From this soft-sand beach, we will paddle the Severn River into the Chesapeake Bay, where rhythmic waves remind us why we love kayaking. We'll go past the Naval Academy into the Bay, where we will head South to Thomas Point Park, helped at first by the tide.
After about 5.5 miles, we'll reach the Chesapeake Bay Foundation at Highland Beach, where we can pull ashore for a break (and maybe some swimming) and use real bathrooms. From there, it's only about 1.5 more miles to Thomas Point Park (where we might be able to pull ashore, depending on the tide). Total round trip: 13-14 miles.
Jonas Green is a great launch site: sand beach, grass, picnic tables, easy parking, both real bathrooms and a porta-potty -- and free.
THIS IS NOT A BEGINNER PADDLE. No rentals are available. You must have at least a 14-foot kayak with spray skirt, pump and paddle float, and you must have practiced wet exit and re-entry. You should be able to maintain a 3-mph pace, and should be comfortable paddling in 2-foot waves. If you've paddled the lower Potomac (below Belle Haven) and felt comfortable, you may be ready to graduate to this water, with more waves.
High tide at Annapolis is 3:46 am, low at 10:42 am, and high again at 3:34 pm. By the time we turn around, the tide will help us again.