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.
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.
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:
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:
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!