Paddle to a Magical Place Only Reachable By Boat...Remote Janes Island!

  • June 22, 2013 · 11:00 AM
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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.

Weather Information
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.

Required Gear                  
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! 


Park Fee        

Boat Launch Fee  
None (Almost unheard of, so a huge 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.

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]

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  • Ed Cooper

    Great experiene

    June 25, 2013

  • Barb

    great photos everyone, thanks for sharing

    1 · June 24, 2013

  • Barb

    AWESOME pics Dwayne!!! thanks for sharing. Sunrise spectacular

    2 · June 23, 2013

  • Thomas

    Oh, I forgot to mention the great little side trip a few of us took into Crisfield, the "Crab cake Capital of the World". Those who went, know. Those who missed it, missed it. I think it should be added as a lunch option after the's only a few miles away and a shame to miss after driving almost 3 hours to get to the park!

    3 · June 23, 2013

    • Kellie Carlisle

      @Thomas, thanks for the info and I am happy to include this as the place for a post paddle meal next time. I have never heard of the place but I just looked it up. Perfect location and menu for this event.

      June 23, 2013

    • Thomas

      We went to Captain Tyler's Crabhouse on the waterfront. Good food! Waterman's Inn next door gets higher reviews so I'll try it next time.

      1 · June 23, 2013

  • Kellie Carlisle

    Thanks to Mike for volunteering to guide this paddle trip.

    3 · June 23, 2013

  • Thomas

    It WAS magical...perfect weather, lunch on the beach. I should have brought a bottle of wine - oh well, next time...

    3 · June 22, 2013

  • Chris Kincade

    Great meeting you all... Was fun

    2 · June 23, 2013

  • Barb

    Dwayne, I could see that you have a keen photographic eye, would love to see any photos you would like to share with group.

    2 · June 23, 2013

    • Dwayne Jackson

      Thanks Barb. It took me awhile to get to my pic posting. Really enjoyed spending the day with you!

      1 · June 23, 2013

  • Dwayne Jackson

    Twice now my post event comments have failed to post...hmm?
    I loved the day. The beauty of Jane's Island is hard to overstate. The area was pristine, rustic and certainly remote in places. However, it was accessible with nice amenities. The paddle event was terrific with excellent protected waters conducive to first time kayakers. I did feel the duration or mileage of the trip was tough for first time kayakers. That being said, I am so proud of our new paddlers who finished with a smile on their face the entire time!...well, most of the time anyway! Ha! Big "Thanks" to Mike for once again being an excellent leader. Thank goodness he knew the waterway!! MAHG once again delivered a wonderful event full of interesting, engaging and fun participants. Par for the course. Oh, my wife Barb loved her day as well. Enjoy the pictures. The first two sunrise pics were taken that morning at Blackwater Wildlife Refuge about an hour up the road from Crisfield.

    2 · June 23, 2013

  • Barb

    What a beautiful place and so peaceful. My fellow kayakers made the day. So much fun to paddle with everyone. Thanks Mike for all you do.

    4 · June 23, 2013

  • Tran

    It's my first time in a kayak and I'm hooked. Thanks, Mike for leading! Awesome day on the water with great company

    4 · June 22, 2013

    • Tatyana

      Tran, you did awesome!

      1 · June 23, 2013

  • Clayton Park

    The lady at the Jane Island Park Store wanted me to pass on that launching off of the concrete boat ramp costs $7.00, but the rubber kayak launching ramps are free.

    2 · June 22, 2013

    • Kellie Carlisle

      Thanks for letting me know. The guide book had it as being free-blush...

      June 23, 2013

  • Tatyana

    Nice kayaking among helpful & friendly people

    4 · June 22, 2013

  • Kara

    Nice, thoughtful people on this trip. Helped me out when I needed it.

    5 · June 22, 2013

  • christine

    Can't make it, something came up.

    June 22, 2013

  • gwen m

    sorry have to do a workshop tomorrow. Have fun.

    June 21, 2013

  • Clara

    Anybody passing by the Red Line? I live in Montgomery County. I can get to any metro station, considering that the metro opens at 7am, well please let me know :)

    June 20, 2013

  • Cathy N

    I keep thinking this was Sunday.

    June 20, 2013

  • Michael H.

    OK guys, here is the long awaited information... The company is Crisfield Kayak & Canoe. Their website is: The owner said everyone should go to the website and, on the right side of the page, fill out the Release form and Reservation form and email them to him ([masked]). He will call me tomorrow to determine if we get a group rate (at least 7 people) and will call each of you to arrange payment. On Saturday, they will bring the kayaks to the launch site. If you have any other questions, give me a call tomorrow morning.

    2 · June 19, 2013

  • Tatyana

    Barb, to stay camping you need to call and check if any spot a ailable. As I know tbey have all cabin booked. But I didnt ask about tents.

    June 18, 2013

    • Barb

      thanks Tatyana. many spaces open. what I was asking is if anyone plans on, or is interested in staying weekend tent camping on island after paddle, if anyone is please let me know

      1 · June 18, 2013

    • Tatyana

      Barb, I would love too, but i have signed for Rhododendron hikes in PA on Sunday.

      June 19, 2013

  • Kellie Carlisle

    We finally found a boat rental place nearby that is going to work with us:) They are calling us back in the morning with prices because they are going to discuss a discount for our group, yay! Will post details as soon as I get them.

    2 · June 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I'd love to join but don't know where to get a kayak from--any advice? I've been e-mailing & calling Kellie & Mike, but so far, no news.


    June 18, 2013

    • Tatyana

      Wynette, roll down for my answer. I have called to Janes island a week ago.

      June 18, 2013

  • Barb

    Is anyone looking to camp at Janes Island SP after paddle?

    June 17, 2013

  • Christina you have a boat available?

    June 13, 2013

  • Tatyana

    Hi Guys, I love to read your friendly comments. I am from the Eastern Shore and this is my first trip with you.
    I have called to James park to clear our worries about kayaks as I don't have any as well.
    The Park has 14 kanoos, 9 double kayaks and 10 singles. But don't be so excited!
    They have their cabins completely reserved, so some people except us can still wish to go paddling.
    Again, the nearest town has their kayaks available, so it is increasing our chances to paddle. But once again, nothing can be reserved in advanced.

    2 · June 13, 2013

  • Thomas

    Hey everyone, I can pick up 'poolers in Annapolis. I'll pick up my kayak at the event so I don't have a roof rack to carry one and my car is a 4-door sedan. I can carry 2 riders with gear if anyone is interested. Be advised that I have an older car and it's not pretty. However, it's reliable and the A/C works very well! I'll be leaving VERY early (6am or so) because I suspect Bay Bridge traffic will be a mess...I'll get breakfast in Crisfield and just kick around until 11am.

    June 12, 2013

    • Kellie Carlisle

      When we have done this trip in the past, the bridge was fine and no traffic.

      June 12, 2013

  • Victor Yang

    would you guys recommend having a inflatable Kayak for this trip :-) I just bought one (being all excited for this trip) :-D

    May 29, 2013

  • Linda Benson

    Is fido welcome in the rental kayaks and on the trip? Thx!!

    June 12, 2013

    • Kellie Carlisle

      If he is used to riding in a sit on top kayak then it is fine with me:)

      June 12, 2013

  • Dwayne Jackson

    Hi Mike. I sent this Wednesday via email.
    I hope you are well. The only thing holding me back from signing up for this paddle event is having to cross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge mid-morning on a summer Saturday. Have you done this before at a similar time of year? It looks like a beautiful place to be. Please let me know your thoughts. Thanks for all your time and efforts on these events.

    May 11, 2013

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