Smith Island Exploration

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· Crisfield, MD

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Crisfield City dock. Meet at 11 AM on Friday, Aug. 2

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Join us for a long weekend exploring Smith Island. Smith Island is a waterman’s community of about 300 people that sits in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay, right on the Maryland – Virginia border. It is totally a maritime community steeped in history, with a distinct culture and dialect. The people who live there are watermen (and women). Speaking of water, the only way to get to it is by boat.

Smith is a sea kayaking bonanza, since there are over 100 miles of waterways to explore. Take a look at the photo above (view is to the south) to get an idea of the paddling opportunities.

The community in the foreground is Ewell. The small community in the distance on the left is Tylerton, which will be our base for three days of exploration. Tangier is in the far distance (12 miles away!). Not shown is Martin National Wildlife Refuge which sits just to the north of Ewell, is larger than Smith Island, and which effectively doubles the area that can be paddled.

Our trip will begin at the Crisfield, MD dock at noon on the Friday, where we’ll get the ferry over to Smith. After getting settled in our newly-renovated 4 BR 2 BA waterfront house, we’ll hit the water for three days (well ok, 2.5 days) of paddling.

The Paddling

We can explore Martin National Wildlife Refuge, visit the three different communities on Smith, circumnavigate the island, cruise past (and under) crab sheds, watch the watermen bring in their haul, and explore the various guts and creeks that slice through the island.

Expect to paddle 8 - 12 miles each day


We will provide fixin's for breakfasts and lunches. That's included in the price.

For dinners, we’ll be able to get some of the freshest seafood available and - if we are up to it – eat some famous Smith Island cake that has 10-12 layers swathed in chocolate icing!

This is a Cross Currents Sea Kayaking trip run in conjunction with CKA!


You must have a boat that: 1) is at least 14 ft in length and 2) has fore and aft bulkheads and 3) has deck lines the whole way around the perimeter. Rec boats and sit on tops are not allowed for this trip. Sorry.


The cost is $325. That covers two nights lodging, the round trip ferry, two breakfasts and lunches, and guiding. It does not include dinners, your snacks, adult beverages and your transportation to/from Crisfield.


If you RSVP "yes", you will receive an invoice about six weeks prior to the trip. Payment is by check to Cross Currents Sea Kayaking.


If you need a boat, you can get one from Chuck. There is a transport fee of $95 for the weekend.

Max and Minimum Participants

There is a minimum of six participants. If we have more than eight, Rick will rent an additional house. However, there is a definite maximum of 12 participants.

Details and Logistics

All the details will be sent to participants about six weeks prior to the trip.