Destinations : Chesapeake Bay Area Destinations
Chesapeake Bay has a rich history, unique ecosystem and beautiful landscape that continue to amaze long time residents and newcomers alike. If you’re looking for some things to do this article will definitely point you in the right direction!
Over 250 trip reports with pictures and ramp information.
The Upper James River Water trail is a 45 mile section of the James River. It is located in western Virginia.
Destinations : Farther Afield
Florida Suwannee River Wilderness Trail is a system of public and private recreation and visitor facilities focused on paddling the Suwannee River from White Springs to the coastal town of Suwannee.
Great place to stay,motel right on a channel.A mile paddle to San Carlos Bay,and a 2 mile paddle across, to Sanibel Island, and Ding Darling Wildlife refuge/ access the Great Calusa Blue Way.The managers Ellie and George, couldn't be nicer,and more accommodating, the price is more then right.There are manatees outside your door several dolphin pods, in the bay.I cant believe,there aren't more paddlers down there.Check it out!
Destinations : Launch Sites
An easy and free launch site on the Potomac River, right across from Washington D.C. See the Directions link on the site.
Pictures, fees, facilities and notes on area ramps
The map interface is a little off-putting, but this is a very useful site for finding launch sites when traveling out of our area. Zoom and and scroll to see the area where your travels take you, then click on the dot for launch site details.
Navigation and Weather : Tides and Currents
A great resource for gauging the water flow on the Potomac from Great Falls down to the Key Bridge area. Water temperature is included.
Tidespy, tides at a glance is the free tide service brought to you by OceanFun Publishing Ltd.
Now you can have water conditions, tidal flows, and water levels emailed or text-ed to your email account or cell phone. USGS gauges appear to be on inland waterways. For a USGS News Brief visit here
Navigation and Weather : Weather
Using directional Arrows; colors indicate speed in KTS. of predicted winds. The coverage area is the entire bay and a good portion of the sourounding waters.
Northern Chesapeake Bay PORTS Info
Water Levels (Tides)
Winds (Speed Direction Gusts)
Air and Water Temperature
Currents (F)lood, (S)lack, (E)bb
Map of weather forecast zones for marine weather forecasts.
Map of marine forecast zones for the lower Chesapeake Bay
WindFinder provides wind data from a number of stations. Type your location in the "Find Wind" box and if there are any stations nearby you select from the search results. The link above is for Annapolis Naval Academy in MD.
The jellyfish often encountered in the Chesapeake Bay in the summer is the sea nettle Chrysaora quinquecirrha. Knowing where and when to expect this biotic nuisance may help to alleviate an unpleasant encounter. These near-real-time maps of sea nettle distribution are experimental products.
Offering custom crafted Greenland and other style paddles to CPA members at a special 15% off discount.
NOR provides free downloadable handouts and posters about public rights on rivers, and also offers an entire book on the subject.
Paddling Clubs and Associations
Paddling.net: Your #1 source for canoeing and kayaking. Checkout the newsletter and photo of the week.
A great kayaking organization dedicated to educating competent instructors, positive stewardship, and more about paddlesport recreation. For Waivers, go to ACA Waiver Page
New Zealand National Sea kayak Organization; a great deal of good information from a beautiful place to Kayak.
A small (& growing!) club of Traditional Style (a.k.a. Greenland) paddlers. It is officially recognized by Qaannat Kattuffiat (The Greenland Kayaking Association). They have a spectacular Greenland training & social event every fall. A must attend event!
WCC is best known for its racing focus. They offer races for sprint, surfski, kayak and canoe throughtout the year in addition to a variety of non-racing events.
Paddling Outfitters and Schools
The DC Area's Premier Stand Up Paddle Boarding School, Featuring Earth River SUP Gear.
A fine 'intro to the sport' school, as well as a great kayak supply shop in Rockville, MD. They now have a BCU instructor leading the Sea Kayaking portion of the school who offers excellent high end instruction BCU-style as well. Plus their site has some nice links too.
Sea and WW Kayak Instruction,trips and certifications. See who we are, what we do, and more with a schedule and pricing!
CPA member owned company specializing in personal and small group lessons, trips and tours. Take your paddling to the next level with Bay Kayaking.
Also the area's Epic Expert for demos of Epic Kayaks, Surf Skis and paddles.
Skin boat building school and retailer of skin boat supplies. Nice videos of skinning your boat
We rent recreational, touring and sea kayaks, as well as SUPs and the occasional canoe.
We are DelMarVa Board Sports offering rentals, sales, lessons and tours on Stand Up Paddle Boards. We service Maryland and Delaware. We're located next to Harpoon Hanna's on Fenwick Island.
The Mid-Atlantic's most complete selection of inflatable stand up paddle boards and accessories. Features a DC Area local board maker - Earth River SUP.
Excellent source for equipment especially the Attic Sales on the first Saturday of selected months. REI also has classes in kayaking and related fields.
The premier sea kayak, canoe and SUP shop in Maryland. Sales and rentals and we are right on the water so you can demo new kayaks.
Kayak Retailer and Rentals in the Ocean State
NuCanoe and Malibu Kayaks and Accessories Cambridge MD 410-221-9981
Safety : Equipment
Resource for non-lethal pepper spray.
Going Gear sells practical outdoor gear, such as flashlights, firesteels, firestarters, knives, etc.
Safety : Hypothermia and Cold Water
Accurate information on cold water safety is vital to anyone venturing onto cold water, whether their sport is canoeing, kayaking, sailing, fishing, hunting, paddle boarding, board sailing, surfing, open water swimming, scuba diving, rowing, surf skiing, or motor boating. It is also mission-critical for risk management, occupational safety, emergency management, search and rescue, and any commercial or military operations in which immersion in cold water is a possibility.
The National Center for Cold Water Safety was established to reduce the incidence of close calls, injuries, and fatalities due to cold water immersion. The Center is in a unique position to accomplish this goal because its sole mission is the study and promotion of cold water safety.
Always a good read for beginning and full time kayakers. Chuck has been a long time member of the CPA and a founder of the ACA as we know it today. He has lots of knowledge to spread around. We should accept his offerings.
Traditional Paddling : Boat Building
You can make a sleek, light wooden kayak or other small boat from a kit. They have supplies for wooden boat outfitting and repair, as well.
All about building small skin on frame kayaks and canoes.
A very nice collection of knowledge about carving your own Greenland Paddle; an activity many CPA Members have taken part in. It even has Chuck Holst's instructions.