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20 Mile Paddle: Anne Arundel County Water Trail Part 4

  • Jun 21, 2014 · 9:00 AM
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I wanted to get the word out, so even though we still need to work out the details, I'm announcing it now. I would like to go on a 20 mile paddle this weekend, preferably on Saturday, involving the Chesapeake Bay if the weather permits. This trip is for those who wears a pfd on their person, puts on a skirt if their kayak is designed for one, can perform wet exits, rescues, and have group paddling skills. If this sounds like CPA requirements to you, it is. Our motivation is to get in shape for KIPP. :) Sign up and post comments if you have suggestions. See you on the water.

We have decided to continue our series on exploring the draft Anne Arundel County Water Trail.


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  • Lisa

    I met a couple of kayakers that used to live in Rose Haven. They said that at low tide you can go under the 423 bridge north of Rose Haven and into a big inland marsh. They said they had to pull themselves through by pushing on the bottom of the bridge so there's not a lot of headroom. I wouldn't do it if rain was forecast. There's probably a lot of birds back there.

    June 26, 2014

    • Marc

      Not in my fiberglass kayak. I have enough scratches already. :) I didn't look carefully to see if portaging is an option.

      June 27, 2014

  • Denise Parisi *.

    Jaclin-Maybe we could repeat the 20 mile paddle they did on Saturday.

    June 26, 2014

    • Andy

      I'll be hiking Saturday, and doing a different paddle Sunday (see website). Marc, Dennis and Mike have other commitments this weekend. Denise or Jaclin, you could post something on the Discussion board under Pickup Trips.

      June 26, 2014

  • Jaclin G

    Anybody want to organize something long like this for this coming weekend? We had a great 20 mile trip circumnavigating Wye Island last fall- we went up a few side rivers to make it equal 20. I think Dennis has the trip plan (!? Dennis?). I would be game, but I know Marc is out of town this weekend. Any takers among the organizers?

    June 23, 2014

    • Marc

      Unless you get caught in bridge traffic. :) If you're crossing the bridge anyway, another option is Kent Maria Narrows to Terappin Beach Park under the bay bridge.

      June 23, 2014

    • Denise Parisi *.

      There might be a wye island circumnavigation on July 4th. I am game for a long paddle on Sunday, but let's look at some options.

      June 24, 2014

  • Andy

    A fun day, full of a little bit of everything: good company, waves, marinas, houses and quiet natural beauty. And we were still smiling after 20 miles!

    June 22, 2014

  • Marc

    This was a great paddle! Thanks Lisa for suggesting it, thanks to Dennis for the detailed charts, and thanks to Andy, Mike and Rose for making it more fun. We paddled from Rose Haven all the way to the end of Rockhold Creek in Deale and then back out into the bay past the mouth of Deep Creek for a total of 20 miles. The waves picked up in the afternoon making for an exciting paddle from Deep Creek to Rose Haven on following seas with waves of over a foot. Now I have now paddled the stretch of the Chesapeake Bay from Sandy Point to Rose Haven along with some creeks and rivers in between!

    June 21, 2014

  • Marc

    The threat of possible thundershower is now gone according to 4 sources: wunderground.com, weather.com, accuweather.com and weather.gov. There is still about a 50% chance of scattered showers if you average the forecast from the sources. The best forecast in our favor is wunderground.com which calls for an overcast day with <20% chance of precipitation. On the plus side, it will be a a nice day in the low 70's. How do people feel about taking 2 stops? If we can do lunch fast at the Happy Harbor as Lisa suggested, then that can be our first stop (about 7 miles). Then we can take another stop on one of the beaches on the bay.

    See you all tomorrow.

    June 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Marc, looking at Google Maps; are we launching from the beach at the park off Lake Shore Drive??

    June 20, 2014

    • Marc

      Yes.

      June 20, 2014

  • Marc

    Thanks for your input. We will paddle north out of Rose Haven this time and we'll save the other options for another trip. We should be able to explore farther into those creeks since we will be paddling in around high tide. No one should get stuck in the mud this time. We'll need to figure out a more detailed float plan and identify stopping points.

    June 18, 2014

    • Lisa

      Where did you guys get stuck in the mud?

      June 20, 2014

    • Marc

      Only one of us did at the misnamed Deep Creek. See photo of the rescue. :)

      June 20, 2014

  • Lisa

    NOAA Chart 12270 covers the area, LOTS of area. The big boat channel parallels the Herrington Bay shore. We had a map, not a chart, on our Memorial Day paddle and ended up by the 2 red marker watching the beauty parade and going ????

    http://www.charts.noaa.gov/OnLineViewer/12270.shtml

    June 19, 2014

    • Marc

      Are you going to give him a wake-up call or should I do it? :)

      1 · June 19, 2014

    • Andy

      Maybe we should both call; apparently it takes a lot to wake Snoozer.

      June 20, 2014

  • Lisa

    There's a low floating dock at the Happy Harbor in Deale on Rockhold Creek. We got out and had lunch.

    June 19, 2014

    • Marc

      The only problem with stopping there for lunch is that we might not even come close to our 20 mile goal. :)

      June 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm back tomorrow, I can make it.

    2 · June 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Whitewater trip this weekend, sorry.
    Looks really great!

    June 18, 2014

    • Marc

      See you sometime soon. :)

      June 19, 2014

  • Lisa

    There's a second small parking lot now at Rosehaven that holds 2 cars. It's ~100 yards past/south of the first parking lot. The first parking lot hold ~6+ cars if you park efficiently. I think there is street parking across the street.

    1 · June 18, 2014

  • Dennis

    I’ve been scouting 20-mile paddle options and offer 3 to consider.
    ONE OPTION: A couple weeks ago, I joined CKA/Chuck for his 8-10 mile Stoney Creek paddle to the Patapsco River. I’ve always been curious about extending this paddle around Ft. Smallwood Park and into the Bay. If we extended around Ft Smallwood, then south along the shoreline to Downs Park, that would give us a 20-mile round trip. Break point options would include Riviera Beach (on the Patapsco), Ft Smallwood Park, and Downs Park.

    SECOND OPTION: Put in at Sandy Point, head northerly into the Magothy River, break at Dobbins Island, head northerly into Cornfield Creek and Redhouse Cove, then southerly to Spriggs Farm Park for 2nd break. Then return to Sandy Point.

    June 17, 2014

    • Marc

      Either one would be good for me. Stoney Creek is free so I know someone who would prefer that. We've paddled from Fort Smallwood and Stoney Creek before and I wouldn't mind filling in the gaps in between and further south.

      June 17, 2014

    • Denise Parisi *.

      Both sound fun. Anxious to see how your 20 miler goes.

      June 18, 2014

  • Lisa

    If you launched out of Rosehaven, paddled into Deale Harbor and went all the way to the end of Rockhold Creek it's ~13 miles roundtrip. If you added going all the way to the end of Tracys Creek it would be ~15 miles roundtrip. You're on your own for the last 5 miles ;)

    June 17, 2014

    • Andy

      There's enough room for about 6-8 cars [Lisa, please correct me if my memory is faulty], plus street parking about a block away.

      1 · June 17, 2014

    • Marc

      In that case, I recommend that we choose this route. Rose and I have never paddled that section before. Did this sound good to everyone? We'll just need to order up just the right amount of wind without any thunderstorm to make it exciting.

      2 · June 17, 2014

  • Dennis

    ANOTHER OPTION: Last year we did a nice extended circumnavigation of Wye Island. Though a basic circumnavigation can be done in as little as 14 miles, we pushed it to 20 miles by adding a run to Bennett Point lighthouse and runs up Dividing Creek and Granary Creek. The only downside for KIP’ers is that you may not get enough “open water” paddling, though you do get some at the mouth of the Wye River.

    June 17, 2014

    • Marc

      This option involves a long drive and crossing the bay bridge. It also doesn't quite go to the bay. I prefer your first 2 options or Lisa's suggestion but longer.

      June 17, 2014

  • Bryan W.

    Marc, any chance you could move this to Sunday? I'm running a friends and family paddle on Sat but absolutely need the workout for the Bay paddles.

    June 16, 2014

    • Jack D.

      Saturday or Sunday is OK with me.

      June 16, 2014

    • Andy

      Sticking to Saturday allows people to go to Hector's picnic/rescue practice/swap meet on Sunday.

      June 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Marc, great idea, but i'm out of town too.

    June 17, 2014

  • Denise Parisi *.

    I am also out of town. Ready for 20 miles any time!

    June 16, 2014

    • Marc

      Aw. :(

      June 16, 2014

  • Jaclin G

    I am out of town this weekend-catch you next time!

    June 16, 2014

    • Marc

      We'll miss you. See you next time!

      June 16, 2014

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