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Home > Visit a Gateway > Nanticoke River Water Trail
Nanticoke River Water Trail

The Nanticoke is about 63 miles long from its headwaters in Delaware south to Tangier Sound in Dorchester County, Maryland. The river possesses regionally and nationally significant natural, recreational, and cultural values. Significant acreage is protected by Wildlife Areas and natural heritage sites along the river in Sussex County, DE and in Dorchester and Wicomico counties, MD.

River edges are lined with marshland, sandy shores, and low vegetated cliffs. Much of the land along the river corridor is undeveloped and privately owned, but portions of private land are protected by non-profit organizations. As such, the river corridor is ideal for wildlife including migratory birds. Bass fishing, boating, kayaking, and canoeing are activities currently enjoyed on the river.

For information on the water trail in Delaware, including a list of public access points visit this site You can also visit PaddleTheNanticoke.com for helpful hints and ideas on trip planning on and near the river

You can also purchase a copy of the new water trail map here
Hours: Access and hours of public launch sites varies; consult individual parks for current information as you plan your trip.
Fees: Many public launch sites have seasonal fees; check with managing agency for current information.

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