see Google Map coordinate 39°41'38.2"N 76°14'28.9"W
    Phone:
    Date: April 28, 2017
    Notes: Boat ramp. No restroom. Parking on west side of Paddick Road just south of Flintville Road at 39.693933, -76.241369 although you might be able to fit 4 vehicles in the immediate boat launch circle. 0.78 mile to mouth where it drains into the Susquehanna River/Conowingo Reservoir. From the mouth, one can paddle a scenic and easy 2 miles upstream before having to portage. One can also access the Mason Dixon trail here. For more information, see my April 28, 2017 - Broad Creek blog.

    Deer Creek
    Deciding where to put this was not easy. My notes for this are pretty extensive and I thought it best to put it all under Rocks State Park.

    Fisherman's Park
    Location: 2569 Shures Landing Road, Darlington, Harford County, Maryland 21034. Harford County ADC map 2 B13 or Cecil County ADC map 6 J3. Also see Google Map coordinate 39.652544, -76.170047
    Phone: 410-457-2426
    Date: April 9, 2017
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet on the southern side, take highway 95 northeast through the Fort McHenry Tunnel. Follow for about 41 miles. Take the Level Road (route 155) exit (route 89) to the left (northwest) towards Bel Air. Follow for 2.9 miles. Turn right (north) onto Darlington Road (route 161). Follow for 4.5 miles to the end.
    Make a hard right (not a veering right), turning east onto Old Quaker Road. Follow for 0.3 mile to the end.
    Turn right (southeast) on Stafford Road. Follow for 0.1 mile.
    Turn left (northeast) on Shuresville Road. Follow for 1.1 miles.
    Veer right onto Shures Landing Road. Follow a steep 0.6 mile down to the end.

    Notes: Open from one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset. Ramp. One hour and 10 minutes from Savage. There is a tremendous amount of parking because this is such a popular site for bird watchers. Also, lots of porta-johns. A very important sign reads "To fishermen and boat operators: flashing red lights and sounding sirens mean rising water level. Play it safe! Seek higher ground, watch anchors, wear life jackets." To find out if water is being released from the dam, call the Conowingo generation hotline: 1-888-457-4076 or the Spill conditions hotline: 1-877-457-2525. Believe you me, you don't want to paddle there when they are releasing a lot of water from the dam. Access to the Susquehanna River just below Conowingo Dam. I would not recommend beginner kayakers to launch here. Plan to have a shuttle to pick you up 4 miles downstream at the Lapidum Boat Launch Facility or 7 miles downstream at Jean S. Roberts Memorial Park. Directly across from this launch site on the Cecil County side is a heron rookery. But unless the dam isn't releasing water, it will be very hard to access because of the strong currents. While you're out there, check out the Eden Mill Nature Center. For more information, check out my December 3, 2011, April 28, 2014, and April 9, 2017 blogs. Also see
         Conowingo Dam Site Guide by the Harford Bird Club
         Wikipedia - Conowingo Dam
         Conowingo Fisherman's Park

    Flying Point Marina
    Location: 324 Flying Point Road, Edgewood, Harford County ADC map 24 J12
    Phone: 410-676-7311, 410-679-8003
    Date: Unexplored via land.  Water recon conducted August 17, 2002
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 95 northeast through the Fort McHenry Tunnel. 
    Take exit 77A right (southeast) to Emmorton Road South (route 24).
    Turn left (southeast) on Edgewood Road (route 755).
    Turn left (northeast) on Willoughby Beach Road.  Road will bear to right.
    Turn left on Flying Point Road.  When the road splits, stay on the left side.

    Notes: $5 ramp fee.  Insert money in box next to ramp.  Marina has a convenience store.  Access to Otter Point Creek.

    Flying Point Park
    Location: 511 Kennard Avenue, Edgewood, Harford County ADC map 24 J12
    Phone: 410-612-1607
    Date: Unexplored via land.  Water recon conducted August 17, 2002
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 95 northeast through the Fort McHenry Tunnel. 
    Take exit 77A right (southeast) to Emmorton Road South (route 24).
    Turn left (southeast) on Edgewood Road (route 755).
    Turn left (northeast) on Willoughby Beach Road.  Road will bear to right.
    Turn left on Flying Point Road.  When the road splits, stay on the right side.  Follow to end.
    Turn left on Kennard Avenue and follow to end.

    Notes: Restrooms available.  No fee.  Access to Otter Point Creek.

    Franklin Street Beach
    Location: Franklin Street, Havre de Grace, Harford County ADC map 21 D6
    Date: August 9, 2003
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 95 northeast through the Fort McHenry Tunnel.  Follow for about 36 miles.
    Take the Aberdeen/Churchville exit (exit 85) to the Aberdeen Thruway (route 22).  At the fork, turn right (east).
    Turn right onto Pulaski Highway (route 40) heading east.  This is the second right onto route 40.
    Turn right (east) onto Otsego Street (second encounter of route 7). You'll be within view of the bridge when you make this turn.
    At the end of Otsego Street (route 7), turn right (south) onto Union Avenue North.  At the split, stay on the left.
    Turn left (east) onto Franklin Street.  Cross Saint John(s) Street and follow to end in a parking lot next to the Tidewater Grille Restaurant.  Launch at sandy area near restaurant.

    Notes: No boat ramp or restroom.  Closest restroom is at the Jean S. Roberts Memorial Park Don’t launch from peninsula near restaurant.  About one hour from Arbutus.  Paddle left towards bridge to go up the Susquehanna River.  Paddle right to explore several man-made islands. See Havre de Grace map.

    Jean S. Roberts Memorial Park
    Location: Otsego Street (route 7), Havre de Grace, Harford County ADC map 21 D5
    Date: September 13, 2008
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 95 northeast through the Fort McHenry Tunnel.  Follow for about 36 miles.
    Take the Aberdeen/Churchville exit (exit 85) to the Aberdeen Thruway (route 22).  At the fork, turn right (east).
    Turn right onto Pulaski Highway (route 40) heading east.  This is the second right onto route 40.
    Turn right (east) onto Otsego Street (second encounter of route 7). You'll be within view of the bridge when you make this turn.
    At the end of Otsego Street (route 7), you should see a sign for the “Jean S. Roberts Memorial Park.”

    Notes: Boat ramp and restroom available.  Open 0600-2200.  $5 launch fee on Saturday, Sunday, and holidays.  About one hour from Arbutus.  Paddle left towards bridge to go up the Susquehanna River and to Garrett Island.  Paddle right to explore several man-made islands. See Havre de Grace map. Check out my September 13, 2008 and April 28, 2014 trip reports.

    Lapidum Boat Launch Facility
    Location: Susquehanna State Park, Harford County ADC map 13 H10 or Cecil County ADC map 8 H10. Also see Google Maps Lapidum Boat Ramp
    Date: April 9, 2017
    Phone: 410-557-7994
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 95 northeast through the Fort McHenry Tunnel.  Follow for about 41 miles.
    Take the Level Road (route 155) exit (route 89) to the right (southeast) towards Havre de Grace. Follow for about 0.3 mile.
    Turn left (north) onto Lapidum Road. Follow for 2.4 miles to the end.
    The parking lot is at the corner of Lapidum Road and Stafford Road.

    Notes: Boat ramp and restroom available.  Non-boat trailer parking is on the right side of the ramp.  $10 launch fee as of 2017.  For camping and pavilion reservations, call 1-888-432-CAMP.  About 49 minutes from Arbutus or an hour from Savage.  It is 3.5 miles from Lapidum to Jean S. Roberts Memorial Park. Access to the Susquehanna River and several islands just upstream.  The river is dammed about five miles upstream.

    Mariner Point
    Location: Joppatowne, Harford County ADC map 28 E7
    Date: October 22, 2005
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 95 northeast through the Fort McHenry Tunnel. 
    Take exit 74, turn right (southeast) on Mountain Road South (route 152).  Stay in the right lane.
    Turn right (southwest) on Philadelphia Road (route 7).
    Make a 270 degree left (southeast) on Joppa Farm Road at the Gunpowder Barber Shop.
    Turn right (southwest) on Kearney Drive at the Royal Farms store.  Follow to end.

    Notes: Open 0700 to 2000 April through October. 50 minutes from Arbutus. Over a mile of trails exist at Mariner Point. Regular restrooms and water fountain available in the visitors center near the entrance of the park. Porta-john located southeast of the boat ramps. Four boat ramps available. During the busy season it is recommended to launch a kayak on the west side of parking lot 2. This is the lot just after (south of) the boat ramps, also on the right. There may be a sign at the entrance to the lot that reads "boat trailer parking only" but you can pull your car in to remove and pick up your kayak. Launch at the dirt area on the west side near the bench and drain pipe. Regular car (without boat trailer) parking at the next lot south.

    About 1/8 of a mile downstream from the boat ramps and on the land across it is a small dirt landing area. If you want quick access to Little Gunpowder Falls, pull over here and carry your boat across the peninsula, which is only about 15 paces across. Unfortunately, there may be a two foot drop on the other side to the water. However, this will cut a mile off your trip if paddling up Little Gunpowder Falls is your goal. At least half this mile could be through thick aquatic vegetation.

    Days Cove is a natural and scenic part of Gunpowder Falls State Park. On the west side of Days Cove is the Environmental Educational Center. There are many circuitous ways to get to Days Cove. Paddling south from Mariner Point will take you to the Gunpowder River. Turn right (west) then begin paddling to reach the delta section of Gunpowder Falls on your right (north). There may be a significant amount of aquatic vegetation so paddling a good distance south before turning west might be wise. It would also be best to try to paddle at high tide and bring a boat with a retractable rudder, no rudder, or at least a flip-up rudder. Avoid boats with a non-retractable rudder or skeg. A fairly easy-to-find, deep, and reliable channel into Days Cove (though not the shortest route) is to paddle southwest to grid C10 on map 28 of the Harford County ADC map. At one of the larger tributaries, turn right (north). After about 0.75 miles, Days Cove will be on your left.

    Once you see Days Cove on the left, if you stay to the right instead of venturing into Days Cove, you will come to Gunpowder Falls. After passing Days Cove, paddle along the left heading north to go upstream on Gunpowder Falls. From Mariner Point, it is about 4.5 miles to the first bridge, Pulaski Highway (route 40). About another 0.2 miles to the next bridge, a railroad track. It will be impossible to make much further progress in a sea kayak. You'll defintely hit a good deal of white water. Just before your first encounter with white water, I recommend you pull over to the left and walk about 50 meters southwest (left). You'll encounter a paved path called Distillery Road. Eventually, it becomes a regular dirt trail, blazed in white. Makes for a nice kayak/hike combination. Not sure how far this path heads south but based on conversations, it heads north at least to route 1, where parking is available. Haven't actually verified this myself.

    A small channel on the right about 0.8 miles upstream from Days Cove will lead to Little Gunpowder Falls and an open area near Rumsey Island. Not sure if you can paddle up Little Gunpowder Falls but you can certainly paddle down it, though the aquatic vegetation may be thick.

    A nice semi-circuit 8 mile day trip is to launch from Mariner Point, head south to the Gunpowder River, head west, paddle to the last tributary off Gunpowder Falls, head north, paddle around Days Cove, paddle up Gunpowder Falls, head north and explore the open area near Rumsey Island, paddle down Little Gunpowder Falls, then return to Mariner Point.

    Mariner Point provides access to Bird River, Gunpowder River, Days Cove, Gunpowder Falls, and Little Gunpowder Falls. The delta region, described above, is rich in catfish and/or carp. There is plenty of great natural, scenic paddling and exploring in this area. One great thing is it is so easy to find your way back to Mariner Point. Just get back to the Bird River or Gunpowder River and find the train bridge. Paddle to the northwest side of the bridge and you'll see a large sign that reads "Mariner Point" with a buoy out of the water. Head towards this sign then paddle to the left of it. Mariner Point will be on your right.

    Otter Point Landing
    Location: 600 Otter Point Road, Abingdon, Harford County ADC map 24 H12
    Phone: 410-612-1606
    Date: Unexplored via land.  Water recon conducted August 17, 2002
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 95 northeast through the Fort McHenry Tunnel. 
    Take exit 77A right (southeast) to Emmorton Road South (route 24).
    Turn left on Otter Creek Ramp.  Stay in the left lane.  There is no Otter Creek Ramp sign.  Follow signs for route 40.
    Turn left (northeast) on Pulaski Highway (route 40).
    Turn right onto Otter Point Road.  When the road splits, follow the right side.
    Launch site is on the right.  Do not turn into Anita C. Leight Estuary Center.

    Notes: Boat ramp available.  Portable toilet next to boat ramp.  Open April through October 0600-2100.  Closed November through March.  Parking fee $5, car with trailer $7.  Located next to the Otter Point Yacht Club.  Access to Otter Point Creek.

    Rock Run Grist Mill
    Location: Nearest address is 801 Stafford Road, Havre de Grace, Harford County ADC map 13 F8 or Cecil County ADC map 8 F8. Also see Google Maps coordinate 39.608057, -76.141889.
    Phone: 410-734-9035 (park office), 410-557-7994 (headquarters), 443-684-0288 (ranger cell phone), 410-260-8888 (natural resources police)
    Date: April 9, 2017
    Stairs behind the northwest end of the parking lot for the mill lead down to the water. No ramp. No restroom so use the one at Lapidum. Parking for about 30. This will put you on the Susquehanna River, right across from Wood Island. Open 24 hours. If this lot is full, check out Trestle which is very close and free. For more information, see my April 9, 2017 and April 28, 2017 - Susquehanna River blogs.

    Stafford Bridge
    Location: Harford County ADC map 13 C6 or Cecil County ADC map 8 C6. Also see Google Maps coordinate 39.622898, -76.163973
    Phone: 410-734-9035 (park office), 410-557-7994 (headquarters), 443-684-0288 (ranger cell phone), 410-260-8888 (natural resources police)
    Date: December 23, 2006
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 95 northeast through the Fort McHenry Tunnel.  Follow for about 41 miles.
    Take the Level Road (route 155) exit (route 89) northwest.
    Take the first right onto Earlton Road.
    Earlton Road merges with Webster-Lapidum Road heading northeast.  Stay on Webster-Lapidum Road.  Drive carefully since this road sometimes gets very narrow.  Follow to end.
    Turn left (north) onto Lapidum Road.
    Turn left (northwest) on Stafford Road. Note that there are some interesting historic areas on this road along with numerous dirt parking lots where one can access hiking trails.
    Just before crossing the Stafford Bridge over Deer Creek, veer left onto Craigs Corner Road. Parking on the right for about 8 vehicles. Excellent place to launch/land.

    Notes: Access to Deer Creek. No restroom. Best to use restroom at Lapidum on the drive up.

    Trestle Canoe Launch
    Location: Stafford Road, Susquehanna State Park, Harford County ADC map 13 E7 or Cecil County ADC map 8 E7. Also see Google Maps coordinate 39.6131892, -76.1493516.
    Phone: 410-734-9035 (park office), 410-557-7994 (headquarters), 443-684-0288 (ranger cell phone), 410-260-8888 (natural resources police)
    Date: April 9, 2017
    This location is on the southwest side of the foot bridge across Deer Creek where it drains into the Susquehanna River. No restroom. No ramp. Wooden stairs lead down to the water. Small parking lot (maybe for five?). Use restroom at Lapidum on the drive up. There are many fishing spots where one can park and launch along Stafford Road between this place and Stafford Bridge but this location is the best place to launch on Deer Creek downstream from Stafford Bridge. If the lot is full, consider launching from Rock Run which is very close and free. For more information, see my April 9, 2017 blog.

    Willoughby Beach Launching Ramp
    Location: Kennard Avenue, Edgewood, Harford County ADC map 29 K1
    Phone: 410-612-1606
    Date: Unexplored via land.  Water recon conducted August 17, 2002
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 95 northeast through the Fort McHenry Tunnel. 
    Take exit 77A right (southeast) to Emmorton Road South (route 24).
    Turn left (southeast) on Edgewood Road (route 755).
    Turn left (northeast) on Willoughby Beach Road.  Road will bear to right.
    Turn right on Kennard Avenue and follow to end.

    Notes: Boat ramp available.  No restrooms.  Closed 2000 to dawn.  No fee.  Access to Bush River. Aberdeen Proving Ground warning.

    Yacht Basin
    Location: Yacht Basin, Havre de Grace, Harford County ADC map 21 D8
    Date: September 28, 2003
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 95 northeast through the Fort McHenry Tunnel.  Follow for about 36 miles.
    Take the Aberdeen/Churchville exit (exit 85) to the Aberdeen Thruway (route 22).  At the fork, turn right (east).
    Turn right onto Pulaski Highway (route 40) heading east.
    At the split, stay on the the right side taking Old Post Road (route 7) heading northeast.  Old Post Road turns into Revolution Street.
    Turn right (south) on Union Avenue.
    Turn left (east) on Commerce Street.
    Turn right (south) on Yacht Basin into the marina.

    Notes: Boat ramp, refreshments, and restroom available.  $5 launch fee.  The ramp is on the west end.  Paddle left to get to the mouth of the Susquehanna River.  Paddle right to explore several man-made islands. See Havre de Grace map.


     
    Howard County Launch Sites

    Daniels area of Patapsco State Park
    See my blogs from April 13, 2014 and April 5, 2017.

    Ilchester
    This location provides access to the Patapsco River upstream of the Hilton Area of Patapsco Valley State Park.

    Location: Howard County ADC map 4816 H10 and Baltimore County ADC map 40 K7
    Date: Unexplored
    Launch just downstream of the railroad bridge on the west (Howard County) side of the Patapsco River at Google Maps: 39.250605, -76.763867.

    Not restroom or ramp. Parking for about 30 cars but parking is pretty spread out so if you don't want to have to carry your boat very far, I suggest arriving early if it is a nice weekend since this place is popular with hikers that access trails in Patapsco Valley State Park on the east (Baltimore County) side. Disjointed parking also exists along the side of River Road northwest (upstream). There are some riffles both upstream and downstream of this location. Launching here will put you downstream of the dam at Thistle Road but upstream of Bloedes Dam. You can drive along the river for a few miles upstream to see what it is like but you can't drive along it downstream. For more information, see my February 28, 2016 blog.

    Old Columbia Road - Gorman Stream Valley - Gorman Park
    Date: December 26, 2012
    Phone: 410-313-4700
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 95 south to exit 38.
    Take route 32 northwest. Follow for 1.9 miles.
    Take the Eden Brook/Shaker Drive exit. Turn right (south) at the end of the ramp and cross over route 32. Follow 0.1 mile.
    Turn right (west) on Old Columbia Road. Follow 1.5 miles, crossing a single lane bridge and the Middle Patuxent River.
    Immediately after crossing over the river (before heading uphill), look for parking on either side of the road, preferrably the right side.

    Notes: Access to the Middle Patuxent River. Parking for about 10 vehicles. No restroom or ramp. This may be a slightly difficult launch since it really isn't a launch area. This is the west side of the Gorman Stream Valley Natural Resource Area. This is also a trailhead. It is a nice place to go for an easy hike. I don't know of anyone that has ever launched here except maybe Chip, who has launched everywhere. I don't recommend it unless it has been raining hard and then you'd better watch out for strainers. About 13 minutes from Savage. If launching here, I recommend taking out at Wincopin Park. Shortly after that, it becomes whitewater and then rough whitewater. I don't know where one can find water flow information for the Middle Patuxent River but downstream where it meets the Little Patuxent River in Savage, water flow is measured at USGS 01594000 - Little Patuxent River at Savage, MD. For more information, see my April 27, 2014 trip report.

    Patapsco Valley State Park - Swinging Bridge
    Date: February 25, 2012
    I've never seen anyone launch a kayak here and I have no idea if it is permitted. I'll assume it is until someone posts a sign indicating it isn't. Ed Gertler suggests launching a little downstream from Gun Road. Launching near the base of the Swinging Bridge would give one about 1.8 miles of additional nice scenery and as far as I know, no drawbacks. Directions can be found at Patapsco Valley State Park. Consider taking out 9 miles downstream at Southwest Area Park. Gertler says there will be at most easy class I rapids. But I would advise to be cautious of strainers and only paddle during high tide, though the tide will probably only make a difference during the latter half. Paddling after a good rain when the water is higher than normal is recommended. But even after a good rain, it will most likely be too low in the summer or too polluted with runoff. Check out Patapsco River water level at Hollofield. Gertler says 150 cubic feet per second (2.0 feet) is minimum. For the Gun Road area, Gertler writes that "almost anytime during normal winter or spring" should be fine. The tide might help, at least in the second half of the trip though tide tables aren't particularly useful since the closest area for which data is available is Fort McHenry, which is 3 miles from Southwest Area Park. Still, some data is better than none.

    Rocky Gorge Reservoir (T. Howard Duckett Watershed)
    Location: Browns Bridge; Howard County ADC map 5051 F7
    Date: March 24, 2012
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 95 south to exit 38.
    Take route 32 heading west.
    At exit 17 (Cedar Lane/Pindel School Road) in Simpsonville, turn left (south) at the end of the ramp, taking Pindell School Road south. Follow for 2.1 miles to the end.
    Turn right (northwest) on Scaggsville Road (route 216). Follow for 0.8 mile.
    Make a left (south) on Browns Bridge Road. Follow 1.3 miles, crossing over the reservoir. Launch area is on the left.

    Notes: Porta-john available. Not sure if you can actually park in the launch area or if you need to just drop off your boat and park across the street. Parking for about 12 vehicles. There is a trail that starts in the lot across the street from the launch area called the Bridle Trail. I only paddled in this area once, maybe around 1999. I really hate reservoirs. Too boring. So I never went back. There are probably very strict rules regarding paddling in a reservoir to keep it clean so check ahead before launching. For more information, see Martins Kayak - Paddling Rocky Gorge Reservoir and Paddling.net - Rocky Gorge Reservoir.

    You'll need a permit before launching here. As of January 2014, the cost is $6 for day use. One can also buy a season pass for $70. Watershed permits are available at Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC). For hiking info, see my February 9, 2014 blog.

    Savage
    Location: Historic Savage, Howard County ADC map 5053 H9
    Date: March 31, 2010
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 95 south to exit 38.
    Take route 32 southeast. Follow for 1.4 miles.
    Take Washington Boulevard (route 1) southwest. Follow for 0.5 miles.
    Turn right (west) on Gorman Road (at the Exxon/Wendys). Follow for 0.3 miles.
    Turn right (north) on Foundry Street. Follow for 20 meters. Park on the southeast side of the bridge (on the right before the bridge).

    Notes: Access to the Little Patuxent River. Check river flow at USGS Real-Time Water Data at Little Patuxent River at Savage, MD. Pay close attention to no parking signs. I believe parking is forbidden from 2000 to 0600. I found it easiest to launch on the southeast side. No ramp. Porta-john on the west side at the start of the Savage Mill Trail. Afterwards, catch a bite to eat at the Ram's Head Tavern across the street. Consider taking out at Piney Orchard. See my March 31, 2010 trip report.


     
    Kent County, Delaware Launch Sites
     
    Bowers Beach
    Location: Kent County, Delaware ADC map 25 F10
    Date: July 30, 2006
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    Turn left (east) onto Queen Anne Highway (route 404).
    After crossing over Tuckahoe Creek, turn left (north) onto Ridgely Road (route 480).
    In Greensboro, turn right onto Sunset Avenue East (route 314). This will turn into Whiteleysburg Road (route 314).
    At the split, just before the state line, veer left onto Burnite Mill Road (road 57, route 12). In the town of Felton, this will turn into Main Street. After Dupont Highway (route 13), this will turn into Midstate Road (route 12). Near the town of Frederica, it will turn into Johnnycake Landing Road then Front Street.
    In the town of Frederica, turn left (north) on Frederica Road (route 12).
    At the Frederica by-pass (route 1/113), turn left (north). It will turn into Bay Road (road 7, route 1/113).
    Turn right (east) on Bowers Beach Road (route 18). Follow to Bowers Beach.
    Turn right on Clifton Cubbage Drive or Flack Avenue South. These will lead to Murderkill Avenue.
    Park in the lot on Murderkill Avenue between Clifton Cubbage Drive and Flack Avenue South.
    Notes: Four paved boat ramps, three on the east side and one on the west. The west side is only for emergency vehicles. Three porta-johns. Parking for at least 50 vehicles.

    After paddling, consider eating at
         J.P.'s Wharf Seafood Restaurant
         201 Hubbard Avenue (Hubbard and Murderkill Avenue)
         Frederica, Delaware 19946
         Phone: 302-335-4035, as of August 2006, all I get at this number is a modem
    Great view from the tables on the deck in the back.

    If needing to lock up bicycles, consider locking up at the big parking lot off Clifton Cubbage Drive. This appears to be a fairly vacant lot. There is a sign on the east sign that makes a good locking post.

    Canterbury Road
    Location: Kent County, Delaware ADC map 29 H10
    Date: July 30, 2006
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    Turn left (east) onto Queen Anne Highway (route 404).
    After crossing over Tuckahoe Creek, turn left (north) onto Ridgely Road (route 480).
    In Greensboro, turn right onto Sunset Avenue East (route 314). This will turn into Whiteleysburg Road (route 314).
    At the split, just before the state line, veer left onto Burnite Mill Road (road 57, route 12). In the town of Felton, this will turn into Main Street. After Dupont Highway (route 13), this will turn into Midstate Road (route 12).
    Turn right (south) on Canterbury Road (route 15). Park on the left (east) on the north side of Coursey Road.

    Notes: Paved parking for about 15 vehicles. Picnic table. No ramp or restroom. Best to launch at the concrete drain. 13 miles to the Delaware Bay. There is a much larger lot on the southeast side of the bridge. Launching there is a bit more difficult. A dam prevents paddling upstream. For access upstream, see Coursey Pond.

    Coursey Pond
    Location: Kent County, Delaware ADC map 29 H10
    Date: July 30, 2006
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    Turn left (east) onto Queen Anne Highway (route 404).
    After crossing over Tuckahoe Creek, turn left (north) onto Ridgely Road (route 480).
    In Greensboro, turn right onto Sunset Avenue East (route 314). This will turn into Whiteleysburg Road (route 314).
    At the split, just before the state line, veer left onto Burnite Mill Road (road 57, route 12). In the town of Felton, this will turn into Main Street. After Dupont Highway (route 13), this will turn into Midstate Road (route 12).
    Turn right (south) on Canterbury Road (route 15). Park on the right (west) on the north side of Coursey Road.

    Notes: Paved parking for about 7 vehicles. Boat ramp. No restroom. Access to Coursey Pond and upstream. A dam prevents paddling downstream. For access downstream, see Canterbury Road.

    Garrisons Lake
    Location: Kent County, Delaware ADC map 10 G3
    Date: May 20, 2012
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    Merge onto Blue Star Memorial Highway (route 301) heading north. Follow for 20.4 miles.
    Turn right (east) onto Church Hill - Sudlersville Road (route 300, road 41). Follow for 14.8 miles, crossing into Delaware.
    In the town of Kenton, turn right (east) on Commerce Street (route 42). The road will change names to Seven Hickories Road (road 45) and will merge with route 15 for a short distance. Just stay on route 42 and you'll be fine. Follow for 5.4 miles.
    South side
    After following route 42 for 5.4 miles, turn left (north) on DuPont Highway (route 13). Follow for 3.4 miles.
    Turn left (west) on Messina Hill Road. Follow for 40 meters.
    Make an immediate right into the parking lot.
    Notes: Lots of parking and a porta-john. Also a boat ramp. About an hour and 48 minutes from Savage. This is a popular fishing area. The lake isn't very big. I have no idea how far west you can go. Probably not far.
    North side
    After following route 42 for 5.4 miles, turn left (north) on DuPont Highway (route 13). Follow for 3.9 miles, crossing over the Leipsic River.
    At Hickory Ridge Road, make a U-turn to head south on DuPont Highway (route 13). Follow for 0.2 mile.
    Turn right into the parking lot before crossing over the river again.

    Notes: Room for about 10 vehicles. Porta-john. No boat ramp but you can access the lake via a dirt launch on the west side. About an hour and 49 minutes from Savage. If you want to paddle east to access the Leipsic River, you'll have to portage over a 7 foot dam, carrying down a rough, rocky section. I recommend bringing a plastic boat or one that is so light you can easily carry it down rough terrain. It is about 5.4 miles to Leipsic - Dyke Branch. See my May 20, 2012 trip report.

    Killens Pond State Park
    Location: Kent County, Delaware ADC map 29 F11
    Date: July 30, 2006
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    Turn left (east) onto Queen Anne Highway (route 404).
    After crossing over Tuckahoe Creek, turn left (north) onto Ridgely Road (route 480).
    In Greensboro, turn right onto Sunset Avenue East (route 314). This will turn into Whiteleysburg Road (route 314).
    At the split, just before the state line, veer left onto Burnite Mill Road (road 57, route 12). In the town of Felton, this will turn into Main Street. After Dupont Highway (route 13), this will turn into Midstate Road (route 12).
    Turn right (south) on Chimney Hill Road (road 385). This will end at Killens Pond Road (road 384).
    At Killens Pond Road, turn left (east). The road will veer to the right. On the right, you will see Killens Pond. Park in the lot on the right (west) just after the bridge.

    Notes: Dirt parking lot for 8 vehicles. Porta-john. Dirt ramp. One hour and 45 minute drive from Elkridge. Free for paid park users, otherwise 3 dollars for Delaware residents and 6 dollars for non-residents. One can launch into Killens Pond. If paddling Killens Pond, one can access the far west side of the Murderkill River under the foot bridge. It quickly becomes very shallow, narrow, and difficult to paddle. It is also very scenic. Best to paddle after a good heavy rain.

    One can also access the Murderkill River which drains from the pond and heads east to Coursey Pond. Launch from the northeast side of the bridge. There are stairs down to the dirt launch area. This is a scenic canoe trail that goes all the way to the Delaware Bay. A dam prevents one from paddling under Killens Pond Road. Six miles to Frederica, 14.5 miles to the bay.

    One can also access the 2.6 mile Pondside Nature Trail on the west end of the lot.

    Those camping at Killens Pond State Park can launch from docks which are a short distance from the campsites. However, these docks may be as much as 18 inches above the waterline. The campsites nearest the dock appears to be the electric hookup sites D7 or D8. They are roughly 42 paces (58 meters) from the dock. These sites, along with D6 appear to be some of the better ones because they can get a breeze from the pond. Electric hook-up sites are similar to non-electric Maryland state park campground sites in that they let you drive to your site and provide similar amenities, including showers. However, Delaware enforces a one car limit per campsite. Overflow parking is available for those expecting more than one car.

    Campsites can only be accessed from the north side of Paradise Alley Road, west of Killens Pond Road (road 384).

    There are also primitive campground sites starting 50 paces (68 meters) from the dirt lot. This lot has a capacity of about 20 vehicles. There are 2 porta-johns near the lot and a water refill station nearer the campsites. Each campsite has a firepit and a picnic table. Mostly shaded and not breezy.

    Kitts Hummock
    Location: Southeast of Dover; Kent County, Delaware ADC map 25 E2
    Date: May 20, 2012
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    Merge onto Blue Star Memorial Highway (route 301) heading north. Follow for 8.8 miles.
    Turn right (east) on Ruthsburg Road (route 304). The road will change names to Bridgetown Road. Follow for 9.5 miles.
    Turn left (northeast) on Oakland Road (route 312). Follow for 2.3 miles to the end.
    Turn right (southeast) on Goldsboro Road (route 313). Follow for 3.7 miles.
    In the town of Goldsboro, continue straight onto Sandtown Road (route 287), heading east. Follow for 2.6 miles.
    Continue straight on Willow Grove Road (route 10, road 53)), crossing into Delaware. Follow for 12.3 miles, making sure to stay on this road and not turn onto Henry Cowgill Road, (route 10A, road 54).
    In the town of Camden, turn right (east) onto Camden Wyoming Avenue (route 10). Follow for 3.7 miles. If you want to make a pit stop, this is the place to do it. This road will change names to Wyoming Avenue and Lebanon Road (road 356). Just stay on route 10 and you will be fine.
    Turn left to catch Bay Road (route 1/113) heading southeast. Follow for 2.9 miles.
    Take the ramp to Little Creek/Kitts Hummock which will put you on Bayside Drive (route 9, road 17) heading north. Follow for 0.1 mile or less.
    Turn right (south) onto Kitts Hummock Road (road 68). Follow 2.8 miles almost to the end.

    Notes: Two hour drive from Savage. If I remember correctly, there is parking just before Bay Drive. Then it is about 120 meters to the Delaware Bay. The beach is public property. Just to the south is the Ted Harvey Wildlife Area, Logan Tract. This really isn't all that good of a place to launch. Bowers Beach (3 miles to the south) is much better. Rather than kayaking, I recommend coming here to see horseshoe crabs. Or, you can go see them at Pickering Beach, just 2.4 miles to the north. See my May 25, 2009 trip report.

    Leipsic - Dyke Branch
    Location: Kent County, Delaware ADC map 11 G3
    Date: May 20, 2012
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    Merge onto Blue Star Memorial Highway (route 301) heading north. Follow for 20.4 miles.
    Turn right (east) onto Church Hill - Sudlersville Road (route 300, road 41). Follow for 14.8 miles, crossing into Delaware.
    In the town of Kenton, turn right (east) on Commerce Street (route 42). The road will change names to Seven Hickories Road (road 45) and will merge with route 15 for a short distance. Just stay on route 42 and you'll be fine. Follow for 8.9 miles to a bridge over Dyke Branch.
    Notes: Park along the side of the road. Wide shoulder to accommodate several vehicles. One hour and 51 minutes from Savage. This is a popular fishing area. This will give you access to Dyke Branch, a tributary to the south of the Leipsic River. It isn't particularly scenic here or downstream on the Leipsic (so I've been told) but upstream, it is scenic and wooded. The tributaries that flow into the Leipsic upstream are particularly nice. It is a rough carry down some boulders to get your boat in or out of the water. For this reason, I recommend a plastic boat or one so light, you can carry it easily down or up rough terrain. Very buggy around dusk. See my May 20, 2012 trip report.

    Pickering Beach
    Location: Due east of Dover; Kent County, Delaware ADC map 19 D9
    Date: May 20, 2012
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    Merge onto Blue Star Memorial Highway (route 301) heading north. Follow for 8.8 miles.
    Turn right (east) on Ruthsburg Road (route 304). The road will change names to Bridgetown Road. Follow for 9.5 miles.
    Turn left (northeast) on Oakland Road (route 312). Follow for 2.3 miles to the end.
    Turn right (southeast) on Goldsboro Road (route 313). Follow for 3.7 miles.
    In the town of Goldsboro, continue straight onto Sandtown Road (route 287), heading east. Follow for 2.6 miles.
    Continue straight on Willow Grove Road (route 10, road 53)), crossing into Delaware. Follow for 12.3 miles, making sure to stay on this road and not turn onto Henry Cowgill Road, (route 10A, road 54).
    In the town of Camden, turn right (east) onto Camden Wyoming Avenue (route 10). Follow for 3.7 miles. If you want to make a pit stop, this is the place to do it. This road will change names to Wyoming Avenue and Lebanon Road (road 356). Just stay on route 10 and you will be fine.
    Turn left to catch Bay Road (route 1/113) heading southeast. Follow for 2.9 miles.
    Take the ramp to Little Creek/Kitts Hummock which will put you on Bayside Drive (route 9, road 17) heading north. Follow for 1.8 miles.
    Turn right (east) onto Pickering Beach Road (road 349) and follow 1 mile to the end.

    Notes: Two hour drive from Savage. Parking on the side of the road near the end, before you come to the road with the homes. Looking east from the T in the road, you should see a narrow, fence-lined, sandy path between the homes. About 70 meters further is the Delaware Bay. The beach is public property. A half mile north is Little Creek Wildlife Area. This really isn't all that good of a place to launch. Bowers Beach (5.4 miles south) or Port Mahon (4 miles north) is much better. Rather than kayaking, I recommend coming here to see horseshoe crabs since Pickering Beach is an official horseshoe crab sanctuary. Or, you can go see them at Kitts Hummock, just 2.4 miles to the south. See my May 20, 2012 trip report.

    Port Mahon
    Location: Due east of Dover; Kent County, Delaware ADC map 13 E12
    Date: May 24, 2009
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    Merge onto Blue Star Memorial Highway (route 301) heading north. Follow for 20.4 miles.
    Turn right (east) onto Church Hill - Sudlersville Road (route 300). Follow for 9.9 miles, crossing into Delaware.
    Turn right (south) on Everetts Corner Road (route 44). Follow for 6.7 miles.
    Turn left (east) on Halltown Road/Forest Avenue/road 51 (route 8). Remain on route 8 through Dover. This road will change names to Little Creek Road/road 16. Follow to the end.
    Turn right (south) on Main Street (route 9). Follow for 0.3 miles.
    Turn left (east) on Port Mahon Road/road 89. Follow 3.5 miles to the end.

    Notes: Porta-john. Huge parking lot for 40+ vehicles. Access to the Mahon River and Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge. This area is known to have a large number of horseshoe crabs come ashore during mating season. See my May 24, 2009 trip report.

    Route 12 and Spring Creek
    Location: Frederica, Kent County, Delaware ADC map 30 F6
    Date: July 30, 2006
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    Turn left (east) onto Queen Anne Highway (route 404).
    After crossing over Tuckahoe Creek, turn left (north) onto Ridgely Road (route 480). This will change names to Greensboro Road.
    In Greensboro, turn right onto Sunset Avenue East (route 314). This will turn into Whiteleysburg Road (route 314).
    At the split, just before the state line, veer left onto Burnite Mill Road (road 57, route 12). In the town of Felton, this will turn into Main Street. After Dupont Highway (route 13), this will turn into Midstate Road (route 12). Near the town of Frederica, it will turn into Johnnycake Landing Road then Front Street.
    In the town of Frederica, turn left (north) on Frederica Road (route 12).
    Park on the northwest side of the bridge over Spring Creek.

    Notes: There is a road that leads to the water that will hold about 4 vehicles. There is also parking alongside the road but not on the bridge. Watch for no parking signs. No restroom. Unpaved boat ramp. The area is totally unmaintained. Though the launch site isn't so great, the location is, since it allows access to so many areas to explore.

    After paddling, consider eating at
         Frederica Pizza and Pasta House
         5 Front Street (Front and route 12)
         Frederica, DE 19946
         Phone: 302-335-1222
    Just note that they are not open on Sundays.

    Scotton Landing
    Location: Kent County, Delaware ADC map 24 F5
    Date: July 30, 2006
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    Turn left (east) onto Queen Anne Highway (route 404).
    After crossing over Tuckahoe Creek, turn left (north) onto Ridgely Road (route 480).
    In Greensboro, turn right onto Sunset Avenue East (route 314). This will turn into Whiteleysburg Road (route 314).
    At the split, just before the state line, veer left onto Burnite Mill Road (road 57, route 12). In the town of Felton, this will turn into Main Street. After Dupont Highway (route 13), this will turn into Midstate Road (route 12). Near the town of Frederica, it will turn into Johnnycake Landing Road then Front Street.
    In the town of Frederica, turn left (north) on Frederica Road (route 12).
    At the Frederica by-pass (route 1/113), turn left (north). It will turn into Bay Road (road 7, route 1/113). Drive over the Saint Jones River.
    A mile past the bridge over the Saint Jones River will be an area to make a U-turn. Do so, heading south on Bay Road (road 7, route 1/113).
    Immediately after crossing the bridge over the Saint Jones River, turn right (west) onto Trap Shooters Road.
    Turn left (west) onto Barkers Landing Road.
    Make a right (north) into the parking lot.

    Notes: Paved parking for about 12 vehicles. Boat ramp. No restroom. This appears to be a popular area. The waterways in this area are not shaded.

    After paddling, consider eating at
         Magnolia
         3 South Main Street (Walnut Street and South Main Street)
         Magnolia, Delaware 19962
         Phone: 302-335-3347

    Whitehall Landing
    Location: Kent County, Delaware ADC map 12 D1
    Date: May 20, 2012
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    Merge onto Blue Star Memorial Highway (route 301) heading north. Follow for 20.4 miles.
    Turn right (east) onto Church Hill - Sudlersville Road (route 300, road 41). Follow for 14.8 miles, crossing into Delaware.
    In the town of Kenton, turn right (east) on Commerce Street (route 42). The road will change names to Seven Hickories Road (road 45) and will merge with route 15 for a short distance. Just stay on route 42 and you'll be fine. Follow for 9 miles.
    Turn left (north) on Denny Street (route 9). This changes names to Smyrna Leipsic Road (road 12). Follow for 1.5 miles.
    Turn right (east) on Whitehall Neck Road (road 85). Follow for 2.3 miles.
    Notes: Just before entering Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, turn right on a dirt road. What? A locked gate? Yes. Despite Delaware State Parks - Other Paddling Locations claiming this is open to the public, you cannot launch here unless you get someone from the parks service to unlock the gate for you. Regardless, I've been told that this is not a particularly scenic part of the river and the tide going downstream can be extreme. Two hours from Savage. You're better off launching at Leipsic - Dyke Branch. See my May 20, 2012 trip report.


     
    Kent County, Maryland Launch Sites
     
    Kent County has several boat ramps. Check out Boating Kent County and Kent County Area Ramps.

    Special thanks to Norma for helping scout several of these locations.

    Betterton
    Location: Kent County ADC map 2 E3
    Date: May 17, 2013
    Phone: 410-778-7448
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301. Stay on highway 301 east for about another 6 miles.
    Take route 213 (Centreville Road) north through Centreville, Church Creek, across the Chester River, and through Chestertown. The road will change names but just stay on route 213 for a total of about 24 miles to Robinson Corner.
    Turn left (east) on Still Pond Road. Veer right after 0.75 mile to remain on Still Pond Road. Cross Lambs Meadow Road (route 298) then continue for a total of 3.25 miles.
    Turn left (west) onto Still Pond Road (route 292). After 0.2 mile, veer right (north) to remain on Still Pond Road until it ends at the water in Betterton for a total of 3 miles.
    Notes: Boat ramp and beach launch. Open 0500-2200. There is parking for about 8 vehicles near the ramp but I think this is just for trailers or you need a permit. Best to park at the big lot 200 yards west. This lot holds 52 cars. There is a porta-john at the ramp and a regular restroom building but I think the latter is only open during tourist season. There was a water fountain when I was there but it didn't work. Access to the Sassafras River near the mouth on the Kent County (south) side. For more information, see my May 17, 2013 blog.

    Chestertown Marina
    Location: 211 South Water Street, Chestertown 21620; Kent County ADC map 17 D6
    Date: November 1, 2014
    Phone: 410-778-5381
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301. Stay on highway 301 east for about another 6 miles.
    Take route 213 (Centreville Road) north through Centreville, Church Creek, across the Chester River, and to Chestertown. The road will change names but just stay on route 213 for a total of roughly 17.7 miles.
    Immediately after crossing the bridge, turn left (west) onto North Water Street. Follow for 0.2 mile. The marina will be on the left (south) side.
    Notes: One hour and 20 minutes from Savage. Ramp fee is $10. Pay at office. Consider launching instead at Wilmer Park and avoiding the fee. For more information, see my Chestertown, November 1, 2014 blog.

    Duck Neck Campground
    Location: 500 Double Creek Pointe Road, Chestertown, MD 21620 east (upstream) of Chestertown and west (downstream) of Crumpton on the south (Queen Anne's County) side; Queen Anne's County ADC map 1 K6
    Date: Unexplored
    Notes: This is a riverfront RV park with a boat ramp. According to their site map, they have a few tent sites available. I sent them an e-mail in June 2015 to inquire if non-campers can launch there for a fee and never received a reply.

    Eastern Neck, Bogles Wharf Landing
    Location: Bogles Wharf Road, Rock Hall, Maryland 21661; Kent County ADC map 22 F12; Google Map coordinates 39.032360, -76.209632
    Date: April 16, 2016
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301. Stay on highway 301 east.
    Take the Centreville Road (route 213) exit heading north towards Centreville. The road will change names to Church Hill Road then Maple Avenue. Stay on route 213.
    Turn left (southwest) onto Cross Street (route 289) in Chestertown, after crossing the Chester River.
    Turn right (northwest) onto High Street (route 20). Stay on route 20 as it turns into Chestertown Road, Rock Hall Road, then Rock Hall Avenue.
    In the town of Rock Hall, turn left (south) at the blinking light on Main Street which will turn into Eastern Rock Road (route 445). Drive over a bridge onto Eastern Neck Island.
    After 1.2 miles, turn left (east) on Bogles Wharf Road and follow 0.6 mile to end.

    Notes: Boat ramp available but you'll want to launch at the beach. No restroom. Parking for about 30 vehicles. Access to the Chester River. Closed 2200-0500. The island is the home of Eastern Neck Island National Wildlife Refuge. See my July 22, 2006 and April 16, 2016 blogs. Consider camping at Bay Shore Campground in Rock Hall. The campground is only open seasonally.

    Fairlee
    Location: Kent County ADC map page 7 D11. At north end of Fairlee Public Landing Road.
    Date: May 16, 2017
    Gravel ramp. No restroom. Parking along side of road but not right next to ramp. One hour and 43 minutes from Savage. This is the only public launch site on Fairlee Creek. In the section that drains from Fairlee Lake, there are lotus plants. Narrow sections are scenic but tend to be shallow. Most everything on the southwest side between the launch site and the Chesapeake Bay is also quite scenic and natural. For more information, see my May 16, 2017 blog.

    Foxhole Landing
    Location: Kent County ADC map 5 J2
    Date: March 23, 2012
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    Take highway 50 east across the Bay Bridge. It will merge with highway 301
    At exit 46, 301 will split off. Follow highway 301 heading northeast for 35.5 miles.
    Take the exit to Galena Sassafras Road (route 290) at mile 119. This is actually the second exit for route 290. The exit is on the right. Turn left (south/west). Follow for 0.1 mile.
    Turn right (north) on Fox Hole Road. Follow one mile to the end.

    Notes: One hour and 40 minutes from Savage. Parking for 6. No restroom but there are some woods on your left where you might find some privacy. Beach launch. Access to the upper Sassafras River. Exploring the area upstream of the launch site is a good beginner trip. When returning, look for the power lines. This is your landmark. Most of the north side of the river (Cecil County side) is undeveloped. For more information, see March 23, 2012 and April 12, 2015.

    Gregg Neck
    Location: Kent County ADC map page 5 B4
    Date: Unexplored via land
    My ADC map shows this as a launch site. The Chesapeake Bay Guide, Boat Ramp Directory, Kent County Area Ramps also lists it. But I never found it.

    High Street
    Location: Kent County ADC map page 17 E6
    Date: Unexplored via water. Vehicle recon conducted March 16, 2008
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301. Stay on highway 301 east.
    Take the Centreville Road (route 213) exit heading north towards Centreville. The road will change names to Church Hill Road then Maple Avenue. Stay on route 213.
    Immediately after crossing over the Chester River into Chestertown, turn left (southwest) on Water Street.
    Make the next left (south) onto High Street. Look for parking immediately.
    Notes: Paved parking for about 30 vehicles. No ramp but nice, low pier depending on the tide. No restroom. This part of Historic Chestertown has lots of character though most things are closed on Sunday. There are restaurants within walking distance.

    Morgnec
    Location: Kent County ADC map 17 J1
    Date: August 29, 2009
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301. Stay on highway 301 east.
    Take the Centreville Road (route 213) exit heading north towards Centreville. The road will change names to Church Hill Road, Maple Avenue, and Washington Avenue. Stay on route 213.
    One mile after crossing the Chester River into Chestertown, turn right (east) on Morgnec Road (route 291).
    After two miles and after crossing over Morgan Creek, there will be a hard-to-see dirt turnoff loop on the left side of the road where the launch site resides. Most of the area is rip rap but there is a small muddy area on the west side. It may be a messy launch at low tide.
    Notes: Dirt and grass parking with more parking along the side of route 291. No boat ramp or restroom. Provides access to Morgan Creek which has about 4.6 miles of paddling upstream from this location. Consider launching at Rileys Mill if paddling Morgan Creek is your goal. See my May 30, 2016 blog.

    Quaker Neck Landing
    Location: Kent County ADC map 20 J7
    Date: April 26, 2009
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301. Stay on highway 301 east.
    Take the Centreville Road (route 213) exit heading north towards Centreville. The road will change names to Church Hill Road then Maple Avenue. Stay on route 213.
    Turn left (southwest) onto Cross Street (route 289) in Chestertown, after crossing the Chester River. Cross Street will veer left (south) in 0.2 miles. After crossing a bridge in 0.6 miles, it will change names to Quaker Landing Road.
    Follow Quaker Landing road for 3.9 miles. Just after Church Lane (on the left) there will be a small convenience store on the right at mile 3.5. Store hours are very limited but they have a soda machine.
    Turn left (south) on Quaker Neck Landing Road and follow for 2 miles to the end.

    Notes: Boat ramp available. No restroom. Parking for about 3 vehicles. Access to the Chester River. About 1.5 hours from Hanover. See my trip report for kayak trip from Shadding Reach to Quaker Neck Landing on April 26, 2009.

    Rileys Mill
    Location: Kent County ADC map page 9 H10
    Date: August 29, 2009
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301. Stay on highway 301 east.
    Take the Centreville Road (route 213) exit heading north towards Centreville. The road will change names to Church Hill Road, Maple Avenue, Washington Avenue, then Augustine Herman Highway. Stay on route 213.
    About 4.3 miles after crossing the Chester River and before Lynch Road (route 561), turn right (southeast) on Rileys Mill Road. Follow to the end.
    Notes: Dirt parking lot holds about 12 vehicles. No boat ramp or restroom. Provides access to Morgan Creek which has about 5 miles of paddling. See August 29, 2009 and May 30, 2016 for more information.

    Shadding Reach
    Location: Kent County ADC map 12 B11
    Date: Unexplored via water. Vehicle recon conducted March 16, 2008
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301. Stay on highway 301 east for about 35 miles.
    Turn left (west) on River Road (route 291). Follow for 1.4 miles.
    Make a hard left (southeast) on Shadding Reach Road. Follow to the end.
    Notes: Parking for about 15 vehicles on dirt. No ramp or restrooms. Closed 2200 to 0500. See my trip report for Shadding Reach to Quaker Neck Landing on April 26, 2009.

    Shallcross
    Location: Kent County ADC map 4 C4
    Date: September 30, 2013
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301. Stay on highway 301 east for about another 6 miles.
    Take route 213 (Centreville Road) north through Centreville, Church Creek, across the Chester River, and through Chestertown. The road will change names but just stay on route 213 for a total of about 29 miles.
    Turn left (northeast) onto Shallcross Wharf Road. If you come to route 444, you've gone too far but that is fine. Just make a hard left (northest) on route 444 and drive for 0.1 mile then turn right (northeast) onto Shallcross Wharf Road. Follow 2.5 miles to the end.
    Notes: Parking for about 4 vehicles. No restroom, no ramp. Just a 30'x40' section of rip rap to carry your boat over to get to the water. This is a really bad launch site. Expect to twist your ankle or drop your boat as you make your way to the water. The next best thing is Turners Creek Park which is 3 miles upstream or Fredericktown which is 3 miles downstream. It will look like you are in private property but you'll find that there is a Sassafras River Water Trail sign posted. My guess is that a concerned kayaker/citizen such as Lisa A. studied a map and noticed that there was a sliver of public waterfront property that could be used as a launch site. He or she then gathered a bunch of signatures and finally got the county to build a launch site there but they didn't want to put any money into it and the neighbors didn't want it to be too popular so they just left it as rip rap. That is only a guess. Maybe I'm totally wrong.

    Still Pond
    Location: Kent County ADC map 2 A12
    Date: May 17, 2013
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301. Stay on highway 301 east.
    Take the Centreville Road (route 213) exit heading north towards Centreville. The road will change names to Church Hill Road, Maple Avenue, Washington Avenue, then Augustine Herman Highway. Stay on route 213.
    About 2.3 miles after crossing the Chester River, turn left (route 297) on Worton Road. Follow for 4.6 miles.
    Turn right (northeast) on Montabello Lake Road in Smithville. This will change names to Still Pond Creek Road. Follow for a total of 2.2 miles.
    At Bessicks Corner Road, veer left to remain on Still Pond Creek Road. Follow for another 0.1 mile. Park on the side of the road on the left (southwest).
    Notes: Dirt parking lot holds about 10 vehicles. No boat ramp or restroom. Provides access to Still Pond Creek. For more information (not much), see my May 17, 2013 blog.

    Turners Creek Park
    Location: Kent County ADC map 3 F5
    Date: August 13, 2011
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301. Stay on highway 301 east for about another 6 miles.
    Take route 213 (Centreville Road) north through Centreville, Church Creek, across the Chester River, and through Chestertown. The road will change names but just stay on route 213 for a total of about 25 miles to Kennedyville.
    Turn left (north) on Kennedyville Road. After crossing route 298 (Lambs Meadow Road), the road will change names to Turners Creek Road. Follow to the end. You'll be on Kennedyville/Turners Creek Road for about 3.9 miles.
    Notes: Parking for about 7 vehicles near the ramp. Only non-trailered vehicles may park near the ramp. There is plenty of room for other vehicles at the top of the hill. Porta-john at the ramp and a regular restroom on the bottom floor of an old building just a very short distance up the hill. Closed 2200 to 0500. See my August 13, 2011 lotus flower trip report or at least see my route map. Slightly less important is my August 12, 2012 blog.

    Wilmer Park
    Location: 399 South Cross Street (route 289), Chestertown 21620; Kent County ADC map 17 D6
    Date: November 1, 2014
    Phone: 410-778-0500
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301. Stay on highway 301 east for about another 6 miles.
    Take route 213 (Centreville Road) north through Centreville, Church Creek, across the Chester River, and to Chestertown. The road will change names but just stay on route 213 for a total of roughly 17.9 miles.
    After crossing the bridge over the Chester River, make the third left (southwest) onto North Cross Street (route 289). Follow for 0.4 mile as it changes to South Cross Street.
    Turn left (southeast) into Philip Wilmer Park.
    Notes: One hour and 22 minutes from Savage. I'm not totally sure where the launch area is but looking at satellite photos, I believe it is just to the east or west of the Leila Hynson Pavilion (the only pavilion there). Some maps might show this location as 217 South Water Street. See Chester River Water Trail - Wilmer Park.


     
    Lancaster, Pennsylvania Launch Sites
     
    Pequea
    Location: Lancaster County ADC map 3681 B9
    Date: October 4, 2009
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet on the southern side, take highway 95 north.
    Upon reaching highway 695 again, head northwest (counterclockwise) towards Towson.
    Take exit 32B off highway 695. This will put you on Belair Road North (route 1). Follow for about 15 miles. In approximately 11-12 miles there will be a junction for business route 1. DO NOT turn right here. Continue straight on main route 1 north.
    Look for an exit for route 24 north toward Forest Hill and take this. Go north on route 24 for 9.5 miles.
    Turn right at the traffic circle onto route 165 north/east. Proceed about 5-6 miles on route 165.
    Route 165 will turn into route 74 north in Pennsylvania. Follow for 6 miles.
    Turn right onto route 372 east. Follow for 4.5 miles, crossing over the Susquehanna River.
    Turn left (northwest) on River Road (route 3017). Follow for 6.2 miles to the end.
    At the T, turn left (west) on Pequea Boulevard (route 324). Follow for 2.8 miles to the end.
    At the T, turn right (north) on River Hill Road. Follow for a tenth of a mile.
    Turn left (west) into the parking lot.

    Notes: At least two hours from Hanover, Maryland. This is a good place to launch if you want to see the petroglyphs on the Susquehanna River. Consider camping at Muddy Run Park. See my October 4, 2009 trip report.

    Also consider using directions at Directions to Pequea launch site. Whatever, you do, try to stay on the main roads. Maps show what look like short cuts but they are often poorly maintained dirt roads that make for hazardous driving conditions.


     
    Loudoun County, Virginia
     
    Elizabeth Mills Riverfront Park - Kephart Bridge Landing
    Location: 43942 Riverpoint Dr, Leesburg (Landsdowne area), Virginia 20176; Google Maps coordinates 39.098697, -77.494281
    Date: Unexplored
    Notes: I tried finding this place in early 2016 when I went to go pick my wife up at Dulles Airport but was unsuccessful (in finding the launch site...I succeeded in picking up my wife). It is in a very upscale community and I wonder if the residents don't want outsiders launching there. That would explain why I drove right past it and didn't see any signs. Parking for about 11 vehicles in the lot. There may be more room on the side of the road that leads to the lot. Access to Goose Creek which flows into the Potomac River. One hour and 7 minutes from Savage. Consider hiking on the Potomac Heritage Trail.


     
    Maine
     
    Bar Harbor Town Wharf
    See my July 28, 2009 trip report that includes the location of the Bar Harbor town wharf and beach. Launching here will permit one to explore the Porcupine Islands in Frenchman Bay.

    Cobbosseecontee Lake
    See my August 3, 2009 trip report that includes the location of a boat ramp on the north side of Cobbosseecontee Lake, which is just west of Augusta, the capital.

    Cobscook Bay
    See my July 31, 2009 trip report that include the location of a boat ramp that will give one access to Dennys Bay and Whiting Bay which rest adjacent to the more popularly known Cobscook Bay.

    Deer Isle/Stonington
    See my August 29 to September 3, 2011 trip report that describes a few launch sites and paddling areas of interest.

    Lubec
    See my July 30, 2009 trip report that includes the location of the Lubec town wharf, possibly the easternmost launch site in the United States.

    Mount Desert Island
    See my July 26, 2009 trip report that includes the location of launch sites at Somes Sound, Northeast Harbor, and Seal Beach. The latter two will allow one to explore the islands just south of Acadia: Bear Island, Sutton Island, and the Cranberry Islands.


     
    Montgomery County Launch Sites
     
    Edwards Ferry
    Location: Montgomery County ADC map 24 E3
    Date: July 4, 2010
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet on the southern side, take highway 95 south.
    Take exit 27 to highway 495 counterclockwise towards Silver Spring.
    Take exit 35 to highway 270 north.
    Take exit 6B to Montgomery Avenue, heading west on West Montgomery Avenue. Follow for 0.7 miles.
    Turn left (southwest) onto Darnestown Road (route 28). Follow for 1.3 miles.
    Turn left (southwest) on Travilah Road at Hunting Hill. Follow for 5.2 miles.
    Turn right (northwest) on River Road (route 190). Follow 3 miles to end.
    Turn left (west) on a continuation of River Road which is named Seneca Road (route 112) on the right. Follow for 1.3 miles.
    At the split, Partnership Road veers to the right while River Road stays on the left. Remain on River Road. River Road will veer to the right and turn into Mount Nebo Road. It will then veer to the left and turn into West Offutt Road. Follow to for a total of 7.5 miles to the end.
    Turn right on Edwards Ferry Road and follow 1.2 miles to end. When the road splits, remain on the left to stay on the main road.

    Notes: Boat ramp. This area is near mile 31 on the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal Towpath. Drinking water at mile 26 and 30.5 on towpath. Porta-john at mile 30.5. Parking for 14. Be careful of potholes near parking lot. See July 4, 2010 for a trip report concerning this area.

    Fletcher's Boat House

    Seneca Landing Park
    Location: Montgomery County ADC map 26 D9
    Date: July 4, 2013
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet on the southern side, take highway 95 south.
    Take exit 27 to highway 495 counterclockwise towards Silver Spring.
    Take exit 35 to highway 270 north.
    Take exit 6B to Montgomery Avenue, heading west on West Montgomery Avenue. Follow for 0.7 miles.
    Turn left (southwest) onto Darnestown Road (route 28). Follow for 1.3 miles.
    Turn left (southwest) on Travilah Road at Hunting Hill. Follow for 5.2 miles.
    Turn right (northwest) on River Road (route 190). Follow 3 miles to end.
    Turn left (west) on a continuation of River Road which is named Seneca Road (route 112) on the right. Follow for 0.6 miles.
    Just before the bridge, turn left (southwest) onto Rileys Lock Road. Follow 0.6 miles into park.

    Notes: The boat ramp will be on the right with parking on the left, immediately across from the ramp. The lot appears to have room for about 40 vehicles. Ramp provides access to Seneca Creek. Heading left (downstream) on Seneca Creek will soon put one on the Potomac River. Heading east (downstream) on the Potomac will quickly take you to class 3 whitewater rapids (as told to me by a local boater). Heading west (upstream) on the Potomac is very calm. Porta-john at north end of lot. This area is near mile 23 on the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal Towpath, at Rileys Lockhouse. Water fountain and picnic tables at towpath. Drinking water at mile 26 and 30.5 on towpath. Porta-john at mile 30.5. About one hour drive from Elkridge and 56 minutes from Savage. You can save about 5 minutes if you take the new Intercounty Connector (highway 200) but my directions don't show this. See July 4, 2010 and July 4, 2013 for trip reports concerning this area.

    There are numerous places one can launch a kayak further upstream on Seneca Creek. None of these are nice beach launches. But at least you will find parking nearby. You'll only want to use a plastic boat or something you don't mind getting scratched up.

    It is recommended that the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) 01645000 Seneca Creek at Dawsonville (route 28), Maryland gauge read at least 2.2 feet before you launch though my personal experience is that it you'll still be scraping bottom at such levels.

    The following Seneca Creek launch sites appear in order of location from downstream to upstream. The riverkeeper and various volunteers do their best to help keep the creek accessible to kayakers. Paddlers should have good control and maneuverability to get through narrow openings and around rocks in a moderately strong downstream current. I list mileages from where Seneca Creeks meets the Potomac River.
  • Berryville Road: 2.2 miles upstream from the mouth at Montgomery County ADC map 26 F5. Launch from the east side. Just upstream from this location is a small dam that one can paddle over though I recommend scouting it on foot first.
  • Darnestown Road: 6.9 miles upstream from the mouth at Montgomery County ADC map 17 E11. There is a dam here at the launch site along with some nice graffiti under the bridge. Launch from the south side. Depending on which map you have, upstream of Darnestown Road, the tributary to follow is Great Seneca Creek which goes to the east.
  • Black Rock Road: 8.8 miles upstream from the mouth at Montgomery County ADC map 17 H11 on Great Seneca Creek. This is a popular family gathering place. You can launch from the northwest or the southeast side. The Black Rock Grain Mill is on the northwest side. This dates back to 1815.
  • Germantown Road: 10.2 miles upstream from the mouth at Montgomery County ADC map 18 A12. Launch area is on the southwest side.
  • Riffle Ford Road: 12.9 miles upstream from the mouth at Montgomery County ADC map 18 E10. Launch area is on the southwest side. You can pull into a rocky road to drop off your boat. Plenty of parking on the side of the road. There are a couple of steep drop offs down to the water. If the water is very high, you might want to launch downstream at another area on the south side. There is supposedly a short connector trail to this launch area.

  • The downstream current on Seneca Creek and Great Seneca Creek is strong enough so that except in the last couple miles from the mouth, you'll want to do a one way trip. Hence, you'll need to shuttle. Consider a hike shuttle along the 16.5 mile Seneca Creek Greenway Trail. Bikes are not permitted on this trail.

    Seneca Landing Park is the home of Calleva Outdoor Adventures.

    Consider the following biking/kayak trip:
  • Drive to Edwards Ferry.
  • Lock your kayak to a tree.
  • Drive to Seneca Landing Park.
  • Take Edwards Ferry Road northeast for 1.2 miles.
  • Turn right (southeast) on West Offutt Road. Veer right onto Mount Nero Road. Veer left onto River Road. Follow for a total of 8.2 miles.
  • Immediately after crossing a bridge over Seneca Creek, turn right onto Rileys Lock Road. Follow into park.
  • Ride your bicycle 8 miles upstream (west) on the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal Towpath to Edwards Ferry. Don't forget your paddle, personal floatation device (PFD), and drinking water.
  • Unlock your kayak and lock up your bicycle.
  • Paddle downstream to Seneca Landing Park. Maybe see how far you can paddle up Goose Creek at Montgomery County ADC map 24 D3. If the water is high, paddler on the south side of Van Deventer Island. Also see how far you can paddle up Seneca Creek.
  • Load your boat.
  • Drive back to Edwards Ferry to retrieve your bicycle.

  • Violettes Lock

    White's Ferry
    Location: 24801 Whites Ferry Road, Dickerson, Maryland 20842. Montgomery County ADC map 14 G6
    Date: November 20, 2006
    Directions: Not sure of best route.
    Notes: Porta-johns available. Parking for about 30 vehicles. Wide, well maintained boat ramp. As of November 2006, there is a two dollar fee for using the ramp. The ferry hours are 0500-2300. The fee for using the ferry is four dollars per car (one way) or one dollar for a bicycle. White's Ferry Store sells food and rents canoes and bicycles. The store is open seasonally.

    Historic White's Ferry was first authorized by an act of the General Assembly of Maryland entered January 19, 1782. It is the only public ferry operating on the Potomac River or its tributaries. The name of the ferry is the General Jubal A. Early. For more information, see White's Ferry.


     
    Northern Virginia Launch Sites
     
    Also see Fairfax County, Virginia Launch Sites and Washington D.C. Launch Sites.

    Daingerfield Island
    Location: 1 Marina Drive, Alexandria, Virginia 22314, Northern Virginia ADC map 17 J13
    Date: April 21, 2013
    Directions: From where the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 95 south to the Washington D.C. beltway (highway 495).
    Take highway 495 counterclockwise (right) to exit 43, George Washington Memorial Parkway.
    Take George Washington Memorial Parkway left (east).
    Pass Ronald Reagan National Airport.
    Turn left (east) onto Marina Drive. Follow for about a tenth of a mile into the parking lot. The boat ramp will be on the left.

    Notes: Forty one minutes from Savage. Parking for about 20 vehicles. This is also the home of the Washington Sailing Marina.

    Eley's Ford sometimes written Ely's Ford
    Location: East end of Elys Ford Road, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22407; Google Maps coordinates 38.359368, -77.685238
    Date: September 5, 2016
    Notes: Just east of the route 610 bridge on the south side of the Rapidan River. Two hours from Savage. The area here is very scenic and natural. The Rapidan is narrow but not so narrow that you need to worry about downfalls. But it does tend to get shallow in the late summer. Parking for about 10 vehicles. No restroom but plenty of woods. Use this as a takeout from Germanna. If doing a bike shuttle, it is about 11.5 miles between the two on mostly wooded, scenic roads with no shoulder but also not much traffic. The eight mile stretch between the two is suitable for beginners but I can't necessarily say the same about paddling downstream from here. I read that the next launch area downstream is 15 miles away at Mott's Run. There is supposedly a lot of gold around here. See my September 5, 2016 blog.

    Germanna
    Location: Just west of Germanna Foundation/Visitor Center, 2062 Germanna Highway, Locust Grove, Virginia 22508 ; Google Maps coordinates 38.378468, -77.785198
    Date: September 5, 2016
    Phone: Germanna Foundation 540-423-1700
    Notes: On September 5, 2016, I intended to launch just upstream from Germanna Highway on the south side of the Rapidan River. I know others have done this. The Germanna Foundation/Visitor Center offered the closest access. But when we arrived, the area was closed off because it was Monday. But even if it had been another day of the week, the sign at the Foundation read
    No general public boat access to the river - members and organized groups may be granted boat access with advance permission.
    I spoke with someone who said they parked on Germanna Highway near the Foundation and carried their boat down to the water. I'm not sure where exactly they did this but at least I know it can be done. It is 8 miles from here to Eley's Ford.

    Mason Neck State Park
    Location: 7301 High Point Road Lorton, Virginia 22079 (this address will get you near but not actually where you want to be), Northern Virginia ADC map 31 E8
    Date: April 18, 2015
    Phone: 703-339-2385
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take the Baltimore Washington Parkway (highway 295) south to the end at the 6 o'clock position of the Washington D.C. beltway (highway 495).
    Take exit 1C for highway 95/495 south (clockwise) towards Richmond. Follow for 1.8 miles.
    Take exit 177A to merge onto Richmond Highway (route 1) heading south towards Fort Belvoir. Follow for 13.1 miles.
    Turn left (east) onto Gunston Road (route 242/600). Follow for 4 miles.
    Turn right (south) onto High Point Road. Follow for 1.6 miles.
    Turn right (northwest) on a possibly unamed road to get to the visitor center and launch area. Follow 0.4 mile.
    When you see a sign that reads "Car Top Boat Launch," drive down the narrow road to the left of the sign. This will take you to a beach and a small lot where you can unload your boat, then park in the upper lot.

    Notes: One hour and 17 minutes from Savage. Check hours before you go. They don't open extremely early. As of April 2015, there is a $7 entry fee for Maryland residents. No boat ramp but there is a beach launch that is shared with the outfitter. Restrooms available at the visitor center which also sells snacks and has a soda machine. There are lots of short trails in the park. Access to Belmont Bay, the Occoquan River, Occoquan Bay, Kanes Creek, and the Potomac River. One can paddle south to Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge but exploring on foot, inland from the shoreline is prohibited. The park has several short, scenic trails. If you walk all of them, you can get in about 5 miles. Entrance and/or launch fee. About 4.5 miles from Pohick Bay boat launch. For more information, see my May 27, 2012 kayaking, May 27, 2012 hiking, and April 18, 2015 trip reports.

    This area is home to the 40-mile Occoquan Water Trail.
    As you navigate a changing landscape recording 13,000 years of human history, explore the surrounding parklands and discover the unspoiled beauty of the Occoquan and Potomac Rivers - a special place in the Chesapeake Bay region.
    The 20-mile route of the trail's Upper Segment begins at free-flowing Bull Run. Seasonal Class I-II whitewaters open to an expansive freshwater lake formed by the Occoquan Reservoir dam almost 18 miles downstream. Five entry points access this segment; take out is required at Fountainhead or Lake Ridge Parks. There is no portage around the Occoquan Reservoir dam.
    Below the rocky fall line at Occoquan Regional Park, the 20-mile route of the trail's Lower Segment commences. Influenced by the tidal Potomac River, an open water voyage passes protected park and refuge lands on historic Mason Neck before terminating in serene Pohick Bay. There is no water access to refuge lands.

    - from sign at Mason Neck State Park

    Motts Reservoir
    Location: 6600 River Road, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22407; Google Maps coordinates 38.316674, -77.558268
    Phone: 540-786-8989
    Date: September 5, 2016
    Notes: Parking for 40+ vehicles. See my September 5, 2016 blog.

    Motts Run
    Location: 5927 River Road, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22407; Google Maps coordinates 38.313639, -77.540506
    Date: Unexplored
    Notes: Parking for about 20 vehicles. Two hours and 6 minutes from Savage.

    Pohick Bay Regional Park
    Location: 6501 Pohick Bay Drive Lorton, Virginia 22079, Northern Virginia ADC map 31 K2
    Date: May 28, 2012
    Phone: 703-339-6104
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take the Baltimore Washington Parkway (highway 295) south to the end at the 6 o'clock position of the Washington D.C. beltway (highway 495).
    Take exit 1C for highway 95/495 south (clockwise) towards Richmond. Follow for 1.8 miles.
    Take exit 177A to merge onto Richmond Highway (route 1) heading south towards Fort Belvoir. Follow for 13.1 miles.
    Turn left (east) onto Gunston Road (route 242/600). Follow for 3.2 miles.
    Turn left (north) onto Pohick Bay Drive (route 721) then follow signs to the cartop carry, non-motorized shore boat launch. It is about 0.7 mile to this area from Gunston Road and Pohick Bay Drive.

    Notes: One hour and 11 minutes from Savage. Closest restroom from launch site is just east of the motorized boat launch ramp. Parking for ~50 vehicles. If you don't have a boat, consider the outfitter in the park. Boat launch area closes at dusk. Camping and water park available. Access to Pohick Bay. Accotink Bay, Gunston Cove, and the Potomac River. Entrance and/or launch fee. If you plan to launch here a lot, consider purchasing a season pass. About 4.5 miles from Mason Neck boat launch. For more information, see my May 27, 2012 trip report.


     
    New Castle County, Delaware Launch Sites
     
    Thompsons Bridge
    Location: Brandywine Creek State Park, Greenville, Delaware; New Castle, Delaware ADC map 3 C9
    Date: April 16, 2012
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet on the southern side, take highway 95 north.
    At exit 8 in Delaware, take route 202, Concord Pike/Avenue, heading north. Follow for 3.2 miles.
    Turn left (west) on Woodlawn Road (rute 223). Follow for 0.5 mile.
    Turn left (southwest) on Thompsons Bridge Road/Ramsey Road. Follow for a half mile.
    Just before crossing over Brandywine Creek, turn left (south) onto a parking lot.
    Notes: One hour and 50 minutes from Savage. The launch site is in Brandywine Creek State Park. Not surprisingly, this site will put one on the Brandywine Creek. As of April 2012, there is a $6 entrance fee for out-of-state vehicles. Park is very well maintained. It has lots of trails, restrooms, a picnic area, and parking for about 16 vehicles. Near the restroom there is a set of wooden stairs to take one down to the launch area. No ramp. Gravelly beach at bottom of stairs as long as the water isn't high. The Northern Delaware Greenway and Rocky Run Trails meet at this location. Paddling downstream from this location is part of the 6 mile scenic canoe route mentioned in the "Maryland/Delaware Atlas and Gazetteer" by Delorme. But I don't recommend this route as Ed Gertler claims there are 11 dams in his "Maryland and Delaware Canoe Trails" book. Instead, consider launching 12 miles upstream at Shaw's Bridge Park in Pennsylvania. For more information, see Brandywine Creek State Park and April 14-15, 2012.


     
    Prince George's County Launch Sites
     
    Clyde Watson Boating Area (a.k.a. Magruders Ferry)
    Location: Prince George’s County ADC map 42 A9
    Phone: 301-627-6074
    Date: March 27, 2009
    Directions: From where the Baltimore Washington Parkway (highway 295) meets the Washington D.C. beltway (highway 495), take the beltway clockwise towards Richmond, Virginia.
    Take the Pennsylvania Avenue (route 4; 11A) exit heading east, away from Washington D.C.
    Turn right (south) at Crain Highway South (route 301). Follow for 1.6 miles.
    Turn left (south) on Croom Station Road. Follow 1.5 miles to the end.
    Turn left (southeast) on Croom Road (route 382). Follow for 11 miles.
    After Baden-Westwood Road on the right, turn left on Magruders Ferry Road. Follow for 1.1 miles.
    Turn right at the “Clyde Watson Boating Area” sign.

    Notes: 73 minutes from Arbutus.  Restrooms, picnic tables, and parking for about 25 vehicles.  Provides access to the Patuxent River.  10.75 miles paddling distance to Jackson's Landing, 10 miles paddling distance to Selby's Landing.  About a half mile downstream there is a canoe campsite due east of the Hunter parking lot at the end of Milltown Landing Road. When Milltown Landing Road splits, take the right side. It will turn into a poorly maintained dirt road with "no trespassing" signs. You'll need to make sure you have approval from the park before proceeding down this dirt road. Don't try driving on this road with a nice car or if the road is muddy. The campsite has a fire pit and a picnic table. No restrooms. If arriving by boat, launch from the Clyde Watson Boating Area, paddle a half mile downstream, and look for a "no swimming" sign on a grassy area on the right. This is the canoe campsite. Call Greg Lewis, the park director, at 301-627-6074 to make camping reservations.

    A half mile further downstream on the right is the scenic and natural Black Swamp Creek which as of April 2005 has a large heron rookery on the north side of the creek. Keep in mind that this rookery is protected and not open to visitors though you will be able to see activity from your boat. Just paddle as far west as possible on Black Swamp Creek. You will come to a beaver dam. About 150 meters east (downstream) of the beaver dam on your way back, you will see the rookery on your left. Bring binoculars since it is still a good distance away. Listen for unusual noises from the juvenile herons. They don't sound like their parents.

    Just northeast from the mouth of Black Swamp Creek is Cocktown Creek (yes, that really is the name). This is another scenic stream which is more wooded than Black Swamp Creek.

    Several years ago, 5 men were hired by a woman to kill her husband. They weighted down the body and threw it into Black Swamp Creek. At low tide, the body was easily found a few days later. The men were apprehended though one hid out in a barn in the area of the canoe campsite. A SWAT team had to be called in to capture him. The moral of the story is to make sure you check the water depth and tide tables before you dump a dead body.

    Check out my trip report from September 30, 2012.

    From the Patuxent River Park visitor center, use the following directions to get to the launch site.
    Directions: Head out on Park Entrance Road. Follow for 1.1 miles to the end.
    Turn right (west) on Croom Airport Road. Note that some maps might show this as Station Road which is incorrect. Follow for 1.8 miles.
    Turn left (south) on Croom Road (route 382). Stay on Croom Road for 9.3 miles.
    After Baden-Westwood Road on the right, turn left (east) on Magruders Ferry Road. Follow for 1.1 miles.
    Turn right at the "Clyde Watson Boating Area" sign.

    Farmington Landing
    Location: End of Wharf Road in Piscataway Park 20607. Prince George's County ADC map 23 C12
    Phone:
    Date: May 5, 2007
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take the Baltimore Washington Parkway (highway 295) south to the end at the 6 o'clock position of the Washington D.C. beltway (highway 495).
    Head east (counterclockwise) on highway 495 just slightly, following signs for route 210.
    Take Indian Head Highway (route 210) south for 8 miles.
    Turn right (west) at Farmington Road. Follow for one mile.
    Turn right (north) on Wharf Road. Enter Piscataway Park. Follow road to end.

    Notes: Dirt parking lot holds about 12. No ramp. Gravel and grass beach launch. No restroom. Watch for fishing lines. Access to Piscataway Creek. Paddle left (west) to reach the Potomac River.

    Fort Washington Marina
    Location: 13600 King Charles Terrace, Fort Washington, Maryland 20744. Prince George's County ADC map 30 A11
    Phone: 301-292-7700
    Date: May 5, 2007
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take the Baltimore Washington Parkway (highway 295) south to the end at the 6 o'clock position of the Washington D.C. beltway (highway 495).
    Head east (counterclockwise) on highway 495 just slightly, following signs for route 210.
    Take Indian Head Highway (route 210) south for 6 miles.
    Turn right (west) at Old Fort Washington Lane. Follow for 0.4 miles to end.
    Turn left (west) on Fort Washington Road. Follow for about 0.15 miles.
    Before entering Fort Washington Park, turn left (south) on Warburton Drive. Follow for 0.4 miles.
    Warburton Drive will turn into King Charles Terrace. Follow to end.

    Notes: The Fort Washington Marina is home to Atlantic Kayak Company, which provides lessons, tours, and boat rentals. The marina has two boat ramps and a restaurant called Proud Mary. Might make for a nice after paddle stop. Kayaks can be launched 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for $5 per boat as of May 5, 2007.

    Governor Bridge Canoe Launch
    Location: Governor Bridge Road, Bowie, Maryland 20716. Prince George's County ADC map 15 K5 or Anne Arundel County map 5413 J8
    Phone: 301-627-6074 (information), 301-459-3232 (park police)
    Date: February 7, 2009
    Directions: From the Baltimore beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south.
    Take exit 7 to Crain Highway North (route 3) heading southwest. Route 3 will eventually turn into Crain Highway South (route 301).
    Right after passing under highway 50 in Bowie, turn left (east) at the first light onto Governor Bridge Road. The road to the right is Harbour Way.
    After 1.2 miles, turn right (south) into a parking lot.

    Notes: There are 2 porta-johns and parking for about 20 vehicles. Unmarked trails connect to this area. The launch area is about a quarter mile to the east (left). You'll need the combination to the locked gate to drive your vehicle on the dirt road. Call 301-627-6074 and inform the park staff that you want to drive your vehicle to the launch site. If you're nice, they might give you the combination. The launch area has parking for about 4 vehicles. It is site 58 on Launch Sites along the Patuxent River Trail. To monitor river conditions in this area, see U.S. Geological Survey Real-Time Water Data (Patuxent River near Bowie). Ed Gertler says you need at least 4.1 feet of water as listed on this survey. Check out my February 7, 2009, March 31, 2009, and August 25, 2013 trip reports.

    Historic Bladensburg Waterfront (a.k.a. Bladensburg Waterfront Park)
    Location: 4601 Annapolis Road, Bladensburg, Maryland 20710. Prince George's County ADC map 12 D7, Metro Washington, DC ADC map 11 D7
    Phone: 301-779-0371
    Date: May 20, 2007
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take the Baltimore Washington Parkway (highway 295) south. Follow for 4 miles past the Washington D.C. beltway (highway 495).
    Turn right (west) at Landover Road (route 202). This will merge with Annapolis Road (route 450). Follow for a total of 1.1 miles.
    After passing Kenilworth Avenue (route 201), but before route 1, take 46th Street left (south) to the end.

    Notes: Boat ramp and restrooms available.  23 minute drive from Fort Meade in light traffic, 40 minutes from Arbutus, and 26 minutes from Savage.  Boat rentals May 27 to October 31 on Saturdays and Sundays 1000 to 1800. Reservations required for mid-week rentals. Canoe and kayak rates for residents is $5 per hour or $12 per day. For non-residents it is $6 per hour or $15 per day. Cash only. Park and boat ramp hours 0700 to sunset daily. No fee to launch. Access to Anacostia River.

    Paddle 2 miles south to National Arboretum on the right (west) and Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens on left (east). Can't really see much of the Arboretum but you can paddle into the Aquatic Gardens and catch some very scenic views. Easiest to pull into the north side and land at the east side of the peninsula at B12 on the Prince George's County ADC map. No beach or ramp but there is a small open dirt clearing that connects to the 0.7 mile long River Trail. At low tide, the Aquatic Gardens loses 90% of its water so be sure to get back to your boat with enough time so you don't get stuck in mud or if you just want to explore by boat, try to get there around high tide so you can see more. Check out USGS Real-Time Water Data for Anacostia River Aquatic Gardens at Washington, DC for tide information. I recommend landing 1.5 hours prior to high tide and leaving 1.5 hours after high tide. Also see Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens Travel.

    Eight miles south to the Potomac River from Bladensburg Waterfront Park.

    Paddling north, you'll be lucky to get one mile before you start scraping bottom. Both the Northwest and Northeast Branches are man-made and lined with boulders. Nothing interesting or scenic north of where the branches split. A small dam will require portage at Rhode Island Avenue on the Northwest Branch.

    See my May 20, 2007, July 11, 2010, and August 22, 2010 trip reports.

    Jackson's Landing
    For more information, see Patuxent River Park, Jug Bay Natural Area.

    National Colonial Farm/Piscataway Boat Dock
    Location: 3400 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek, Maryland 20607. Prince Georges County ADC map 5879 K9
    Phone: 301-283-2113
    Date: Unexplored
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take the Baltimore Washington Parkway (highway 295) south to the end at the 6 o'clock position of the Washington D.C. beltway (highway 495).
    Head east (counterclockwise) on highway 495 just slightly, following signs for route 210.
    Take Indian Head Highway (route 210) south for 8 miles.
    Turn right (west) at Farmington Road. Follow for 1.75 miles.
    Turn right (northwest) on Bryan Point Road. Follow for 2.6 miles. At 2.4 miles, the road will turn to the right (north). Follow into the farm.

    Notes: One hour from Savage. The park has various short trails and a boat dock.

    Patuxent River Park, Jug Bay Natural Area
    See Patuxent River Park which includes directions for Jackson's Landing and Selby's Landing, two fine launch sites.

    From Jackson's Landing, paddle north. After about a mile, the river will split, veer right to stay on the main part of the river. Heading left will take you to the Western Branch and to Mount Calvert Historical and Archaeological Park, just after the split on the west side. Mount Calvert is a late 1700s brick plantation house on a hill opened to the public on May 20, 2005. It has a grassy area where you can land and stop for lunch. The exhibits are open for viewing on Saturday and Sunday with archeologists on site to answer questions on Saturday only. Further along the tributary (1-1.5 miles), you'll come to a water treatment plant. Paddling much further beyond this may be difficult due to fallen trees. The out and back trip is about 4.5 miles. See my July 10, 2016 blog.

    If paddling south from Jackson's Landing, it is 1.5 miles to Selby's Landing.

    From Selby's Landing, paddle south. About 400 meters to the right of the ramp you'll encounter Mattaponi Creek.  Mattaponi Creek is an ideal nature area. It is 1.75 miles from Selby's Landing to the bridge over Mattaponi Creek.

    About 0.8 mile southeast of Selby's Landing is Lyons Creek, another scenic nature paddle. One can go up this about 1.75 miles. Just across and slightly downstream from Selby's Landing is House Creek which one can go up 0.7 mile. Both are extremely scenic. There is no tree cover on House Creek.

    Queen Anne Canoe Launch
    Location: Patuxent River 4-H Center, 18405 Queen Anne Road Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20774, Prince George's County ADC map 5534 B9
    Phone: 301-218-3079
    Date: April 7, 2012
    Directions: From the Baltimore beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south.
    Take exit 7 to Crain Highway North (route 3) heading southwest. Route 3 will eventually turn into Crain Highway South (route 301).
    0.8 mile after passing under the Central Avenue (route 214) bridge, turn left (east) onto Queen Anne Road. Note that this is different from Queen Anne Bridge Road. Follow for 2.2 miles.
    Turn right into the 4-H Center. Follow a gravel road to the landing, veering left at the fork.

    Notes: Access is restricted by a locked gate. You might be able to call the 4-H center to get the combination. Pleae lock the gate behind you. Drive 0.25 mile to the launch area. Parking for about 10 vehicles. Porta-john. There is a nice aluminum pier for launching. This is site 52 on Launch Sites along the Patuxent River Trail. For more information, see Prince George's County Parks - Patuxent River 4H Center and my April 7, 2012 trip report.

    Selby's Landing
    Check out my blogs from June 25, 2011, April 25, 2016, June 22, 2017, and June 24, 2017.
    For more information, see Patuxent River Park, Jug Bay Natural Area.

    White Oak Landing
    Location: North side of Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary, Prince George's County ADC map 5885 H2; Google Maps coordinates 38.742673, -76.702256.
    This is a place for kayak camping but you're not supposed to be able to drive to it. I think you can, but not legally. Date: June 2016.
    For more information, see my April 25, 2016 blog.


     
    Queen Anne's County Launch Sites
     
    As of July 2006, there are two porta-johns at on Kent Island at Valero. From highway 50, take exit 37 to Romancoke Road (route 8) and drive south for 0.25 miles to Ellendale Lane. Valero is on the southeast corner.

    Queen Anne’s County Permit Policy
    Permit required for the use of ramp or parking with or without a trailer.  Permit fees are $10 per day or $35 per year (as of 2014) for Maryland residents and $15 per day or $60 per year for non-Maryland residents.  Permits available at
         Anglers Sports Center
         1456 Whitehall Road
         Annapolis, Maryland 21401-5628
         Phone: 410-974-4013
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Take exit 30 (Whitehall Road) right (west).
    Angler Sports Center is on the left.


    Bennett Point Public Landing
    Location: Queen Anne’s County ADC map 30 H5
    Phone: 410-758-0835, Queen Anne’s County Recreation and Parks
    Date: March 30, 2003
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    Take exit 45B (Nesbitt Road) right (southeast).
    At the end of Nesbitt Road, turn left (northeast) onto Main Street (route 18).
    Turn right (southeast) onto Bennett Point Road.  Stay on road for a long time.
    Turn left (southeast) onto Wye Ferry Road just before entering Bennett Point Community.  Follow to end.

    Notes: No boat ramp or restrooms.  Limited parking.  Sandy area to launch a kayak on the left.  Access to the Wye River.  See Queen Anne’s County permit policy.

    Browns Landing
    Location: Kent Island, Queen Anne’s County ADC map 23 B5
    Phone: 410-758-0835, Queen Anne’s County Recreation and Parks
    Date: March 30, 2003
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    Take exit 39A (Cox Neck Road) right (south) for 1.1 miles.
    Turn right on Browns Road and follow to end.

    Notes: No boat ramp or restrooms.  Very little parking.  Muddy area to launch a kayak.  Access to Cox Creek.  See Queen Anne’s County permit policy.

    Bryantown Public Landing
    Location: Queen Anne’s County ADC map 25 A10
    Phone: 410-758-0835, Queen Anne’s County Recreation and Parks
    Date: March 30, 2003
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    Take exit 45B (Nesbitt Road) right (southeast).
    At the end of Nesbitt Road, turn left (northeast) onto Main Street (route 18).
    Turn right (southeast) onto Bennett Point Road.
    At the Benett Point General Store, turn left and follow to end.

    Notes: No boat ramp or restrooms.  Limited parking.  Muddy area to launch a kayak on the left.  Access to the Wye River.  See Queen Anne’s County permit policy.

    Cabin Creek Landing
    Location: Centreville, Queen Anne’s County ADC map 24 E8
    Phone: 410-758-0835, Queen Anne’s County Recreation and Parks
    Date: February 6, 2011
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    Take exit 43B. At the end, turn right (south) on Chester River Beach Road. Follow for a tenth of a mile to the end.
    Turn left (west) on Main Street (route 18). Follow for 0.15 miles. You are now in Grasonville.
    Turn right (south) on Perry's Corner Road. Follow for 0.7 miles.
    Turn right (east) on Cabin Creek Road. Follow for 0.6 miles to the end.

    Notes: This is a terrible launch site. I don't even know why it is listed on some maps. There is no porta-john and no boat ramp. There is a grassy area on the north side where one can launch a kayak but even then, you'll want to time things with the tide so you don't launch or land at low tide. Access to Cabin Creek and Prospect Bay.  See Queen Anne’s County permit policy.


    Centreville Public Landing
    Location: Centreville, Queen Anne’s County ADC map 19 E1
    Phone: 410-758-0835, Queen Anne’s County Recreation and Parks
    Date: March 28, 2003
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301.  Stay on highway 301 east.
    Take Centreville Road (route 213) north.  Upon entering Centreville, route 213 will turn into Commerce Street (one way north).
    Turn left (northwest) onto Chesterfield Avenue (route 304).
    Turn right on Watson Road.
    Just before crossing over water, turn left on Water Way and follow to end.

    Notes: Boat ramp available.  Parking for about 10 vehicles in non-reserved spots.  Restroom available but it may be locked in the off-season.  Access to Corsica River.  See Queen Anne’s County permit policy. See my May 9, 2009 trip report for more information.


    Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center
    Location: 600 Discovery Lane, Grasonville, Maryland 21638; Queen Anne's County ADC map 24 C5
    Phone: 410-827-6694
    Date: May 3, 2014
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    Take exit 43A after leaving Kent Island.
    Turn left (east) onto Main Street. Follow for 0.7 mile.
    Turn right (south) onto Perrys Corner Road. Follow for a half mile.
    Turn right (west) onto Discovery Lane. Follow for at least a half mile.

    Notes: Ample parking.  Restroom and ramp available.  There is a launch site on Marshy Creek but I'm really don't know the policy of the Center for letting visitors with their own boats launch. Even if you did, you would probably need to cart your boat quite a distance. They do rent boats and offer tours. See boat rental/tour information. They have some nice trails and the visitor center is pretty cool. See my May 3, 2014 blog.

    Chester River Drive
    Location: The east end of Chester River Drive near Chester River Beach Road in Grasonville. Queen Anne's County ADC map 24 F2
    Date: May 10, 2017
    Notes: On my Queen Anne's County ADC map, it shows a launch site here called "Queen Annes Co." But this is a private beach, park, and launch site. The closest public site is Jackson Creek Public Landing.

    Goodhands Creek Public Landing
    Location: Kent Island, Queen Anne’s County ADC map 23 G4
    Phone: 410-758-0835, Queen Anne’s County Recreation and Parks
    Date: March 30, 2003
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    Take exit 39B (Dominion Road, route 552) right (south) for 0.6 miles.
    Turn left at Goodhands Creek Road.  Follow to end.

    Notes: Ample parking.  Restroom and ramp available.  Access to Goodhands Creek.  See Queen Anne’s County permit policy. Also see my May 3, 2014 blog.

    Island Creek Bridge
    Location: Queen Anne’s County ADC map 6 J12
    Phone: 410-758-0835, Queen Anne’s County Recreation and Parks
    Date: August 31, 2009
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301. Stay on highway 301 east.
    Take the Centreville Road (route 213) exit heading north towards Centreville. The road will change names to Church Hill Road. Stay on route 213.
    After 9.7 miles and before entering Church Hill, turn left (west) on Island Creek Road. Follow for 2.5 miles.
    Immediately after crossing the bridge over Island Creek, park on the side of the road. Launch on the southwest side of the bridge.

    Notes: Parking for about 2 vehicles on the side of the road. No ramp or restroom. This isn't a recognized launch site, just a place on the side of the road, so you don't have to worry about getting a Queen Anne’s County permit. See my August 31, 2009 trip report for more information.

    Jackson Creek Public Landing
    Location: 301 Jackson Creek Road, Grasonville, Queen Anne’s County ADC map 24 D3. Also see Google Maps coordinate 38.967397, -76.220001.
    Phone: 410-758-0835, Queen Anne’s County Recreation and Parks
    Date: May 10, 2017
    Notes: No boat ramp.  Parking for about 8. Porta-john. Nice benches. Access to Jackson Creek and the south side of the mouth of the Chester River. Three miles due north is Eastern Neck Island, home of the Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge.  As of 2017, there is a Royal Farms at the corner of Saddler Road and Jackson Creek Landing. See Queen Anne’s County permit policy and my May 10, 2017 blog.

    Kent Narrows Ramp
    Location: Kent Island, Queen Anne’s County ADC map 23 J3
    Phone: 410-758-0835, Queen Anne’s County Recreation and Parks
    Date: March 28, 2003
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    Take exit 41.  At the end of the ramp, turn left.
    Turn left again onto Piney Narrows Road.  Park under highway 50.

    Notes: Boat ramp available.  Ample parking.  No restroom.  Access to Kent Island Narrows.  See Queen Anne’s County permit policy.

    Little Creek Public Landing
    Location: Kent Island, Queen Anne’s County ADC map 23 D9
    Phone: 410-758-0835, Queen Anne’s County Recreation and Parks
    Date: May 9, 2015
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    Take exit 39B (Dominion Road, route 552) right (south).
    Route 552 turns into Little Creek Road.  Follow to end.

    Notes: Ample parking.  Restroom and ramp available.  Access to Crab Alley Creek and Crab Alley Bay.  See Queen Anne’s County permit policy. See my May 19, 2014, June 8, 2014, and May 9, 2015 blogs.

    Matapeake State Park
    Location: Kent Island, Queen Anne’s County ADC map 22 D6
    Phone: 410-758-0835, Queen Anne’s County Recreation and Parks
    Date: August 2, 2014
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    Take exit 37 to Romancoke Road (route 8) south. Follow for 2 miles.
    Turn right at Marine Academy Drive.  Look for the “Matapeake” sign.  Road veers to right then left. Follow to end.

    Notes: Boat ramp available.  Parking for about 20 vehicles in the main area and parking for another 40 or so in the overflow lot.  Restrooms and soda machines.  Fresh water faucet behind restrooms.  Entry fee is $10 per vehicle (cash or credit card) as of August 2014 unless you have a Queen Anne's County launch site permit. See Queen Anne’s County permit policy and Queen Anne's County: Matapeake and Romancoke. If paying, you have to pay even if you park in the overflow lot. Open 24 hours a day. Access to Chesapeake Bay. This is also the northern terminus of the Kent Island South Trail.

    Parsons Island Landing
    Location: Kent Island, Queen Anne’s County ADC map 23 H12
    Phone:
    Date: June 8, 2014
    Notes: There is a boat ramp on Bayside Drive at the corner of Bayside Drive and Midway Road but this ia a community launch site and not open to the public. I'm just saying this because if you're curious like me, then you might have seen this is satellite photos.
    Nearby, Chester Road heads east and then turns into Chester Plaza. At the end of Chester Plaza is a launch site. I tried to get there but as Chester Road turned into Chester Plaza, I saw a private property sign. I wasn't totally sure if the sign was referring to the land on the side of the road or the road itself. Once Chester Road ended, Chester Plaza became a very small gravel road. It certainly looked like it was privately owned so I didn't venture further. On my 1998 Queen Anne's County ADC map, there is a boat ramp icon here.

    Queenstown Dock
    Location: End of 2nd Avenue, Queenstown, Maryland 21658. Queen Anne's County ADC map page 18 B12. See Google Maps coordinate 38.990185, -76.160691.
    Phone: 410-827-7646
    E-mail: qtowncom@crosslink.net
    Date: June 4, 2017
    Notes: No ramp. No restroom. Access to Little Queenstown Creek. Regular parking spaces with lines are for slip holders only. But immediately upon entering the area, there are some unlined spaces on the left. Park here and do a commando launch through the grass. As far as I know, parking in these unlined spaces is legal but if you are concerned, I suggest only doing this during the week when there are plenty of slip holder parking spaces available. Also see Skipjack Cove which is less than 100 meters away as the crow flies or 0.4 mile driving distance. See my May 30, 2017 blog.

    Romancoke Pier
    Location: Kent Island, Queen Anne’s County ADC map 29 G6
    Phone: 410-758-0835, Queen Anne’s County Recreation and Parks
    Date: August 2, 2014
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    Take exit 37 to Romancoke Road (route 8) south. Follow to end.

    Notes: No boat ramp. Restrooms. Water refill station and soda machine near restroom. Open 24 hours a day. Restrooms and parking for about 25 vehicles. On the north side are some stairs that lead to a beach specifically designated as a kayak launch area. See my August 2, 2014 blog for photos of the launch area. Also see Queen Anne’s County permit policy and Queen Anne's County: Matapeake and Romancoke.

    Shipping Creek
    Location: Kent Island, Queen Anne’s County ADC map 22 E13
    Phone: 410-758-0835, Queen Anne’s County Recreation and Parks
    Date: March 28, 2003
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    Take exit 37 to Romancoke Road (route 8) south.  Drive 5.3 miles.
    After passing a sign for a golf course on the right, turn left (east) on Shipping Creek Road.  Follow to end.

    Notes: Boat ramp and porta-john available.  Ample parking.  Also restroom at Mowbray Park which is 1.1 miles south of route 50 on route 8 on the east side.  Mowbray Park also has soda machines.  Access to Shipping Creek.  See Queen Anne’s County permit policy and my May 25, 2014 blog.

    Skipjack Cove
    Location: South side of Skipjack Cove Lane, Queenstown, Maryland 21658. Queen Anne's County ADC map page 18 B12. See Google Maps coordinate 38°59'22.3"N 76°09'37.4"W.
    Phone: 410-827-7645
    E-mail: qtowncom@crosslink.net
    Date: June 4, 2017
    Notes: Parking for about 10 vehicles. No restroom. Access to Little Queenstown Creek. As of June 2017, this ramp is closed though there is nothing to indicate you can't park here. So if you have a kayak and can launch without anyone seeing you, you'll probably be fine. Also consider Queenstown Dock which is less than 100 meters away as the crow flies or 0.4 mile driving distance. See 2007 article Boat owners say Queenstown boat ramp needs improvements. According to Proposed Skipjack Grove Park, from October 11, 2016, "Skipjack Grove park, which the Town has been approved grant funding for in the amount of $120,000 from the State of Maryland." Also See my May 30, 2017 blog.

    Southeast Creek
    Location: Queen Anne's County ADC map 7 C8
    Date: Unexplored via water. Vehicle recon conducted March 16, 2008
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301. Stay on highway 301 east.
    Take the Centreville Road (route 213) exit heading north towards Centreville. The road will change names to Church Hill Road. Stay on route 213.
    After 10.2 miles and before entering Church Hill, turn left (northwest) on Southeast Creek Road. The road will change to a single lane dirt road. Follow to end.
    Notes: Parking for about 15 vehicles on a dirt lot. At high tide, the area near the benches may flood. Boat ramp and porta-john. Provides access to Southeast Creek. Small tributaries to the west with the small Island Creek to the east. See Queen Anne’s County permit policy. Special thanks to Norma for helping scout this location. See my May 9, 2009 and August 31, 2009 trip report for more information.

    Terrapin Nature Area
    Location: Kent Island, Queen Anne’s County ADC map 16 J13
    Phone:
    Date: September 16, 2006
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    Take exit 37 to Romancoke Road/Business Parkway (route 8) north.
    Cross over route 50 and take the first left into the Chesapeake Bay Business Park at Skipjack Parkway.
    Turn right onto Log Canoe Circle and then turn right into Terrapin Nature Area.

    Notes: No fee. Porta-john. Parking for about 20 vehicles. To get to the beach, walk on Cross Island Trail. There will be a dirt trail that branches off to the left after a short distance. Follow this trail to the beach. Maybe a third of a mile to the beach. Not sure if anyone ever launches a boat here but I didn't see any signs to imply otherwise. A much better launch nearby is Matapeake State Park.


    Thompson Creek Public Landing
    Location: Kent Island, Queen Anne’s County ADC map 22 K3
    Phone: 410-758-0835, Queen Anne’s County Recreation and Parks
    Date: March 28, 2003
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    Take exit 38A to Thompson Creek Road (south; don’t turn right).  Drive 0.6 miles.
    Launch site is on the right.

    Notes: Boat ramp and restroom available.  Parking for about 12 vehicles.  Access to Thompson Creek.  See Queen Anne’s County permit policy and my May 13, 2014 blog.


    Tuckahoe State Park - Boat House
    Location: Queen Anne’s County ADC map 28 F3
    Phone: 410-820-1668
    Date: May 1, 2011
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    Turn left (east) onto Queen Anne Highway (route 404).
    After crossing over Tuckahoe Creek, turn left (north) onto Ridgely Road (route 480).
    Make the next left (north) onto Eveland Road.
    At the end of Eveland Road, turn left (west) onto Crouse Mill Road. Follow for about 1800 feet.
    Turn right (north) into the park area. You should see a playground. The boat house is near the restroom, which might be closed in the winter.

    Notes: 1 hour and 16 minutes from Savage. This provides access to the east side of Tuckahoe Lake and the part of Tuckahoe Creek north of the lake. When the water is high, one should be able to paddle 3.2 miles upstream from the lake without portage.   Paddling on Tuckahoe Creek can be difficult during drought. This is where folks launch rental boats. The public can launch here as well. There is a beach for launching. It is a bit of a carry from the parking lot to the beach. There is a restroom nearby but it isn't always open when it is supposed to be. Consider stopping at Royal Farms at 32303 Queen Anne Highway in Queen Anne 21657 to use the restroom and buy snacks. If you don't need to rent a boat, cnsider launching on the west side of the lake. See my July 11, 2015 and June 10, 2017 blogs.

    Tuckahoe State Park - Campfire Area
    Location: Queen Anne’s County ADC map 28 F1
    Phone: 410-820-1668
    Date: May 10, 2009
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    Turn left (east) onto Queen Anne Highway (route 404).
    After crossing over Tuckahoe Creek, turn left (north) onto Ridgely Road (route 480).
    Make the next left (north) onto Eveland Road.
    At the end of Eveland Road, turn right (east) onto Crouse Mill Road. Follow less than a tenth of a mile.
    Turn left (north) on Cherry Lane. Follow for 0.9 miles.
    Turn left (west) into the campground entrance.
    After 0.3 miles, turn right (north) to the non-electric tent sites. Follow for about 0.3 miles. Unload boat near the sign that reads "Campfire Area." Not sure if one can legally park here so you might need to drop off and park elsewhere.

    Notes: You will definitely need a canoe/kayak cart since the launch site is about a fifth of a mile from the road. Haul your boat to the campfire area then turn right (north) and continue on the trail. In perhaps 50 meters (a very rough guess), the trail will open up considerably. Look for a break in the vegetation on the left (west). There will be a small trail that leads to a small concrete platform where one can launch. This is about 2 miles upstream of the west end of the lake. No restroom. You are better off launching at Tuckahoe Lake or Campground Loop. Paddling on Tuckahoe Creek can be difficult during drought. Also see Tuckahoe State Park - Hiking. See my May 9, 2009 trip report for more information.

    Tuckahoe State Park - Campground Loop
    Location: Queen Anne’s County ADC map 28 F1
    Phone: 410-820-1668
    Date: May 10, 2009
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    Turn left (east) onto Queen Anne Highway (route 404).
    After crossing over Tuckahoe Creek, turn left (north) onto Ridgely Road (route 480).
    Make the next left (north) onto Eveland Road.
    At the end of Eveland Road, turn right (east) onto Crouse Mill Road. Follow less than a tenth of a mile.
    Turn left (north) on Cherry Lane. Follow for 0.9 miles.
    Turn left (west) into the campground entrance.
    After 0.3 miles, turn right (north) to the non-electric tent sites. Follow into the campground loop. On the west side of the loop, there will be a gravelly parking turnoff that might hold 3 vehicles. Not sure if you can actually park here. It might just be for dropoffs. There is a small trail that leads to the water.

    Notes: You will definitely need a canoe/kayak cart since the launch site is about 200 meters (rough estimate) to some stairs then to the water. This is about 2.25 miles upstream of the west end of the lake. Restrooms are in the middle of the campground loop. There is a path that leads to it from the turnoff. Also consider launching at Tuckahoe Lake. Paddling on Tuckahoe Creek can be difficult during drought. Also see Tuckahoe State Park - Hiking. See my May 9, 2009, July 11, 2015, and June 10, 2017 trip reports for more information.

    Tuckahoe State Park - Tuckahoe Lake
    Location: Queen Anne’s County ADC map 28 E3
    Phone: 410-820-1668
    Date: May 10, 2009
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    Turn left (east) onto Queen Anne Highway (route 404).
    After crossing over Tuckahoe Creek, turn left (north) onto Ridgely Road (route 480).
    Make the next left (north) onto Eveland Road.
    At the end of Eveland Road, turn left (west) onto Crouse Mill Road. Follow for 0.8 miles. Stay on the right at the split in the road.  The boat ramp area will be on the right on the northwest side of the lake.

    Notes: 1 hour and 16 minutes from Savage. This site provides access to Crouse Mill Lake/Tuckahoe Lake and the part of Tuckahoe Creek north of the lake. When the water is high, one should be able to paddle 3.2 miles upstream from the lake without portage.   Paddling on Tuckahoe Creek can be difficult during drought.  No restroom but there should be one on the east side of the lake near the boat rental house but it isn't always open when it is supposed to be. Consider stopping at Royal Farms at 32303 Queen Anne Highway in Queen Anne 21657 to use the restroom and buy snacks. I've seen folks launch there too (Boat House). Also see Tuckahoe State Park - Hiking. See my May 10, 2009, May 14, 2010, June 15, 2013, July 11, 2015, and May 30, 2017 trip reports for more information.

    Tuckahoe State Park - Water Trail
    Location: Queen Anne’s County ADC map 28 E4
    Phone: 410-820-1668
    Date: May 10, 2009
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    Turn left (east) onto Queen Anne Highway (route 404).
    After crossing over Tuckahoe Creek, turn left (north) onto Ridgely Road (route 480).
    Make the next left (north) onto Eveland Road.
    At the end of Eveland Road, turn left (west) onto Crouse Mill Road. Follow for a half mile.
    Across from Tuckahoe Lake (which is on the right), there will be an area to park on the left just before crossing over Tuckahoe Creek.  One can carry a kayak to the creek from this lot and paddle south.

    Notes: The first launch area provides access to Tuckahoe Creek south of Crouse Mill Lake/Tuckahoe Lake.  It is 5.4 miles from this launch site to the Hillsboro boat ramp.  One cannot paddle to the lake from here due to a spillway. Paddling on Tuckahoe Creek can be difficult during drought. No restroom but there should be one on the east side of the lake near the boat rental house but that isn't always open when it is supposed to be. Consider stopping at Royal Farms at 32303 Queen Anne Highway in Queen Anne 21657 to use the restroom and buy snacks. Also see my Tuckahoe State Park - Hiking, May 1, 2011, and April 26, 2015 trip reports.

    Warehouse Creek Public Landing
    Location: Kent Island, Queen Anne’s County ADC map 22 F5
    Phone: 410-758-0835, Queen Anne’s County Recreation and Parks
    Date: April 30, 2003
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    Take exit 37 to Romancoke Road (route 8) south.  Drive 1.7 miles.
    Turn left on Great Neck Road.  Drive 0.2 miles.
    Launch site is a small dirt entrance on the right.

    Notes: No boat ramp.  Limited parking.  No restroom but there is one at Mowbray Park which is 1.1 miles south of route 50 on route 8 on the east side.  Mowbray Park also has soda machines.  No trailer launching due to shore erosion.  Muddy area to launch a kayak.  Access to Warehouse Creek, a pristine nature area.  Many turtles.  See Queen Anne’s County permit policy.


     
    Rocks State Park
     
    This is one of the lesser known and smaller state parks. Only about 3.5 miles of trails but a spectacular view at the scenic King and Queen Seat rocky overlook. Deer Creek passes through the park.

    Unlike some of the other paddling locations, this one is special in that it offers so much both in terms of hiking and paddling. Hence, I've listed information for both as they pertain to the park and its associated area to maintain structure and organization.

    Preserved on park property are many structural remains such as a stone quarry site (1881) left from the days when the railroad meandered through the park.
    - from Harford County Historical Society

    This area has hiking, kayaking, canoeing, and river tubing opportunities. It is recommended to catch the river within a week after a good rain if engaging in any watersports. On December 23, 2006, I scouted this river the day after a moderately large rain and found the water easily deep enough for kayaking with the current moving at about 4 mph. I paddled about 48 hours after a heavy rain and the water was pretty low. Timimg is critical! See my trip report at October 28, 2007.

    I do not recommend bicycling in this area since the road is often busy and there is no shoulder though it is very scenic.

    For the below information, I often reference mile numbers. These pertain to Rocks Road (route 24). There are actually mile number signs along the side of the road. The mileage increases are you drive further north.

    Location: 3318 Rocks Chrome Hill Road, Jarrettsville, Maryland 21084, Harford County ADC map 9 F4
    Date: December 23, 2006
    Phone: 410-557-7994
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 95 north.
    Take exit 77B to Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway/Emmorton Road (route 24) north. The road will merge with route 1 then split from route 1. Stay on route 24 north which will lead to the park. Route 24 will change names to Spring Road then Rocks Road. Driving on this road in the Bel Air area is all stop and go traffic. The nice thing about this road is it has mile markers that make finding unmarked lots and kayak/river tube launch sites easier.
    Notes: The picnic areas have restrooms but these areas are closed in the winter. About 75 minutes from Elkridge in moderately heavy traffic. There are many small dirt parking lots along the side of the road in the park area, too many to mention. The major ones are listed below along with areas mentioned in the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) paddling routes associated with Rocks State Park and/or Deer Creek.

    Gauging Station, Rocks Road mile 17.9
    Directions: Continuing with the directions to Rocks State Park, pass the bridge on the right at Cherry Hill Road (mile 17.4).
    After about a tenth of a mile, the parking lot will be on the right.
    Notes: About 3 miles upstream of Clark Bridge. Small building that looks like a heavy duty outhouse marks this location. Dirt parking lot on right holds 10 vehicles. Small beach launch on south side. Two sets of wooden steps lead to the water on the middle and northern sides of the lot. No restroom. Excellent place to launch and it puts you just downstream of the class 3 rapids.

    Rocks Chrome Hill Road parking lot
    Directions: Continuing with the directions to Rocks State Park, at mile 18.2 on Rocks Road (route 24), turn left (west) on Rocks Chrome Hill Road. Proceed for about a tenth of a mile. There will be a small dirt parking lot on the right.
    Notes: One can access the 2.2 mile white trail loop from this lot. Lot holds about 5 vehicles. Head northeast from this location to reach the King and Queen Seat. About 0.05 miles southwest of this location on Rocks Chrome Hill Road is the park office.

    Rocks Road mile 18.6
    Directions: Continuing with the directions to Rocks State Park, after passing Rocks Chrome Hill Road, there will be a parking lot on the left at mile 18.6.
    Notes: This dirt lot holds about 20 vehicles. There is a stone building that looks like it should be a restroom but it is not. No restrooms. On the west side of this lot are some stairs that lead up the steep 0.2 mile purple trail which leads to the 2.2 mile white trail loop and King and Queen Seat. Directly across Rocks Road (route 24) are some benches and some stairs that lead to the water for launching/landing a kayak or river tube.

    From mile 18.4 to 18.5 are two sets of class 3 rapids. It is recommended that all but experienced kayakers remove their boats at the mile 18.6 landing then portage their boats downstream of these rapids. One should definitely not go tubing down these rapids. There is no shoulder on Rocks Road (route 24) but there is a not so well maintained area for walking between the river and the guard rail.

    Wilson's Picnic Area
    Directions: Continuing with the directions to Rocks State Park, about a half mile north of Rocks Chrome Hill Road, Rocks Road (route 24) splits with the main part passing over the river. Do not cross the river. Instead veer left onto Saint Clair Bridge Road.
    Almost immediately after veering onto Saint Clair Bridge Road, turn right into the parking lot.
    Notes: The parking lot holds about 48 vehicles. Picnic tables and restrooms. Left of the playground will be stairs that lead to the water for launching/landing a kayak or river tube. As of 2006, the entrance fee is $2 for Maryland residents, $3 for others.

    Rock Ridge Picnic Area
    Directions: Continuing with the directions to Rocks State Park, about a half mile north of Rocks Chrome Hill Road, Rocks Road (route 24) splits with the main part passing over the river. Do not cross the river. Instead veer left onto Saint Clair Bridge Road.
    After about 0.8 miles, you will come to a road that leads to the area on the left.
    Notes: Picnic area and restrooms. Access to the orange and red trails. As of 2006, the entrance fee is $2 for Maryland residents, $3 for others.

    Hills Grove Picnic Area
    Directions: Continuing with the directions to Rocks State Park, about a half mile north of Rocks Chrome Hill Road, Rocks Road (route 24) splits with the main part passing over the river. Do not cross the river. Instead veer left onto Saint Clair Bridge Road.
    After one mile, you will come to Rock Ridge Road on the left. Turn right into the parking lot.
    Notes: Immediately after entering the area, there will be a lot on the right just after the shack that holds about 18 vehicles. There are at least two sets of stairs that lead to the water for launching/landing a kayak or river tube. Picnic tables and restrooms. Across Saint Clair Bridge Road just south of Rock Ridge Road is a crosswalk that leads to the half mile blue trail. This trail leads to the 2.2 mile white trail loop. As of 2006, the entrance fee is $2 for Maryland residents, $3 for others.

    Eden Mill Nature Center
    Location: 1617 Eden Mill Road, Pylesville, Maryland 21132, Harford County ADC map 2 K8
    Date: February 19, 2017
    Phone: 410-836-3050
    E-mail: edenmillnaturecenter@gmail.com (they are good about replying to e-mail)
    Directions: See 39.675069, -76.452833
    Notes: This is a very popular paddling area for recreational kayakers, families, and canoeists. Very natural. No launch fee. One hour and 5 minutes from Savage. There are several short hiking trails, none more than a half mile long. They have a small but nice visitor center with various reptiles. They also have their own bee apiary and you can buy honey that they extract. For the paddling route, see 4.6 mile route. One can launch for free either just above or below the dam on Deer Creek. If launching on Deer Creek above the dam, you're supposed to move your vehicle to one of the big parking lots on the east side of the Nature Center building. Together, those lots will hold 50+ vehicles. Just outside of the Nature Center on the east side, they have a handicap accessible porta-john that you can get into at all times.

    About a quarter of a mile away but still in Eden Mill Nature Center property, one can launch on the east side of Big Branch Creek just south of the Eden Mill Road bridge but north of the foot bridge. The launch area is more primitive than the one at the Nature Center. But the advantage is you can park just off Eden Mill Road east of the bridge, right next to the put in. No need to move your vehicle. Room for about nine vehicles.

    Just upstream from the dam one can paddle about 0.2 mile up Big Branch Creek. Or, from the dam, one can paddle about 1.75 miles upstream without having to portage if the water isn't too low. If you don't mind having to walk through some shallow areas, you can easily get 2.25 miles upstream from the dam without having to portage much.

    In the summer and autumn, Eden Mill offers a naturalist led sunrise/sunset canoe trips.

    For more information, see February 7, 2016, February 18, 2017, and February 19, 2017.

    15.5 mile paddle
    I checked out the 15.5 mile route recommended by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). None of these locations have restrooms. Here are my comments:

    Clark Bridge at Grier Nursery Road
    Location: Harford County ADC map 10 B4
    This not a good spot to launch or land a kayak. But if it must be done, park on the northeast side of the bridge. There is room for 2 or 3 vehicles about 0.1 miles north of the bridge. Launch/land on the southwest side of the bridge. 6.25 miles upstream of Sandy Hook.

    Ady Road (route 543) and Walters Mill Road
    Location: Harford County ADC map 10 H6
    This is a slightly better spot to launch or land a kayak than Clark Bridge. There is fairly good parking for 3 vehicles 0.1 miles northeast of the bridge on route 543. Launch/land just after the bridge on the north side in the gravelly area. 3 miles upstream of Sandy Hook.

    Deer Creek Park/Sandy Hook Road
    Location: Harford County ADC map 11 A5
    This is a very good location for parking and mediocre for launching/landing. It is part of Deer Creek Park property. The lot is on the southwest side of the bridge. There is parking for 15 vehicles. Two trash cans. The best launch/land area is about 0.1 miles upstream of the bridge on the south. The Harford County ADC map actually shows this as an unnamed road. There are also hiking trails in the park. 5.5 miles upstream of Priestford Bridge (route 136).

    Deer Creek Conservation Area/Priestford Bridge at route 136
    Location: Harford County ADC map 11 J10
    This is not a very good location. Park on either side of Priestford Road (route 136) just north of the bridge. There is parking for about 2 vehicles on each side of route 136. There is a great deal of parking on the southeast side of the bridge but I do not believe this is available to the public since it is part of Aberdeen Proving Ground. The best launch/land area is immediately after the bridge on the south side. 8.9 miles upstream of railroad trestle.

    8.9 mile paddle
    I checked out the 8.9 mile route recommended by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Unless otherwise stated, none of these locations have restrooms. Here are my comments:

    For the route 136 launch, see Deer Creek Conservation Area/Priestford Bridge at route 136 above.

    Though it isn't mentioned in the DNR website, there is an excellent place to launch/land near mile 7.9 on Deer Creek at Stafford Bridge.

    Railroad Trestle
    This is a mediocre location. Good for parking but rocky for launching/landing. Facing downstream, the best place to launch/land is just before the bridge on the south side. Stairs lead to the parking area.

    Tt isn't mentioned in the DNR website, there is an excellent place to launch/land near mile 7.9 on Deer Creek at the Lapidum Boat Launch Facility. This is 1.5 miles from the railroad trestle on the west side of the Susquehanna River. It even has a porta-john!


     
    Somerset County Launch Sites
     
    One challenge of visiting Somerset County is finding a good map. The regular ADC map booklets are not made for this county as of September 2005. However, ADC does make a nice folding map which sells for less than $5 and can be purchased at the Crisfield Historical Museum and Visitor Center at the southern end of 10th Street off West Main Street in Crisfield.

    Janes Island State Park

    The approximately 2900 acres of march, beach, and high land offers paddlers and outdoor adventure through small waterways within the island. Most of the waterways are protected from wind and currents, providing ideal conditions for the novice as well as the experienced canoeist. There are six marked trails equaling more than 30 miles of trail. All trails begin and end at the Janes Island State Park Marina and Boat Launch. Be sure to pick up a Janes Island Water Trail Guide at the camp store before venturing out on the water!
    - from "Janes Island State Park: Rich in Prehistory," The Maryland Natural Resource, Volume 10, number 3, summer 2007

    Location: 26280 Alfred Lawson Drive, Crisfield, Somerset County, Maryland 21817-2448. Somerset County ADC map JJ22
    Phone: 410-968-1565 (office), 1-888-432-2267 for camping reservations
    Date: July 4, 2004
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Pay $2.50 toll one way only. On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301. Stay on highway 50.
    In Salisbury, veer left to continue on Ocean Highway (route 13) south while highway 50 exits to the right.
    Take Crisfield Highway (route 413) south approximately 11 miles.
    Turn right on Plantation Road.
    After 1.5 miles, turn right onto Alfred Lawson Drive.

    Notes: 3 hour drive in light traffic. Very buggy in the summer. Deer flies are a big problem. If on the water, stay far from the island to avoid them. Be sure to eat crab at Crisfield.

    When visiting Janes Island, consider the following side trips:
    Smith Island
    Tangier Island
         Transportation to Tangier Island on the Captain Eulice
         Tangier Island Cruises on the Steven Thomas
    Many of these cruises start in Crisfield in the Somers Cove area.
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Pay $2.50 toll one way only. On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301. Stay on highway 50.
    In Salisbury, veer left to continue on Ocean Highway (route 13) south while highway 50 exits to the right.
    Take Crisfield Highway (route 413) south into Crisfield. It will turn into West Main Street.
    Just after the firehouse on the right, turn left onto 7th Street.
    The marina with the tour boats will be on your right in Somers Cove Marina.


    Reading Ferry
    Location: Somerset County ADC map D31
    Date: May 11, 2008
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Pay $2.50 toll one way only. On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301. Stay on highway 50.
    In Salisbury, veer left to continue on Ocean Highway (route 13) south while highway 50 exits to the right.
    After passing through the town of Eden and before entering Pocomoke City, turn right (northwest) onto Allen Road (route 529). Follow for about 0.7 miles.
    Turn left (west) on Polks Road. Follow for 4 miles.
    Veer right (west) onto Lankford Road. Follow for 200 meters.
    Turn right (north) on Reading Ferry Road. Follow for 1.3 miles.

    Notes: No boat ramp or restrooms. This is a fishing area. Big rocks and broken concrete slabs prevent erosion but also make for a very rocky launch. Parking along the side of the road. Room for about 7 vehicles or 12 if you're Lisa. Access to Wicomico Creek. Two and a half hours from Hanover in light traffic.

    Rehobeth
    Location: Somerset County ADC map GG40
    Date: October 8, 2005
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Pay $2.50 toll one way only. On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301. Stay on highway 50.
    In Salisbury, veer left to continue on Ocean Highway (route 13) south while highway 50 exits to the right.
    Before entering Pocomoke City, turn right (west) onto Rehobeth Road (route 667).
    After 5 miles, turn left (south) on Coventry Parish Road (just after crossing the bridge) and follow to end, where it meets Marys Lot Lane.

    Notes: Boat ramp. No restroom. Parking for about 6 vehicles. Three hours from Arbutus. Facing the river, right (south) is downstream. Access to the Pocomoke River. Launching here will put you about 7.5 miles north of Pocomoke Sound.

    Rumbly Point
    Location: Somerset County ADC map OO34
    Date: Attempted check of area performed October 8, 2005
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Pay $2.50 toll one way only. On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301. Stay on highway 50.
    In Salisbury, veer left to continue on Ocean Highway (route 13) south while highway 50 exits to the right.
    Take Crisfield Highway (route 413) south.
    Turn left (east) on Hudson Corner Road (route 667).
    Turn right (south) on Burnettsville Road.
    At the end, turn left (south) on Green Road.
    Turn left (south) on Rumbly Point Road and follow to end. This road will eventually turn into a dirt road. At the split in the dirt road, stay on the right. It will be a very long drive on the dirt road.

    Notes: We never made it to the actual launch site so it isn't certain if there is actually a launch site available but the map indicates this is the case. Inclement weather prevented verification of this launch site. During heavy rain, the dirt road can be slippery and full of frogs and turtles. Access to the Pocomoke Sound and Marumsco Creek.

    Shelltown
    Location: Somerset County ADC map NN42
    Date: October 8, 2005
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Pay $2.50 toll one way only. On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301. Stay on highway 50.
    In Salisbury, veer left to continue on Ocean Highway (route 13) south while highway 50 exits to the right.
    Before entering Pocomoke City, turn right (west) onto Rehobeth Road (route 667).
    Turn left (south) on Coventry Parish Road.
    Turn right (west) on Old Rehobeth Road.
    Make the first left (south) onto Shelltown Road. This turn will occur just before a cemetary. The sign may not be visible until it is passed.
    At the split, veer to the left to remain on Shelltown Road.
    At the next split, Williams Point Road will veer to the left. Stay on the right to remain on Shelltown Road. Pass Hess Road. Follow Shelltown Road to the end.

    Notes: No restroom. About 3 hours and 15 minutes from Arbutus. Parking for about 12 vehicles. Access to the Pocomoke River. Facing the river, right is downstream. Launching here will put you about one mile north of Pocomoke Sound.


     
    Saint Mary's County Launch Sites
     
    Leonardtown Wharf
    Location: St. Mary's County ADC map 16 A6
    Phone:
    Date: September 25, 2010
    Directions: From where highway 95 meets the Washington DC beltway (highway 495) on the north side, drive clockwise on highway 495.
    Take exit 7A to route 5 (Branch Avenue) south. Stay on route 5 for a long time. It will merge with route 301 (Crain Highway) and change names to Mattawoman Beantown Road and Leonardtown Road but as long as it is route 5, you are on the right path. Don't go on business 5. You will pass from Prince George's County into Charles County, then into St. Mary's County. You'll drive through Hughesville, New Market, Mechanicsville, Helen, and Morganza. You might feel like you are lost but trust me, as long as you are on route 5 south and haven't gotten to Leonardtown, then you're probably doing fine.
    After about 45 miles, turn right (south) on route 326 in Leonardtown. Some maps might call it business 5 or Hollywood Road. Follow for 0.6 miles to a park at the end.
    Notes: I never actually got there by car, just boat. I didn't see any restroom but I didn't look either. Satellite photos seem to indicate ample parking. Launch from the black, plastic floating ramp. It looks like a jet ski ramp. There is also a low, concrete barrier that could work too but if you've got anything but a plastic kayak or aluminum canoe, you'll want to use the jet ski ramp. One hour and 35 minutes from Savage. For more information, see my trip report at September 25, 2010.

    McIntosh Launch
    Location: St. Mary's County ADC map 15 H2
    Phone:
    Date: September 25, 2010
    Directions: From where highway 95 meets the Washington DC beltway (highway 495) on the north side, drive clockwise on highway 495.
    Take exit 7A to route 5 (Branch Avenue) south. Stay on route 5 for a long time. It will merge with route 301 (Crain Highway) and change names to Mattawoman Beantown Road and Leonardtown Road but as long as it is route 5, you are on the right path. Don't go on business 5. You will pass from Prince George's County into Charles County, then into St. Mary's County. You'll drive through Hughesville, New Market, Mechanicsville, Helen, and Morganza. You might feel like you are lost but trust me, as long as you are on route 5 south and haven't gotten to Leonardtown, then you're probably doing fine.
    After about 44 miles, turn right (south) on Newtowne Neck Road (route 243). Follow for 0.12 miles.
    Turn left onto an unamed road. You might see a sign for the "Port of Leonardtown Winery" or "McIntosh Outfitters." Park near the Outfitters.
    Notes: No restroom or boat ramp. Parking for about 20. One hour and 35 minutes from Savage. Launch from a steep beach in the trees, just a stone's throw south of route 5. Try to time your launch and/or return with high tide. At high tide, you won't need to portage but at low tide you might need to. No fee to launch. Access to McIntosh Run, a very scenic little creek. It opens up big and wide at Breton Bay. If you don't have a boat but want to do some paddling here or many places in southern Maryland, check out
         McIntosh Outfitters
         Phone: 240-577-3971 or 240-577-3977
    They are located right across from the launch site. For more information, see my trip report at September 25, 2010.

    Piney Point Recreation Area
    Location: 17139 Piney Point Road, Piney Point, Maryland 20674; St. Mary's County ADC map 28 B7
    Phone: 301-863-8400 extension 3570 (according to sign) or 3571 (according to website)
    Date: July 19, 2015
    Directions: From where highway 95 meets the Washington DC beltway (highway 495) on the north side, drive clockwise on highway 495.
    Take exit 7A to route 5 (Branch Avenue) south. Stay on route 5 for a long time. It will merge with route 301 (Crain Highway) and change names to Mattawoman Beantown Road and Leonardtown Road but as long as it is route 5, you are on the right path. Don't go on business 5. You will pass from Prince George's County into Charles County, then into St. Mary's County. You'll drive through Hughesville, New Market, Mechanicsville, Helen, and Morganza. You might feel like you are lost but trust me, as long as you are on route 5 south, you're probably doing fine. Stay on route 5 for about 53 miles.
    In Callaway, turn right (south) on Piney Point Road (route 249). Follow for 8.1 miles. The address above may indicate the destination is on the right but the boat ramp and main parking area is on the left. It is right before the Saint George Island Bridge.
    Notes: Two boat ramps, three porta-johns, and parking for 30 vehicles. One hour and 50 minutes from Savage. Access to Saint George Creek and the Potomac River. While you're there, check out Piney Point Lighthouse Museum and Historic Park. For more information, see my trip report at July 19, 2015.

    Saint George Island Landing
    Location: 17139 Piney Point Road, Piney Point, Maryland 20674; St. Mary's County ADC map 28 G12
    Phone: 301-863-8400 extension 3570
    Date: Unexplored
    Directions: From where highway 95 meets the Washington DC beltway (highway 495) on the north side, drive clockwise on highway 495.
    Take exit 7A to route 5 (Branch Avenue) south. Stay on route 5 for a long time. It will merge with route 301 (Crain Highway) and change names to Mattawoman Beantown Road and Leonardtown Road but as long as it is route 5, you are on the right path. Don't go on business 5. You will pass from Prince George's County into Charles County, then into St. Mary's County. You'll drive through Hughesville, New Market, Mechanicsville, Helen, and Morganza. You might feel like you are lost but trust me, as long as you are on route 5 south, you're probably doing fine. Stay on route 5 for about 53 miles.
    In Callaway, turn right (south) on Piney Point Road (route 249). Follow for 9.9 miles, crossing over the Saint George Island Bridge.
    Turn right (southwest) onto Thomas Road. Follow for 1.1 miles. The destination will be on the left.
    Notes: Launch on Island Creek. Access to Saint George Creek and the Potomac River.


     
    Sussex County, Delaware Launch Sites
     
    Sussex County boat ramp certificate
    In Delaware, you may see signs mentioning that a Delaware boat registration decal or boat ramp certificate is required. This applies for motorboats only, as is implied in Non-resident Tidal Access Boat Ramp Certificate Application.

    Brumbley Family Park
    Location: Sussex County, Delaware ADC map 9 F11
    Phone: 302-684-5189
    Date: June 2, 2008
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet on the southern side, take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    Turn left (east) onto Queen Anne Highway (route 404). Follow for 13.4 miles.
    Turn left (north) on Denton Greensboro Road (route 313). Follow for 0.8 miles.
    Turn right (east) on Burrsville Road (route 317). This will turn into route 14 after 4.8 miles. The road will change names to Milford Harrington Highway, road 36, and Front Street (in Milford). Follow for a total of 23 miles.
    In the town of Milford, turn right (south) on Rehoboth Boulevard (business route 1). The Sussex County ADC map may show this road instead as being part of route 14 but this is incorrect. Follow for about 1.8 miles, crossing over the Mispillion River.
    Turn left onto Coastal Highway (route 1). Follow Coastal Highway for 8 miles.
    At Union Street (route 5), make a u-turn on Coastal Highway. Then, head north on Coastal Highway for about 25 meters.
    Turn right on Brambleys Place, just after the sign for "Brumbley Family Park."
    Follow signs that lead north to the boat launch.

    Notes: 2 hour and 5 minute drive from Hanover. Access to Primehook Creek. Boat ramp available for kayaks and canoes only. Porta-john. Parking for 6. An excellent trip would be doing a car or bicycle shuttle from here to Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. See my May 31 to June 2, 2008 and June 25-27, 2010 trip reports for more information.

    Cape Henlopen State Park
    In 1631, the Dutch made the first settlement close to what is now modern day Lewes, just northwest of the park entrance. In 1682, William Penn declared that Cape Henlopen would be fore, "the usage of the citizens of Lewes and Sussex County," making it one of the first public lands established in the United States. Cape Henlopen State Park was created in 1964. Today, it is comprised of 3769 acres on the Delaware coast, 4 miles of beach, and sand dunes, some rising almost 100 feet high!

    Location: 42 Cape Henlopen Drive, Lewes, Delaware 19958; Sussex County, Delaware ADC map 18 K4
    Phone: 302-645-8983, campground: 302-645-2103
    Date: May 31, 2008
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet on the southern side, take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    Cross the Bay Bridge on highway 50, heading towards the eastern shore.
    Turn LEFT (east) onto MD-404 / QUEEN ANNE HWY / WYE MILLS-QUEEN ANNE RD. Continue to follow MD-404 E (Crossing into DELAWARE). Go 29.7 mi
    Stay STRAIGHT to go onto SEASHORE HWY / DE-404 BR. Go 1.4 mi.
    Turn LEFT onto MARKET ST / DE-404 BR. Go 0.4 mi.
    Turn RIGHT onto S MAIN ST / US-13 BR / DE-404 BR. Go 1.5 mi.
    Turn SLIGHT LEFT onto SEASHORE HWY / DE-404. Continue to follow DE-404. Go 12.0 mi.
    Enter next roundabout and take 3rd exit onto US-9 E / DE-404 E. Go 12.3 mi.
    Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto COASTAL HWY S / US-9 E / DE-1 S. Go 1.1 mi.
    Turn SLIGHT LEFT onto DARTMOUTH DR / US-9. Go 0.3 mi.
    Turn LEFT onto KINGS HWY / US-9 E. Continue to follow US-9 E. Go 2.7 mi.
    Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto CAPE HENLOPEN DR / CR-19.

    Notes: 2.5 hour drive from Hanover. This park also has a few short hiking trails. It is a fairly good place to see horseshoe crabs coming ashore in mid-May but there are better. A friend launched from Cape Henlopen in June 2007 and saw about 40 dolphins. The campground is open April to October. See my May 31 to June 2, 2008 and June 25-27, 2010 trip reports for more information.
         Cape Henlopen State Park 1
         Cape Henlopen State Park 2

    Be sure to check out
         Seaside Nature Center
         Monday-Saturday 0900-1600, Sundays 1200-1600; open seasonally
         phone: 302-645-6852

    Cedar Creek
    Location: Slaughter Beach, Delaware; Sussex County, Delaware ADC map 3 D7
    Phone:
    Date: May 31, 2008
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet on the southern side, take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    Turn left (east) onto Queen Anne Highway (route 404). Follow for 13.4 miles.
    Turn left (north) on Denton Greensboro Road (route 313). Follow for 0.8 miles.
    Turn right (east) on Burrsville Road (route 317). This will turn into route 14 after 4.8 miles. The road will change names to Milford Harrington Highway, road 36, and Front Street (in Milford). Follow for a total of 23 miles.
    In the town of Milford, turn right (south) on Rehoboth Boulevard (business route 1). The Sussex County ADC map may show this road instead as being part of route 14 but this is incorrect. Follow for 0.4 miles, crossing over the Mispillion River.
    Turn left (east) on Cedar Beach Road (route 36). There may not be a sign for this road but it is the first one you'll encounter with a signal light. Follow for 5.6 miles.
    Turn left (north) on Lighthouse Road (route 203). Follow for a quarter mile. The boat ramp will be on the right.

    Notes: 2 hours and 6 minutes from Hanover. Access to Cedar Creek. Note that this is a good takeout when paddling the Mispillion River, Cedar Creek, and Slaughter Creek. Several boat ramps, porta-johns, and parking for 100+ vehicles. The current here can be pretty strong so be sure to consult your tide table before launching.

    Chandler Street
    Location: Sussex County, Delaware ADC map 16 E4
    Phone:
    Date: June 1, 2008
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet on the southern side, take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    Turn left (east) onto Queen Anne Highway (route 404). Follow for 13.4 miles.
    Turn left (north) on Denton Greensboro Road (route 313). Follow for 0.8 miles.
    Turn right (east) on Burrsville Road (route 317). This will turn into route 14 after 4.8 miles. The road will change names to Milford Harrington Highway, road 36, and Front Street (in Milford). Follow for a total of 23 miles.
    In the town of Milford, turn right (south) on Rehoboth Boulevard (business route 1). The Sussex County ADC map may show this road instead as being part of route 14 but this is incorrect. Follow for about 1.8 miles, crossing over the Mispillion River.
    Turn left onto Coastal Highway (route 1). Follow Coastal Highway for 10 miles.
    Turn right (west) on Broadkill Highway (route 16). Follow for 2.7 miles.
    Turn left (south) on Union Avenue (route 5). Follow for 0.6 miles.
    Just before the library, turn left (east) on Chandler Street. Follow for 25 meters.
    The launch site will be on the right.

    Notes: 2 hour and 20 minute drive from Hanover. Access to the Broadkill River. Porta-john and boat ramp available. Parking for about 15 vehicles. An excellent trip would be doing a car or bicycle shuttle from here to Oyster Rocks. See my May 31 to June 2, 2008 and June 25-27, 2010 trip reports for more information.

    Coastal Highway (Road 14)
    Location: Sussex County, Delaware ADC map 8 J3
    Phone:
    Date: May 31, 2008
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet on the southern side, take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    Turn left (east) onto Queen Anne Highway (route 404). Follow for 13.4 miles.
    Turn left (north) on Denton Greensboro Road (route 313). Follow for 0.8 miles.
    Turn right (east) on Burrsville Road (route 317). This will turn into route 14 after 4.8 miles. The road will change names to Milford Harrington Highway, road 36, and Front Street (in Milford). Follow for a total of 23 miles.
    In the town of Milford, turn right (south) on Rehoboth Boulevard (business route 1). The Sussex County ADC map may show this road instead as being part of route 14 but this is incorrect. Follow for about 1.8 miles, crossing over the Mispillion River.
    Turn left onto Coastal Highway (route 1). Follow Coastal Highway for 2.5 miles. At the bridge over Cedar Creek, park along the side of the road. Not sure which side has the best access.

    Notes: 2 hour and 10 minute drive from Hanover. Access to Cedar Creek. No ramp or porta-john. Rocky and/or muddy launch but certainly do-able. An excellent trip would be paddling from this location to Cedar Creek then doing a car or bicycle shuttle.

    Cods Road
    Location: Sussex County, Delaware ADC map 9 G5
    Phone:
    Date: May 31, 2008
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet on the southern side, take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    Turn left (east) onto Queen Anne Highway (route 404). Follow for 13.4 miles.
    Turn left (north) on Denton Greensboro Road (route 313). Follow for 0.8 miles.
    Turn right (east) on Burrsville Road (route 317). This will turn into route 14 after 4.8 miles. The road will change names to Milford Harrington Highway, road 36, and Front Street (in Milford). Follow for a total of 23 miles.
    In the town of Milford, turn right (south) on Rehoboth Boulevard (business route 1). The Sussex County ADC map may show this road instead as being part of route 14 but this is incorrect. Follow for about 1.8 miles, crossing over the Mispillion River.
    Turn left onto Coastal Highway (route 1). Follow Coastal Highway for 3.7 miles.
    Turn left (northeast) on Bakerfield Road (road 220). Follow for 1.9 miles. After 1.8 miles, the road will veer to the right.
    Turn left (east) on Draper Road (road 38). Follow for 0.4 miles.
    Turn right (south) on Cods Road (road 38). Follow for 0.7 miles to the bridge over Slaughter Creek and park on the shoulder.

    Notes: 2 hour and 15 minute drive from Hanover. Access to Slaughter Creek. No ramp or porta-john. Rocky and/or muddy launch but certainly do-able. An excellent trip would be paddling from this location to Cedar Creek then doing a car or bicycle shuttle.

    Edward R. Koch Fishing Area
    Location: Sussex County, Delaware ADC map 28 G10
    Phone:
    Date: May 22, 2011
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet on the southern side, take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    Turn left (east) onto Queen Anne Highway (route 404). It will change name to Shore Highway.
    Follow route 404 through Denton as it veers south and merges with route 313.
    Route 313 will split from route 404 in Andersontown. Remain on route 404. In Delaware, Shore Highway will change names to Seashore Highway but will still be route 404.
    In Bridgeville, Seashore Highway will end at Market Street. Turn left (east) on Market Street (still route 404) and follow for 0.5 miles.
    Turn right (south) on Main Street (road 5, route 404/business 13). Follow for 2 miles.
    Route 404 and business 13 will split, with business 13 veering to the right (south) and becoming route 13. Remain on route 13, Sussex Highway (road 3, then 2) for 14.6 miles.
    In Laurel, turn right (west) on Laurel Road (route 24). This will turn into Market Street then West Street. Follow for one miles.
    Turn right (west) on Townsend Street. Follow for 0.1 miles.
    Townsend Street will merge with West 6th Street which will change names to Portsville Road (road 492). Follow for 3.2 miles to the end.
    Make a hard right (east turn) onto Shell Bridge Road (road 493). Follow for about 75 meters.
    Turn left (north) into the fishing area.

    Notes: Parking for about 6 vehicles. No restroom or ramp. Not sure if one is supposed to launch here or not but I saw no signs indicating not to. There is no beach or easy place to launch. Just big rocks. But it is certainly do-able, especially if you have a little help. This area is part of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. Access to the middle of Broad Creek. For more information, see my May 22, 2011 trip report.

    Fowler Beach Road
    Location: Sussex County, Delaware ADC map 9 J3
    Phone:
    Date: June 2, 2008
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet on the southern side, take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    Turn left (east) onto Queen Anne Highway (route 404). Follow for 13.4 miles.
    Turn left (north) on Denton Greensboro Road (route 313). Follow for 0.8 miles.
    Turn right (east) on Burrsville Road (route 317). This will turn into route 14 after 4.8 miles. The road will change names to Milford Harrington Highway, road 36, and Front Street (in Milford). Follow for a total of 23 miles.
    In the town of Milford, turn right (south) on Rehoboth Boulevard (business route 1). The Sussex County ADC map may show this road instead as being part of route 14 but this is incorrect. Follow for about 1.8 miles, crossing over the Mispillion River.
    Turn left onto Coastal Highway (route 1). Follow Coastal Highway for 3.7 miles.
    Turn left (northeast) on Bakerfield Road (road 220). Follow for 1.9 miles. After 1.8 miles, the road will veer to the right.
    Turn left (east) on Draper Road (road 38). Follow for 0.4 miles. This will turn into Fowler Beach Road (road 199). Follow for an additional 2.1 miles. Park on the left (north) side, just after crossing Slaughter Creek.

    Notes: No boat ramp or restroom. It is a rocky and/or muddy launch but certainly do-able. Just south (upstream) of the bridge is a small dam but portage around it is also do-able. The scenery in this area is very open. Lots of grass and few trees. Consider paddling from here, heading upstream, then downstream and taking out at Cedar Creek for a car or bicycle shuttle.

    James Branch Nature Preserve Canoe Trail
    Location: Across from 33587 Bald Cypress Lane, Laurel, Delaware 19956, Sussex County, Delaware ADC map 38 D2
    Phone:
    Date: April 16, 2011
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet on the southern side, take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    Turn left (east) onto Queen Anne Highway (route 404). It will change name to Shore Highway.
    Follow route 404 through Denton as it veers south and merges with route 313.
    Route 313 will split from route 404 in Andersontown. Remain on route 404. In Delaware, Shore Highway will change names to Seashore Highway but will still be route 404.
    In Bridgeville, Seashore Highway will end at Market Street. Turn left (east) on Market Street (still route 404) and follow for 0.5 miles.
    Turn right (south) on Main Street (road 5, route 404/business 13). Follow for 2 miles.
    Route 404 and business 13 will split, with business 13 veering to the right (south) and becoming route 13. Remain on route 13, Sussex Highway (road 3, then 2) for 14.6 miles.
    In Laurel, turn left (east) on Laurel Road (route 24). Follow for 5 miles.
    Turn right (south) on Trap Pond Road (SR 449). Note that the first edition Sussex County ADC map will show this as Pepper Pond Road which is incorrect. Follow for 0.8 miles.
    After Goose Nest Road, you will see Trap Pond on your left. Just before you come to the Maintenance Shop on your left, you will cross bridge over a small stream that flows out of Trap Pond. This is Hitch Pond Branch.
    Between Hitch Pond Branch and the Maintenance Shop is a grassy area on the right that probably has a sign warning not to park or stop there. From this area, you can carry your boat down to the launch.

    Notes: About 2 hours and 8 minutes from Hanover. No restroom or boat ramp but there is a porta-john at the Trap Pond Boat Launch only about 200 meters north on Trap Pond Road on the east side. You should have seen a sign for it when approaching. This is one place where you can park. But a better place is the huge parking lot just northwest of the Baldcypress Nature Center, phone 302-875-5163. There is a restroom or porta-john between this lot and the pond to the north. Note that there is a three dollar parking fee at Trap Pond Boat Launch for Delaware residents and a six dollar fee for out-of-state residents but there is no fee if you are camping at Trap Pond State Park. There is a sign-in sheet for those who paddle on the canoe trail but on one of my visits, there were no sheets so be sure to leave a float plan with someone in case you don't return. Be sure to bring a saw, loppers, and a boat you don't mind portaging when paddling this trail. I don't recommend this with anything except a boat shorter than 16 feet. A 14 foot long plastic sit-on-top would be ideal.

    When is the best time to paddle? Certainly not when the water is low. But if you go too early in the season, then there will be lots of downfalls. I recommend going on or after the park's first organized trip. I expect they or the folks that paddle it will clear many of the obstructions. Go to Programs at Trap Pond State Park and download their park program to find out when this event will take place. It typically occurs in May.

    You can launch at the Trap Pond Boat Launch but to get to Hitch Pond Branch, you'll need to carry down a small dam or two. Unfortunately, I have not found an easier way to access this canoe trail so I simply ignore the no parking/stopping sign and instead, unload my boat quickly, park someplace else, then walk back with the rest of my gear. I think what they would like you to do is just carry your boat 200 meters from the parking lot northwest of the Nature Center but you'll definitely want a canoe/kayak cart for that. For more information, see my May 16, 2009 and April 16, 2011 trip reports. Also check out Paddling the James Branch Water Trail. But don't be fooled by how easy it looks.

    According to an old link I originally found at Delaware Greenways:
    The James Branch Nature Preserve protects 5 miles of the riparian corridor of the James Branch. A 6-mile canoe trail is in place through the preserve, beginning at Trap Pond and ending at Records Pond near Laurel.

    According to an old link I originally found at Delaware State Parks:
    The complex of ponds and bottomland forested corridors contains significant archaeological sites, many rare plants, and the northernmost natural stand of bald cypress in North America. Significant water-based recreational and environmental education opportunities are available.

    According to Trails in Trap Pond State Park:
    The James Branch may be the closest to wilderness you can find in Delaware and winds through the dedicated James Branch Nature Preserve. View champion-sized baldcypress and stands of old-growth that are remnants of the vast swamp that covered this portion of Delmarva.

    This can be a really great, scenic trip...just be prepared and know what you're getting youself into.

    Laurel River Park (aka Riverview Park)
    Location: On Park Lane at West 6th Street in Laurel. Sussex County, Delaware ADC map 29 C11
    Phone:
    Date: May 17, 2009
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet on the southern side, take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    Turn left (east) onto Queen Anne Highway (route 404). It will change name to Shore Highway.
    Follow route 404 through Denton as it veers south and merges with route 313.
    Route 313 will split from route 404 in Andersontown. Remain on route 404. In Delaware, Shore Highway will change names to Seashore Highway but will still be route 404.
    In Bridgeville, Seashore Highway will end at Market Street. Turn left (east) on Market Street (still route 404) and follow for 0.5 miles.
    Turn right (south) on Main Street (road 5, route 404/business 13). Follow for 2 miles.
    Route 404 and business 13 will split, with business 13 veering to the right (south) and becoming route 13. Remain on route 13, Sussex Highway (road 3, then 2) for 14.6 miles.
    In Laurel, turn right (west) on Laurel Road (route 24). This will turn into Market Street then West Street. Follow for one miles.
    Turn right (west) on Townsend Street. Follow for 0.1 miles.
    Almost where Townsend Street merges with West 6th Street, turn right (north) onto Park Lane. This will lead to Laurel River Park.

    Notes: There is water access all along the park but perhaps the best place to launch is at the bend in the road where a large pipe empties into Broad Creek. There are no restrooms and but there is a boat ramp. Parking for about 25 vehicles. This is a good place to launch if you want to avoid portaging down the dam at the east end of Records Pond. If you don't mind the portage, check out Records Pond. For more information, see my May 17, 2009 and May 22, 2011 trip reports.

    Lewes
    Location: Lewes, Delaware; Sussex County, Delaware ADC map 18 E4
    Phone:
    Date: May 31, 2008
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet on the southern side, take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    Turn LEFT (east) onto MD-404 / QUEEN ANNE HWY / WYE MILLS-QUEEN ANNE RD. Continue to follow MD-404 E (Crossing into DELAWARE). Go 29.7 mi.
    Stay STRAIGHT to go onto SEASHORE HWY / DE-404 BR. Go 1.4 mi.
    Turn LEFT onto MARKET ST / DE-404 BR. Go 0.4 mi.
    Turn RIGHT onto S MAIN ST / US-13 BR / DE-404 BR. Go 1.5 mi.
    Turn SLIGHT LEFT onto SEASHORE HWY / DE-404. Continue to follow DE-404. Go 12.0 mi.
    Enter next roundabout and take 3rd exit onto US-9 E / DE-404 E. Go 12.3 mi.
    Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto COASTAL HWY S / US-9 E / DE-1 S. Go 1.1 mi.
    Turn SLIGHT LEFT onto DARTMOUTH DR / US-9. Go 0.3 mi.
    Veer left (north) onto Kings Highway (route 9). Follow for 2.1 miles.
    At Savannah Road (road 18, business 9), turn right (northeast). Follow for a tenth of a mile.
    Turn left (west) on Front Street. Follow for 0.3 miles.
    Turn right (north) into the parking lot.

    Notes: Boat ramps, porta-john, and parking for 100+ vehicles. Access to the Lewes and Rehoboth Canal. The current here can be pretty strong so be sure to consult your tide table before launching.

    Mispillion River Ramp
    Location: Cedar Beach Road (route 36) in Milford, Delaware; Sussex County, Delaware ADC map 2 D10
    Date: May 31, 2008
    Notes: This is not a public boat ramp. It is for marina users only.

    Nanticoke River Marine Park
    Location: 28 South Market Street, Blades, Delaware. Sussex County, Delaware ADC map 20 J12
    Phone: 302-628-8600
    Date: April 16, 2011
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet on the southern side, take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    Turn left (east) onto Queen Anne Highway (route 404). It will change names to Shore Highway.
    Follow route 404 through Denton as it veers south and merges with route 313.
    Route 313 will split from route 404 in Andersontown. Remain on route 404. In Delaware, Shore Highway will change names to Seashore Highway but will still be route 404.
    In Bridgeville, Seashore Highway will end at Market Street. Turn left (east) on Market Street (still route 404) and follow for 0.5 miles.
    Turn right (south) on Main Street (road 5, route 404/business 13). Follow for 2 miles.
    Route 404 and business 13 will split, with business 13 veering to the right (south) and becoming route 13. Remain on route 13, Sussex Highway (road 3, then 2) for 2 miles after the split.
    Near Seaford, veer right (southwest) on Bridgeville Highway (road 13/alternate 13). This will change names to Front Street. Follow for a total of 2.8 miles, just past the bridge over the Nanticoke River. Entrance is on the right (west).

    Notes: Parking for 20 vehicles. Boat ramps. Restroom (but you need to know the combo). Covered picnic table (but you need to reserve the pavillion). Location shared with Nanticoke River Yacht Club. Open dusk to dawn. Access to the upper Nanticoke River on the south side. For more information, see my April 16-17, 2011 and May 21, 2011 trip reports.

    Northeast Front Street Recreation Area
    Location: NE Front Street and NE 4th Street in Milford, Delaware; Sussex County, Delaware ADC map 2 B10
    Phone:
    Date: May 31, 2008
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet on the southern side, take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    Turn left (east) onto Queen Anne Highway (route 404). Follow for 13.4 miles.
    Turn left (north) on Denton Greensboro Road (route 313). Follow for 0.8 miles.
    Turn right (east) on Burrsville Road (route 317). This will turn into route 14 after 4.8 miles. The road will change names to Milford Harrington Highway, road 36, and Front Street (in Milford). Follow for a total of 23 miles.
    On the right (south) side of the street across from NE 4th Street will be the NE Front Street Recreation Area. It is right behind the police station.

    Notes: 2 hours from Hanover. Access to Mispillion River. Boat ramp, porta-john, and parking for about 10 vehicles. An excellent trip would be paddling from this location to Cedar Creek then doing a car or bicycle shuttle.

    Oyster Rocks
    Location: Sussex County, Delaware ADC map 17 H1
    Phone:
    Date: June 1, 2008
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet on the southern side, take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    Cross the Bay Bridge on highway 50, heading towards the eastern shore.
    Turn LEFT (east) onto MD-404 / QUEEN ANNE HWY / WYE MILLS-QUEEN ANNE RD. Continue to follow MD-404 E (Crossing into DELAWARE). Go 29.7 mi
    Stay STRAIGHT to go onto SEASHORE HWY / DE-404 BR. Go 1.4 mi.
    Turn LEFT onto MARKET ST / DE-404 BR. Go 0.4 mi.
    Turn RIGHT onto S MAIN ST / US-13 BR / DE-404 BR. Go 1.5 mi.
    Turn SLIGHT LEFT onto SEASHORE HWY / DE-404. Continue to follow DE-404. Go 12.0 mi.
    Enter next roundabout and take 3rd exit onto US-9 E / DE-404 E. Go 12.3 mi.
    Make a hard left (west) on Coastal Highway (route 1/route 9). Follow for 3.5 miles.
    Turn right (northeast) on Oyster Rocks Road (road 264) at the big church. Follow 1.8 miles to the end.

    Notes: 2 hour and 20 minute drive from Hanover. Access to the Broadkill River. No restroom or boat ramp. Parking for about 12 vehicles. The current here can be pretty strong so be sure to consult your tide table before launching. An excellent trip would be doing a car or bicycle shuttle from Chandler Street to here. See my May 31 to June 2, 2008 and June 25-27, 2010 trip reports for more information.

    Phillips Landing
    Location: Sussex County, Delaware ADC map 28 A10
    Phone:
    Date: May 17, 2009
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet on the southern side, take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    Turn left (east) onto Queen Anne Highway (route 404). It will change name to Shore Highway.
    Follow route 404 through Denton as it veers south and merges with route 313.
    Route 313 will split from route 404 in Andersontown. Remain on route 404. In Delaware, Shore Highway will change names to Seashore Highway but will still be route 404.
    In Bridgeville, Seashore Highway will end at Market Street. Turn left (east) on Market Street (still route 404) and follow for 0.5 miles.
    Turn right (south) on Main Street (road 5, route 404/business 13). Follow for 2 miles.
    Route 404 and business 13 will split, with business 13 veering to the right (south) and becoming route 13. Remain on route 13, Sussex Highway (road 3, then 2) for 14.6 miles.
    In Laurel, turn right (west) on Laurel Road (route 24). This will turn into Market Street then West Street. Follow for one miles.
    Turn right (west) on Townsend Street. Follow for 0.1 miles.
    Townsend Street will merge with West 6th Street which will change names to Portsville Road (road 492). Follow for 3.2 miles to the end.
    Turn left (west) on Shell Bridge Road. Follow for less than a tenth of a mile.
    Turn right (west) on Phillips Landing Road (road 496). Follow for 2.4 miles to the end. Contrary to the first edition Sussex County ADC map, Phillips Landing Road does dead end.

    Notes: Parking for about 40 vehicles. Three porta-johns and three boat ramps. Access to the most downstream portion of Broad Creek. Only 0.2 miles from the Nanticoke River. For more information, see my May 17, 2009 and May 22, 2011 trip reports.

    Portsville Pond
    Location: Sussex County, Delaware ADC map 28 G10
    Phone:
    Date: May 17, 2009
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet on the southern side, take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    Turn left (east) onto Queen Anne Highway (route 404). It will change name to Shore Highway.
    Follow route 404 through Denton as it veers south and merges with route 313.
    Route 313 will split from route 404 in Andersontown. Remain on route 404. In Delaware, Shore Highway will change names to Seashore Highway but will still be route 404.
    In Bridgeville, Seashore Highway will end at Market Street. Turn left (east) on Market Street (still route 404) and follow for 0.5 miles.
    Turn right (south) on Main Street (road 5, route 404/business 13). Follow for 2 miles.
    Route 404 and business 13 will split, with business 13 veering to the right (south) and becoming route 13. Remain on route 13, Sussex Highway (road 3, then 2) for 14.6 miles.
    In Laurel, turn right (west) on Laurel Road (route 24). This will turn into Market Street then West Street. Follow for one miles.
    Turn right (west) on Townsend Street. Follow for 0.1 miles.
    Townsend Street will merge with West 6th Street which will change names to Portsville Road (road 492). Follow for 3.1 miles.
    Turn left (south) on Dogwood Lane (road 495). Not sure if there will be a sign for Dogwood Lane on the left. Follow for 0.1 miles.
    Turn right (west) and head downhill to the launch area.

    Notes: Parking for about 10 vehicles. No restroom. Ramp available. Access to Broad Creek if you are willing to carry over a small dam. If you want to access Broad Creek near this location, consider the Edward R. Koch Fishing Area. For more information, see my May 17, 2009 trip report.

    Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge
    Location: 11978 Turkle Pond Road, Milton, Delaware 19968; Sussex County, Delaware ADC map 10 C9
    Phone: 302-684-8419
    Date: June 2, 2008
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet on the southern side, take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    Turn left (east) onto Queen Anne Highway (route 404). Follow for 13.4 miles.
    Turn left (north) on Denton Greensboro Road (route 313). Follow for 0.8 miles.
    Turn right (east) on Burrsville Road (route 317). This will turn into route 14 after 4.8 miles. The road will change names to Milford Harrington Highway, road 36, and Front Street (in Milford). Follow for a total of 23 miles.
    In the town of Milford, turn right (south) on Rehoboth Boulevard (business route 1). The Sussex County ADC map may show this road instead as being part of route 14 but this is incorrect. Follow for about 1.8 miles, crossing over the Mispillion River.
    Turn left onto Coastal Highway (route 1). Follow Coastal Highway for 10 miles.
    Turn left (east) on Broadkill Road (route 16). Follow for a 1.3 miles.
    Turn left (north) on Turkle Pond Road (road 236). The sign for this road comes up quickly so be alert.
    Follow for about 1.4 miles4 to the refuge headquarters/visitor center.

    Notes: 2 hour and 15 minute drive from Hanover. Access to Primehook Creek. Boat ramp available. Shallow launch probably only suitable for kayaks and canoes. Restrooms and drinking water in visitor center. Parking for about 17 vehicles. Make sure you verify when the gate closes before launching. In June 2008, it closed a half hour after sunset but this might vary seasonally. An excellent trip would be doing a car or bicycle shuttle from Brumbley Family Park to here. See my May 31 to June 2, 2008 and June 25-27, 2010 trip reports for more information.

    Records Pond
    Location: Sussex Highway (route 13 northbound), Sussex County, Delaware ADC map 29 E10
    Phone:
    Date: May 16, 2009
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet on the southern side, take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    Turn left (east) onto Queen Anne Highway (route 404). It will change name to Shore Highway.
    Follow route 404 through Denton as it veers south and merges with route 313.
    Route 313 will split from route 404 in Andersontown. Remain on route 404. In Delaware, Shore Highway will change names to Seashore Highway but will still be route 404.
    In Bridgeville, Seashore Highway will end at Market Street. Turn left (east) on Market Street (still route 404) and follow for 0.5 miles.
    Turn right (south) on Main Street (road 5, route 404/business 13). Follow for 2 miles.
    Route 404 and business 13 will split, with business 13 veering to the right (south) and becoming route 13. Remain on route 13, Sussex Highway (road 3, then 2) for 14.6 miles.
    In Laurel, make a U-turn at Laurel Road (route 24). Continue for 0.2 miles heading northbound on Sussex Highway (road 2).
    Just after crossing over the pond but before the Hardees restaurant, turn left (east) into Records Pond Launch Site (aka W. Harrison Phillips Fishing Area). This road comes up fast with little warning so don't drive too fast after you cross over the pond.

    Notes: Access to Records Pond. This is the take-out for the James Branch Nature Preserve Canoe Trail. One can paddle downstream to access Broad Creek but unless you want to portage over a small dam, I recommend launching at Laurel River Park. No restroom. Boat ramp. Parking available for at least 30 vehicles. Consider a Hardees burger afterwards but avoid breakfast meals at Oasis...very greasy. For more information, see my May 16-17, 2009 trip report.

    Seaford Boat Ramp
    Location: Nanticoke Avenue (some maps might call it Nanticoke Street), Sussex County, Delaware ADC map 20 G13
    Phone:
    Date: April 16, 2011
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet on the southern side, take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    Turn left (east) onto Queen Anne Highway (route 404). It will change names to Shore Highway.
    Follow route 404 through Denton as it veers south and merges with route 313.
    Route 313 will split from route 404 in Andersontown. Remain on route 404. In Delaware, Shore Highway will change names to Seashore Highway but will still be route 404.
    In Bridgeville, Seashore Highway will end at Market Street. Turn left (east) on Market Street (still route 404) and follow for 0.5 miles.
    Turn right (south) on Main Street (road 5, route 404/business 13). Follow for 2 miles.
    Route 404 and business 13 will split, with business 13 veering to the right (south) and becoming route 13. Remain on route 13, Sussex Highway (road 3, then 2) for 2 miles after the split.
    Near Seaford, veer right (southwest) on Bridgeville Highway (road 13/alternate 13). This will change names to Front Street. Follow for a total of 2.5 miles.
    Turn right (west) on High Street, which is Middleford Road on the left. High Street will become Pennsylvania Avenue. Follow for a total of 0.25 mile.
    Turn left (south) on South Porter Street. After about 0.1 mile, the road will veer right (east) and become Nanticoke Avenue/Street. Follow it for another 0.1 mile to the boat launch area on the left (south).

    Notes: Parking for 50 vehicles. Two boat ramps. Porta-john. Picnic table. Access to the upper Nanticoke River on the north side. A sign says that all boats using the boat ramp must display a valid Delaware boat registration decal or a valid boat ramp certificate. Please read Sussex County boat ramp certificate before going out and buying one. For more information, see my April 16, 2011 trip report.

    Seaford Canoe Launch
    Location: East end of Water Street in Seaford. Sussex County, Delaware ADC map 20 J11
    Phone:
    Date: April 16, 2011
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet on the southern side, take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    Turn left (east) onto Queen Anne Highway (route 404). It will change names to Shore Highway.
    Follow route 404 through Denton as it veers south and merges with route 313.
    Route 313 will split from route 404 in Andersontown. Remain on route 404. In Delaware, Shore Highway will change names to Seashore Highway but will still be route 404.
    In Bridgeville, Seashore Highway will end at Market Street. Turn left (east) on Market Street (still route 404) and follow for 0.5 miles.
    Turn right (south) on Main Street (road 5, route 404/business 13). Follow for 2 miles.
    Route 404 and business 13 will split, with business 13 veering to the right (south) and becoming route 13. Remain on route 13, Sussex Highway (road 3, then 2) for 2 miles after the split.
    Near Seaford, veer right (southwest) on Bridgeville Highway (road 13/alternate 13). This will change names to Front Street. Follow for a total of 2.5 miles.
    Turn left (east) on Water Street, just before crossing over the Nanticoke River. Follow to end (about 0.1 mile).

    Notes: No restroom but there are fast food places nearby with restrooms. No ramp. This launch site is for canoes and kayaks only. Parking for about 40 vehicles. Access to the upper Nanticoke River and the drainage from Williams Pond. I've been told there is a dam that holds Williams Pond.

    Steamboat Landing
    Location: Sussex County ADC map 17 C2
    Phone: 302-645-6500
    Date: May 15, 2010
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet on the southern side, take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    Cross the Bay Bridge on highway 50, heading towards the eastern shore.
    Turn LEFT (east) onto MD-404 / QUEEN ANNE HWY / WYE MILLS-QUEEN ANNE RD. Continue to follow MD-404 E (Crossing into DELAWARE). Go 29.7 mi
    Stay STRAIGHT to go onto SEASHORE HWY / DE-404 BR. Go 1.4 mi.
    Turn LEFT onto MARKET ST / DE-404 BR. Go 0.4 mi.
    Turn RIGHT onto S MAIN ST / US-13 BR / DE-404 BR. Go 1.5 mi.
    Turn SLIGHT LEFT onto SEASHORE HWY / DE-404. Continue to follow DE-404. Go 12.0 mi.
    Enter next roundabout and take 3rd exit onto US-9 E / DE-404 E. Go 12.3 mi.
    Make a hard left (west) on Coastal Highway (route 1/route 9). Follow for 3.5 miles.
    Turn right (north) on Steamboat Landing Road (road 258) and follow one mile to end.

    Notes: 2 hour and 20 minute drive from Hanover. Access to the Broadkill River. Boat ramp. Probably a restroom too. There is a general store that sells snacks next to the ramp. Pay here to launch. The current here can be pretty strong so be sure to consult your tide table before launching. An excellent trip would be doing a car or bicycle shuttle from Chandler Street to here.

    Trap Pond Boat Launch
    Location: Just northeast of 33587 Bald Cypress Lane, Laurel, Delaware 19956, Sussex County, Delaware ADC map 38 D2
    Phone: 302-875-5153
    Date: September 21, 2008.
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet on the southern side, take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    Turn left (east) onto Queen Anne Highway (route 404). It will change name to Shore Highway.
    Follow route 404 through Denton as it veers south and merges with route 313.
    Route 313 will split from route 404 in Andersontown. Remain on route 404. In Delaware, Shore Highway will change names to Seashore Highway but will still be route 404.
    In Bridgeville, Seashore Highway will end at Market Street. Turn left (east) on Market Street (still route 404) and follow for 0.5 miles.
    Turn right (south) on Main Street (road 5, route 404/business 13). Follow for 2 miles.
    Route 404 and business 13 will split, with business 13 veering to the right (south) and becoming route 13. Remain on route 13, Sussex Highway (road 3, then 2) for 14.6 miles.
    In Laurel, turn left (east) on Laurel Road (route 24). Follow for 5 miles.
    Turn right (south) on Trap Pond Road (SR 449). Note that the first edition Sussex County ADC map will show this as Pepper Pond Road which is incorrect. Follow for 0.8 miles.
    Just after Goose Nest Road, turn left into the parking lot for the boat launch.

    Notes: About 2 hours and 8 minutes from Hanover. Porta-john and boat ramp available. There is a three dollar parking fee at Trap Pond Boat Launch for Delaware residents and a six dollar fee for out-of-state residents but the fee is waived if you are camping at Trap Pond State Park. This lot is open 0800 to sunset, year round. Parking for about 16 vehicles.

    One can paddle upstream for a ways and see some really scenic, natural areas. If kayaking downstream, see James Branch Nature Preserve Canoe Trail. Just be aware that to get to Hitch Pond Branch from Trap Pond will require portaging down a small dam. It should not be too difficult with two people, especially in a tandem.

    If you're interested in a night paddle or paddling before 0800, I suggest you camp at the park and launch from the campground. One can launch from an area near the south end of the C or D loops. The E loop has the primitive (cheap) campsites. You'll have to park in a designated area then carry your gear in a short distance. In the E loop area, site E4 is nearest the latrine. E5 is next closest. E3 is nearest the bath house which has both toilets and showers but it is quite a bit further than E4 or E5 are to the latrine. If you want to host a group, check out island sites 1 and 2. You'll have to carry your gear in a short distance but you'll be really secluded on a site with a waterfront view. You can also launch from the island site.

    If you don't have a boat, you can rent one near the Baldcypress Nature Center, phone 302-875-5163.

    Be sure to pick up a map of both the campsite and the surrounding trails upon checking in at the campsite. There are several miles of trails on both sides of the pond such as the Loblolly Trail, the Boundary Trail, and the Cypress Point Nature Trail. See my September 20-21, 2008, May 16, 2009, and May 20-22, 2011 trip reports where I camped at the park and paddled in the area.

    Trussum Pond
    Location: Sussex County, Delaware ADC map 38 A2
    Phone:
    Date: May 16, 2009
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet on the southern side, take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    Turn left (east) onto Queen Anne Highway (route 404). It will change name to Shore Highway.
    Follow route 404 through Denton as it veers south and merges with route 313.
    Route 313 will split from route 404 in Andersontown. Remain on route 404. In Delaware, Shore Highway will change names to Seashore Highway but will still be route 404.
    In Bridgeville, Seashore Highway will end at Market Street. Turn left (east) on Market Street (still route 404) and follow for 0.5 miles.
    Turn right (south) on Main Street (road 5, route 404/business 13). Follow for 2 miles.
    Route 404 and business 13 will split, with business 13 veering to the right (south) and becoming route 13. Remain on route 13, Sussex Highway (road 3, then 2) for 14.6 miles.
    In Laurel, turn left (east) at Laurel Road (route 24). Follow for 3.2 miles.
    Turn left (south) on Hitch Pond Road (road 463). Follow for 1.5 miles.
    Turn left (west) on Trap Pond Road (road 449). Note that the first edition Sussex County ADC map will show this as Pepper Pond Road which is incorrect. Follow for quarter of a mile.
    Veer right onto Wootten Road (road 72). Follow for 200 meters. The parking lot for the boat launch area will be on the left (south) side.

    Notes: Parking for about 10 vehicles. Gas powered boats prohibited. Porta-john available. Open 0800 to sunset. Extremely scenic. Fee for Delaware residents is $3 per day. Out out state residents pay $6 per day. Fees in effect March 1 to November 30. Annual passes can be purchased at Trap Pond State Park. Launch provides access to Trussum Pond and the James Branch. For more information, see my May 16, 2009, April 17, 2011, and May 21, 2011 trip reports.

    If you can paddle downstream for a 0.6 miles, you'll meet with the scenic James Branch Nature Preserve Canoe Trail. But realistically, I don't know if this can be done. It all depends if this half mile is maintained as a water trail. I don't think it is. Can one paddle upstream towards Elis Pond? In Maryland and Delaware Canoe Trails, Edward Gertler says one can paddle almost a mile and a half south from this launch site. He also writes
    ...this is the closest thing to a bayou in Delaware...Trussum is more of a swamp than a pond. Graceful cypress protrude everywhere from its black, lily pad dappled waters...


     
    Talbot County Launch Sites
     
    Be sure to read about the Talbot County Permit and public landings rules and policies.

    A list of Talbot County launch sites resides at landing sites.

    Bellevue Landing
    Location: 5536 Bellevue Road, Royal Oak, Talbot County ADC map 18 G6
    Phone: 410-770-8050
    Date: September 15, 2013
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.  On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301.  Stay on highway 50.
    In Easton, take the Easton Parkway (route 322) southwest.
    Turn right (west) onto Saint Michaels Road (route 33). Follow for 4 miles.
    Turn left (south) on Royal Oak Road (route 329). Follow for 2 miles.
    Turn left (south) on Bellevue Road. Follow for 3 miles to the end.

    Notes: Boat ramp. Parking for about 20 vehicles. Several porta-johns. Access to the Tred Avon River. One hour and 27 minutes from Savage. See my September 15, 2013 blog.

    Claiborne
    Location: Claiborne Talbot County ADC map 4 B7
    Date: June 22, 2013
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.  On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301.  Stay on highway 50.
    In Easton, take the Easton Parkway (route 322) southwest.
    Turn right (west) onto Saint Michaels Road (route 33). Pass through the town of Saint Michaels. Stay on route 33 for a total of 12.7 miles.
    Route 33 will veer to the left. Keep going straight to stay on Claiborne Road (route 451). Follow 1.5 miles.
    Veer left (west) onto Lairborne Landing Road. Follow 0.1 mile to end.

    Notes: Parking for about 20, restroom, and ramp. Ramp can be slippery. Access northern end of Saint Michaels peninsula. One hour and 34 minutes from Savage. See my June 22, 2013 blog.

    Coveys Landing
    Location: Cordova, Talbot County ADC map 9 B1
    Phone:
    Date: May 1, 2011
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet on the southern side, take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    Turn left (east) onto Queen Anne Highway (route 404). Follow for 4.6 miles.
    Veer right (southeast) onto Old Queen Anne Road (route 404 alternate). Follow for 0.9 miles.
    Turn right (south) onto Lewistown Road (route 303). Follow for 3.4 miles.
    Turn right (south) on Kitty's Corner Road in Cordova. This may not appear on some maps. Follow for 0.1 mile.
    Turn left (east) onto Coveys Landing Road. Follow for 0.6 miles.
    The road will turn to the left (northeast) then dead end in 0.2 miles at a boat ramp.
    Notes: 1 hour and 16 minutes from Savage. Boat ramp. No restroom. Parking for about 5. Access to Tuckahoe Creek. Consider launching at Tuckahoe State Park then doing a bike shuttle back to the start. For more information, see my May 1, 2011 and July 13, 2013 trip reports.

    Cummings Creek
    Location: Wittman (west of Saint Michaels), Talbot County ADC map 10 K3
    Phone: 410-770-8050
    Date: June 22, 2013
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.  On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301.  Stay on highway 50.
    In Easton, take the Easton Parkway (route 322) southwest.
    Turn right (west) onto Saint Michaels Road (route 33). Pass through the town of Saint Michaels. Follow for a total of 16 miles.
    Turn left (east) onto Pot Pie Road. Follow for 0.6 mile.
    Turn right (south) onto Howeth Road and follow 0.3 mile to end.

    Notes: Boat ramp and porta-john available. Room for about 7 vehicles near the ramp. More room near north side of building though I'm not sure if parking is permitted there. Access to Cummings Creek and Harris Creek. This is a good place to look for rays and skates. Closed 2300-0400. 1 hour and 38 minutes from Savage in light traffic. As long as you're out there, stop in at Bay Hundred Botanicals, 9400 New Road, McDaniel 21647, phone: 410-745-5037. This is about 0.7 mile north of New Cut Road. See my June 29, 2013 blog.

    Dogwood Harbor
    Location: Tilghman Island, Talbot County ADC map 16 D4
    Phone: 410-770-8050
    Date: June 22, 2013
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.  On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301.  Stay on highway 50.
    In Easton, take the Easton Parkway (route 322) southwest.
    Turn right (west) onto Saint Michaels Road (route 33). Pass through the town of Saint Michaels. Stay on route 33 for a total of 22.4 miles.
    Turn left (east) on Dogwood Harbor Road. The water will be right in front of you. The ramp is on the left (north) side.

    Notes: One hour and 44 minutes from Savage in light traffic. Ramp and restroom. Access to Harris Creek which is a good place to see rays and skates. This river is a pretty clean river and there has been a serious effort to reintroduce oysters here. Parking for over 20 vehicles. See Harris Creek Oyster Restoration Open House and Harris Creek Oyster Sanctuary.

    Easton Point
    Location: 975 Port Street, Easton, 21601-8107; Talbot County ADC map 13 K7
    Date: Unexplored
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.  On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301.  Stay on highway 50.
    In Easton, take the Easton Parkway (route 322) southwest.
    Turn right (west) onto Port Street (route 334).
    Follow for 0.4 mile.

    Notes: 70 minutes from Savage at Easton Point Marina. The marina sells cold drinks. Boat ramp. Low dock that one can launch a kayak from but not at or near low tide. Porta john at east side of parking lot. Parking for 18 non-trailered or trailered vehicles. There are also spots for trailered vehicles only. Closed 2300-0400. Access to Tred Avon River. For more information, see my September 16, 2012 blog.

    Grace Creek Landing
    Location: 23350 Bozman Landing Road, Bozman, Maryland 21612 (some GPS and map software won't recognize this address); Talbot County ADC map 11 D9
    Phone: 410-770-8050
    Date: Unexplored
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.  On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301.  Stay on highway 50.
    In Easton, take the Easton Parkway (route 322) southwest.
    Turn right (west) onto Saint Michaels Road (route 33). Follow for 11.9 miles, passing through Saint Michaels.
    Turn left (south) on Bozman Neavitt Road (route 579). Follow for 3.2 miles to Bozman.
    Turn left (south) on Quaker Neck Road. After 0.1 mile, it will veer left (east). Follow for 0.2 mile.
    Turn right (south) on Cooper Point Road. Follow for 0.6 mile.
    Turn left (east) on Bozman Landing Road. Follow 0.1 mile to end.

    Notes: Parking for 4 vehicles. No ramp or restroom. One hour and 41 minutes from Savage. Access to Leaderham Creek and Grace Creek. This is an excellent place to launch to see rays and skates during the summer.

    High Banks
    Location: Matthews, Talbot County ADC map 9 E13
    Date: September 30, 2008
    Notes: The map shows a boat launch icon near the mouth of the scenic Turkey Creek. But I explored this spot via kayak and found it to be launchable only for the truly dedicated. There was a significant amount of soft mud around the area. If you don't slip and fall when trying to launch, you will surely be up to your thighs (maybe waist) in mud. Needless to say, I did not go ashore to explore so I don't know the parking situation. There appeared to be a good amount of grass in the area. Not even sure if this is open to the public. I highly recommend driving a little further and launching at Ganeys Wharf or paddling a little further and launching at New Bridge Landing.

    Kingston Landing
    Location: 8450 Kingston Landing Road, Easton, Maryland 21601; Talbot County ADC map 15 J5; Google Maps coordinates 38.780891, -75.966461
    Phone:
    Date: April 17, 2016
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    Turn left (east) onto Queen Anne Highway (route 404).
    Before crossing over Tuckahoe Creek, turn right (southeast) onto Old Queen Anne Road. Follow to end.
    Turn right (south) on Lewistown Road (route 303). After crossing Matthewstown Road (route 328), Lewistown Road turns into Kingston Landing Road. Follow to end.

    Notes: Dirt Lot. No paved ramp. No restroom. Room for about 12 vehicles. Closed 2300-0400. Parking by permit only. One hour and 16 minutes from Savage. Access to Choptank River. Closest launch site to Kings Creek. Not far from the mouth of Kings Creek is Kings Creek Preserve, somewhere around 38.775370, -75.976081. It is a good place to take a break but not worth exploring on foot. In August 2015, the Kings Creek Water Trail was created. For more information, see my July 2, 2006, April 17, 2016, and May 20, 2017 blogs, and
         MRC Launches New Kings Creek Water Trail
         Talbot Spy - Riverkeepers Launch New Kings Creek Water Trail
         Chesapeake 360 - Riverkeepers Launch New Kings Creek Water Trail

    Lowes Wharf Marina
    Location: 21651 Lowes Wharf Road, Sherwood, 21665; Talbot County ADC map 10 E7; Google Maps coordinates 38.765835, -76.327889
    Phone: 410-745-6684, 888-484-9267
    Date: May 21, 2016
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.  On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301.  Stay on highway 50.
    In Easton, take the Easton Parkway (route 322) southwest.
    Turn right (west) onto Saint Michaels Road (route 33). Pass through the town of Saint Michaels. Stay on route 33 for a total of 18.6 miles.
    Turn right (west) on Lowes Wharf Road. Follow a quarter mile to end.

    Notes: One hour and 36 minutes from Savage in light traffic. Boat ramp and restroom. When I was first there in 2014, I paid a $5 launch fee but in 2016, I saw no sign indicating that there was any fee to be paid or that the marina even owned the thing that vaguely resembled a ramp. On the drive in, there was a Talbot County sign indicating the area was county land for launching but it was never clear where this public land ended and where the private land began. So I launched from a shallow area off the side of the road that I was certain was public land but by the time I returned, the tide had gone out so I had to use the so-called ramp to land. There is no public restroom. Parking for maybe 20 vehicles but like I mentioned before, I'm not sure where public land ends and private land begins. This is by far the best place to launch if your destination is Poplar, Jefferson, or Coaches Islands. Afterwards, you can eat at the marina restaurant and drink at the bar. They also have lodging. See my June 15, 2014 and May 20, 2016 blogs.

    Miles River Bridge Landing
    Location: 8850 Unionville Road (route 370), Easton, Maryland 21601; Talbot County ADC map 13 F2
    Phone: 410-770-8050
    Date: May 31, 2012
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    In Easton, turn right (southwest) onto Easton Parkway (route 322). Follow for 1.6 miles.
    Turn right (west) onto Saint Michaels Road (route 33). Follow for 1.6 miles.
    Turn right (north) on Unionville Road (route 370). Follow for 0.6 mile.
    Just before crossing the bridge over Miles River, you'll find a road that goes down to the water on the left (west) side. You can pull down there to drop off your boat or just carry it down to the water...it is only about 30 meters. If you drive down, you'll have to back up since there isn't room to turn around.
    Notes: One hour and 23 minutes from Savage. Parking along the side of the road. Room for maybe 4 vehicles. No restroom so I suggest you stop in Easton. If you're a guy, and there are leaves on the trees, you can pee without attracting attention. Beach launch. Closed 2300 to 0400. Parking by permit only. Access to Miles River...not to be confused with Miles Creek. If you want that, see Windyhill. Also access to Glebe Creek and Goldsborough Creek. See my May 31, 2012 trip report.

    Neavitt Landing
    Location: 6151 Long Point Road, Neavitt, Maryland 21612; Talbot County ADC map 17 C2
    Phone: 410-770-8050
    Date: August 15, 2013
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.  On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301.  Stay on highway 50.
    In Easton, take the Easton Parkway (route 322) southwest.
    Turn right (west) onto Saint Michaels Road (route 33). Follow for 11.9 miles, passing through Saint Michaels.
    Turn left (south) on Bozman Neavitt Road (route 579). Follow for 7.3 miles.
    Continue 0.5 mile on Long Point Road to end.

    Notes: The website claims there is parking for 20 vehicles but most of that was for the private dock holders. There looked to be room for about 8 non-dock holders. Boat ramp and restroom. One hour and 40 minutes from Savage. Access to Balls Creek and Broad Creek. This is an excellent place to launch to see rays and skates during the summer. See my August 15, 2013 blog.

    New Bridge Landing (not to be confused with New Bridge in Dorchester County); also known as Tuckahoe Landing
    Location: Talbot County ADC map 9 G8 or Caroline County map 14 B6; Google Maps coordinates 38.831512, -75.914476
    Phone:
    Date: July 9, 2016
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet on the southern side, take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    Turn left (east) onto Queen Anne Highway (route 404).
    After crossing over Tuckahoe Creek, turn right (south) onto Ridgely Road (note that if you turned left, you’d be on route 480). Follow to end.
    Make the next right onto Main Street (may also be Hillsboro Road, route 404 alternate).
    Turn left (south) onto Tuckahoe Road. Follow for about 6 miles.
    Turn right (southwest) onto New Bridge Road (route 328).
    After crossing over Tuckahoe Creek, turn right (north) on Tuckahoe Landing Road. Follow to end.

    Notes: Boat ramp. No restroom. Access to Tuckahoe Creek. Parking for about 10 vehicles. Closed 2300-0400. One hour and 20 minutes from Hanover. One hour and 16 minutes from Savage. For more information, see my September 30, 2008, July 13, 2013, and July 9, 2016 trip reports.

    Oak Creek Landing (aka Newcomb)
    Location: 26000 Saint Michaels Road (route 33), Newcomb (just southeast of Saint Michaels), Maryland 21653; Talbot County ADC map 12 H10
    Date: September 14, 2005
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.  On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301.  Stay on highway 50.
    In Easton, take the Easton Parkway (route 322) southwest.
    Turn right (west) onto Saint Michaels Road (route 33).
    Just after crossing Oak Creek in Newcomb, make the next left to the launch site.

    Notes: Boat ramp available. Parking for about 30 vehicles. Porta-johns.  Closed 2300-0400.  Parking by permit only. Access to Oak Creek and the Miles River. Directly north is Hunting Creek which I have heard is scenic and good for exploring. One hour and 21 minutes from Savage in light traffic.

    Oxford
    Location: End of Tilghman Street Oxford, MD 21654; Talbot County ADC map 18 J7
    Phone: 410-226-5122
    Date: September 15, 2013
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.  On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301.  Stay on highway 50.
    In Easton, take the Easton Parkway (route 322) southwest. Follow for 3.4 miles.
    Turn right (southwest) on Oxford Road (route 333). Follow for 9 miles, almost to the end.
    Turn right (east) on Tilghman Street. Follow 0.2 mile to the end.

    Notes: Boat ramp. Parking for 40 vehicles. I don't believe there is a public restroom. Right next to the ramp is Schooner's which sells ice cream and seafood. Access to Town Creek which connects to the Tred Avon River. One hour and 28 minutes from Savage. You can paddle across the Tred Avon River to Bellevue and use the restroom there. See my September 15, 2013 blog.

    San Domingo Park (aka Chew Street Park)
    Location: Back Creek Wharf and West Chew Avenue Pier, Saint Michaels, Talbot County ADC map 11 K5
    Phone: 410-745-9535
    Date: June 22, 2013
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.  On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301.  Stay on highway 50.
    In Easton, take the Easton Parkway (route 322) southwest.
    Turn right (west) onto Saint Michaels Road (route 33). Enter the downtown area of Saint Michaels.
    Turn left (southeast) onto West Chew Avenue. Follow 0.2 mile to end.

    Notes: Parking for 5 vehicles. No ramp or restroom. There is a picnic table and bench. There is a gap in the bay grasses where one can launch a hand-carried boat. One hour and 27 minutes from Savage in light traffic. Access to San Domingo Creek and Broad Creek. The islands in Broad Creek are uninhabited so you can pee there. If you need to portage across the Saint Michaels peninsula, this is the place to do it, going from here to Saint Michaels ramp. Portage distance is 0.4 mile. This area has been used as a landing spot for settlers and watermen for over 250 years (see Back Creek Public Wharf). Special thanks to Rich S. for letting me know about this launch site. See my June 22, 2013, June 29, 2013 and September 15, 2013 blogs.

    Saint Michaels City Dock
    Location: West Harbor Road, Saint Michaels, Talbot County ADC map 12 B4
    Phone: 410-745-9535
    Date: June 22, 2013
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.  On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301.  Stay on highway 50.
    In Easton, take the Easton Parkway (route 322) southwest.
    Turn right (west) onto Saint Michaels Road (route 33). Enter the downtown area of Saint Michaels.
    Turn right (northeast) onto East Chew Avenue. Follow 0.2 mile.
    Turn left (north) onto West Harbor Road. There will be two boat ramps and parking on the left.

    Notes: The first boat ramp (east side) is only for boats 16 feet and less. The second (west side) is for larger boats and is located just southeast of Harbour Inn. If staying overnight, Harbour Inn at 101 North Harbor Road would provide perfect access to this launch site. You can just GPS this location and it will get you within a stone's throw of the ramp. Parking for about 5 vehicles along the water. There is actually a lot more parking but it is for slip owners only. No restroom. There is a public restroom and telephone in town just west of Carpenter Street and Locust Street in the parking lot. Or, you can go to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and use the restroom next to the Crab Claw Restaurant. This would make a great post-kayak dinner too as would Saint Michaels Crab and Steak House at the Saint Michaels Marina. The museum offers plenty of parking and is easy to find (just look for the steel bridge over land). Restroom and restaurant use does not require admission. Access to the Miles River. Directly northeast across the Miles River is Leeds Creek which is reported to be good for exploring. 1 hour and 27 minute drive from Savage in light traffic. If you need to portage across the Saint Michaels peninsula, this is the place to do it, going from here to San Domingo Park. Portage distance is 0.4 mile. See my June 22, 2013 blog.

    Skipton Creek Landing
    Location: 28920 Skipton Landing Road, Talbot County ADC map 2 D10; Google Maps coordinates 38.891151, -76.071598
    Phone: 410-770-8052, 410-770-8050, Talbot County Parks and Recreation
    Date: March 28, 2003
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.  On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301.  Stay on highway 50.
    Approximately 10 miles after the highway 50/301 split, turn right (west) onto Skipton Landing Road.  Follow 0.6 mile to end.

    Notes: Boat ramp available.  Parking for four vehicles.  No restroom.  Closed 2300-0400.  Access to Skipton Creek and Mill Creek. See June 17, 2015 and March 23, 2016 blogs.

    Tilghman Back Creek Park
    Location: 6204 Tilghman Island Road, Tilghman, Talbot County ADC map 16 D2
    Phone:
    Date: June 22, 2013
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.  On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301.  Stay on highway 50.
    In Easton, take the Easton Parkway (route 322) southwest.
    Turn right (west) onto Saint Michaels Road (route 33). Pass through the town of Saint Michaels. Stay on route 33 for a total of 21.9 miles.
    Turn right (west) into the park just before crossing over Knapp Narrows to Tilghman Island.

    Notes: Is is about 300 meters from the parking lot to the launch area which is on the left (south) side. There is a stone staircase amongst the trees that lead to the water. One hour and 41 minutes from Savage in light traffic. Parking for about 8 vehicles. Restroom. Access to Back Creek and the Chesapeake Bay. It is pretty shallow here and with the long carry to the water, you're much better off launching at Dogwood Harbor then paddling through Knapp Narrows. See my June 22, 2013 blog.

    Tilghman Island
    There are 10 suggested unmarked water trails around and near Tilghman Island. There are supposedly businesses at the island that rent kayaks and canoes. Camping is not permitted on the island.
         Tilghman Island - The Pearl of the Chesapeake Bay
         Tilghman Island Inn - Chesapeake Bay Waterfront Lodging
         Tilghman Island Lodging - Accommodations
         Talbot County Office of Tourism
              11 South Harrison Street
              Easton, Maryland 21601
              Phone: 410-770-8000
    Location: Talbot County is on the Chesapeake Bay side of the eastern shore of Maryland.
    Date: Unexplored
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Pay $2.50 toll one way only. On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301. Stay on highway 50 for 26 miles after crossing the Bay Bridge.
    In Easton, take the Easton Parkway (route 322) southwest. Travel 2 miles
    Turn right (west) onto Saint Michaels Road (route 33). Stay on route 33 for 24 miles. At the split after Saint Michaels, stay on the left to remain on route 33. Route 33 will then change name from Saint Micheals Road to Tilghman Island Road. Cross over a bridge at Knapp Narrows.
    End at Tilghman Island.
    Notes: For specific boat ramp information, see Dogwood Harbor.

    Windyhill
    Location: Talbot County ADC map 21 H9
    Phone:
    Date: September 30, 2008
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet on the southern side, take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    Just after leaving Easton, turn left (southeast) on Landing Neck Road. This is directly across from Old Trappe Road (route 565). Follow for 3.6 miles.
    Turn left (east) on Bruceville Road. Cross over Miles Creek. Follow for 2.4 miles to Bruceville.
    Turn left (north) on Windy Hill Road. Follow for 1 mile.

    Notes: Boat ramp and pier. Small beach. No rest room. Parking for about 9 vehicles. About 90 minutes from Hanover. For more information, see my September 30, 2008 and April 18, 2009 trip reports.

    Wye Landing
    Location: End of Wye Landing Lane, Talbot County ADC map 1 J10. Google Maps coordinates 38.892109, -76.103162
    Phone: 410-770-8052, 410-770-8050, Talbot County Parks and Recreation
    Date: September 14, 2002
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.  On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301.  Stay on highway 50.
    Approximately 5 miles after the highway 50/301 split, turn right (south) onto route 213.
    Route 213 eventually turns into route 662.  Stay on route 662 south.
    Turn right (southwest) onto Wye Landing Lane.  Follow to end (about 2 miles).

    Notes: Boat ramps and restrooms available.  Ramp permit is required for trailers.  One hour from Arbutus in light traffic.  Landing closed 2300-0400 daily.  Access to Skipton Creek, Wye Narrows, and Wye Island. See my trip report at July 12, 2008, June 17, 2015, and July 21, 2016.

    This is the start and finish of the annual Wye Island Regatta which takes place in mid-September.  This 12 mile race is open to all person-powered boats and is a favorite for many shell rowers.  For more information on the race, see the Annapolis Rowing Club.

    Talbot County Permit
    As of September 2005, certain places in Talbot County, particularly in or near Saint Michaels, requires a special permit. These areas are noted below. One can obtain this permit/sticker directly across from the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum entrance at
         Big Al's Convenience Store
         302 Talbot Street (route 32)
         Saint Michaels, Maryland 21663
    There may also be other places to obtain this permit/sticker.

    In June 2006, I learned that according to Chapter 121-3 of th Talbot County code, canoes and kayaks are exempt from this special permit restriction.

    § 121-3. Ramp permit; dealer permit. A. Required. Ramp permits shall authorize the holder to launch and remove any vessel from the water at any public landing designed for that purpose, and to park any boat trailer at the public landing. It shall be unlawful for any person to launch or remove any vessel from the water or to park any boat trailer at a public landing without a ramp permit, except for emergency, state, County, and local government vehicles and vessels. Small vessels, canoes, and KAYAKS may be launched and removed without a permit when unaccompanied by a trailer. Marine contractors may utilize boat ramps without a permit to load or unload vessels, barges, materials, or equipment used in marine construction projects.

    For more information, see Talbot County Chapter 121.

    The hours of 2300 to 0400 are considered "after hours" and parking or trespassing in Talbot County launch sites during these times is prohibited. Call the Department of Parks and Recreation at 410-770-8050 for more information.


     
    Tioga County, Pennsylvania Launch Sites
     
    Tioga County is famous for the Pine Creek Gorge also known as the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania. There are many launch sites that provide access to Pine Creek...more than I am willing to describe. I highly recommend obtaining a copy of A Public Use Map for Pine Creek Rail Trail created by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and published by
         Harrisburg Headquarters
         Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
         Bureau of Forestry
         P.O. Box 8552
         Harrisburg, PA 17105-8552
    The Pine Creek Rail Trail - Tioga County Visitors Bureau map is also helpful but not as good. The folks at Pine Creek Outfitters can also provide valuable information. I highly recommend you also check out my Pine Creek Rail Trail page, oriented more towards hikers and bicyclists.

    In Pine Creek Gorge (the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania), there are campsites accessible either from the rail trail or the water. The nicest campsite on the rail trail is at Tiadaghton which is 8.9 miles south of Ansonia and 8.3 miles north of Blackwell. It has a restroom and drinking water. There is also a more primitive campsite about 2.5 miles north of Tiadaghton. A camping permit is required. As of 2009, permits are free and can be obtained by calling the Tioga State Forest Office, at 570-724-2868. If accessing the campsite from the water, I recommend scouting on land (bring a bicycle) then entering the location in your global positioning system (GPS).

    Signs in Tioga County state that launch permits are required but I don't know if this applies to kayaks, is enforced, or where one can obtain launch permits.

    Pine Creek tends to be low in the summer. Check water levels at USGS Real-Time Water Data for Pine Creek at Cedar Run, Pennsylvania before planning a kayak or canoe trip. According to Pine Creek Outfitters,
  • Most people prefer the river to be between 2.5 and 3.5 feet.
  • Above 3.5 feet, some rapids can take on a class III rating.
  • At 6 feet, the river begins to flood.
  • Below 2.5 feet, all rapids take on a class I or II rating.
  • At 1.8 feet, portaging is required in some places.
  • I paddled the creek on July 4, 2009 between Ansonia and Blackwell when the water level was 2.05 feet. We had to portage about 3 times and we scraped bottom frequently. It was a nice trip but I wouldn't recommend paddling if the water is lower.

    Big Meadows Canoe Access Area - Ansonia
    Location: Northcentral Pennsylvania ADC map W5
    Phone:
    Date: July 4, 2009
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet on the southern side, take highway 695 clockwise (north).
    Take exit 24 to highway 83 (Harrisburg Expressway) north. Cross into Pennsylvania. Follow for 73.3 miles.
    Take exit 51A to highway 81 south/highway 322 west towards Carlisle/Lewistown. Make sure you take this exit and not any before. Follow for 2.4 miles.
    Take exit 67B-A to highway 22 west/highway 322 west towards Lewistown/State College. Follow for 13.3 miles.
    Merge onto highway 15 north towards Selingrove/Williamsport. Follow for 70.7 miles.
    Take exit 29 to remain on highway 15 north, heading towards Mansfield. Continue for 27.3 miles.
    Take the route 414 exit towards Morris/Liberty, turning left (west) onto route 414. Follow for 9.8 miles.
    Route 414 will become route 287 north. Continue for another 11.7 miles.
    Turn left (west) onto route 660/Main Street in Wellsboro. Follow route 660 for 3 miles.
    Stay straight to go onto route 362. Follow for 5.3 miles.
    Turn left (west) onto route 6. Follow for about 0.2 miles.
    Turn left (south) into the parking lot access.

    Notes: One can also do a Mapquest search on Ansonia, Pennsylvania.
    The parking lot access is about 100 meters west of Pine Creek on the south side of route 6 and just across from the south end of route 3022. It is also about 200 meters west of route 362 and 0.9 miles east of Pine Creek Outfitters. Parking for about 40 vehicles. Restrooms. Two boat ramps. The ramp on the south side is better. Water refill station. Launch provides immediate access to Marsh Creek. Pine Creek is only about a quarter mile downstream (south). 1100 foot elevation. If using this location as a takeout, see Kenshire Kampsite. If using as a put-in, see Robert McCullough Jr. Pine Creek Access - Blackwell. It is 17.25 miles on the creek from Ansonia to Blackwell. 4.5 hours from Hanover, Maryland.

    One can also access the Pine Creek rail trail from this location by traveling about a third of a mile north on route 3022 which is just north of the entrance. One can cross over a bridge to access the canyon (south) side of the rail trail. See my July 4, 2009 trip report for more information.

    Kenshire Kampsite
    Location: Northcentral Pennsylvania ADC map V5
    Phone: 814-435-6764
    Date: July 4, 2009
    Directions: Do a Mapquest search on Gaines, Pennsylvania.
    The campground entrance is at John Deere Lane which is about 0.4 miles west of route 349 on the south side of route 6. It is directly across from a big red barn.

    Notes: This is a private campsite that caters mostly to trailers and recreational vehicles though they have about 4 tent sites. The campsite is fairly nice and as of 2009, a tent site costs $20 per night. 4.5 hours from Hanover, Maryland. The swimming/launch area is near camper site 38. Launch privileges only for guests. Ten miles paddling or 8.5 miles biking from Kenshire Kampsite to Ansonia. See my July 4, 2009 trip report for more information.

    Robert McCullough Jr. Pine Creek Access - Blackwell
    Location: Northcentral Pennsylvania ADC map X7
    Phone:
    Date: July 4, 2009
    Directions: See Pine Creek Valley. If you don't find this helpful, just do a Mapquest search on Blackwell, Pennsylvania.
    Look for parking lot southeast of Blackwell Square and Route 414 in Blackwell, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Blackwell Square will not likely appear on maps but it is just east of the bridge over Pine Creek in Blackwell and next to the Pine Creek Rail Trail.

    Notes: Parking for about 20 vehicles fills up quickly on a nice day. No boat ramp. Restroom. 820 foot elevation. Water refill station. Popular with fishermen. Access to Pine Creek, Pine Creek Rail Trail, and Babb Creek. Pine Creek is usually very low in the summer and Babb Creek is even lower. Pine Creek flows south. If using this location as a takeout, see Big Meadows Canoe Access Area - Ansonia. It is 17.25 miles on the creek from Ansonia to Blackwell. Also consider using the Gamble Run launch site 3.4 miles downstream. 4 hours from Hanover, Maryland. See my July 4, 2009 trip report for more information.

    This launch site was dedicated to Robert W. McCullough Jr.
    Love of Pine Creek, learned as a boy, inspired "Mac" to a lifetime of effort to conserve and restore Pennsylvania's natural resources. His courage, integrity, determination and humor drew many others to the cause. Through all, Pine Creek was first in his heart. He worked tirelessly to improve the environment and protect its great beauty in public lands so others could experience its wonders. Reclaiming Babb Creek from coal mine acid pollution was his last and best accomplishment - repayment to the river for all the pleasure it had given him but just a small part of his gift to generations yet to come.
    - from plaque at launch site.


     
    Washington County Launch Sites
     
    Big Slackwater
    Location: Washington County ADC map 29 F4
    Date: September 7, 2013
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 695 north (clockwise).
    Take exit 16 to highway 70 west towards Frederick. Continue just past Hagerstown.
    At exit 26A, take highway 81 south.
    Take exit 1, turning left (east) on Lapans Road (route 68). Follow for 2 miles.
    Turn right (south) on Downsville Pike (route 632). Follow for 2 miles.
    Continue straight on Dam No. 4 Road. Follow for 3.8 miles to the C&O Canal National Historical Park.
    Once in the park, continue for another mile to the launch site.

    Notes: Access to the Potomac River. Parking for 30+ vehicles. Porta-john and double wide boat ramp. One and a half hours from Hanover. Open dawn to dusk. About 1.2 miles east (downstream) of the ramp is Dam Number 4 which has a huge drop. Portage on the north (left) side. For more information, see my trip reports from September 27, 2009 and September 7, 2013.

    Canal Road
    Location: Antietam, Maryland, Washington County ADC map 33 K6
    Date: January 29, 2010
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 695 north (clockwise).
    Take exit 16 to highway 70 west towards Frederick.
    Take exit 42 heading north (turning right) on Main Street/Myersville Road (route 17) in Myersville. Follow for 0.6 miles.
    Turn right (east) onto Wolfsville Road, remaining on route 17. Follow for 0.4 miles.
    Turn left (northwest) onto Baltimore National Pike (route 40). Follow for 3.2 miles.
    Turn left (southwest) on Boonsboro Mountain Road. Some maps may show this as Wolfsville Road. It is the road that immediately follows the highway 70 bridge. Follow for 3.1 miles.
    In Boonsboro, veer left (south) onto Saint Paul Street. Follow for 0.6 miles.
    After crossing over Main Street (alternate route 40), continue on Potomac Street/Shepherdstown Pike (route 34), heading towards Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg. In Sharpsburg, the road may change names to Main Street. Follow for 6.3 miles.
    Turn left (south) on South Mechanic Street which will then change names to Harpers Ferry Road. Follow for 2.5 miles.
    Turn right (west) on Canal Road and follow into the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal National Historical Park.

    Notes: Access to the Potomac River just 0.15 miles or so upstream of Antietam Creek. One can do a drop-off in a little gravel loop or park for longer periods on the west side of the road in designated areas. Signs seem to indicate parking might only be for people who pay to camp in the area. If that is the case, there will be a ten dollar per night fee. I suppose you can just pay the ten dollars and park for the day without camping overnight. Where does one actually launch? After crossing over the towpath, walk into the nearest campground area. You should see a small stone fire ring. Continue towards the water towards a clearing. It is a short distance from the gravel drop-off loop. No restrooms or ramp or designated launch area. This is the best take-out after paddling downstream on Antietam Creek. See my January 29, 2010 trip report.

    Dargan Bend
    Location: Washington County ADC map 36 E3
    Date: September 8, 2013
    Notes: Access to the Potomac River. Restrooms, boat ramp, and parking for 30+ vehicles. See my September 8, 2013 blog.

    Devils Backbone Park
    Location: Breathedsville, Maryland, Washington County ADC map 26 E10
    Date: January 29, 2010
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 695 north (clockwise).
    Take exit 16 to highway 70 west towards Frederick.
    At exit 29, take Sharpsburg Pike (route 65) south. Follow for 3.8 miles to Lappans.
    Turn left (east) onto Lappans Road (route 68). Follow for 1.5 miles.

    Notes: Access to Antietam Creek. Parking for about 35 vehicles at or near this county park. There are restrooms, picnic tables, and drinking water though the restrooms will likely be closed during the winter. Just upstream of Printz Road is a dam about 4 feet tall. One can portage around it on the left side (facing downstream) which is the east side. No ramp. For water flow information, see USGS Real-Time Water Data for Antietam Creek near Sharpsburg. For more information, check out the Antietam Creek Canoe Outfitters who reside in this area. Also see my January 29, 2010 trip report.

    Funkstown
    Location: Funkstown, Maryland, Washington County ADC map 21 E11
    Date: January 29, 2010
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 695 north (clockwise).
    Take exit 16 to highway 70 west towards Frederick.
    At exit 32, take the Baltimore National Pike (route 40) north towards Hagerstown. Follow for one mile.
    Turn left (west) onto South Edgewood Road. This may change names to Chewsville Road. Follow for 0.7 miles.
    Veer right (west) onto (East) Poplar Street. Follow for 0.3 miles.
    Turn left (south) on (Northwest) Side Avenue. Follow for 200 meters.
    Turn right (west) on (East) Baltimore Street. Follow for 75 meters.
    Turn left (south) into the parking lot just before the bridge.

    Notes: Access to Antietam Creek. Parking for about 80 vehicles. I believe this is a public park that is shared with the local businesses. There is a picnic bench, no ramp, and no restrooms. The backside of Firehouse Grill faces the lot. Check out their cuisine. Across Baltimore Street is what looks like a nice launch area but it is private property owned by the American Legion. There is some light whitewater in this area. I suspect that during the late spring, the water could get rather low so I only recommend launching here if you know the water is high. For water flow information, see USGS Real-Time Water Data for Antietam Creek near Sharpsburg. See my January 29, 2010 and March 20, 2010 trip reports.

    Kemps Mill Road Dam
    Location: Washington County ADC map 19 K9
    Date: June 6, 2009
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 695 north (clockwise).
    Take exit 16 to highway 70 west towards Frederick.
    At exit 24, take Greencastle Pike (route 63) south. This may be called Williamsport Pike on some maps. Follow for 0.25 miles.
    Turn left (west) on Everley Road. Follow for less than a tenth of a mile to the end.
    Turn left (southwest) on Rock Hill Road. Follow for 0.2 miles to the end.
    Make a hard right (north) on Kemps Mill Road. In 20 meters, you will see parking on the left.

    Notes: Access to the Conococheague River. Parking for about 18 vehicles. No restroom or ramp. This site is where you'll see a 5 foot dam. This is the only obstacle in the paddling route from Route 494 to River Bottom Park. It is 3.5 miles upstream from the mouth of the Conococheague Creek. If there is enough water flow, one can paddle over the dam or portage on the left side as one faces downstream. Portaging will be easy. Note that this is private property that the owners graciously opened up to fishermen and kayakers. You will see lots signs indicating it is private property. One (that may be hidden) reads "Fisher here is a privilage, not a right." Another at the gate to the dam reads "canoe and boat launching ok." See USGS Real-Time Water Data for Conococheague Creek for water flow data. For more information, see my trip report from June 6, 2009.

    Porterstown Bridge
    Location: Antietam National Battlefield, Maryland, Washington County ADC map 31 C11
    Date: January 29, 2010
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 695 north (clockwise).
    Take exit 16 to highway 70 west towards Frederick.
    Take exit 42 heading north (turning right) on Main Street/Myersville Road (route 17) in Myersville. Follow for 0.6 miles.
    Turn right (east) onto Wolfsville Road, remaining on route 17. Follow for 0.4 miles.
    Turn left (northwest) onto Baltimore National Pike (route 40). Follow for 3.2 miles.
    Turn left (southwest) on Boonsboro Mountain Road. Some maps may show this as Wolfsville Road. It is the road that immediately follows the highway 70 bridge. Follow for 3.1 miles.
    In Boonsboro, veer left (south) onto Saint Paul Street. Follow for 0.6 miles.
    After crossing over Main Street (alternate route 40), continue on Potomac Street/Shepherdstown Pike (route 34), heading towards Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg. Follow for 5 miles.
    Just before crossing over Antietam Creek, park on the side of the road or (if you are brave) turn left (southeast) into a gravel parking lot. Be very cautious as this parking lot has a steep drop off and ditch that will cause the bottom of your car to scrape bottom unless you have a high four wheel drive truck.

    Notes: Access to Antietam Creek. Parking for 6 in the gravel lot and room for many more on the side of the road. No restroom or ramp. If driving from Porterstown Bridge to Funkstown via Keedysville Road, note that there may not be a sign for Sharpsburg Pike (route 65). For water flow information, see USGS Real-Time Water Data for Antietam Creek near Sharpsburg. It is a steep but doable walk to the creek on the southeast side of the bridge. See my January 29, 2010 and March 20, 2010 trip reports.

    River Bottom Park
    Location: Williamsport, Washington County ADC map 19 H13
    Date: June 6, 2009
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 695 north (clockwise).
    Take exit 16 to highway 70 west towards Frederick.
    At exit 26, take highway 81 (Veterans Memorial Highway) southwest.
    Take exit 2 to Potomac Street/Virginia Avenue (route 11) west. After one mile, the road will turn to the left (south). In less than a tenth of a mile, it will then turn to the right (west).
    At this second turn on route 11, you will see some roads with "do not enter" signs. The last one will have no such sign. Make a really hard left to get onto this street, North Commerce Street. If you miss it, you'll have to go across the bridge and make a U-turn on the other side. There are other ways to get to this location but this is the one I took.
    Turn right in less than a tenth of a mile onto River Park Drive. Some maps may show this as West Salisbury Street. I believe West Salisbury Street turns into River Park Drive at its west end. Cross over a single lane bridge. Make sure to drive slowly over this bridge since oncoming traffic also uses it. You will see parking on the left before the road turns to the right.

    Notes: Boat ramp, and parking for about 20 vehicles. No restroom but there is one at Cushwa Basin, which is on the way to the park. Open dawn to dusk. The 5th edition of the Washington County ADC map shows the launch site as being on Conococheague Creek near the mouth. This is wrong. The launch site is on the Potomac River, just downstream of the Potomac Street (route 11) bridge. Consider catching a bite to eat at Desert Rose Cafe at 21 North Conococheague Street in historic Williamsport. See USGS Real-Time Water Data for Conococheague Creek for water flow data. For more information, see my trip report from June 6, 2009 and September 27, 2009.

    Route 494
    Location: Washington County ADC map 8 H6
    Date: June 6, 2009
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 695 north (clockwise).
    Take exit 16 to highway 70 west towards Frederick.
    At exit 24, take Greencastle Pike (route 63) north. This may be called Williamsport Pike on some maps. Follow for 5 miles.
    Turn left (west) on Fairview Road (route 494). Follow for 3 miles. Park on the left (south) side of the road before the bridge over Conococheague Creek.
    Notes: Access to the Conococheague Creek. One hour and 33 minutes from Savage. There isn't a formal parking area but a small gravelly area on the side of the road will hold 2 or 3 vehicles. No restroom or ramp. You'll have to carry your boat about 50 meters to the water via the area on the southeast side of the bridge. This area may be a bit overgrown but it is the easiest access. You may want to wear close toes shoes and long pants for the carry down to the water then change into paddling clothes under the bridge since the tall grass may carry ticks. About 14.9 miles downstream of route 494 is a 5 foot high dam. See Kemps Mill Road Dam for more informaiton. See USGS Real-Time Water Data for Conococheague Creek for water flow data. Also see my trip report from June 6, 2009 and May 12, 2012.

    Snyders Landing
    Location: Washington County ADC map 30 F11 near Sharpsburg
    Notes: Access to the Potomac River.

    Taylors Landing
    Location: Washington County ADC map 30 G5 in Mercersville
    Notes: Access to the Potomac River.

    Wagaman Road
    Location: Near 18935 Wagaman Road, Hagerstown, Maryland 21740, Washington County ADC map 26 F2
    Date: March 20, 2010
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 695 north (clockwise).
    Take exit 16 to highway 70 west towards Frederick.
    At exit 29, take Sharpsburg Pike (route 65) south. Follow for 1.4 miles.
    Turn left (east) onto Wagaman Road. Follow for 1 mile. If you come to Garis Shop Road, you've gone too far.

    Notes: Access to Antietam Creek, 3.1 miles downstream of Funkstown. Parking for about 5 vehicles on the side of the road. No restroom, ramp, or any amenities. This is a good place to launch if you want to avoid the class 2 rapids at Poffenberger Road. For water flow information, see USGS Real-Time Water Data for Antietam Creek near Sharpsburg. See my March 20, 2010 trip report.

    Welsh Run Road
    See my January 29, 2010 trip report for this bad place to launch on Conococheague Creek.

    Wishard Road
    Location: Washington County ADC map 8 H5
    Date: May 12, 2012
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 695 north (clockwise).
    Take exit 16 to highway 70 west towards Frederick.
    At exit 24, take Greencastle Pike (route 63) north. This may be called Williamsport Pike on some maps. Follow for 5 miles.
    Turn left (west) on Fairview Road (route 494). Follow for 3.1 miles just across Conococheague Creek.
    Turn right (north) on Wishard Road. Follow for 0.4 to 0.9 miles and park on the right when you can.
    Notes: There are a few places along the side of the road where one can park and launch. No ramp or restroom anywhere. I've only scouted this via kayak and haven't actually seen these places from the road so it is possible that it is private property but as far as I know, this is not the case. But if it is, use the nearby route 494 launch site as a backup. Access to the Conococheague Creek. One hour and 33 minutes from Savage. About 14.9 miles downstream of route 494 is a 5 foot high dam. See Kemps Mill Road Dam for more informaiton. See USGS Real-Time Water Data for Conococheague Creek for water flow data. Also see my trip report from May 12, 2012.

    Worleytown Road
    See my January 29, 2010 trip report for this bad place to launch on Conococheague Creek.


     
    Washington D.C. Launch Sites
     
    This section lists launch sites that are either in Washington D.C. or just outside, but still on the Metro Washington D.C. ADC map. Also see Fairfax County, Virginia Launch Sites and Northern Virginia Launch Sites

    Anacostia Park
    Location: Anacostia, Metro Washington, DC ADC map 16 K4
    Date: July 2002
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take Baltimore Washington Parkway (highway 295) south to Pennsylvania Avenue.
    Take Pennsylvania Avenue southeast (left).
    Turn right (south) on Prout Street.
    Turn right (west) on Nicholson Place.
    At the end of Nicholson Place, turn right (northeast) to Anacostia Park.

    Notes: Boat ramps are on the left.  Restrooms are at the roller skating rink.  38 minutes from Arbutus.  Access to Anacostia River.  Head southwest to get to the Washington Channel.  Northernmost part of Washington Channel is near the Washington Monument.  No access to the Tidal Basin.

    Gravelly Point
    Location: Just north of Ronald Reagan (Washington) National Airport, Metro Washington, DC ADC map 15 J7
    Date: April 12, 2003
    Directions: From where the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 95 south to the Washington D.C. beltway (highway 495).
    Take highway 495 counterclockwise (right) to exit 43, George Washington Memorial Parkway.
    Take George Washington Memorial Parkway left (east).
    Enter Ronald Reagan National Airport.  Follow signs to get back onto George Washington Memorial Parkway.
    Take George Washington Memorial Parkway north.
    Turn right into Gravelly Point.

    Notes: There is probably a faster way to get to Gravelly Point but my unfamiliarity with Washington D.C. driving has led me to choose this route which has relatively few stops.  Weekend traffic is usually mild.  Three hours parking limit Monday through Friday.  No parking 2200-0600.  Boat ramp and restrooms available.  Ample parking but may fill up on nice days being as this is a popular recreation spot.  Access to the Potomac River.  Excellent launch to view Washington D.C. landmarks from the water.  No access to the Tidal Basin.  55 minutes from Arbutus.

    Lady Bird Johnson Park and Columbia Island Marina
    Location: South Arlington, Virginia 22202; Metro Washington, DC ADC map 15 H5; Google Maps coordinates 38.875160, -77.049084
    Date: August 30, 2009
    Directions: From where the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet, take highway 95 south to the Washington D.C. beltway (highway 495).
    Take highway 495 counterclockwise (right) to exit 43, George Washington Memorial Parkway.
    Take George Washington Memorial Parkway left (east). Follow for 10.7 miles.
    Turn right into Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove. You should see a sign for Columbia Island Marina.
    If you miss the turn off of the George Washington Memorial Parkway, continue to the Ronald Reagan National Airport and get back onto the parkway heading northbound. This is a bitch and I still have yet to master this. But when you head home (assuming you drive north on George Washington Memorial Parkway), you'll have to do this since there is no way to head north on the parkway from the marina.

    Notes: About 50 minutes from Hanover or Savage. There are different (and faster) ways to get there but my directions are the simplest. About 50 parking spaces. Boat ramp free for kayaks, $5 for others. Ramp is right across from the Pentagon. The ramp is on the southeast end, near the restaurant. Restrooms available. From the boat ramp, paddle to the left (southeast) to get to the Potomac River. You can paddle right (northwest) but I've only been able to get 1.3 miles before bottoming out. 5.8 miles to Chain Bridge. One can't get much further than this due to rapids. See my August 30, 2009 and March 27, 2016 trip reports for more information.


     
    Wicomico County Launch Sites
     
    Special thanks to Norma who helped me scout many of these launch sites in May 2008.

    Wicomico County Parks is a handy tool for finding public launch sites in the county.

    Allen Park (aka Douglas Nichols Park)
    Location: Allen, Wicomico County ADC map 20 G13
    Date: May 11, 2008
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Pay $2.50 toll one way only. On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301. Stay on highway 50.
    In Salisbury, veer left to continue on Ocean Highway (route 13) south while highway 50 exits to the right.
    In the town of Eden, turn right (west) on Eden Allen Road. Follow for 1.8 miles to the end.
    Turn right (west) on Allen Road. Follow for 0.2 miles.
    Immediately after crossing the bridge, turn left (west) onto Cottman Road. Park in Allen Park, on the left (south) side of the street.

    Notes: No boat ramp or restrooms. This is a public park with parking for about 10 vehicles. Not much water so it is best to launch at high tide or after a big rain. It could be a muddy launch. You might want to try and find a restroom in Fruitland before launching as there are none nearby. Two hours and 20 minutes from Hanover in light traffic. One can paddle downstream and supposedly stop in a Bordeleau Vineyards and Winery which is a little upstream of Back Creek. But don't drink and paddle! Then continue downstream and take out at Reading Ferry Road. This will definitely make for a nice bike shuttle. Read my May 9-11, 2008 trip report for more information. Also see McEntegart's RV Escapades - Wicomico Creek.

    Camphels Wharf
    Location: Wicomico County ADC map 9 K4
    Date: Boat recon conducted September 21, 2008
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east. Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Pay $2.50 toll one way only. On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301. Stay on highway 50.
    About 9 miles after crossing over the Nanticoke River, turn right (southwest) on Main Street (route 347). Follow for 2 miles.
    Turn right (northwest) on Rewastico Road. Follow for 3 miles to the end.
    Turn right (northwest) on Athol Road. Follow for 1.8 miles.
    Turn left (southwest) on Hurleys Neck Road. Follow for 1.1 miles to Todd Lane. Continue west for another 0.16 miles.
    Turn left (south) on what might be a dirt road without a name. Follow for less than a mile to the end.

    Notes: Access to Rewastico Creek. Not sure if this is a public launch site. Could be private property. I just happened to paddle by it and saw a few cars with boat trailers. I marked the position on my global positioning system (GPS) and studied satellite photos. Read my September 20-21, 2008 trip report for more information.

    Cherry Beach Park
    Location: 110 Cherry Beach Road, Sharptown, Maryland 21861; Wicomico County ADC map 2 C4. Google Maps coordinates 38.545682, -75.717391.
    Date: June 11, 2016
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet on the southern side, take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only.
    Turn left (east) onto Queen Anne Highway (route 404). It will change name to Shore Highway.
    Follow route 404 through Denton as it veers south and merges with route 313.
    Route 313 will split from route 404 in Andersontown. Remain on route 313 where it becomes Federalsburg Highway.
    In Federalsburg, turn right (south) on Reliance Avenue to remain on route 313. Follow for 1.2 miles.
    Make a slight right (south) onto ElDorado Road to remain on route 313. Follow for 6.1 miles.
    Make a slight right (southwest) onto ElDorado-Federalsburg (or Cokesbury) Road to remain on route 313. Follow for 0.3 miles.
    In ElDorado, turn left (east) onto Sharptown Road (route 313). Follow for 5 miles, crossing over the Nanticoke River into Sharptown.
    Turn left (east) on Sharptown Line Road (aka Line Road). Follow for a tenth of a mile.
    Turn left on Cherry Beach Road and follow to end. At split in park, veer right to access the boat ramp.

    A simpler but possibly longer route is as follows:
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet on the southern side, take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Pay $2.50 toll one way only. Cross over the Nanticoke River.
    In Mardela Springs, turn left (northeast) on DelMar Road (route 54). Follow for a tenth of a mile.
    Turn left (north) on Sharptown Road (route 313). Follow for 6.8 miles to Sharptown.
    Turn right (east) on Sharptown Line Road (aka Line Road). Follow for a tenth of a mile.
    Turn left on Cherry Beach road and follow to the end. At split in park, veer right to access the boat ramp.

    Notes: Boat ramp, porta-johns, and picnic tables available. You can launch from the ramp but there is a sandy beach just to the west of it. It is often occupied with picnickers but if it isn't, I suggest launching there instead. Access to the mighty Nanticoke River. Parking for about 25 vehicles. Additional parking (and more portag-johns) at Cope Bennett Park to the west. Open sunrise to sunset. About 2 hours from Hanover. For more information, see my September 20-21, 2008, June 11, 2016, and August 13, 2016 trip reports.

    Clara Road Recreational Area
    Location: New Road Landing, Wicomico County ADC map 27 G3
    Date: May 11, 2008
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Pay $2.50 toll one way only. On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301. Stay on highway 50.
    About 9 miles after crossing over the Nanticoke River, turn right (southwest) on Quantico Road (route 347). Near the town of Quantico, route 347 will bend to the left (south). Remain on route 347 and follow to the end.
    Turn right (west) on Nanticoke Road (route 349). Follow for 7.5 miles.
    Turn left (southeast) on Capitola Road (route 352). Follow for 2 miles.
    Turn right (south) on Clara Road. Follow for 1.6 miles to the end.

    Notes: This is a small beach that holds about 3 vehicles. No restrooms or any amenities whatsoever. Paddle left (east) up the Wicomico River for 0.8 miles to reach Shiles Creek, which should offer some serene small water paddling for a few miles. After paddling, consider dining at Red Roost which is walking distance. Two hours and 35 minutes from Hanover in light traffic.

    Mardela Springs
    Location: Mardela Springs, Wicomico County ADC map 4 G8
    Date: May 9, 2008
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east. Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Pay $2.50 toll one way only. On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301. Stay on highway 50.
    Two point four miles after crossing the Nanticoke River, take the Main Street exit into Mardela Springs. Follow for 0.4 miles.
    Turn right (south) on Bridge Street.
    Just after crossing the bridge over Barren Creek (0.4 miles), turn right into a dirt parking lot.

    Notes: Boat ramp, picnic tables, and a grill available. Parking for about 12 vehicles. No restrooms. There are definitely restrooms at the gas station in Vienna...perhaps others in Mardela Springs. This site gives one excellent access to the upper part of Barren Creek, a five star creek when it comes to paddling scenery. Edward Gertler gives it only a "good" rating in his Maryland and Delaware Canoe Trails book but I rate it the upper few miles as most excellent and the lower parts as good or very good. One can paddle about a mile upstream from the bridge. Though it meanders by some busy roads, it is still very pretty. Two hour drive from Hanover in light traffic. Read my May 9-11, 2008 trip report for more information.

    Riverton
    Location: Riverton, Wicomico County ADC map 1 G10
    Date: May 11, 2008
    According to Edward Gertler in his Maryland and Delaware Canoe Trails book, one can launch in the town of Riverton. I checked this out and found no public launch site or anyplace that seemed convenient for putting in or taking out. The end of Riverton Wharf Road is private property. Please note that I am NOT slamming Gertler's book. It is without a doubt, the most used kayak book I have and I highly recommend it for any Maryland or Delaware paddlers looking for scenic routes. I have had many fine kayak trips thanks in part to information obtained from his book.

    Redden Ferry Road
    Location: Redden Ferry Estates, Wicomico County ADC map 19 G13
    Date: May 11, 2008
    According to Edward Gertler in his Maryland and Delaware Canoe Trails book, one can launch at the south end of Redden Ferry Road. I checked this out and found that this launch is for community residents only. However, one can do a rocky launch on the other side of Wicomico Creek at Reading Ferry Road.

    Roaring Point Campground
    Location: Wetipquin, Wicomico County ADC map 26 C4
    Date: May 9, 2008
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east. Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Pay $2.50 toll one way only. On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301. Stay on highway 50.
    About 9 miles after crossing over the Nanticoke River, turn right (southwest) on Quantico Road (route 347). Near the town of Quantico, route 347 will bend to the left (south). Remain on route 347 and follow to the end.
    Turn right (west) on Nanticoke Road (route 349). Follow for 14 miles.
    Turn right (west) on Nanticoke Wharf Road. Follow for 0.4 miles to the campground.

    Notes: This site is truly a gem. Friendly campers and friendly staff. Nice, open view of the mighty Nanticoke River. Clean restrooms and lots of shade for tent campers. This is mainly a recreational vehicle campground but there are a good number of sites for tents, some very close to the restroom. Hot showers. Picnic tables and fire rings. Firewood for sale. No group camping but it is pretty easy to have a group-like atmosphere if you want to organize a bunch of your friends to join you. This part of the Nanticoke may not be the most interesting place to paddle but this campground makes for an excellent base of operations. Enjoy a really nice dinnner at Boonies Restaurant & Bar, 21438 Nanticoke Road, Tyaskin, Maryland 21865, phone: 410-548-7879. Be sure to try their fruit topped cheesecake. For a cheaper dinner (especially for you crab lovers), check out Red Roost. Campground is two hours and 40 minutes from Hanover in light traffic. Read my May 9-11, 2008 trip report for more information.

    Sandy Hill Family Campground
    Location: Wetipquin, Wicomico County ADC map 9 B12
    Date: May 10, 2008
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east. Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Pay $2.50 toll one way only. On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301. Stay on highway 50.
    About 9 miles after crossing over the Nanticoke River, turn right (southwest) on Quantico Road (route 347). Near the town of Quantico, route 347 will bend to the left (south). Remain on route 347 and follow to the end.
    Turn right (west) on Nanticoke Road (route 349). Follow for 3 miles.
    Turn right (west) on Royal Oak Road. Follow for 3 miles.
    The entrance to the campground is on the right (north side).

    Notes: If you want to paddle on Quantico Creek, this is probably the best launch site. Unfortunately, I never confirmed this. I tried to make a campground reservation there. First I sent e-mail. Then I called. I got no reply from either. Instead, I stayed at Roaring Point Campground, which I highly recommend. I showed up at Sandy Hill Camground to see if I could launch. I was told the launch site is for campers only. The fellow I spoke to at the campground wasn't very friendly.

    Tyaskin Park
    Location: Tyaskin, Wicomico County ADC map 17 J5
    Date: September 21, 2008
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east. Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Pay $2.50 toll one way only. On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301. Stay on highway 50.
    About 9 miles after crossing over the Nanticoke River, turn right (southwest) on Main Street (route 347). This will change names to Quantico Road (route 347). Near the town of Quantico, route 347 will bend to the left (south). Remain on route 347 and follow to the end.
    Turn right (west) on Nanticoke Road (route 349). Follow for 9 miles.
    Turn right (north) on Tyaskin Road, just after Wetipquin Road. Follow for 1 mile into the park.

    Notes: Small beach, picnic table, and porta-john. No ramp. Paddle east (right) to go up the scenic Wetipquin or Tyaskin Creeks or paddle west (left) to access the mighty Nanticoke River. Parking for about 10 vehicles. Two and a half hour drive from Hanover in light traffic. Mattie Culver and her husband Ernest M. Larmore gave this property to Wicomico County in 1942 to share the beauty and tranquility of this site. Read my September 20-21, 2008 trip report for more information.

    Wetipquin and route 349
    Location: Tyaskin, Wicomico County ADC map 18 H6
    Date: May 10, 2008
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east. Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Pay $2.50 toll one way only. On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301. Stay on highway 50.
    About 9 miles after crossing over the Nanticoke River, turn right (southwest) on Quantico Road (route 347). Near the town of Quantico, route 347 will bend to the left (south). Remain on route 347 and follow to the end.
    Turn right (west) on Nanticoke Road (route 349). Follow for 6 miles.
    Just after crossing over Wetipquin Creek, park on the right (west side) along the road.

    Notes: No ramp, restroom, or any amenities whatsoever. This is just a bridge launch and it can be a bit difficult. I found the southwest side of the bridge easiest to launch though I fell on my ass trying to launch. Though not easy, it is definitely worth it if you're looking for a scenic, serene trip. If you duck real low, you can paddle under the bridge then go about 0.8 miles upstream from there. About 3.8 miles from the bridge to Wetipquin. Two hour 25 minute drive from Hanover in light traffic. Read my May 9-11, 2008 trip report for more information.

    Wetipquin Park
    Location: Tyaskin, Wicomico County ADC map 17 K5
    Date: May 10, 2008
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east. Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Pay $2.50 toll one way only. On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301. Stay on highway 50.
    About 9 miles after crossing over the Nanticoke River, turn right (southwest) on Quantico Road (route 347). Near the town of Quantico, route 347 will bend to the left (south). Remain on route 347 and follow to the end.
    Turn right (west) on Nanticoke Road (route 349). Follow for 9 miles.
    Turn right (north) on Wetipquin Road. Follow for 0.8 miles. Park on the right, just before the bridge.

    Notes: Boat ramp and porta-john available. Parking for about 13 vehicles on dirt lot. Access to the scenic Wetipquin and very scenic Tyaskin Creeks. Two and a half hour drive from Hanover in light traffic. Read my May 9-11, 2008 trip report for more information.


     
    Worcester County Launch Sites
     
    Note that Worcester is pronounced "Wooster."

    Assateague Island
    Location: Eastern shore, southern Maryland and northern Virginia
    Phone:
         Visitor Center: 410-641-1441
         Campground Office: 410-641-3030
         National Park Reservation Service (for campground reservations): 1-800-365-2267
         Assateague State Park, Maryland: 410-641-2120
    Date: May 1, 2005
    Directions to Assateague: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east. Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Pay $2.50 toll one way only. On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301. Stay on highway 50.
    Shortly before coming to Ocean City, turn right at route 611. Assateague's north entrance is at the end of route 611, 8 miles south of Ocean City. A visitors center will be on your right before crossing the bridge. After you cross the bridge, make a right to reach the Assateague National Seashore.

    Notes: Assateague State Park is open April 1 to October 31. I believe Assateague Island National Seashore is open year round.

    Maryland side: Kayak rental is available near the drive in campgrounds. There are only three half mile trails. The drive in campsites have cold water only showers, fire rings, and porta-johns. Purchase your firewood before entering the park at one of several places near the park. The park rangers are very strict about the number of people, tents, and vehicles at each campsite. If too many vehicles are present, extra can be parked at or near the bathhouse parking lot. The island provides access to the Sinepuxent Bay, the Chincoteague Bay, and the Atlantic Ocean.

    I have not been to the Virginia side of the island but based on my readings, there are about 15 miles of trails through I don't know if they are connected. There is no camping in the Virginia portion of Assateague Island and pets are not permitted.

    Public beach and bay related programs are conducted by rangers on a daily basis in the summer and for groups who inquire in advance. For more information, contact
         Assateague Island National Seashore
         P.O. Box 38
         Chincoteague, Virginia 23336
         Phone: 757-336-6577
    For information concerning opening and closing dates or reservations, contact the
         Park Manager
         Assateague State Park
         7307 Stephen Decatur Highway
         Berlin, Maryland 21811-9741
         Phone: 410-641-2120 extension 22 or 410-641-2918
    Backcountry camping is available on a hike-in and paddle-in first come first serve basis by permit only. For more information, contact the
         Sinepuxent District Ranger Station
         Phone: 410-641-3030

    Assateague Chincoteague Collection - Guide to the Islands
    Assateague Island National Seashore
    The Assateague Naturalist
    Assateague State Park
    Darren's Kayak Chronicles - Kayak Camping at Assateague

    Byrd River Park
    Location: Snow Hill, Worcester County ADC map 20 G12
    Date: September 13, 2005
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east. Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Pay $2.50 toll one way only. On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301. Stay on highway 50.
    Turn left (south) onto Snow Hill Road (route 12). Cross over the Pocomoke River.
    Turn right (southwest) onto Market Street (business route 113).
    Turn right into Byrd River Park.

    Notes: Boat ramp and 2 porta-johns available. Water refill station at the east end of the lot closest to the ramp. Picnic tables south of the ramp. About 2 hours and 40 minutes from Arbutus.

    There aren't many places to eat in Snow Hill but I recommend the Lost Pelican on the east side of business route 113 just north of route 365 (near the McDonalds sign). Though it appears to be just a hole in the wall, they serve a good meal at a great price. Can't go wrong with the club sandwich.

    Note that there is no public launch at the end of Cypress Lane even though the ADC map indicates this is so. On investigating on September 13, 2005, this area was gated off.

    Cedar Hall Wharf
    Location: Pocomoke City, Worcester County ADC map 38 D3
    Date: October 8, 2005
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east. Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Pay $2.50 toll one way only. On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301. Stay on highway 50.
    Turn left (south) onto Snow Hill Road (route 12) Cross over the Pocomoke River.
    In Snow Hill, turn right (soutwest) onto Market Street (business route 113). Outside of Snow Hill, this road will merge with Worcester Highway (route 113).
    In Pocomoke City, merge with By Pass Road (route 359) and pass through Ocean Highway (route 13) and Market Street (business 113).
    At the split, stay on the right, taking Pocomoke Beltway. You should see the Pocomoke Elementary School shortly on your right.
    Merge with Cedar Hall Road (route 371) heading southwest.
    Just after Hickory Point Road on your right, route 371 will veer to the left. Keep going straight (southwest) onto Cedar Hall Wharf Road. Follow to end, just past Shoreline Drive on the right.

    Notes: No restrooms. Two boat ramps. Parking for about 40 vehicles. Facing the water, left is downstream. Access to Pocomoke River, about 4 miles north of Pocomoke Sound.

    Dividing Creek
    Location: Worcester County ADC map 25 D12
    Date: Unexplored
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Pay $2.50 toll one way only. On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301. Stay on highway 50.
    In Salisbury, veer left to continue on Ocean Highway (route 13) south while highway 50 exits to the right.
    Turn left (north) at the traffic light at Dividing Creek Road (route 364), just before crossing over the Pocomoke River.
    Someplace after Courthouse Hill Road on the left (also probably after the bridge over Dividing Creek) and before Flemming Mill Road (also on the left), is supposedly a place in the road where you can launch, only 10 feet from the road. I believe this area is only 0.2 miles after the bridge, on the left.

    Notes: There is no parking lot and not sure how parking works, but space is likely to be limited if parking is even permitted. You're better off just driving to Winter Quarters Golf Course Landing, launching on the Pocomoke River from there, and accessing the mouth of Dividing Creek on the left by paddling upstream for a mile. Like much of the Pocomoke River, Dividing Creek is known for being very deep, with a fairly consistent width. It looks like one can paddle at least 2 miles upstream and another 1.6 miles downstream before reaching the Pocomoke River. About 2 hours and 40 minutes in light traffic from Arbutus. Special thanks to Bryan MacKay and Lisa for teaching me about this site. See my trip report from June 21, 2009 and Pocomoke Challenge and Chincoteague 2011.

    George Island Landing
    Location: Just east of Stockton, Worcester County ADC map 35 C10
    Date: September 12, 2005
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east. Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Pay $2.50 toll one way only. On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301. Stay on highway 50.
    Turn left (south) onto Snow Hill Road (route 12).
    At Stockton, turn left (east) on George Island Landing Road (route 366). Head towards the Ernest A Vaughn Wildlife Management Area (WMA). Follow to end.

    Notes: Boat ramps and porta-john available. Lot for about 40 vehicles. Access to Parker Bay. Directly east is Mills Island. About 3 hours and 10 minutes from Arbutus.

    Nassawango Creek Preserve
    Location: Worcester County ADC map 19 J10
    Date: May 20, 2006
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east. Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Pay $2.50 toll one way only. On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301. Stay on highway 50.
    Turn left (south) onto Snow Hill Road (route 12).
    Turn right (southwest) onto Red House Road.
    After about one mile, park along the road shoulder. The launch site is a little after Pennewell Road at the bridge.

    Notes: No restrooms. Launch on the southeast side of the creek. Access to Nassawango Creek and Nassawango Creek Nature Conservancy. In my opinion, this is one of the most scenic, natural paddling trips. Due to a low bridge at Nassawango Road, about 2 miles downstream, only kayaks and canoes are able to reach this area via the Pocomoke River. As of May 2006, one can paddle about 0.3 miles northwest (upstream) of the bridge before running into fallen trees in narrow, circuitous waterways. It is about 3.5 miles to the mouth of Nassawango Creek, which connects to the Pocomoke River. Another 2.12 miles southwest (downstream) from the mouth of the Nassawango is Shad Landing, which has flush toilets. One can probably hire the Pocomoke River Canoe Company to drive you and your boat to the Red House Road launch site if you wish to do a one way paddle downstream. They regularly drive canoeists to this location. See my trip report from June 21, 2009.

    For more information, see Nassawango Finding Aid

    Outten Road
    Location: Just east of Snow Hill, Worcester County ADC map 29 D3
    Date: September 12, 2005
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east. Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Pay $2.50 toll one way only. On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301. Stay on highway 50.
    Turn left (south) onto Snow Hill Road (route 12).
    Turn left (northeast) onto Market Street (business route 113).
    After about 0.1 miles, turn right (east) onto Bay Street (route 365). This will change to Public Landing Road (route 365) just outside of the city limits. Follow to the end.
    Turn left (north) on Public Landing Wharf Road, driving through the parking lot.
    Turn left (northwest) just an eighth of a mile after Outten Road into the parking lot.

    Notes: Two boat ramps and no porta-john but there is one available less than 0.25 miles south at the Public Landing Wharf lot (see below). Gravel parking lot holds about 20 vehicles. Nicer ramps than the one at Public Landing Wharf. Access to Chincoteague Bay.

    Pocomoke City Ramp
    Location: Pocomoke City, Worcester County ADC map 32 A5
    Date: September 13, 2005
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east. Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Pay $2.50 toll one way only. On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301. Stay on highway 50.
    Turn left (south) onto Snow Hill Road (route 12) Cross over the Pocomoke River.
    In Snow Hill, turn right (soutwest) onto Market Street (business route 113). Outside of Snow Hill, this road will merge with Worcester Highway (route 113).
    In Pocomoke City, turn right (northwest) onto Ocean Highway (route 13).
    Just after the Pocomoke Plaza on the left, turn left (southwest) onto Second Street.
    Once you are no longer able to continue, turn right (northwest) onto Linden Avenue.
    Turn left (southwest) on Clarke Avenue.
    Turn right (west) on Laurel Street. Cross Riverside Drive (not shown on map) and follow Laurel Street to end.

    Notes: Parking for about 30 vehicles. No restroom. Closed after dusk except to load or unload vehicles. Access to Pocomoke River.

    Pocomoke River Canoe Company
    Location: Snow Hill, Worcester County ADC map 20 H11
    Date: September 12, 2005
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east. Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Pay $2.50 toll one way only. On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301. Stay on highway 50.
    Turn left (south) onto Snow Hill Road (route 12).
    Immediately after crossing the drawbridge over the Pocomoke River, turn left at the redish brown building, the Pocomoke River Canoe Company.

    Notes: Parking lot holds about 40 vehicles. Two porta-johns in parking lot. Floating pier just northeast (upstream) of the building. Be sure to get permission from the Pocomoke River Canoe company before launching from their pier. One can paddle amazingly far upstream. The Pocomoke River Canoe company also offers boat sales, boat rentals, and guided tours.
         312 North Washington Street
         Snow Hill, MD 21863-1056
         phone: 410-632-3971, 800-258-0905

    I've paddled upstream to Porters Crossing Road and have only been able to paddle a half mile further without portage. One can probably hire the Pocomoke River Canoe Company to drive you and your boat to Porters Crossing Road if you wish to do a one way paddle downstream. They regularly drive canoeists to this location. If paddling upstream, I recommend not paddling with a surf ski or a boat with a non-flip up rudder.

    Pocomoke River State Forest and Park
    Camping and boat launch at the Milburn Landing and Shad Landing. The park is comprised of over 15,000 wooded acres. The paddleable parts of the Pocomoke River are about 37 miles long and usually only an eighth of a mile wide. The park is open from sunrise to sunset.

    Each camping unit may have up to 6 people and 2 vehicles. Quiet hours are from 2300 to 0700. Campsite usage fees start at $20 per night as of October 2005. Check in at 1600, check out at noon for regular campsites. From October 1 to mid-December, camping is allowed on weekends only.

    Phone numbers
         Camp store: 410-632-6734
         Park Watch: 1-800-825-7275
         Park office: 410-632-2566
    Address
         3461 Worcester Highway
         Snow Hill, MD 21863
         Phone: 410-632-2566 (general), 1-888-432-2267 (camping reservations)
    Links
         Pokin' Around on the Pocomoke by Darren Caffery
         Snow Hill Dining
    For more information, see my trip report from May 25, 2009 and May 27, 2009.

    Supposedly, the river's first human inhabitants resided there more than 10,000 years ago. Perhaps they were drawn to the scenic beauty that make the Pocomoke 1 of only 9 rivers in Maryland desginated as a "Wild and Scenic River." Maybe they found the dark brown color of the water intriguing. "Pocomoke" is in fact a Native American word meaning "black water." The tannic acid in the cypress needles and in decaying leaves seep into the river making it dark brown. Yet, it is clean. The river is lined with bald cypress trees, the northernmost swamp of such trees in the United States. These trees are easily recognized by their "knees" which supposedly provide oxygen to the submerged root system while also protecting the trees.

    Source: "Southern Exposure: The Great Cypress Swamp at Pocomoke River State Park" by Christina Holden. The Maryland Natural Resource Volume 8, Number 2, Spring 2005.

    The Pocomoke River
    Pocomoke River State Forest
    Pocomoke River State Forest and Park Activities
    Pocomoke River State Park

    For more information about accommodations, activities, and attractions, contact
         Worcester County Tourism Office
         104 West Market Street
         P.O. Box 208
         Snow Hill, Maryland 21863
         Phone: 410-632-3617 or 1-800-852-0335

    The Pocomoke is one of the deepest naturally occurring rivers on the east coast, averaging 15 feet. Special thanks to Lisa for helping scout the Pocomoke River area.

    Milburn Landing of Pocomoke River State Forest and Park
    Location: Worcester County ADC map 26 C9
    Date: October 8, 2005
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Pay $2.50 toll one way only. On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301. Stay on highway 50.
    In Salisbury, veer left to continue on Ocean Highway (route 13) south while highway 50 exits to the right.
    Turn left (north) at the traffic light at Dividing Creek Road (route 364), just before crossing over the Pocomoke River.
    Dividing Creek Road will turn into Nassawango Road.
    After seeing Scotty Road on the left, there will be a well marked entrance to the park on the right. Take this unmarked road.
    Upon approaching a small building, turn left to go to the campgrounds or turn right to go to the boat ramp.

    Notes: Parking available for about 50 vehicles. Restrooms, picnic tables, and boat ramp are present. About 2 hours and 50 minutes in light traffic from Arbutus. Access to the Pocomoke River, about 22 miles north of Pocomoke Sound. Facing the river, right is downstream.

    If camping, there is also a gravelly water access area for small boats immediately across from mini-cabin 32. Sites 34, 35, and 36 are the closest regular campsites to this water access area. For this area also, if facing the water, right is downstream. There are fewer campsites in Milburn Landing than in Shad Landing. Campsite fees start at $20 per night. This campsite launch area is 0.42 miles upstream of the Milburn Landing ramp. See my trip report from June 21, 2009.

    Shad Landing of Pocomoke River State Forest and Park
    Location: Worcester County ADC map 26 C9
    Date: October 8, 2005
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east.
    Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Pay $2.50 toll one way only. On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301. Stay on highway 50.
    In Salisbury, veer left to continue on Ocean Highway (route 13) south while highway 50 exits to the right.
    Take the Snow Hill exit (route 12 south).
    Stay on route 12 for 18 miles until you reach the traffic light in Snow Hill.
    Turn right onto Market Street. Market Street will merge with Worcester Highway (route 113) south.
    The entrance to Shad Landing is on the right. Follow it to the end.
    At the end of the road, turn right, drive for a very short distance, then turn into the large parking lot on the left.
    Notes: Facing the water, left is downstream. On the downstream side there is a boat ramp. Parking for about 50 vehicles. Restroom in large gray building on the left. Canoes and kayaks can be rented for $35 per day or $60 per weekend in this building. Prices are valid as of October 2005. Just west of Shad Landing, is Corker's Creek, which I've been told is very scenic. Nassawango Creek just upstream and to the left should also be nice. Access to the Pocomoke River, about 26 miles north of Pocomoke Sound.

    If camping, there is a low pier where one can launch small boats in the Waters Edge campsite area. Sites 86, 87, and 88 provide the best access to this pier on Corker's Creek. My favorite is site 88. If facing the water from campsite 88, across from you is an island, left is upstream on Corker's Creek, and right will take you to the Pocomoke River. In my opinion, Corker's Creek is one of the most scenic, natural water trails in the state. One can paddle a little bit upstream of Worcester Highway (route 113) on Corker's Creek or down to the Pocomoke River. Once on the Pocomoke River, left will take you downstream. On the right is a large gray building. This is the same one described above. It has a camp store, showers, and laundry room. Campsite fees start at $25 per night.

    Porters Crossing Road
    Location: Pocomoke City, Worcester County ADC map 21 C3
    Date: May 21, 2006
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east. Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Pay $2.50 toll one way only. On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301. Stay on highway 50.
    Turn left (south) onto Snow Hill Road (route 12).
    Before crossing over the Pocomoke River, turn left (northeast) on Whiton Road (route 354).
    After about 3.25 miles, turn right (east) on Porters Crossing Road. The road will veer to the right (south). Remain on Porters Crossing Road.
    After about a half mile, one will come to a bridge over the Pocomoke River. Park along the side of the road and launch on the southwest side of the bridge.

    Notes: No restroom. I've paddled upstream of Porters Crossing Road and have only been able to paddle a half mile further without portage. One can probably hire the Pocomoke River Canoe Company to drive you and your boat to Porters Crossing Road if you wish to do a one way paddle downstream. They regularly drive canoeists to this location. In my opinion, this is one of the most scenic, natural paddling trips. It is very narrow and winding. I do not recommend paddling this area with a surf ski or a boat with a non-flip up rudder. There is room on the side of the road on the southwest side of the bridge to stop and drop off a boat but there is no place there or nearby to park. For more information, see Pocomoke Challenge and Chincoteague 2011.

    Public Landing Wharf
    Location: Just east of Snow Hill, Worcester County ADC map 29 D4
    Date: September 12, 2005
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east. Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Pay $2.50 toll one way only. On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301. Stay on highway 50.
    Turn left (south) onto Snow Hill Road (route 12). Cross over the Pocomoke River.
    In Snow Hill, turn left (northeast) onto Market Street (business route 113).
    After about 0.1 miles, turn right (east) onto Bay Street (route 365). This will change to Public Landing Road (route 365) just outside of the city limits. Follow to the end.

    Notes: Boat ramp and porta-john available at the north end. Huge parking lot will hold 50 vehicles. Access to Chincoteague Bay. About 3 hours from Arbutus. Lot closed midnight to 0500. Covered picnic tables available though these will almost certainly be occupied in the tourist season.

    If planning an overnight trip, consider staying at the Mansion House bed and breakfast which is at the south end of the parking lot. They also have a few kayaks (only about 3) which they can loan to guests. George and Carol are good hosts. George recommended a few places I have yet to explore. These include the following:
    Scotts Landing: Worcester County ADC map 28 K13
    Pope Bay: Just off the Chincoteague side of Assateague Island, Worcester County ADC map 37 B9. Known for good campsites.

    Winter Quarters Golf Course Landing
    Location: Pocomoke City, Worcester County ADC map 32 C2
    Date: September 13, 2005
    Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 97 south to highway 50 east. Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Pay $2.50 toll one way only. On the eastern shore, highway 50 will split into highway 50 and highway 301. Stay on highway 50.
    Turn left (south) onto Snow Hill Road (route 12) Cross over the Pocomoke River.
    In Snow Hill, turn right (soutwest) onto Market Street (business route 113). Outside of Snow Hill, this road will merge with Worcester Highway (route 113).
    In Pocomoke City, turn right (northwest) onto Ocean Highway (route 13).
    Just after the Pocomoke Plaza on the left, turn right at Winter Quarters Drive and follow to end.

    Notes: Parking for about 10 vehicles. No restroom. Facing the water, left is downstream. Access to Pocomoke River about 17 miles north of the Pocomoke Sound. Just over a mile upstream is a stream on the left called Dividing Creek. This is where you want to launch if your goal is to explore this creek. For more information, see Challenge Weekend 2010 and Pocomoke Challenge and Chincoteague 2011.


     
    York County, Pennsylvania Launch Sites
     
    Some of these launch sites may require an un-powered boat launch permit. PFBC Unpowered Use (Boat Launch) Permit Issuing Agents lists locations where permits can be obtained.

    Special thanks to Norma for helping scout these locations.

    Lock 15
    Location: York County, Pennsylvania ADC map 44 K12
    Date: October 3, 2009
    Phone: 717-284-4325
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet on the southern side, take highway 95 north.
    Upon reaching highway 695 again, head northwest (counterclockwise) towards Towson.
    Take exit 32B off highway 695. This will put you on Belair Road North (route 1). Follow for about 15 miles. In approximately 11-12 miles there will be a junction for business route 1. DO NOT turn right here. Continue straight on main route 1 north.
    Look for an exit for route 24 north toward Forest Hill and take this. Go north on route 24 for 9.5 miles.
    Turn right at the traffic circle onto route 165 north/east. Proceed about 5-6 miles on route 165.
    Route 165 will turn into route 74 north in Pennsylvania. Follow for 6 miles.
    Turn right onto route 372 east. Follow for 2 miles.
    Turn right (southeast) on River Road. Follow for about 1.2 miles.
    Turn left (east) on Riverside Road and follow for a tenth of a mile to the end.

    Notes: Parking for about 15 vehicles. Porta-johns and picnic tables. No ramp but there is a little muddy area (not too messy, fairly solid) that is well suited for launching a small boat. But signs indicate that boaters are NOT permitted to launch at this area, even though it is obvious that many do so. The Lock 15 Interpretive Park is owned and operated by the Philadelphia Electric Company. For more information, read my October 3, 2009 trip report.

    Muddy Creek
    Location: York County, Pennsylvania ADC map 44 K12
    Date: October 6, 2008
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet on the southern side, take highway 95 north.
    Upon reaching highway 695 again, head northwest (counterclockwise) towards Towson.
    Take exit 32B off highway 695. This will put you on Belair Road North (route 1). Follow for about 15 miles. In approximately 11-12 miles there will be a junction for business route 1. DO NOT turn right here. Continue straight on main route 1 north.
    Look for an exit for route 24 north toward Forest Hill and take this. Go north on route 24 for 9.5 miles.
    Turn right at the traffic circle onto route 165 north/east. Proceed about 5-6 miles on route 165.
    Route 165 will turn into route 74 north in Pennsylvania. Follow for 6 miles.
    Turn right onto route 372 east. Follow for 2 miles.
    Turn right (southeast) on River Road. Follow for about 1.25 miles.
    At the T, turn left (east) and follow for a tenth of a mile to the end.

    Notes: Boat ramp. As of October 2009, there are no restrooms at Muddy Creek but there are nearby at Lock 15. To get to Lock 15, walk about 0.2 miles north on a little trail. Between the lock and the parking lot at its north end are two porta-johns. Muddy Creek provides access to the Susquehanna River, south of Holtwood Dam. Parking for 60 vehicles. Consider camping at Otter Creek Campground. One hour and 35 minute drive from Hanover. For more information, read my October 5, 2008 and October 3, 2009 trip reports.

    Otter Creek
    Location: York County, Pennsylvania ADC map 34 J11
    Date: October 6, 2008
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet on the southern side, take highway 95 north.
    Upon reaching highway 695 again, head northwest (counterclockwise) towards Towson.
    Take exit 32B off highway 695. This will put you on Belair Road North (route 1). Follow for about 15 miles. In approximately 11-12 miles there will be a junction for business route 1. DO NOT turn right here. Continue straight on main route 1 north.
    Look for an exit for route 24 north toward Forest Hill and take this. Go north on route 24 for 9.5 miles.
    Turn right at the traffic circle onto route 165 north/east. Proceed about 5-6 miles on route 165.
    Route 165 will turn into route 74 north in Pennsylvania. Follow for 9 miles.
    Make a hard right (east) onto Furnace Road (route 425) in Airville. Follow for 4.1 miles. The boat launch will be on the right.

    Notes: This small, quaint launch site lies just south of Otter Creek. It is a short walk from Otter Creek Campground. Unfortunately, when I visited it, the entrance was locked. There was no sign indicating why it was closed or when it would re-open. Launch at York Furnace if the Otter Creek launch is closed. See notes for York Furnace for items of special interest.

    York Furnace
    Location: York County, Pennsylvania ADC map 34 J12
    Date: October 6, 2008
    Directions: From where the Baltimore beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet on the southern side, take highway 95 north.
    Upon reaching highway 695 again, head northwest (counterclockwise) towards Towson.
    Take exit 32B off highway 695. This will put you on Belair Road North (route 1). Follow for about 15 miles. In approximately 11-12 miles there will be a junction for business route 1. DO NOT turn right here. Continue straight on main route 1 north.
    Look for an exit for route 24 north toward Forest Hill and take this. Go north on route 24 for 9.5 miles.
    Turn right at the traffic circle onto route 165 north/east. Proceed about 5-6 miles on route 165.
    Route 165 will turn into route 74 north in Pennsylvania. Follow for 9 miles.
    Make a hard right (east) onto Furnace Road (route 425) in Airville. Follow for 3.7 miles.
    Turn right (south) on Indian Steps Road. Follow for less than a tenth of a mile. The boat launch will be on the left.

    Notes: Boat ramp available. Access to the Susquehanna River, south of Safe Harbor Dam. This whole area is known as Lake Clarke. Consider camping at Otter Creek Campground less than a half mile away. One hour and 35 minute drive from Hanover. I have been told by a reliable source that boat stickers are required for kayaks to launch.

    Long before the Europeans came, native people carved images of humans, birds, animals and their tracks into the rocks that lay in and along the Susquehanna River. The carvings, or petroglyphs, conveyed information. Perhaps they described a tribe’s boundaries or hunting grounds or maybe it told of the people who lived there or who had passed through. Sometimes figures were carved directly over top of others, suggesting that many generations contributed to this legacy. Perhaps 1000 petroglyphs could once be found among several sites on the river between Columbia, Pennsylvania and Port Deposit, Maryland. Little Indian Rock and Big Indian Rock south of Safe Harbor Dam are a few of the last remnants of this art form.
    - from Sea Kayak - Safe Harbor Petroglyphs

    For more information, see
         Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
         Petroglyphs of Pennsylvania

    I am not totally sure where these rocks are but I believe they are just south of Safe Harbor Dam, not far from where the Conestoga River empties into the Susquehanna River. Doing a one way paddle from someplace on the Conestoga River down to York Furnace (and checking out the petroglyphs along the way) would be a lovely trip. You might want to time your petroglyph views to coincide with low water levels. You can check these levels at Safe Harbor Water Power Corporation by clicking on "Safe Harbor Lake levels."

    Be sure to check out Indian Steps Museum while you're in the area.


     
    Other County Launch Sites
     

    Great Dismal Swamp
    I found lots of great places to launch in this area. See April 22-25, 2011 for a scattered list. You'll have to dig around, but the information is there.


    Shepherdstown public stream access
    Location: On the southwest side of the James Rumsey Bridge (Shepherstown Pike, route 34) in Jefferson County, West Virginia. More specifically, it is at the north end of North Princess Street which on some maps might be listed as County Route 230/1.
    Date: September 8, 2013
    Notes: Access to the Potomac River. No restroom. Boat ramp. Parking at the top of the ramp. There are some beautiful bridge and bridge ruins just downstream of the launch site. See my September 8, 2013 blog.


    James River
    The James River is a 410 mile long river in the great state of Virginia. Several miles of it are wooded and remain only about 500 feet across, thus making it an interesting place for kayaking.

    Bent Creek
    Location: Bent Creek, Appomattox County, Virginia. Map D5 of Virginia DeLorme Map
    Date: October 31, 2010
    Directions: From where the northern side of the Washington D.C. Beltway (highway 495) and the Baltimore Washington Parkway (highway 295) meet, take highway 295 south to the southern side of the Washington D.C. beltway.
    Take exit 1C which will take you west (south) on highway 495/95. Stay on highway 95 south heading towards Richmond, Virginia. Follow for 49 miles.
    Take exit 130B to merge onto route 3 (Plank Road) heading west towards Culpeper. Stay on route 3 for 13 miles.
    Turn left (west) at route 20 (Constitution Highway). Follow for 22.3 miles.
    Turn left (south) at route 15 (Caroline Street). Follow for 8.3 miles.
    At the traffic circle, take the third exit onto North Main Street. North Main Street turns slightly right (south) and becomes route 15/33 (Martinsburg Avenue). It will change names to route 15/33 (James Madison Highway) and route 15 (James Madison Highway). Follow for 51 miles.
    Turn right (west) at route 60 (West James Anderson Highway). Follow for about 21.3 miles.
    Turn left (west) on route 26 (state route 605). Follow for about 100 meters.
    Turn right (north) into the parking lot.

    Notes: 4 hours from Savage, Maryland in light traffic. Add an hour for heavy traffic. Boat ramp. Abundant parking. Seven miles to James River Canoe Landing. Nine miles to Dixon Landing. For more information, see my October 31, 2010 trip report.

    Dixon Landing
    Location: James River State Park, 751 Park Road, Gladstone, Buckingham County, Virginia 24553. Map D5 of Virginia DeLorme Map
    Phone: 434-933-4355 (park office)
    Date: October 31, 2010
    Directions: From where the northern side of the Washington D.C. Beltway (highway 495) and the Baltimore Washington Parkway (highway 295) meet, take highway 295 south to the southern side of the Washington D.C. beltway.
    Take exit 1C which will take you west (south) on highway 495/95. Stay on highway 95 south heading towards Richmond, Virginia. Follow for 49 miles.
    Take exit 130B to merge onto route 3 (Plank Road) heading west towards Culpeper. Stay on route 3 for 13 miles.
    Turn left (west) at route 20 (Constitution Highway). Follow for 22.3 miles.
    Turn left (south) at route 15 (Caroline Street). Follow for 8.3 miles.
    At the traffic circle, take the third exit onto North Main Street. North Main Street turns slightly right (south) and becomes route 15/33 (Martinsburg Avenue). It will change names to route 15/33 (James Madison Highway) and route 15 (James Madison Highway). Follow for 51 miles.
    Turn right (west) at route 60 (West James Anderson Highway). Follow for about 21.3 miles.
    Turn right (east) on state route 605 (River Road). Follow for about 7 miles.
    Turn left (north) into the park on Park Road. On the right will be route 606 (Spears Mountain Road) but that isn't where you want to go. Follow Park Road into the park, driving on it for a total of 2 miles. You'll need to pay $2 per vehicle on weekdays and $3 on weekends and holiday to enter.

    Notes: 4 hours and 5 minutes from Savage, Maryland in light traffic. Add an hour for heavy traffic. Boat ramp. Abundant parking. Paddle downstream (northeast) for a little less than a half mile to get to the Tye River which empties into the James River from the north. From Dixon Landing, itis 4.4 miles to Wingina and an additional 2.2 miles to the James River Wildlife Management Area (WMA). For more information, see my October 31, 2010 trip report.

    James River Canoe Landing
    The James River Canoe Landing is located on the south side of the James River State Park. This place is special because if you don't have a boat or need shuttle service, you can contact the Canoe Livery (just a stone's throw from the landing) at 434-933-8682. Follow directions for Dixon Landing but on Park Road, follow it for only about a half mile, entering the park then turning left (south) onto Canoe Landing Road. Follow Canoe Landing Road to the end (a little over a mile). The landing is 2 miles upstream of Dixon Landing. For more information, see my October 31, 2010 trip report.


    Lake Anna
    Lake Anna is a 17 mile long freshwater lake, the second largest in Virginia. It is known for its clean water. Location: Spotsylvania, Virginia and Mineral, Virginia
    Date: May 15, 2005
    Directions: From where the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet on the southern side, take highway 95 south to the Washington D.C. beltway (highway 495). Highway 95 will merge with highway 495.
    Take highway 495 clockwise (left).
    Highway 95 will split from highway 495 and head south. Stay on highway 95.
    Take exit 118 (Thornburg, Lake Anna State Park) heading west on route 606. Route 606 will turn into route 208. At Post Oak, the two will split.
    Signs may direct you to follow route 606 to the State Park. That is one way to get to the lake. Another is to stay on route 208 heading southwest.

    Notes: There are several boat launches in the area. The water should be warmest near where route 208 crosses over the lake since the North Anna Nuclear Power Plant cools its reactors with water from the lake. Much of the time, the water in the lake will be warmer than the air temperature. Driving time from where the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695) and highway 95 meet on the southern side can be 3 hours in light traffic and 4 hours in normal traffic (which means heavy). Consider taking route 301 south unless you are certain traffic will be light.

    Lake Anna State Park has a boat ramp, small boat rentals (kayak or canoe, I assume), 13 miles of hiking trails, cabin rental, but no camping. Open 0800 to sunset, 7 days a week, year round. Phone: 540-854-5503.

    Anna Point Marina has a public ramp for boat launching. The fee is $7 or $8 depending on the day of the week and time of the year.


    Westmoreland State Park
    Location: 145 Cliff Road, Montross, Westmoreland County, Virginia 22520
    Date: September 1, 2012
    See my blog from August 31 to September 3, 2012 and June 17-19, 2016 to learn about kayaking in this area.


    New River
    The New River, a tributary of the Kanawha River, is approximately 320 mi (515 km) long, flowing through the states of North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia in the United States. Much of the river's course through West Virginia is designated as the New River Gorge National River. The New River is one of the American Heritage Rivers of the United States.
    - from Wikipedia

    Cox's Chapel
    Location: Independence, Grayson County, Virginia
    Date: June 13, 2009
    Directions: Enter directions in some search engine for
         Bridle Creek Elementary School
         77 Bridle Creek Road
         Independence, Virginia 24348
    Bridle Creek Road is road 601. From the school, follow the road south until you come to a stop sign. There will be a gravel parking area on the left, next to the river.

    Notes: 6.5 hours from Hanover. Access to the New River. Beware of Fields Dam about 5 miles to the west. This site was never reconned. Directions were obtained from a Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation map. This river is known to have class 1-3 rapids but this launch site was listed for a beginner level canoe trip so it is likely there are none nearby. River flows northward.

    Mouth of Wilson
    Location: Mouth of Wilson, Grayson County, Virginia
    Date: June 13, 2009
    Directions: Enter directions in some search engine for
         Bridle Creek Elementary School
         77 Bridle Creek Road
         Independence, Virginia 24348
    Bridle Creek Road is road 601. From the school, follow the road north until you come to route 58.
    Turn left (west) on route 58 and follow for about 6 miles.
    Turn left (south) on route 93 (County Line Road). You will immediately come to a bridge. Look for a dirt road leading to the water. Not sure which side of the river this road lies but it isn't on the northeast side. That road dead ends at a farm.

    Notes: 6.5 hours from Hanover. Access to the New River. Beware of Fields Dam about one mile to the east. This river is known to have class 1-3 rapids but none were seen at this location. River flows northward.

    Also check out New River Trail State Park.


    Shenandoah River
    When someone mentions the Shenandoah River, we often think of whitewater and great hiking. But there is also some flatwater and easy whitewater, particularly on the South Fork.

    Gooney Run
    Location: A5 of Map 9 of the "Appalachian Trail and other trails in Shenandoah National Park North District"
    Date: May 12, 2011
    Directions: From where highway 95 meets the Baltimore Beltway (highway 695), take highway 95 south.
    At the Washington D.C. beltway (highway 495), head west (counterclockwise) into Virginia.
    Take exit 49 to highway 66 west. Proceed westward for about 48 miles.
    Leave highway 66 at exit 13 (Linden), proceed to the end of the exit ramp.
    Turn left and go gently downhill and beneath highway 66 to reach a traffic light (0.5 mile from where you peeled off 66).
    At the traffic light, turn right onto US 55 and head westward for 5.2 miles to reach T-junction with US 340 in Front Royal.
    Turn left at the T and head south on US 340 for 4.7 miles.
    Just before crossing over Gooney Run, turn right (west) onto Chapman Farm Road. This will look like a business entrance but there is a narrow road that continues beyond. Follow to the end.

    Notes: No restroom. Parking on the side of the road and in a small loop. Room for maybe 4 vehicles. Access to Gooney Run (Gooney Creek) and the South Fork of the Shenandoah River.

    Gooney Creek Campground


    Arthur Kill Ship Graveyard
    If you like ship graveyards, then you'll love the Arthur Kill Ship Graveyard at Staten Island, New York. See Google Maps coordinate 40°32'43.6"N 74°15'16.3"W.

    Captain Carlsen Park
    Location: Ferry Street and Cliff Road, Sewaren, New Jersey 07077. Just off State Street. This is near the bigger city of Perth Amboy, New Jersey. See Google Maps coordinate 40°32'43.6"N 74°15'16.3"W. On the New Jersey Delorme map, see page 38 G3.
    Date: April 14, 2017
    Notes: Two hour and 45 minute drive from Savage. Wide boat ramp. Lot of parking. Restroom present but it may be locked. In that case, there is a porta-john. A kayak can also launch from the adjacent beach. The area is also called Buffer Strip Park. Launching will put you at Port Socony Reach and across from the southwest side of Staten Island, New York. This is a busy shipping channel so I don't recommend this area for beginners. Two miles to the Arthur Kill Ship Graveyard. Inexpensive and clean lodging at the Motel 6 at 244 State Route 18, East Brunswick, New Jersey 08816, phone: 732-390-4545. Check tide info at Rossville Tide Tables & Tide Charts - Arthur Kill. Being there at low tide will allow you to see more but being there at high tide will allow you greater access to the area. Beware of debris that can damage your boat. For more information, see my April 14, 2017 blog.