Here’s a two-part-plus-restaurant paddle for those seeking an autumnal mid-week escape to the Eastern Shore. It will include a more ambitious morning paddle (Part 1) of about 8 miles from the Oak Creek Bridge, into Newcomb Creek, northwest into Hunting Creek, where we’ll arc around Long Pt (Island), and then across the open water of Miles River to St. Michaels, an historic waterfront town.
We’re planning lunch at The Crab Claw, a waterfront restaurant at 304 Burns Street. They advise that they have a kayak-friendly floating dock. Sandwiches from $9 to $16, plus range of entrées, are available.
Our return (Part 2) of 4-5 miles will track the southern side of the Miles River with an optional turn into Spencer Creek. Expect a total distance for the day of 11-to-13 miles.
Open Water Paddling Note: This is not a Beginner Paddle – because of the open water conditions (in the expansive Miles River) and the distances planned. However, the low wind predictions suggest that general paddling conditions will be calm.
Oak Creek Landing
7450 Station Road
Newcomb, MD 21653
(Heading west on MD Rt 33 - St. Michael's Rd., will be just left after crossing the Oak Creek Bridge)
Note: MD State lists parking here for 13 cars and 11 trailers, plus “temporary” restrooms. Kayaks and car-top boats CAN launch without a ramp permit.
Arrive at Oak Creek Bridge Put-In: 9:30am
On-Water Launch: by 10 am
Lunch Stop: About 12:45
Return to Put-In: By 4 pm
WEATHER FORECAST (as of 9/24 a.m.):
Partly Cloudy, high 75°F, 0% chance precipitation, Winds NNE at 5 mph
[masked] 9:04 AM EDT 1.41 feet High Tide
[masked] 3:34 PM EDT 0.53 feet Low Tide