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Itinerary:

Exploring “Porcupine Quills” Island from Broadneck Road

Image Credit: Chris Cerino / Sultana Education Foundation

Things to Know

This is an ideal place to explore both the east and west branches of Langford Creek. Both forks extend for about 5 miles. Another option is to head into Langford Creek proper to explore Cacaway Island. This is located half a mile downstream from the landing. From the landing it is also 3 miles to the Chester River, where there is plenty more to explore (though this route should only be attempted in calm conditions). 

Navigational Hazards

Langford Creek is moderately exposed to wind, but paddlers should find no major problems. Those venturing toward Cacaway Island or toward the lower Chester River should be aware that these areas are more exposed and take appropriate caution. As with any paddle trip, be mindful of the weather before putting in here. 

Water Safety

Remember: safe use of rivers and any designated trails, at any time, is your responsibility! Water trail maps are for informational and interpretive purposes only and are not meant for navigational purposes, nor do they take into account level of skills or ability required to navigate rivers. The National Park Service, Chesapeake Conservancy and/or the individual trail associations assume no responsibility or liability for any injury or loss resulting directly or indirectly from the use of water trails, maps or other printed or web-based materials. Learn more about water safety.

Marine Forecast

We STRONGLY suggested that you review the marine forecast ahead of heading out for a paddling trip. To review the forecast for this paddle trip, visit:

Emergency Information

Launch site address:
End of Broadneck Road
Chestertown, MD 21620

Nearest hospitals:
UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown
100 Brown St
Chestertown, MD 21620
(410) 778-3300

Chester River Hospital Center
6602 Church Hill Rd #300
Chestertown, MD 21620
(410) 778-3300

Parking & Shuttles

Side of the road parking for up to 6 vehicles, gravel, 5 am - 10 pm

Restrooms

No

Equipment

  • ALWAYS wear a properly secured personal flotation device (PFD) when participating in paddlesport activities. Make sure that your PFD has a readily accessible safety whistle.
  • Bring a paddle float and water pump for self rescue.
  • A spray skirt is recommended for cold/foul weather.
  • Wear appropriate protective clothing that shields you from the sun (sunglasses, sunblock, hat, and a long-sleeved shirt that can get wet) and is safe to swim in. Water shoes with closed toes will protect you from abrasive hazards at launch areas that can cut your feet.
  • Bring water in bottles than can be secured to your craft. Bring more water than you think you’ll need and drink regularly throughout your journey.
     

Outfitters

Camping & Amenities

This site is for soft launch only; there is no ramp from which to launch larger motorized vessels. This area is well-known for its excellent crabbing and fishing.

There are no camping amenities at this site.

Trail History

Prior to the arrival of European settlers, American Indians inhabited the waters of the Chester River for over 10,000 years.  The river was teeming with fish, oysters, waterfowl, wild game, and edible wetland plants that provided all of the food needed to establish thriving communities.  Settlements were generally located at the heads of creeks or springs, with populations ranging from a few families to several hundred residents.  Ancient oyster middens, or trash piles, can still be seen eroding from the riverbanks where these American Indian settlements once stood.

Weather

Main image: Chris Cerino / Sultana Education Foundation