Apr 2, 2014 · 10:30 AM
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Magothy River Exploration 15+ Miles
Volunteers from the Magothy River Association ( http://www.magothyriver.org ) did a bunch of old fashioned hard work at Beachwood Park last fall to improve what Anne Arundel County calls a "Future Park". I drove over there today to check out what they had done. The very first thing I saw was some new off street parking.
The unfortunate news is that while they have cleaned the area up quite a bit, clearing fallen tress and removing debris and invasive species, the final 50 feet to the water remains quite difficult to negotiate with a 17 foot sea kayak.
It may now be possible to maneuver a boat through the trees to left of the concrete structures above, but we won't know for sure until we try.
One of our objectives for the paddle will be to locate another Anne Arundel County "Future Park" called Spriggs Farm Park from the water. You can learn more about Spriggs Farm Park here http://bayweekly.com/articles/where-we-live-steve-carr/article/last-farm-magothy The distance of Spriggs Farm from Beachwood guarantees at least a 15 mile round trip.
Cold water attire is REQUIRED for this paddle as the water temps are still quite cold. If you have your own cold water attire, there are a couple rental boats available for this paddle. To request one, just email Chuck by clicking on the mail link in his profile.
The Magothy has been and remains one of my most favorite paddling destinations in the metropolitan area. Come paddle with us to see why. 10:30 is the "on the water time". Plan to arrive with plenty of time to have your boat and gear ready to launch promptly by then. Pack a lunch for a stop at Dobbins Island or one of the other numerous beaches along the way. I expect to be back to the take out around 4:00ish.