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Paddle Notes

Suggested Trip

A Day at Picturesque, Historic Betterton Beach

Hidden less than an hour from the Bay Bridge on the Eastern Shore, lies the “Jewel of the Chesapeake,” the charming tiny historic town of Betterton Beach, featuring an expansive Bayside beach kissed by jellyfish-free waves and offering plenty of opportunities for swimming, sun-bathing, fishing and relaxation in a quiet, picturesque setting.

September 5, 2021

Suggested Trip

Mount Harmon: A Quintessential Tidewater Plantation

Mount Harmon is a tidewater plantation and nature preserve, and features a restored 18th century manor house, colonial kitchen, smoke house, formal boxwood garden, Carriage House Education & Discovery Center, tobacco barn, prize house, 200-acres of pristine open space, nature trails, and a spectacular waterfront setting.

July 18, 2019

Explore the Sassafras

Over 20 miles long, the Sassafras River traces the shores of Maryland’s Cecil and Kent counties before reaching its confluence with the Chesapeake Bay between Howell Point and Grove Point.

May 1, 2017


Warm air masks coldwater dangers for paddlers

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.

April 24, 2017

Off The Beaten Path

Paddling on the Sassafras River shows off the Bay that was

If Capt. John Smith could come back to retrace his Chesapeake journeys in the early 1600s, he might find portions of Foreman Creek much as he saw it four centuries ago. On this murky tributary of the Sassafras River, trees hug the shores, and lush green beds of wild rice blanket the shallows.

September 12, 2016

Top Places For

Seeing lotus blooms

With one of the largest flowers in North America, American lotus can form spectacular "fields" in protected shoreline areas. Paddlers are often thrilled to work their way among them in July and August, when blooms are at their peak.

July 11, 2016

Chesapeake Insider

Chris Cerino of the Sultana Education Foundation

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.

October 22, 2015