maryland kayakingThis page includes areas to go kayaking in Maryland, kayak outfitters, and other information. Maryland is one of the best Mid Atlantic states to explore by kayak.

In western Maryland, the Savage River, Potomac River, Deep Creek Lake, Youghiogheny River Reservoir, and other areas provide excellent opportunities for kayakers.

Throughout Maryland, the Chesapeake Bay and its many tributaries offer an incredible range of habitats that are suitable for kayaking.

On the eastern shore of Maryland, coastal bays, and inlets allow kayakers to enjoy saltwater fishing, crabbing, clamming, shell collecting, and other activities.

The Eastern Shore is also home to several of Maryland’s most scenic rivers, creeks, and freshwater streams.

Scenic and Wild Rivers

Several of Maryland’s rivers have been recognized by the State Scenic and Wild River System. Maryland’s designated scenic rivers include Anacostia, Deer Creek, Monocacy, Patuxent , Pocomoke, Potomac (Frederick and Montgomery Counties), Severn, Wicomico-Zekiah, and Youghiogheny. The section of the Youghiogheny between Millers Run and the southern corporate limits of Friendsville has been officially designated as a wild river.

National Water Trails

National Water Trails are part of a network of scenic, historic, and recreation trails created by the National Trails System Act of 1968. In Maryland, kayakers can access the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, Captain John Smith National Historic Trail and the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail.

Kayaking Areas

Western Maryland

Deep Creek Lake

Youghiogheny River Reservoir

Savage River

Central Maryland

Patapsco River

Magothy River

Severn River

South River

Patuxent River

Potomac River

Anacostia River

Monocacy River

C & O Canal

Lake Artemesia

Eastern Shore

Eastern Shore Rivers

Tuckahoe Lake

Tuckahoe Creek

Assateague Island

Ocean City

Related Information

Maryland Freshwater Fishing