DESCRIPTION: (Wear appropriate clothing & bring water! Below are some special instructions: what to bring, relative difficulties, interesting features, & carpooling directions.)
This is usually a good date for the American Lotus to be in full bloom. We will paddle on Turners Creek in protected coves for the lotus. Then along the west bank of the Sassafras in more open water. There is usually power boat activity in this area which with some wind can generate swells (waves). While we will stay close to shore to help deal with this, longer boats (12 feet or more) are recommended. A skirt is good idea but not necessary. Depending on timing we will eat lunch at the put-in or on one of the sandy beaches on the Sassafras. Bring lunch, water, and sunscreen.
Please respond to Bob Strahorn by email: • If you are coming (include you cell phone number) • If you need equipment (boat, paddle, pfd) • With any questions
GPS Coordinates: 39.35764 -75.98278
WHERE: Turner’s Creek County Park
EXACT COORDINATES: 39.357475, -75.982986
NEAREST ADDRESS: 13798 Turner's Creek Rd Kennedyville, MD
General Information: Recreational: Turner’s Creek is a relatively small body of water the exits onto the Sassafras River. On summer weekends the Sassafras River has heavy big boat traffic and numerous confused waves. We typically paddle the lotus fields and then enter the Sassafras River. You can reach the Harmon Plantation Lotus fields during the lotus blooming season. We try to paddle this around high tide.
Difficulty & Must Haves: The Sassafras River is an open body of water and fairly wide at Turner’s Creek, Waves can grow quickly if the winds pick up and the weekend boat traffic generates confused seas. A 12’ or longer boat is necessary. Basic kayak training with some follow on experience is required. We normally paddle about 10 miles. Bring sunscreen, water, lunch, and all required paddle gear.
Nice to Have & Human Interest: A skirt may be desired if the winds and waves pick up. During the lotus season, early August, this is an especially pretty paddle. Osprey, eagle, and heron are plentiful.
Additional Notes & Shuttle Info: Closely adhere to the speed limit driving through the small towns.
No future events at this location
ADMIN FINALIZE: ACTUAL MILEAGE: PARTICIPANT COUNT: 9 VOLUNTEER HOURS: EVENT CANCELLED: No