895 Blackbird Landing Rd
Townsend, DE 19734
Recreational: the best put-in is across the bridge at the maintenance road gate beyond the bridge on the right. Parking there is limited. Paddle trips may go both upstream or down. Upstream is more interesting and protected from wind. Paddles are out and back. In Odessa take US-13 south to Blackbird Landing Road (about 3 miles). Turn left onto Blackbird Landing Road and go several miles. The refuge parking area is on the left. If you get to the bridge over the creek, you went too far. Groups meet at the State Refuge parking area.
Difficulty & Must Haves:
The Blackbird Creek flows are tidal and slow moving. Paddles need to be made at or near high tide to avoid muddy banks. The paddle is largely unprotected from sun and wind. Bring sun block and insect repellent.
Nice to Have & Human Interest:
The trip should be a pleasantly memorable one. The creek is both beautiful and an avian paradise. There is no threat of power boats. This trip is fine for beginners.
Additional Notes & Shuttle Info:
The paddle is out and back. We’ll paddle for several hours and then probably do lunch at the launch point before doing an afternoon session.