Kent County Recreation: Paddling

Chester River North Chestertown to Crumpton

Paddle Kent County - Chestertown and the Chester River
The northern reaches of the Chester River are not paddled as often as the southern. A half-day trip, however, can be equally rewarding and less challenging in a southwest breeze.  In the vicinity of Chestertown, the Chester's shores are lined with private residences; and for nearly a quarter mile below the bridge between Chestertown and Kingstown, the western shore is lined with 18th Century homes, all beautifully preserved. The river above and below Chestertown is broad and the countryside is peaceful and verdant. Farms come down to the water for much of the way in both directions.

The symbol indicates a put-in point for kayaks or canoes.  Directions to each from the main road are included below.

Chestertown has recently renovated the area at the foot of High Street to create a riverfront park for picnickers and pedestrians.  It has enhanced an already-charming colonial town, but paddlers who wish to launch from Chestertown proper may want to use the public dock and parking area adjacent to the Old Wharf Restaurant, one block south.

To see a larger map of the upper reaches, click here.
High Street
At the light, turn left off MD Route 213 onto Cross Street. Turn left onto High Street. Proceed to the riverfront. See note above.
Morgnec
Take MD Route 291 east out of Chestertown. Immediately after crossing Morgan Creek, look for the fishing area on the left.
Buckingham Wharf
Proceed east on MD Route 291 for 1.4 miles beyond the Morgnec put-in. Turn right onto Buckingham Road and proceed to the end