Water Activities

Water Trails

Because it’s a peninsula, St. Mary’s County offers miles of paddling trails that are perfect for paddlers of all skill levels. The trails range from short day trips to longer routes that can be linked for multi-day journeys.

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Public Landings

Need a place to launch? We’ve got locations throughout the county to launch boats and kayaks. Get in the water smoothly and start exploring the peninsula’s waterways including the beautiful St. Mary’s River and countless creeks, coves and inlets.

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Travel along the same waterways as Captain John Smith, experience the Chesapeake Bay hands-on, or take a day-trip cruise out to Smith Island.  There are lots of ways to soak up the heritage of the Bay when you're out on its waters.

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Sail power or engine power, whatever floats your boat. Our marinas are located along both our Patuxent and Potomac River shorelines and at the tip of the peninsula.

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Bait, Tackle and Outfitters

Didn’t bring it with you? Prefer to travel light? Oh, you just forgot it? Here’s a list of suppliers to help you find what you need to enjoy your time out on the water. Rent a kayak, arrange a lesson, try out an SUP!

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