Spring Cove is indeed a welcome respite from the open waters of the Chester. Its protected nature makes for a calm paddle, just as this area was a safe harbor for ships that sought protection from the wind.
Named for one of the steamboats used to ship goods and people across the Bay in the 19th century, this landing is a reminder of the importance of such technological advancements of the time. Paddle this area around Rock Hall and experience the shipping routes that were so important to this town's economy.
A prime put-in for paddlers who want to be in the midst of a bustling community is Bayside Landing. This area is popular with boaters and is chock-full of amenities such as marinas, bait shops, and restaurants.
Allen's Lane is an ideal launch site for paddlers wishing to get directly onto the Chester River without having to deal with the crowds found in Rock Hall. This is a site with access to smaller tributaries off the river, but Rock Hall Harbor is also fairly accessible from this point.
Kent Island bustles with activity, particularly during the summer at Kent Narrows. This site can be crowded but the adventure is well worth it to explore this area, which comprises the oldest European settlement in Maryland.
Located between Queenstown and Kent Narrows, Jackson Creek is a public beach on the Queen Anne's County side of the Chester River. Spend the day paddling the area or enjoy other forms of recreation such as fishing and crabbing.
Rock Hall Public Beach, or Ferry Park as it is locally known, is an excellent choice for launching kayaks or canoes into the Chester River, for paddling to more protected tributaries north of the landing, or just for enjoying the vistas and the sunset over the Chesapeake.
Rock Hall Harbor was a busy port that connected the eastern shore to major cities along the east coast, especially during the American Revolution. Launch from Green Lane and paddle through this economically and historically important harbor on your way to the wide Chester River, or calmer tributaries located just north.
Explore the more than 2,000 acres of Eastern Neck Island from the water, and keep an eye open for birds: this wildlife refuge provides habitat for more than 240 species of bird throughout the year.
Though the origin of the name of this creek is debated, its popularity as a launch site is not. Grays Inn offers several miles of creek to explore, and also offers excellent crabbing in the spring and fall.
In the 18th century, Grays Inn Creek was the site of one of only a handful of major shipyards on the eastern shore. Put in at Skinners Neck to explore the area where this economically-important shop once stood and enjoy the scenery as you go.
Paddle through quiet residential Kent County from the small launch at Harrington Park Road. Parking is limited, but opportunities for a gentle paddle are plentiful.
At Long Cove, you'll be launching into an area highly trafficked by the working watermen of Kent County. Paddling down Langford Creek into the lower Chester River means you'll be in higher salinity water, and as a result, directly above excellent crabbing grounds.
This area is known to have been inhabited by Native Americans for years before European settlement. Explore the area by water by putting in at Shipyard Landing.
Broadneck Road's landing is ideally located between several points of interest to paddlers. For a day trip, spend some time exploring either the east or west fork of Langford Creek, or both. Cacaway Island is also not too far away and begs to be explored.
Stop in at Centreville to get off the wider Chester River onto one of its smaller tributaries, the Corsica River.
Explore the Chester River, the more serene Langford Creek, or the unique area of Conquest Beach and Preserve all from the landing at Cliff City.
Quaker Neck is notable for offering beginner-friendly paddling options at Shippen Creek or Jarrett Creek, or a more adventurous paddle in the Chester proper for those looking for more of a challenge.
Southeast Creek offers a great location from which to explore quiet creeks and tributariesr, while still being in close proximity to prime crabbing grounds of the Chester River.
Wilmer Park is the perfect place from which to explore historical Chestertown. With a picturesque waterfront park with convenient access for paddlers to get right on the water, this site has plenty of amenities and a beautiful waterway to explore and experience all the area has to offer.
Launch from this floating dock and experience one of the country's best preserved colonial seaports from the river that once served as its highway. Chestertown is full of history and scenery to explore by land or by water.
Morgan Creek was at one point the site of several mills, as well as a brew pub that shipped ale to port towns like Chestertown. The lower part of the creek is a popular site for local fisherman.
Paddling from Riley's Mill on Morgan Creek is a unique opportunity to experience firsthand what was once a busy shipping route for grain.
For a calm day of paddling through eastern shore scenery, with the added potential of some excellent birdwatching, Buckingharm Wharf makes an excellent choice.
Launching at Deep Landing will take paddlers on a tour through the all-important eastern shore economic staple, farmlands.
As one of the last stops on a route of the great steamboat lines of the 19th and 20th centuries, Crumpton once anticipated much growth and development. Today this quiet town draws crowds every Wednesday for a more specific reason: the weekly Dixon Furniture Auction.
Shadding Reach lends itself to a quiet paddle among the farmland between the towns of Millington and Crumpton. With the introduction of railroads to the area, Millington soon became known for the peaches it shipped all over the county.
Help pull our 20-foot-wide sampling net to catch fish, crabs, and other critters from the Chester River aboard the 1768 schooner Sultana.
Departing and returning from SULTANA’s home port of historic Chestertown, SULTANA’s two-hour public sails are a great way to sail the Chester River onboard a traditional schooner.
Witness the fall migration of waterfowl as you explore the upper reaches of Morgan Creek, a major tributary of the Chester River.
Morgan Creek, MD
Witness the fall migration of waterfowl and the beautiful changing leaf colors in the pristine salt marshes and tidal creeks of Eastern Neck Island Wildlife Refuge.
Lower Chester River, MD
Downrigging features four days of Chesapeake maritime experiences both on and off the water, from tall ship sails, deck tours, concerts, lectures, films, and exhibits to 5k’s and family activities.