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Home > Visit a Gateway > By Activity > Paddling the Chesapeake > Paddling the Chesapeake: Other Boating Opportunities
Paddling the Chesapeake: Other Boating Opportunities

While the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network contains 23 designated water trails, there are many other sites within the network that offer additional paddling opportunities. Although many of these Gateway sites may not have formal water trail routes, all offer interesting areas suitable for exploration by kayak, canoe or small boat.

However, there are several Gateway member sites that have self-contained water trail areas. These water trails are localized within the sites and are usually suitable for beginning paddlers or those who may want to paddle in semi-protected waters. For more information, visit the links below:

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge
Explore Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), located in the Blackwater and Nanticoke River watersheds on Maryland's Eastern Shore, in your canoe or kayak along over 20 miles of paddling trails. A fold-out map and guide provides four different routes, directions, paddling times and a host of other useful information. The guide also describes some of the wildlife you might see along your trip.
   
Janes Island State Park
Janes Island State Park encompasses 2,900 acres of Chesapeake Bay marsh, beach, and highland, and is bordered on the west by Tangier Sound. The park is dissected by many small waterways, with 30 miles of trails marked for canoes and kayaks. A trail guide is available for purchase at the park.
   
Point Lookout State Park
Point Lookout State Park sits at the southernmost tip of Maryland's western shore on a peninsula formed by the Chesapeake Bay and the Potomac River. Recreational opportunities abound in this picturesque Bay setting. Swimming, fishing, boating and camping are just a few of the activities to be enjoyed. A trail guide is available for purchase at the park.

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