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Backwater Paddling Adventures

by Dana Kester-McCabe

The Eastern Shore has a myriad of opportunities for canoeing, kayaking and paddle boarding. Some of the best places to dip a paddle are our back waters: coastal bays, streams, and rivers.

imageThese provide beautiful scenery as well as great birding and fishing. They are primarily flat water and therefore easy for the novice, though some have strong currents to challenge more experienced paddlers. Late Spring or early Summer is a great time to discover our eco-friendly paradise. Below is a list of prime paddling locations, outfitters, and events which offer guided paddling tours.

Backwater Paddling Trails
Corker's Creek Black Water Canoe Trail
Pocomoke River State Forest & Park, Shad Landing
410-632-2566
This 1.5-mile self-guided canoe trail along Corker's Creek. Canoe and kayak rentals are available.

Goat Island Nature Trail
Snow Hill
410-632-2080
View Byrd Park and Snow Hill from one side of this uninhabited island and a typical cypress swamp on the other. Canoe and kayak rentals are available.

Nassawango Creek Canoe Trail
Red House Road
410-546-8597
2.5-mile trail along Nassawango Creek bordered by bald cypress forests.
For a shorter trip - 1.5 miles - take out at Nassawango Road.

Porter's Crossing to Snow Hill Canoe Trail
Porters Crossing Road
410-632-3971
This 5.5-mile canoe trail on the Pocomoke River is relatively narrow and easy to paddle.

Canoe & Kayak Rentals & Portage Service
Ayers Creek Adventures
8628 Grey Fox Lane
Berlin Maryland 21811
443-513-0895
888-602-6288
http://www.ayerscreekadventures.com

Coastal Kayak
877-445-2925
http://www.coastalkayak.com

Maryland Coastal Bays Program
Kayak, Canoe & Bike Rental
Bayside Drive in Assateague Island National Seashore
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
410-726-3217
http://www.mdcoastalbays.org

Pocomoke River Canoe Company
Snow Hill, Maryland
410-632-3971
http://www.atbeach.com/amuse/md/canoe/

Survival Products
1116 North Salisbury Blvd; Salisbury, Maryland
410-543-1244
http://www.survivalproducts.com

Shad Landing Concessions
Pocomoke River State Forest & Park
Pocomoke City, Maryland
410-632-2566

SuperFun Eco Tours
107 West Street; Berlin, Maryland 21811
410-656-9453 or 888-41-KAYAK
http://www.superfunecotours.com

Tangier Sound Outfitters
Kayak Rentals-Nature Tours-Lessons-Shuttles
27582 Farm Market Road; Marion, Maryland 21838
410-968-1803
http://tsokayaking.tripod.com/