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Janes Island Circumnavigation

We are heading down to the Chesapeake Bay to beautiful Janes Island State Park in Crisfield, Maryland for a 14 mile circumnavigation of the island.  This is a long paddle sometimes with strong winds and choppy water and is meant for experienced paddlers, with 14 foot or longer boats who are comfortable doing a self or assisted rescue.  We keep a brisk pace but will make multiple stops to explore the island and have lunch.  Plan on the trip taking 6 to 8 hours.

You should bring:

• a 14 foot or longer kayak, with paddle, and ideally a spare paddle

• a PFD (which must be worn)

• a skirt

• lunch

• lots of water

• normal safety gear (paddle float, pump)

We are launching at 10am at the boat ramp in the park.  Please arrive early enough to unload your boat, get dressed, setup your equipment, etc by that time.

This trip is rain or shine, but extremely high winds/thunderstorms/etc could cause a cancellation or a change in plans.  Details of changes will be posted on the DVK site, or you can contact me (Jason) via cell phone at[masked]-7047.

I am camping at Janes Island the weekend of the trip, if you are camping and want to organize/discuss the trip with other like minded folks, please use the Janes Island Camping 2014 discussion thread in the Discussion section of the DVK web site, NOT the comments section of this paddle. Any discussion not related to this paddle in the comments section of this trip will be removed.  The discussion can be found here:

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  • Karl F.

    Had a great time and with some great people.

    1 · September 21, 2014

  • Karl F.

    Had a great time at Jane's Island with you all and I look forward to joining you again sometime. Thanks Jason and Christine for leading.

    1 · September 21, 2014

  • Todd

    It was great spending the weekend with old friends as well as new. Hope you guys had a great paddle today. Thanks again Jason for organizing and glad you guys made it, sorry again for your loss.

    1 · September 21, 2014

  • Joe H

    Always a great paddle. Thanks Christine and Jason!

    September 21, 2014

  • Joe H

    Always a great paddle. Thanks Christine and Jason!

    September 21, 2014

  • Doug

    Great. Loads of fun.

    September 21, 2014

  • Hil

    Anyone want waterfront site for free Fri & Sat nights? I cannot go. Email me at [masked]

    September 16, 2014

  • Danielle

    Had to cancel. I was really looking forward to this trip. Hoping to get back in the water soon, and get some kayak/camp trips in. Have a great time everyone!
    B 28 (Electric) is available

    September 11, 2014

  • Jen

    Unfortunately, I won't be able to pull away from work for the weekend away. Have an awesome time!

    September 2, 2014

  • Denise D

    I have just cancelled my reservation at site B-22 (waterfront). If anyone needs a site, the availability should show up by tomorrow. Have a great time y'all!

    August 27, 2014

  • Jean b.

    Joanbeth where r u located ?

    June 21, 2014

  • John F.

    I am in Langhorne PA

    June 21, 2014

  • Jean b.

    Anyone teaching the self assisted class?

    June 20, 2014

    • Jean b.

      I'm in Barnegat where r u

      June 21, 2014

    • Jean b.

      10:[masked] sun 22, at YMCA camp ockanickon Medford nj. call 20.00 call[masked] it's the discovery school for LL bean, thanks john for getting me in the right path

      June 21, 2014

  • John F.

    Steve Johnson I believe of LL Bean is teaching the rolling class at Lake Nockamixon State Park. Class cost is $59 for 2 hours from 4PM to 6PM meeting at the Tohickon Boat launch on June 22. Class must be reserved ahead of time by registering and paying on the web site for the LL Bean Discovery school at link All information is at web site.

    The same web site lists many other kayaking classes by dates at multiple locations including Medford NJ. One of the classes is the Recreational kayaking class where they teach the wet exit with self assisted rescue - the "Intermediate Recreational" class more thoroughly teaches the wet exit self rescue than does the "Intro to Recreation kayak class. Scroll thru the list of multiple pages to find classes dates and locations most suitable for you

    June 20, 2014

  • Jean b.

    Where is there a self assist Rescue class?

    June 10, 2014

    • John F.

      LL Bean Discovery school is giving a class on rolling in Lake Nockamixon near Quakertown PA this Sunday June 22

      June 19, 2014

  • Joanbeth S.

    Never been! How is it there? Need more information before I commit. The description sounds great the only problem is the kayak. Can I rent one there?

    May 31, 2014

    • Jason P.

      More information about the park is at the Janes Island State Park website. They do have rental boats, but I don't know if the rental equipment is suitable for the length and speed of this trip. The web site is: http://dnr2.maryland....­

      May 31, 2014

  • Paul S.

    Jason, Great date for the Janes Island trip. I'm leading a trip to Assateague the weekend before and will have a full week of kayaking in a great area.

    1 · May 29, 2014

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