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Severn River/Chesapeake Bay adventure (13-14 miles)

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.  


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  • DJ-2011

    Congrats everyone! :) I just posted a comment on one of the photo-ops showing the Audacious docking aside TPL. This was a special trip, which included a reporter and photographer from the Capital Gazette. The Gazette featured TPL, as its "Home Of The Week"! The article details TPL's history and restoration efforts. :)

    http://www.capitalgazette.com/lifestyle/home_garden/home-of-the-week-thomas-point-lighthouse/article_438c6577-85ec-59c8-aa53-5efc7413c8b7.html

    August 4, 2013

    • Andy

      Now I know why we never saw the bird squawking at us as we approached the lighthouse! (For those who didn't read the whole article, it's an electronic scarecrow, not a real bird.)

      August 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I can only think of two things to say; OMG! and LOL!!!

      August 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Tom, good article!

    August 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Two feet?, they were 6 ft. at least!! ;-)

    August 4, 2013

  • Darrick

    I enjoyed the 2ft chop.

    August 3, 2013

  • Andy

    With a small group of great paddlers, we changed the route a bit and paddled to the Thomas Point Lighthouse. The clouds kept us cool and we enjoyed the 2-foot swells (or were they 2 meters? ;)

    August 3, 2013

  • Gail D.

    What was the final mileage? For sure this is my longest trip to dat.

    August 3, 2013

    • Andy

      16.4 miles. Pat yourself on the back!

      August 3, 2013

  • Heide

    My son is coming home Friday night so will spend Saturday with him. Sorry to miss this paddle with the group!

    July 31, 2013

    • Marc

      Or, you can take them with you. :)

      August 1, 2013

    • Heide

      Thanks Andy and Marc! Any time my children come home from school they are my priority. I'll see you guys the next time - Have fun!

      August 1, 2013

  • Caretta

    Ok, watersedge planned a event at the same place on the same day just a little later in the morning.

    July 31, 2013

    • Caretta

      Did you post it last year?

      August 1, 2013

    • Caretta

      It's like wearing the same t-shirt to work on the same day.

      August 1, 2013

  • Lise

    I'll be there with Watersedge, so hope we can combine forces!

    July 31, 2013

    • Andy

      I don't plan to do that -- it would be too big a group.

      July 31, 2013

  • TallTom

    Looking forward to it!

    July 31, 2013

  • A J D.

    Yes with 1 guest

    July 30, 2013

    • Andy

      Guests are not allowed on this trip, which is open only to qualified paddlers.

      July 30, 2013

    • Andy

      If your guest meets the requirements and wants to join the club, that would be fine.

      1 · July 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    yes, would love to attend. have yet to figure out how to get there by bike or public transport

    July 25, 2013

    • Andy

      There are no rentals available, and I don't think you could get there by bike or public transportation. By car, it's an hour away from DC.

      July 29, 2013

    • Gail D.

      Where do you live? I room for another kayak on my car too.

      July 29, 2013

  • Randi K.

    (I'm a yes provided my carpooling works out. If it doesn't I'll drop off asap)

    July 25, 2013

    • Andy

      I can put two kayaks on my rack, so you could ride with me.

      July 29, 2013

  • Marc

    We'll miss this one too. :(

    July 25, 2013

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