Water Trails


Janes Island Water Trails
Janes Island State Park
26280 Alfred Lawson Drive
Crisfield, MD  21817
Phone:  410-968-1565
Website:  http://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/pages/eastern/janesisland.aspx
Description:  Janes Island State Park Water Trails feature seven water trails, all of which begin and end at the Janes Island State Park Marina and boat launch. The trails provide a wide variety of paddling experiences so there are options for all levels of expertise. Trail map/guides are available from the MD DNR website for $3 and include information on trails, park amenities, camping, boating safety and regulations, and natural resources in the area. The trails range in length from 1.25 to 12.5 miles and include routes along the open waters of Tangier Sound, the Big and Little Annemessex Rivers as well as various creeks and marsh routes. 

Dames Quarter

Monie Bay Water Trails
11320 Messick Road
Dames Quarter, MD  21821
Website:  dnr.maryland.gov/waters/cbnerr/Documents/MB_watertrails_all.pdf
Description:  Monie (pronounced MO-nye) Bay Water Trails includes three trails of varying difficulty.  Each trail is equipped with signs indicating direction, trail color, and a number, which can be used as a location reference with the trail map.  All trails begin at the Dames Quarter boat ramp, a no-fee public boat ramp open year-round.  trail descriptions and maps are available in the link. 

Smith Island

Smith Island Water Trails
Access from Ewell, Rhodes Point, & Tylerton
Smith Island, MD  21824
Website:  www.paddlesmithisland.com
Description:  Seven marked water trails, plus miles of of paddling possibilities for the experienced paddler.  Maps are available digitally on the website.  For a free, waterproof copy of the Smith Island Paddler's Guide, please email dlitedirector@comcast.net