DESCRIPTION: (Wear appropriate clothing & bring water! Below are some special instructions: what to bring, relative difficulties, interesting features, and carpooling directions.)
We will meet at the boat launch at the Community Park in Perryville, MD at 10 am to launch at 10:30. A boat 12 feet or longer is best. A spray skirt is also a good idea, but not mandatory.
Perryville is a paddle that includes open water, which means that tides and wind can challenge any paddler. We will paddle Mill Creek, Furnace Bay and back to Principio Creek. Depending on conditions, we may also paddle to Carpenter Point.
We are usually fortunate to see herons, eagles, ospreys, and a variety of other birds.
Please bring water, sunscreen, and a lunch. There is no shuttle. There is a porta-john at the launch. We anticipate being on the water for 3+ hours
Perryville Community Park
Perryville Community Park Dr
Recreational: Perryville is a very pretty paddle in the northernmost edge of the Chesapeake Bay. There are osprey and eagles that live in the area and a beautiful old railroad bridge. We paddle out of the kayak launch site in Perryville Community Park across Mill Creek and Furnace Bay to Carpenter’s Point and the Northeast River. Lunch is on one of the sandy beaches.
Difficulty & Must Haves:
It can be a fairly long paddle of about 9 miles and it can be windy. In July through October, aquatic weeds cover the area and make paddling difficult. Long boats, 14 ft or more, make this paddle a lot easier and a skirt is generally recommended. We modify this trip in the early season to accomodate beginning paddlers and shorter boats by decreasing the length to 6 miles with lunch at the end of the paddle. The area is popular with fishermen and there is a fair amount of powerboat traffic. The water is tidal and must be paddled at high tide.
Nice to Have & Human Interest:
We can usually depend on seeing lots of wildlife: eagles, osprey, an occasional deer.