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Jackson Creek Landing, Gateway to the Queen’s Town

This landing is one of a handful that are located on the Queen Anne’s County side of the Chester River. Heading east on the Chester for four miles will take paddlers to Queenstown Harbor. Both the town and the county itself were named after Queen Anne of England who ruled when Queenstown was established in 1707. The town is notable for being the only one in the county to have been attacked during the War of 1812. The site of the attack, a manor house called Bowlingly, survived damage and still stands today as a private residence.

Jackson Creek is a public beach that is perfect for launching canoes and kayaks. Spend the day on the water heading east toward Queenstown past farms, beaches, and waterfront developments, or paddling west toward Kent Narrows. Beyond Kent Narrows is Ferry Point Park, a good rest spot. Jackson Creek itself is a lovely place to relax and enjoy nature or recreation in the form of fishing and crabbing. Be aware that putting in at the landing will place paddlers on the open waters of the lower Chester River. It is best to launch from this site on calm days.

Things to Know

Launching from this site will put paddlers on the open waters of the lower Chester. Head west for two miles to reach the bustling hub of Kent Narrows. This area can get busy with boat traffic, so take caution. Ferry Point Park is located in this area and is a great place to stop and relax. Heading east from the landing, it is about four miles to Queenstown on a route that passes waterfront developments and sandy beaches.

Navigational Hazards

Jackson Creek opens onto the open waters of the lower Chester River. This site should only be paddled on calm days. Currents are moderate near the shore but become stronger in the river channel.

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 Jackson Creek Road
Grasonville, MD 21638

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

Limited parking for approximately 10 vehicles


Seasonal portable toilets (April-November)


  • 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.

Camping & Amenities

This launch site has a sandy beach that is ideal for launching kayaks and canoes. There are also benches on site.

There are no camping amenities at this landing.

Trail History

During his exploration of the Chesapeake Bay in August 1608, Captain John Smith visited an American Indian community at the mouth of the Chester River which he referred to as “Ozinies.”  This site was most likely located in the vicinity of present-day Rock Hall.  Smith did not travel up the Chester River’s main stem, in part because the river offered little promise of providing the elusive “Northwest Passage” to the riches of the Orient.  However, Smith did chart the river’s mouth, Kent Island, and the forested interior of what would become Kent and Queen Anne’s counties.


Main image: Chesapeake Bay Program - Will Parsons