The Naughty Congress Paddle
Paddle Stoney Creek with Lunch at the Stoney Creek Inn
Presumably Congress will still be being naughty next Thursday. That means a number of you need something to do.
Stoney Creek is a tidal tributary that flows in to the Patapsco River just before the Patapsco flows in to the Chesapeake Bay. It is predominantly surrounded by a sleepy but lovely middle class residential neighborhood with a couple of marinas and some undeveloped areas thrown in the mix. One of those marinas has a nice little sandy beach right next to the Stoney Creek Inn where we will pull out for an especially yummy lunch stop.
From the mouth of Stoney Creek you can see across the Patapsco to the rusting remains of the Sparrows Point steel mills and look up stream to see the Francis Scott Key Bridge and the Baltimore Harbor. We'll probably go play in the chop out there a little bit. There's a drawbridge on Fort Smallwood road which we might get to see in operation as a sail boat passes through. While it is predominantly residential there is usually a fair amount of wildlife to see in the less developed areas.
We will be on the water PROMPTLY at 10:30 AM from Greenhaven Warf. Please arrive with plenty of time to have your boat and gear ready to go by 10:30 AM. There is enough of Stoney Creek to spend an entire day paddling there but we will probably paddle a couple hours, stop for lunch at the Stoney Creek Inn and paddle a couple of hours after lunch, getting back to the take out around 3:30 after covering 8 to 10 miles on the water.
There are 2 (two) rental boats available for this paddle at a CKA member price of $45.00 for the day which includes a paddle, a PFD and delivery to the put in. Please answer the rental question to reserve one. Due to length and potential water conditions this is not a good paddle for those with very little kayak experience. Email Chuck if you're not sure if it's right for you.