Tour the Shore: Guided Paddles Show Off Upper Eastern Shore

ShoreRivers, the mid-and-upper-Eastern Shore waterkeepers’ organization, wants to show you some of the area’s best spots…by kayak.

The Tour the Shore kayak series allows paddlers to explore quiet creeks and rivers across the region. The theme of this year’s program is “Serene,” and guides will share the ShoreRivers mission of cleaner water for all with tour participants.

The guided kayak tours began May 18 on Tuckahoe Creek. Up next in June, paddlers can join a tour of Cambridge from the water that shows off the city’s landmarks. In July, ShoreRivers offers a sunset/full moon tour of Turners Creek, including a picnic dinner. In August, tour-goers can paddle to Wye Island and hike its forests full of 300-year-old trees. And on the September tour, paddlers will explore Morgan Creek in Chestertown, with opportunities for bird-watching.


Below is ShoreRivers’e full list of upcoming paddles in the series:

Date: June 22
Time: 2 pm – 4 pm
Location: Cambridge Creek Heritage Paddle
See downtown Cambridge from a water view as we paddle into Cambridge Creek, at the heart of the city. Paddle guide Brian Roche of Choptank Heritage Trail will take us past the Choptank River Lighthouse, JM Clayton Seafood Company, and to the head of the creek, the site for the proposed Cannery Park.

Date: July 27
Time: 6 pm – 9:30 pm
Location: Turners Creek, Kennedyville
Paddle the serene Sassafras River as the sun sets and the full moon rises! Gather on the sandy
shores for a BYO picnic dinner ahead of time.

Date: August 17
Time: 10 am – 2 pm
Location: Wye Island paddle and hike

A summer favorite, paddle the shores of Wye Island and hop out of the boat for lunch and a walk through one of the Eastern Shore’s old growth forests. Stay cool under trees as old as 300 hundred years as you hike the Schoolhouse Trail back to the boats.

Date: September 28
Time: 10 am – 1 pm
Location: Morgan Creek, Chestertown
Morgan Creek is a gentle paddle off of the Chester River that takes you past marsh lined farm fields and wooded shores. Borrow a pair of ShoreRivers’ binoculars to help spot bald eagles and wading birds.

Paddlers can bring their own kayaks or rent ShoreRivers’ kayaks. Reservations are limited, so
contact Suzanne at 443,385.0511 or [email protected] to reserve a spot. Tours are $30 for non-members, $20 for members, and kayak rentals are an additional $30 per person.

-Meg Walburn Viviano