Kent County Recreation: Paddling

Chester River South and Eastern Neck Island

Paddle Kent County - Mouth of the Chester River and Eastern Neck Island
The symbol reddot indicates a put-in point for kayaks or canoes.  Directions to each from the main road are included below.

The southernmost third of the Chester River is one of the most beautiful waterways on the Eastern Shore.  Picturesque creeks enter the Chester from both shores, and the Corsica River joins the Chester a few miles above its mouth.  The abundance of public landings and put-in points make it possible to vary trip length to suit any schedule.

Crossing the Chester can present a challenge to the novice.  Paddlers may encounter currents of up to two knots under certain wind and tide conditions; and the prevailing southwest wind during summer months can create short, steep waves in the afternoon.

Eastern Neck Island forms the western shore near the river's mouth.  Settled by the Wickes family in 1650, the island is now a National Wildlife Refuge. A circuit of the island is a must for any trip to the mouth of the Chester.

For an expanded view of the Town of Rock Hall and its landings, click here or click on the town in the adjacent map.

Those who are interested in technical data on the Chester River and its companion stream to the north, the Sassafras, may wish to examine the Environmental Protection Agency's  Watershed Environmental Profile which provides a wealth of detail on both.

Bogle's Wharf Ramp
Go south out of Rock Hall on MD Route 445.  Go across the bridge onto Eastern Neck Island. When the road forks, take the left fork to its end.
Gray's Inn Landing
Go south out of Rock Hall on MD Route 445.   After passing Boundary Avenue, go .8 mile and turn left onto Grays Inn Landing Rd. Proceed to end
Skinner's Neck Ramp
Turn Off MD Route 20 onto MD Route 288E. At the "T", turn right and follow the road to its end. Ramp is on the left.
Herringtown Landing
Turn Off MD Route 20 onto MD Route 288E. At the "T", turn right and follow the road .4 mile, Turn left on Harrington Park Rd. and proceed to the end.
Long Cove Ramp
Turn Off MD Route 20 onto MD Route 288E At the "T", turn left and follow 288E to its end.
Shipyard Landing
Turn off MD Route 20 onto Shipyard Landing Road 1 mile north of Edesville. Proceed to the end..
Broadneck Landing
Leave Chestertown on MD Route 20S for Rock Hall. Turn left off MD Route 20 onto MD Route 446S. Proceed to the end.
Cliff City Ramp
Leave Chestertown on MD Route 289S. Proceed to the end
Quaker Neck Landing
Leave Chestertown on MD Route 289S. Turn left onto Quaker Neck Landing Road .4 mile south of Pomona. Proceed to the end.

Rock Hall and Vicinity

Paddle Kent County - Rock Hall and vicinity
Spring Cove Marina
Go north from Rock Hall .7 mile on Route 445. Turn left on Spring Cove Road just before leaving town. Proceed to the "T" and go left.
The Haven
Go to the end of Route 20
Rock Hall Beach
Just before the end of Route 20, turn left onto Beach Road and proceed .2 mile
Green Lane Launch Ramp
Go south out of Rock Hall on Route 445.   After passing Boundary Avenue, turn right onto Green Lane and proceed to the end.
Allen's Lane
Continue south on Route 445 for .2 mile beyond the Green Lane turnoff.  Turn right onto Allen's Lane and proceed to the end.

The most accessible of the Rock Hall put-in points is probably Rock Hall Beach.  The Rock Hall area offers some fine in-shore paddling. Swan Creek is navigable for more than a mile above its mouth; and Tavern Creek, although shorter, is just as pretty. Rock Hall also offers some comfortable and affordable waterfront dining, as well as several of the best marinas on Maryland's Eastern Shore.