03 - Lower Chesapeake Bay



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The Lower Chesapeake Bay from the Potomac to Capes Charles and Henry is the final mixing area of the Chesapeake Bay estuary where the Bay finally meets the open Atlantic ocean.




Long rivers, the James, York and Rappahannock, empty in from the western shore while a greatly reduced number of rivers meander through the lower DelMarVa penninsula to empty into broad bays and marshes. The Eastern side of the shore gradually narrows into a long triangular shape with barrier islands facing the Atlantic and marsh and pine lands on the Bay side.

The following are trip reports for the Lower Chesapeake.

ReportRiverRampDateType
MD - Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge - 2003/05/14 - 34.6 milesBlackwaterShorter's Wharf05/09/2003Flat Water
MD - Blackwater River - 2007/05/12 to 2007/05/13 - 26.2 milesBlackwaterShorters Warf05/21/2007Camping
MD - Cedar Creek - 2008/05/30 to 2008/06/01 - 11.9 miles, 9.1 milesBlackwater06/09/2008Marsh
MD - Chesapeake Main Channel - 2001/11/14 to 2001/11/15 - 65.9 milesMain ChannelTidewater Grill11/23/2001Flat Water
MD - Chesapeake Main Channel - 2016/09/18 to 2016/09/19 - Hoopers Island to Smith Island with the JsHonga10/15/2016Camping
MD - Chesapeake Main Channel - 2017/08/14 to 2017/08/17 - Cape Charles to Crisfield - 64 milesMain Channel09/02/2017Camping
MD - Crisfield to Cambridge - 2003/07/28 to 02003/08/01- 5 day tour - 130 milesTangier SoundCrisfield07/24/2003Flat Water
MD - Eastern Shore - 2002/09/17 to 2002/09/21ChoptankMartinak09/28/2002Flat Water
MD - Half Delmarva - 2004/06/16 to 2004/06/27 - 316 milesMain ChannelTidewater Grill07/06/2004Flat Water
MD - Honga River - 2009/10/25 to 2009/10/26 - 42 milesHongaHooper Island11/13/2009Flat Water
MD - Janes Island to Shelltown - 2007/09/23 - 20.1 milesPocomokeShelltown10/07/2007Flat Water
MD - Nanticoke River - 2010/10/07NanticokeVienna town Ramp10/22/2010Flat Water
MD - Nanticoke River - 2013/04/27 to 2013/04/28 - 32.0 milesNanticokeLaurel05/03/2013Flat Water
MD - Pocomoke River - 2001/06/13PocomokeShad Landing08/03/2001Flat Water
MD - Pocomoke River - 2001/06/14PocomokeShad Landing07/23/2001Flat Water
MD - Pocomoke River - 2001/06/15PocomokePocomoke City07/23/2001Flat Water
MD - Pocomoke River - 2009/05/15 to 2009/05/17 - 36 milesPocomokePocomoke City05/22/2009Flat Water
MD - Sinepuxent Chincoteague Bay - 2001/06/26Sinepuxent BaySouth Point07/23/2001Flat Water
MD - Tangier Sound - 2007/10/20 to 2007/10/22 - 44 milesTangier SoundJanes Island10/28/2007Flat Water
MD - Transquaking River, Fishing Bay WMA - 2003/05/07 -13 milesTransquakingBestpitch05/09/2003Flat Water
MD - Transquaking River, Fishing Bay WMA - 2006/06/16 to 2006/06/17 -36 milesTransquaking RiverFishing Bay WMA06/22/2006Flat Water
MD - Wachapreague - 2008/07/18AtlanticWachapreague07/22/2008Surf
MD - Wicomico River Deal island - 2004/11/12 to 2004/11/14ManokinChance11/19/2004Flat Water
VA - Chickahominy River - 2010/11/11 to 2010/11/14ChickahominyChickahominy Riverfront Park11/27/2010Flat Water
VA - Chincoteague - 2002/06/23 - 26.5 milesAssateague ChannelSmalley Drain07/14/2002Flat Water
VA - Chincoteague Sea Kayak Skills WeekendAssawoman BayChincoteague Town Dock & Ramp10/25/2006Coastal
VA - Mattaponi Water Trail from Aylett - 2011/05/13 - 9 milesMattaponiAylett05/28/2011Flat Water
VA - Nassawadox - 2007/07/19 to 2007/07/22AtlanticNassawadox Creek08/21/2007Coastal
VA - Virginia Barrier Islands - 2002/10/19 to 2002/10/21Virginia Barrier islandsOyster10/24/2002Camping
VA - Wachapreague - 2007/05/25 - 37 milesAtlanticWatchapreague06/01/2007Camping


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