New Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network Website Makes Exploring Chesapeake Bay Region Easy
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network makes summer trip planning a snap

Annapolis, MD (06/18/03) - With the beginning of summer just a few days away, it’s a great time to start planning a trip to explore the culture, history and environment of the Chesapeake Bay region. To help visitors make the most of their trip, the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network today launched its new, interactive website,

The website,, is an easy resource for planning long or short trips. Bay region residents and visitors can find information about their favorite Chesapeake Gateway or discover new ones.

The Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network is a partnership system of more than 120 parks, wildlife refuges, museums, historic communities and trails in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Gateways are places to experience, first-hand, Chesapeake life and culture.

Users can explore the Gateways Network in a number of different ways:

  • Location – The Gateways Network spans Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York and the District of Columbia.Activity – Gateways sites offer a wide range of activities from auto touring and biking to swimming and kayaking.
  • Theme – Gateways focus on everything from "Watermen and the Bay" to "Environmental Stewardship."
  • Type – Gateways take on many forms, from parks and museums to lighthouses, wildlife preserves and water trails.
  • Event – Chesapeake Bay Gateway sites host hundreds of exciting events throughout the year.

The website provides all the information travelers need to know before beginning a trip including upcoming events, driving directions and activities and fees. The site also offers a calendar of events, trip planner, interactive slide-shows of Network sites, a feature on Bay lighthouses and more. A free map and guide to the Network can be ordered online or by calling 800-YOUR-BAY.

“The Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network makes it easy for people from across the country to experience the culture, history and environment that makes Chesapeake Bay a national treasure,” said Jonathan Doherty, Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network Manager. “The new website will help visitors make the most of their travels throughout the Chesapeake Bay region.”

The Chesapeake Bay is North America’s largest estuary, spanning more than 185 miles from its mouth near Norfolk, Virginia to its beginnings at Havre de Grace, Maryland. More than 3,600 species of plants and animals reside in the Chesapeake and its 64,000-square mile watershed.

The Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network is coordinated by the National Park Service in partnership with the federal-state Chesapeake Bay Program.

For more information contact: John Maounis (410) 267-5778

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Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network - Comments or Questions: Call: 1-800-YOUR-BAY