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Things To Do - Kayaking & Canoeing

Adrenaline High Kayak & Cycling Tours

Phone:   410-749-2886 or 732-425-6454

Kayaking the water trails in Somerset has something for everyone from the novice to the expert. With miles of marked trails ringing both Janes Island in Crisfield and the three communities of Smith Island and local outfitters available, it's easy to spend a day on the water launching from Somerset.

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Crisfield Kayak & Canoe Rental

Address: 65C Richardson Avenue - Crisfield, MD 21853
Phone:   410-968-0333 or 443-783-2486

Kayaks and Canoes and 12 ft Snark Sail available for rent. Kayaks can be rented by the hour, day, or week. Delivery is available in the three lower counties. Check out the water trails at Janes Island State Park in Crisfield or, for experienced paddlers, the water trails at Smith Island (kayaks delivered to the ferry/freight boats at the City Dock in Crisfield for the trip to Smith). Additional transportation fees apply. Experience is not required, but it is recommended that you undergo an orientation before your trip begins.

Additional rental location at Manokin River Park in Princess Anne on Saturdays. Put in and explore the Manokin River.

Janes Island State Park Camp Store

Address: 26280 Alfred Lawson Drive
Crisfield, MD 21817

Phone:   410-968-1565

Kayak rentals. Fishing and Crabbing supplies.

Rock Creek Kayak Tours and Rentals

Address: Dames Quarter area - Deal Island, MD 21821
Phone:   410-784-2335
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Rentals available by the hour (after a 2 hour minimum), half day, and full day with or without a guide. Lunch available upon request, for an additional fee. Boat and lunch packages with or without the guide.

Janes Island State Park
Address: 26280 Alfred Lawson Drive - Crisfield, MD 21817
Phone:   410-968-1565 or 888-432-2267 for reservations
Handicap Accessible: ADA

With two distinct areas, Janes Island State Park has a developed mainland section with cabins and a portion accessible only by boat. The park's Chesapeake Bay location provides water activity opportunities; miles of isolated shorelines and marsh areas delight visitors who enjoy natural areas.

104 campsites, 49 w/electric, 4 full size cabins, 5 camper cabins, heated bath houses, conference center, park store, canoe/kayak/bike rentals, picnic shelters, playground & recreation area, nature trails & center, observation tower, fish cleaning table, boat ramp, camping and camper cabins open May - October. Full service cabins open year-round. Leashed pets are allowed in the park on marked loops only. If you have any questions, please contact the park directly.

Monie Bay Water Trails

Address: Messick Road - Deal Island, MD 21821

Somerset County's newest water trail system! Dames Quarter Boat Ramp is at the end of Messick Road. Opened for paddling on September 23, 2014, Monie (pronounced mon-EYE) Bay Water Trails feature three trails in two levels of difficulty. Choose from the 2.3 mile Fanney's Gut (Yellow) Trail or the 2.7 mile Dames Quarter Creek (Orange) Trail, both suitable for all skill levels or the 8.64 mile Marsh Gut & Bay Point (White) Trail suitable for Intermediate/ Advanced paddlers. Visit the website and scroll to the bottom for a PDF water trail map.

Smith Island Water Trails


Though best known as a watermens' community, Smith Island is also a paddler's paradise for day or overnight trips. The meandering creeks, or "guts" through the island's 8,000 acres of marsh provide extensive paddling opportunities close to three island villages where paddlers can feast on fresh crab cakes and the island's trademark nine layer cake.

Though there are currently no kayak/canoe rentals on the island, boats (your own or a rental) can be transported aboard the island freight boats for an additional cost. Be ready to load and unload your boat and transport it to the nearest available launch location. Maps of all Smith Island Trails are available on their website or you may order a water resistant copy from the site. It is recommended that you have some experience before attempting these trails.

Somerset County Trail Mix


Explore the outdoors with the Somerset County Trail Mix. Find spots for cycling, hiking, kayaking, and more.

Somerset County Trail Mix