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Lotus Bloom Paddle! Novice Friendly Paddle with Post Paddle Hike and Picnic

  • Jul 12, 2014 · 8:30 AM
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A Paddle Through the
Lotus Blossoms

(First Time Paddler Friendly)

A 4-5 Mile Flatwater, Newbie Friendly Paddle with Picnic Plus Options to Stroll Along the Rivers Beach, Visit Historical Sites and Historic Visitor Center!

A paddle through the heart of the D.C. area's oldest and largest single living organism!  If you enjoy the paddle, stay for the picnic, beach stroll, and check out the museum and historical buildings, it will most certainly be a full day of fun!

Click Here for more pics from last years trip!

Turners Creek County and Sassafras Natural Resource Management Area  

Turner's Creek County Park has a variety of facilities including a picnic pavilion, trails, historic tree grove and restroom facilities. A boat ramp (the one we have arranged to use)is available for launching small crafts, kayaks/canoes. Fishing is also available along the shoreline at the ramp so keep this in mind if you are staying for our post paddle picnic! Sassafras Natural Resources Management Area is located along the scenic banks of the Sassafras River and Turner's Creek in Kent County and operated by the Maryland Park Service. The area is noted for the spectacular views of the Sassafras River and Chesapeake Bay from the high banks that face toward the South.

The Lotus Blooms

Nelumbo lutea, the American Lotus, called yanqupin by Native Americans, is a colony plant that favors secluded tidal waterway. In summer, their showy white flowers tower over the tidal backwaters of the Sassafras River on Maryland's Eastern Shore, near where the river flows into the Chesapeake Bay.

Paddling though the lotus colony is--for lack of a better description--really cool.  This is because the Lotus is an "emergent" aquatic plant, meaning that while its roots are anchored in the mud, its large glue-green circular leav es and head-sized flowers emerge above the water's surface.  This means that you can literally paddle under a lotus plant. Making the experience even cooler still is the fact that Lotus have an unusual method of reproduction. Its seeds may remain dormant for more than a century before they germinate! When a seed germinates, the plant sends out underground stems (called rhizomes) that produce new identical plants.  Consequently, a "population" of lotus can actually be a single--yet ridiculously enormous--plant.  And by ridiculously enormous, I mean acres in size, as much as a mile of lotus flowers an leaves connected by a network of rhizomes.

So, that means you get to paddle, not so much under the lotus plant, but rather THROUGH it without any damage to them!! 

How Do I Reserve a Boat if I Do Not Own One?

Remember, please do not RSVP for this event until you are SURE you have a boat.

Renting Through The Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group

We have 3 sit on tops (SOT) kayaks to rent on a first come first serve basis for a flat fee of 20.00 dollars, including delivery, paddle, PFD, and a large dry bag. The guide will be bringing them with him and help you launch your boat. E-Mail our organizer, Kellie, at [masked] if interested. Please do not make rental requests in the RSVP or comment field below for our group because it is too difficult to keep up with requests made in multiple locations.  Requests for our rentals through our group made in the comment section will have to be deleted because it sends an auto-generated e-mail out to everyone attending.

Renting Through Chester River Kayaks

We located a vendor for this trip. They normally will not rent for this location, but will do so for this special occasion trip with our group, yay! Please note that there is not a rental facility at the location where we are paddling. The information is as follows:

Chester River Kayak Adventures
[masked]
Speak with Jim

Be sure to ask for Jim and let him know that you are a member of the Mid Atlantic Hiking Group and that Mike Harris said to call. Please remind him we are going to Turner's Creek Park on Saturday, July 12 and you need to have the kayak delivered in time for our event (8:30 am). Otherwise, you will be told they do not supply boats for this location because we made arrangement for them to make an exception for this trip with our group.

The rates are as follows and paid to them and not MAHG:

Kayak: $40
Delivery fee $0 (if 6 or more so please use the comment area and try to get 6 or more arranged), otherwise ($15)

Post Event Picnic

Pack a meal to enjoy a picnic after the paddle! Picnicking is available at two locations. We can take a break for lunch at Knock's Folly in the picnic grove or at the small pavilion by the pond near the parking area. Picnic tables and a pavilion are available at Turner's Creek County Park which shares a boundary with Sassafras National Resource Management Area where we will be so it is very convenient and just a short distance from Knock's Folly. Restroom facilities are available at Turner's Creek County Park or at the vault toilet at the pond. We will decide as a group where to picnic after the paddle.

Post Picnic Beach Stroll

Since our tummies will be full, let's take a nice stroll along the beach and enjoy the Kent Museum! This is all still located within in the the Sassafras National Resource management Area.  One of the trails will take us to the river's edge where we simply take a right and then walk along the shore until we reach the lotus pond! A nice relaxing post meal stroll, just right...

Visit to The Historical Structures and Historical Visitor Center                 

Also, there are two historic buildings at Turners Creek to check out as well. The Lathim House, a wooden dwelling was at one time a store for the local community and was built in the early 1700’s. The Granary, which is located along the landing at Turners Creek, was at one time used to house grain and crops for local farmers. Sail and Steam powered cargo ships would make scheduled stops and haul the grains to Baltimore or other markets along the Chesapeake Bay.

So feel free to join some of us while we take make the most of our trip (especially with current gas prices so many of us will be making a day of it) and check out this most interesting areas.

Paddle Trip Information

Activity Type: Kayak/Canoe 
Nearby City: Kennedyville, MD

Length: About 4 Miles of Flat Water Paddling and Appropriate for First Time and Experienced Paddlers.
Approximate Paddling Time: About 3 hours for proper time to enjoy the experience. 
Water TypeFlat Water 
DifficultyBeginner and Easy and Fantastic for First Time Paddlers 
Facilities: Restroom facilities are available at Turner's Creek County Park or at the vault toilet at the pond where we will be picnicking after the paddle and before our stroll along the beach.

Weather Information
We will cancel if there is a greater than a 30% chance of lightening in the area where we will be paddling. Being out near or on the water around lightening is not good times and simply not worth the risk. Click Here to See the Forecast for where we will be paddling. If there is any question as to the forecast for the trip. If this event has to be cancelled due to weather and you are signed up to go, you will be notified no later than 7:00 p.m. the night before the paddle by e-mail, at the top of this page, and in the comment area. 

What is the Event Fee For?

Click here to find out why there is a $15.00 event fee associated with guided paddle trips.

REQUIRED GEAR             
Be sure to secure a boat BEFORE you RSVP for this event because it is non-refundable. You must have a kayak or canoe, paddle, and a personal flotation device. Pack a lunch if joining us for the optional post paddle picnic. We supply large dry bags if you are renting a kayak from our group.

Park Fee  
None for either of the parks which is a rare treat so a big yay!

Launch Fee

None which is even more rare than no park entrance fee so an even bigger yay!

Carpool Information             

There are 2 carpools for this paddle but be certain they have racks for the boats!
Baltimore Area Carpool
To carpool or caravan from the Baltimore metro area, meet at Savage Station. Click here for directions to Savage Station.  Use the comment section to discuss carpooling with other members. Be SURE that whomever you carpool with has room for your boat if bringing your own with you!

DC Area Carpool
To carpool or caravan from the metro DC area, meetup at the Centerville Park and Ride. Click here for information and directions to the Centerville location.  Use the comment section to discuss carpooling with other members. Be SURE that whomever you carpool with has room for your boat if bringing your own with you!

If you can drive or want to carpool from additional locations such as the DC area, please post your location in the comment section below. For those who need a ride, reach out to the drivers. Make friends, and support the environment - by just offering a ride!

Directions to the Launch        

Click Here for Directions to Where We Meet for This Paddle

Paddle is at 8:30 a.m. (to Beat the Heat)         

Carpool meetup time from Savage Station is 7:00 a.m.  

Carpool meetup time at Centerville Park and Ride is 6:30 a.m

Our Paddling Disclaimer Blurb and Refund Policy

By attending this or any other paddling/hiking event with The Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group, you are agreeing that you are responsible for your own safety at all times. No member of the group except yourself can be held responsible for any damages, accidents, or liabilities incurred while paddling with us. Paddling is an inherently dangerous sport like any other outdoor activity. Information is provided with the understanding that the providers are not engaged in rendering advice on technical matters, equipment performance, safety, or any other aspect of the sport in absolute terms or advocating any of the techniques or experiences described.

See you There!

Mike Harris:[masked]      

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  • marie

    Great trip!

    2 · July 12, 2014

    • Marie

      It was nice meeting you yesterday. I hope to see again on a hike.

      July 13, 2014

    • marie

      Same to you namesake plus one !

      July 13, 2014

  • Wayne M.

    Wow! Thank you everyone for sharing your morning with me in the Lotus blossoms. And a huge thanks to Kellie for reminding us every year just how special this is and another huge thanks to Mike for his herculean efforts as our guide and master of good times.

    July 13, 2014

  • Lindsay O.

    Terrific! A gorgeous day. Thanks Mike for bringing the kayaks and as always, being a great leader on this trip!

    2 · July 12, 2014

    • Marie

      It was nice meeting you, Lindsey. Thank you for all your help and sharing lunch with Steve and I. We enjoyed it.

      July 13, 2014

    • Lindsay O.

      Nice meeting you also Marie - hope to see you again on one of the hikes!

      July 13, 2014

  • Marie

    A beautiful location and nice group. Thanks, Mike.

    July 13, 2014

  • Kellie C.

    Thanks Mike for offering this annual MAHG tradition!

    July 13, 2014

  • Val

    Despite my little incident I had a great time! ;)

    2 · July 12, 2014

  • Anna

    I live in DC and would love to go, could I catch a ride with someone? The metro doesn't open until 7am on the weekend.

    July 8, 2014

    • Greg

      Anna-
      Have you found a ride yet for the trip. I have room in my vehicle. My cell is[masked] if you want to coordinate a time to meet up but it will be early. Probably, meet around 6:15 at your place. I am driving from arlington.

      July 11, 2014

  • Maya O.

    BTW, they don't charge the delivery fee - there is enough kayaks for them to deliver.

    July 10, 2014

  • Maya O.

    WIll be leaving from Cleveland Park around 6:30 - can meet there if anyone needs a ride in my car.

    July 10, 2014

  • Nina

    Hi is anyone carpooling from Bethesda , Rockville or Wheaton ?

    July 8, 2014

  • HelenB

    I am wondering about weekend traffic to the beach and bay bridge. Google maps is saying it is a 2-hour drive, but that is not allowing for the crazy summer Saturday beach traffic. Any thoughts on this? Any traffic issues last year?

    July 6, 2014

  • Kelly

    Wish I could do this. It looks like great fun. I already have plans.

    July 6, 2014

  • KathleenW

    I would be interested in renting a kayak if there are 5 more willing to do so, so there wouldn't be a delivery fee incurred

    1 · June 26, 2014

    • Marie

      Kathy, I've completed my reservation arrangements with Jim at Chester River Kayaks for (2) kayaks. Jim said I was the the first to sign-up, so with four more kayaks there will be no delivery charge for the group. Also, he said the delivery charge without six kayaks is $15.00 per kayak. (I think 25.00 per kayak was noted somewhere.)

      1 · July 1, 2014

    • Jane

      I just reserved my kayak with Jim, so it looks like we only need 3 more to avoid the delivery fee.

      2 · July 1, 2014

  • Kate

    Are the kayaks still available?

    April 20, 2014

    • Kellie C.

      Holding our last boat through 8pm today as a curtesy to allow time for payment. If anyone is still interested be sure to email

      July 1, 2014

    • Kellie C.

      It is too difficult cumbersome to handle communicating a bout out boats in the corny area so if you have a question for me, pleased call or email as I have well over. 100 hikes to keep up with. Thanks for understanding and berry happy you all worked out getting the boat place to provide free delivery. He has always near a pleasure to work with. Typing riding in car on way to Dentist so please pardon my typos.

      July 1, 2014

  • cheryl

    Are there any boats/kayaks left?

    June 26, 2014

  • Veronica

    May I join with my paddleboard with a 9" fin? I can paddle sitting down if I think the lotus stems and leaves might catch me.

    1 · May 17, 2014

    • Kellie C.

      V, just seeing this as I don't get to read the comment section very often but certainly you can join us on your paddle board! Be sure to RSVP and enjoy:)

      June 26, 2014

    • Veronica

      Thanks! It turns out I have a paddleboard race on July 12. Look forward to the next paddle with your group!

      1 · June 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi! This will be my first event. Is it kid-friendly? I have an 8-year-old boy and I'm trying to decide if I should bring him. (He likes kayaking.) Thanks.

    June 12, 2014

    • Kellie C.

      Yes it is because it is flat water. This is one of 2 of our paddle trips I recommend for young ones.

      June 26, 2014

  • Kellie C.

    At this time, all three of our rental boats are available As they are rented, I will post updates here so you can know if you need to go to a vendor or not to enjoy this special annual trip.

    July 13, 2013

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