News from the DNR Office of Communications

New Water Trails Map And Guide Available For Kent Island

Cover of the trail guide

Queen Anne’s County, Md. (June 28, 2010) — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Queen Anne’s County have created a new water trails map and guide to lead paddlers along six separate water trail routes in the Kent Island area of Queen Anne’s County.

“I want to thank Queen Anne’s County, whose partnership made this trail guide possible,” said DNR Secretary John R. Griffin. “This new guide is a great tool for anyone who enjoys Maryland’s ever-growing network of water trails and public access.”

DNR designed the colorful guide, printed on waterproof, tear-proof paper, primarily for those touring by small, non-motorized boats such as kayaks and canoes. The guide also provides information on motorized recreational boating access sites in the area. The map and guide features practical information and details on access points and paddling routes along the Chesapeake Bay, Eastern Bay, Chester River, Prospect Bay, Thompson Creek and Warehouse Creek.

DNR’s Boating Services Unit produced the new map, titled Kent Island Water Trails: Explore Maryland’s Eastern Shore, in partnership with the Queen Anne’s County Department of Parks and Recreation. Funds to print the map and guide were provided through a grant from the Recreational Trails Program of the Maryland State Highway Administration.

“This water trail guide outlines six water routes and is a handy resource that details the amenities along each route,” said Queen Anne’s County Commission President Gene Ransom. “While we are known for having great hiking and biking trails across Kent Island, this publication will raise awareness of the fantastic opportunities and sights offered by our water trails.”

Kent Island Water Trails: Explore Maryland’s Eastern Shore is one of a series of water trail maps created by DNR’s Boating Services in partnership with local governments. These maps contribute to the statewide network of water trails and public access points that DNR has developed over the past decade and continues to implement. For more information about Maryland’s water trails, visit www.dnr.state.md.us/boating.

Copies of the new water trails map and guide are available at several sites in Queen Anne’s County including the Chesapeake Exploration Center, Department Parks & Recreation, area libraries, and other sites to be determined. An electronic version of the map and guide can be viewed and downloaded at www.parksnrec.org. Copies are also available from DNR’s Boating Services. Visit www.dnr.state.md.us/boating for more information.


   June 28, 2010

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell
jdavidsburg@dnr.state.md.us

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages more than 461,000 acres of public lands and 17,000 miles of waterways, along with Maryland's forests, fisheries, and wildlife for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, DNR-managed parks and natural, historic, and cultural resources attract 12 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. Learn more at www.dnr.maryland.gov