Departing and returning from her home port of historic Chestertown, a trip on the 1768 schooner SULTANA is a great way to experience the Chester River onboard a traditional schooner. Passengers are encouraged to help raise the sails, steer using Sultana's seven-foot tiller, and explore the authentically reproduced crew’s quarters below-decks.
Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is a 2,285-acre island refuge at the confluence of the Chester River and the Chesapeake Bay on Maryland's Eastern Shore. It's an important migration stopover and wintering area for thousands of waterfowl.
If you are determined to hit the water, don’t act on impulse. Plan ahead. Investigate a full range of safety gear and, most importantly, test it in the water, close to shore, with others present.
The upper Chester River offers a paradise for those paddlers who are looking for a relaxing day trip to meander and explore.
From the headwaters in Delaware to the river’s mouth between Kent Island and Rock Hall, the Chester River Water Trail encompasses more than 100 miles of waterways, a variety of ecosystems, and over 10,000 years of human history.
Chris Cerino serves as Vice President at Sultana Education Foundation in Chestertown, MD. Since 2000, Chris designs and leads environmental education programs for school children on one of the most exciting educational facilities on the Chesapeake, the Schooner Sultana.