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Bays and waterways are the most distinct features of the region. If you agree with the Eastern Shore axiom "that one cannot have too many boats" then welcome! Even if you don't have your own boat, borrow or rent one.

Start small and explore the numerous creeks, swamps, rivers and bays. Grab a map, rent a canoe and head to any one of the tidal rivers that flows into the Chesapeake or coastal bays.

Sailing is part of the regional cultural heritage. Once bugeye, skipjacks and log canoes plied our waterways, harvesting seafood or delivering supplies. Sail the bay and listen for the distant rumble of ghost cannon from historic sea battles fought long ago.

Boats can be rented in several parks and marinas located throughout the region. There are also a number of tour boats that operate in the area including Ocean City, Crisfield, Janes Island and on the Pocmoke River (check county tourism offices).

 

Maryland Department of Natural Resources: Boating
Maryland Department of Natural Resources: State Parks

Visit the Somers Cove Marina in Crisfield, the largest on the Chesapeake Bay. Walk down to the old "ferry dock" in Crisfield about noon and watch as boats are loaded with food, furniture and travelers on their way to Smith and Tangier Islands. Drive to Deal Island once called "Devils Island" in colonial days and check out the skipjacks there, (the last left of their kind). Area museums such as the Tawes Musuem in Crisfield, The Lifesaving Station Museum in Ocean City or the Smith Island Visitor Center have great regional maritime exhibits.

 

For a great day on the Bay, jump on one of the several tour boats that carry foot passengers out to isolated Smith Island, the home of traditional fishermen for over three hundred years. Also catch the small Whitehaven car/bike ferry across the Wicomico River, the oldest continuous ferry in the country. Or rent a canoe on Assateague.

 

Need more info? Visit these tourism web sites:


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