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Everyone deserves the opportunity to paddle on Maryland’s Eastern Shore regardless of their physical ability. A significant amount of progress has been made over the last several years to incorporate new paddle craft launching systems that allow paddlers with accessibility needs to get out on the water.
Most existing public access sites were developed many years ago, when universal accessibility for getting on the water was not considered in their design. Even today, there are no specific design standards for water access facilities that accommodate people with disabilities.
The National Park Service works with its partners to incorporate accessible designs wherever possible. Unfortunately, there are no universally accessible launches on the Sassafras River. The closest accessible launch is found at Chestertown Marina.
As we work to make this more of a possibility, please check out other rivers in the area such as the Potomac for fully accessible launches.