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Kayaking the Severn Side of Annapolis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annapolis is framed by Eastport on one side and the Severn River on the other.

We've paddled Spa Creek and Back Creek around Eastport, so now let's explore the Severn River side of Annapolis that includes College Creek, Weems Creek, and two major highway bridges that cross the river.

Afterward, we can relax with refreshments and food at the Rams Head Roadhouse just a few miles away.

Driving Directions

We'll meet up and launch our kayaks at Jonas Green Park located by the Rt 450 bridge that crosses over the Severn River to Annapolis.  You can see the park down below as you approach the bridge on Rt 450 from Rt 50 East. To get there, you'll need to turn left at the traffic light before the bridge onto Baltimore Annapolis Blvd.

The Google Meetup map above shows the address for the Severn Inn which is the best way to find our meetup spot. After turning left from Rt 450 onto Baltimore Annapolis Blvd at the light, take the first right turn that leads down to the Severn Inn and Jonas Green Park. The Jonas Green parking lot is straight ahead as you go under the bridge.

We'll launch our boats from the beach by the parking lot.  There are restrooms and porta-potties at the park.

Paddling Along the Severn River

Our kayaking route from Jonas Green Park will be at a relaxed pace that takes us across the Severn River under the Rt 450 bridge to College Creek.  It's a charming tributary that runs up to St. John's College past the U.S. Naval Academy.  Very scenic.

Then we'll return to the Severn River and paddle a short distance to explore Weems Creek which extends along beautiful waterfront properties, giving us nice views of a side of Annapolis most people never see.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After seeing what Weems Creek has to offer, we'll return to the Severn River and paddle up to the Rt 50 East bridge that we've all crossed many times in our cars on the way to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  We can then cross back to the east shore protected by the pilings of the Severn River Bridge.  Once there, we'll have a nice straight paddle along the shore of the Severn River back to our starting point at Jonas Green Park.

Total roundtrip distance for this paddle will be 7-8 miles.  Be sure to bring a wide-brim hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and plenty of cold water to stay hydrated.

Skill Level

This event is suitable for anyone who has basic paddling skills and feels comfortable controlling a kayak in close proximity to the larger boats that use Annapolis harbor.  You must be able to paddle confidently while staying together with our group of kayakers for approximately three hours on the water.

College Creek and Weems Creek are generally calm and safe, while the larger waves on the Severn River are not normally too difficult. However, the Severn River can get choppy due to wind and the wakes of passing boats, so you must be prepared to handle some swells and turbulent water.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pick a paddle buddy to stay with you, keep a few people close in sight, and watch for anyone who needs assistance.  Everything will work out fine if people are alert and stay together as part of the group.

All Participants Are Responsible for Their Own Safety

Our group of recreational kayakers look out for each other, but we're not certified experts at rescuing novices.  Our paddle events have been very successful so far because we stick together in case anyone needs assistance.  So far, there hasn't been a problem.  Let's keep it that way...

Off-Site Kayak Rentals

There are no rental boats available at Jonas Green Park.  If you don't have a kayak, you can rent one for the day from the Eastern Mountain Sports store at Annapolis Towne Center or Annapolis Canoe & Kayak in Eastport.  Full information is available here:

http://www.meetup.com/Second-Half-Rally-Active-Recreation-for-Fun-People/about/

Post-Paddle at the Rams Head Roadhouse

After our Severn River paddle, we'll pack up our boats at Jonas Green Park and drive six miles to the Rams Head Roadhouse at 1773 General's Highway, Annapolis 21401.  Our SHR group had terrific food and drinks there last year after the Severn River paddle.  It's a fun place! Full details with Yelp reviews and map below:

http://www.yelp.com/biz/rams-head-roadhouse-annapolis

Weather Considerations

As this event depends upon good kayaking weather, I'll post a notice here and send out an email by 9:00 am if we need to change plans or cancel.  Some rain is okay and can add to the adventure, but excessive heat, lightning, thunderstorms, or steady rain means we must cancel.  We won't paddle in dangerous conditions.

Call Jake at[masked] with any questions.

I hope to see you there!

 

 

 

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  • Tatyana

    Yes, Jake, thanks so much for the thoughtful places to go and organizing meet ups! it is wonderful to go along them with friends.

    August 25, 2013

  • Tatyana

    The place is wonderful! Though I was paddling along the river all the time it is a hard work, yep... But paddling this way i finally can see Naval academy, route 50 and 450 bridges surrounding not from the running car but closely is an amazing opportunity.
    I wish next time our meet time will be earlier and on Sunday as a local rancher advized to get parking lot and avoid tickets.
    I missed the group traveling! But compensate by talking at Ram's restaurant -great to be together with friends.

    August 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    sorry to have missed everyone kayaking but had a good time exploring on m own and was fortunate to have caught up with friends in the group on the shore. Jake, I like the places you choose to paddle. thanks for organizing a fun adventure!

    1 · August 25, 2013

  • Gloria

    Wonderful day! The big powerboat swells were kinda fun for me because there was no wind. Thanks Rick for seeing a group back. Thanks as always to Jake who makes IT ALL happen! You deserve a raise ;-) And thanks to everyone I paddled with today for making this a great day on the water! Sorry my photos won't be uploaded until Monday.

    August 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome trip, great weather. Water was a challenge. Lots of boat traffic made the main river very choppy.

    August 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I want to thank everyone for the great trip and accepting me to join in on the fun, even if I do have a pool toy for a kayak. I am looking forward to the next event. What a great day!

    August 24, 2013

  • Jake

    Perfect weather and a nice happy group of paddlers today. We got a lot of waves and swells from the big power boats on the Severn, but College and Weems Creeks were calm and pretty. Good fun, and more fun and food at the Ramshead Roadhouse later. Just a great day in Annapolis.

    August 24, 2013

  • Rick O.

    Gorgeous day on the water. Thanks to Jake for organizing the event. Thanks to fellow paddlers for good conversation and camaraderie. I look forward to more paddle events.

    August 24, 2013

  • Shelley

    Ah, just noticed that Chuck won't be bringing kayaks. Is it feasible to paddle from ACK on Spa Creek to Jonas Green Park to meet up with the group? Looks like about two miles.

    August 18, 2013

    • Shelley

      OK, that was my question, thx

      August 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      There is kayak rental at Jonas Park. I saw them there last Saturday when I went out. Not sure of the cost though.

      August 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've never been in a kayak but would like to try it! Where's the best place to start? Swimming pool ?

    August 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sounds perfect , thanks!

      August 19, 2013

    • Jake

      Pauline, you should join Chesapeake Kayak Adventures meetup group. Many of us are members. Chuck is a good instructor and he rents kayaks for his many events. He helps new people learn basic skills for free.

      1 · August 20, 2013

  • Mary Ellen K

    Hi Pauline! Glad that you are coming!

    August 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Well, I'm not coming yet --have to take some basic lessons first!

      August 19, 2013

  • Julia

    I would love to join you all but am afraid I don't have a kayak - or a luggage rack so I can rent one in Annapolis. Is anyone else renting a kayak nearby at a place where I could meet you and have you haul my rental as well? Please let me know. I would be happy to pay for gas - but can't manage the trip otherwise. If not, hope you all have a blast,

    Julia
    (in NW DC, right near downtown Silver Spring)

    August 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone driving up to Annapolis from Montgomery County, Md.? It would be fun to caravan.

    August 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have to cancel. I'm sailboat racing in the EYC CRAB. Next time!

    August 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Am looking for paddle folks who might be interested in kayaking on the Potomac River north of Riley's Lock (flat water). Would like company on the water and am looking forward to going on the Severn River for the first time.

    August 17, 2013

  • Rick O.

    Ready for more kayak time after the wonderful Cacaway picnic paddle. Bringing a friend along.

    August 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have a tandem and will be bringing a guest.

    1 · August 9, 2013

  • Jane B.

    Will need to rent kayak. Thank you for information about the rentals.

    August 5, 2013

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