Janes Island State Park plans for first Paddlefest, and Challenge

Posted 8/4/22

CRISFIELD — Janes Island State Park introduces its first annual Paddlefest and the Janes Island Challenge on Saturday, Oct. 1 starting at 8 a.m.

The day will include guided paddle tours, a …

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Janes Island State Park plans for first Paddlefest, and Challenge

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CRISFIELD — Janes Island State Park introduces its first annual Paddlefest and the Janes Island Challenge on Saturday, Oct. 1 starting at 8 a.m.

The day will include guided paddle tours, a poker run paddle, a moonlight paddle, music, vendors, children’s activities and a campfire on the beach. Families can enjoy a pontoon boat ride, or participate in the park clean-up.

For experienced paddlers, the Janes Island Challenge will be a 13-mile circumnavigation around Janes Island, with advance registration required to receive the completion token.

Named one North America’s best paddle trails by the American Canoe Association, Janes Island State Park offers more than 30 miles of marked water trails that meander throughout the island’s saltmarsh. Most of the waterways are protected from wind and current, providing ideal conditions for both experienced and novice paddlers.

The seven 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. 

Three backcountry campsites are located along the trails for overnight expeditions.

For details or to register for the Challenge visit Paddlefest. For more information call 410-968-1565 or email janesisland.statepark@maryland.gov. Accommodations for those with disabilities can be arranged with seven days advance notice.