Hoosier Canoe & Kayak Club

SK: Potomac / Chesapeake Bay Trip

  • 04 Jun 2017
  • 10 Jun 2017
  • Chesapeake Bay, MD

Trip Sponsor:  Robert Moore 

The Chesapeake Bay region offers a wide range of boating and paddling experiences.  A group is planning to visit two regions June 4 - 10, 2017.

  1. Potomac River region – Camp at Smallwood State park for 3 nights.  Paddling trips will be from the State Park and launch ramps nearby on lower Potomac and Patuxent Rivers.  Possible day trips can include Mattawoman Creek and Potomac nearby Smallwood State Park, Mt. Vernon and Fort Washington, Mallows Bay, St Mary’s River, St. Clemmons island, Point Lookout area including a trip out to the Point No Point Lighthouse, and nearby Patuxent River.
  2. Break Camp and drive to Eastern Shore (Delmarva region).  There are a couple of possible paddling trips along the way in the Annapolis and Sandy Point areas.
  3. Tangier Sound – Camp at Janes Island State Park for 4 nights.  Paddling trips will be from the State Park and region. 

    Day trips may include in and around Janes Island, paddle south through Cedar Island Wildlife refuge and into Pocomoke Sound, paddle north into the Big Annemessex River and sanctuary, or drive to some nearby launch sites.  Pocomoke trips could include upper Pocomoke River and paddle through the old growth forest region above Shad Landing and up Nassawango Creek, or launch from Shelltown and tour the Saxis wildlife refuge.  A day trip to Chincoteague on the Atlantic shore is also possible.  Finely, the trip home offers an interesting possibility.  An optional southern route home could include a stop in Cape Charles Virginia (Wise Point launch and paddle Fisherman’s Island Wild Life refuge) before crossing the southern tunnel-bridge and heading west via Newport News. 

Trip Format – Conduct paddling trips launching from the camp ground ramp or drive a short distance to nearby ramps to see a variety of sites.   

Paddling conditions – 0-2ft wave height is normal but open bay and large rivers can become rather choppy when wind picks up.  Tides generally run about 1.5-2ft and current is noticeable at times.

Sea kayaks of 12ft minimum length with spray skirts and water tight bulkheads are required.

To Sign Up - Those interested in attending should contact Robert at  njordball@gmail .com.

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