Baltimore: Wye Island Paddle

On this 7-mile paddling route, you'll tour the inner reaches of Chesapeake Bay, passing riverbanks and wooded wetlands with picturesque trails.
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On this 7-mile paddling route, you'll tour the inner reaches of Chesapeake Bay, passing riverbanks and wooded wetlands with picturesque trails.

Mapped by Jon McLaren

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 5.7

Waypoints

WYE001

Location: 38.8921394348144, -76.1031036376953

Launch boat @ Wye Landing from small, sandy area next to boat ramp. Paddle S on the narrow Wye East River

WYE002

Location: 38.8865776062012, -76.1040267944336

Continue S, past Wye Narrows on R; Skipton Creek flows into the river on L

WYE003

Location: 38.8830070495606, -76.1045227050781

Paddle SW around E tip of Wye Island

WYE004

Location: 38.8803291320801, -76.1160354614258

Point bow W. Egrets wade and ducks quack amid a soundtrack of bird calls as you glide past Wye Island

WYE005

Location: 38.8805274963379, -76.1207046508789

Head W around jutting tip of land, then swing S

WYE006

Location: 38.8775291442871, -76.1232528686524

Continue S toward confluence of Wye East River and Pickering Creek

WYE007

Location: 38.872989654541, -76.1213455200195

A mellow current makes it easy to paddle upstream. River is home to nocturnal northern river otters; head SE

WYE008

Location: 38.8683967590332, -76.115478515625

Turn boat R, heading S toward shore

WYE009

Location: 38.8658714294434, -76.11572265625

Land @ Pickering Creek Audubon Center where wooded wetlands, native gardens and a vernal pool await. Stretch your legs on the nature trails circling the sanctuary. To continue, swing S again into Pickering Creek

WYE010

Location: 38.8599967956543, -76.1087112426758

Pull a U-turn where creek ends and stroke back to Wye Landing