ShoreRivers announces kayaking series

Tour the Shore paddlers explore Cambridge Creek. The paddle series chooses locations that highlight the heritage and natural beauty of Mid-Shore communities.

CAMBRIDGE — ShoreRivers’ Tour the Shore summer kayak series begins in July, with a monthly paddle on one of four rivers through September.

Tour the Shore gives novice and experienced paddlers alike an opportunity to explore creeks and rivers with small groups led by ShoreRivers’ experienced, certified staff.

Paddle routes are chosen to highlight the Eastern Shore’s most scenic riverscapes and natural features, including great blue heron roosts, underwater grasses and flooded forests.

Director of Education and Outreach Suzanne Sullivan, describes how the paddles serve ShoreRivers’ vision of healthy waterways across the Eastern Shore. “The Tour the Shore paddle series provides an opportunity for residents and visitors alike to get to know our rivers intimately. The more that individuals connect with a waterway and experience its value firsthand, the more they are going to want to protect that natural resource.”

Paddlers may bring their own kayaks or rent one from ShoreRivers. Space is limited. Contact Suzanne at 443-385-0511 or ssullivan@shorerivers.org to reserve seats. Tours are $20 for ShoreRivers members, $30 for non-members; kayak rentals are an additional $30. Paddlers should bring their own lunch!

2019 Tour the Shore dates and locations:

Choptank River — 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, July 12, Robbins Creek; departs from Two Johns Landing in Preston. This paddle helps beat the heat as it meanders alongside the forested Lynch Preserve, property that was donated to Eastern Shore Land Conservancy.

Wye River — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, Wye Island. Join the Miles-Wye Riverkeeper for a paddle that explores the peaceful coves around Wye Island Natural Resource Management Area. This paddle-plus-hike showcases old growth trees and brightly colored song bird species.

Sassafras River —10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, Turner’s Creek. Join the Sassafras Riverkeeper for a paddle from Turner’s Creek Park near Kennedyville. Explore the famous tidal pond, see the magnificent lotus blooms, and witness one of the last working waterfronts on the river.

Chester River — 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27. Launches from Shadding Reach Landing in Crumpton to explore the narrow upper reaches of the Chester as the air cools and marshes and forest edges change colors.

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