Janes Island Paddle with Lunch on Remote Beach!
Appropriate for Both Novice and Experienced Paddlers!
A Paddle through classic Chesapeake Bay salt marsh scenery and stroll along miles of wild beach! This paddle is great for beginners and experienced paddlers wanting to enjoy the remote wilderness and truly get away from it all and enjoy a lot of wildlife and interesting critters while we glide quietly through the water!
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 portage, paddle, PFD, and a large dry bag. The guide will be bringing them with him so this will save you having to pick up your own rental, buy a rack, as well as portage. That is if you do not own your own boat, yet... We will only bring our rentals with us if they are rented, so please e-mail Kellie at [masked] if interested. Please do not make rental requests in the RSVP or comment field below, because it is too difficult to keep up with requests made in multiple locations. As a result, I can only count requests made through e-mail. Thanks so much for your understanding. Your guide will bring you the boat along with a paddle, PFD, and a large dry bag.
Janes Island is a magical place, and idyllic escape from the everyday hectic life. It is a place to lose yourself in a maze of salt marsh, or to walk for miles on a scenic beach that is completely undeveloped and uninhabited. It is a place to be surrounded on all sides by true wilderness—a concept that is too often forgotten by the hordes of in habitants of the nearby greater D.C. metro area!
Janes Island State Park, locate on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay just outside of Crisfield, Maryland, preserves completely a giant island, protecting one of the last great classic Chesapeake landscapes. As the island is cut off completely from the mainland and reachable only by boat, you have a good chance of having the whole place to yourself!
The island portion of the park – Janes Island – includes over 2,900 acres of saltmarsh, over 30 miles of water trails, and miles of isolated pristine beaches. Although people have harvested the resources of the island for thousands of years, today the island is wild and seemingly untouched. A haven for birds, fish, crabs, and other saltmarsh dwellers, Janes Island provides visitors a tranquil setting to explore the wildlife of the Bay while enjoying the expansive vistas and stunningly beautiful sunsets. Whether fishing or crabbing, or paddling, or simply relaxing, visitors to Janes Island will experience a world still ruled by the weather, the tides, and the wildlife that first drew people to this very special place. The pic to the upper left is an ariel shot of the pristine beach portion of the island that goes on for for miles! We reach it by staying safely within protected waters and landing at the dock that is just about in the center of the photo. Nothing short of pure bliss!!
The Water Trails
Janes Island State Park offers more than 30 miles of marked water trails that wind throughout the island’s saltmarsh. The pic to the left shows the area we will be putting in and take note that there is a water trail crossing in front of the launch (part of the brown trails) and one headed straight out which is what we will be taking on our way out (green trail) Most of the waterways are protected (all the trails for this trip are in protected waterways which means we will be protected from wind, current, and the wide open waters, providing ideal conditions for both experienced and novicfirst time paddlers.
Note: Janes Island water trail system was named to the American Canoe Association’s inaugural list of recommended water trails .
Paddle Trip Information
Important Note: Please do not RSVP until you have secured a boat for this non-refundable event!
Activity Type: Kayak/Canoe
Nearby City: Crisfield, MD
Length: 4-6 Mile Loop (varies by the group’s preferences and weather/water conditions).
Approximate Paddling Time: About 4 hours for proper time to enjoy it thoroughly
Difficulty: These are flat-water trails and easily navigated by the beginner paddler. We will not venture out to the Green or the outer area of the Brown Trails which are open water routes that may be subject to high winds and tidal currents as they should be attempted by experienced paddlers only so that this is a trip that is appropriate for any skill level, including first time paddlers .
Our Trip Plan: We will be paddling the green and yellow water trails which are roughly 4-7 miles combined depending on what everyone wants and the wind (more tiring to go further the more windy it is). The Green Water Trail offers a sample of the best that the island has. We will exit into the Big Annemessex River with plenty of places to stop and enjoy a nice swim if you would like . Then we take the yellow trail which is often covered with pelicans, cormorants, terns, and seagulls. We will stop at the dock and take a stroll to the beach (see the second picture down and on the left of this listing to see this pristine and remote beach) and then back in the boats paddling eastward pretty much a straight shot back to the boat launch. Each trail is marked with colored signposts and signs are posted for two-way travel. We will check wind conditions before final trail selection and which direction we will paddle and guides reserve the right to change the trip plan accordingly as safety is our number one factor.
What is the Event Fee For?
Click here to find out why there is a $15.00 event fee associated with guided paddle trips.
We paddle rain or shine but not in lightning since we are on the water. Click here to see an up to the minute forecast for where we will be paddling. If this event is 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 and a refund will be issued at that time.
Kayak or canoe, paddle, and personal flotation device are required (those without a pfd will be asked to leave). Be sure to pack a lunch to bring along on the paddle to enjoy on the beach as pictured on the left!
Boat Launch Fee
None (Almost unheard of, so a huge yay!)
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.
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 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 Where We Meet for The Paddle
Click Here For Where We Meet for This Paddle!
Paddle is at 11:00 a.m.
Carpool meetup time from Savage Station is 8:00 a.m.
Carpool meetup time at Centerville Park and Ride is 7:45 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.
This trip and our kayak rentals are non-refundable and non-transferable, period. Please take this into consideration prior to RSVP'ing for this event. It is your responsibility to secure a boat for this trip before RSVP'ing. Refunds are not provided if you RSVP for the trip without making sure you had a boat for the trip. A detailed explanation of why there are no refunds for kayak trips is provided in the link provided under the heading "What is the Event Fee For" above. I am putting this here in great detail in case you change your mind, or could not get a boat, that it has been clear since this was first posted that there are no refunds for this trip.
See you there for this remarkable trip!
Mike Harris: [masked]