Janes Island State Park

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​Paddlefest at Janes Island State Park​

​Registration is now ​open for the
​2nd Annual Paddlefest at Janes Island Sta​te Park

The event will be held on:
Saturday, June 1, 2024
(Rain date June 8th, 2024)



We're excited to be planning another paddle event chocked full of fun activities including guided paddles, poker run paddle, campfire on the water, food, music, pontoon boat rides​, children's activities, nature crafts and more! ​

Friday, May 31
3pm-7pm: Early check-in at Camp Store/Registration

Saturday, June 1

7am: Check-in at Camp Store/Registration

7:45am: Janes Island Challenge (Boats in the water at 7:45am. Start promptly at 8 am.)
This is a 13-mile paddle circumnavigating Janes Island. This is a challenging event for experienced paddlers. Be prepared for the challenges of open water, wind, and waves. Successful participants will be awarded the Janes Island Challenge Coin.

9 am: Salt Marshes and Seining Paddle (Meet at 8:45 am)

Join us for a guided paddle to explore the salt marshes of Janes Island before landing at Flat Cap Beach where we will use a seine net to discover underwater inhabitants. Led by Ranger Brian Bokulic and Ranger Bill Yates

10am – 2pm: Poker Run Paddle 

This paddle brings you to four locations on the northern part of Janes Island where you collect playing cards to make the best poker hand. This activity is for beginner and intermediate level paddlers. All participants must return to Camp Store/Registration by 3pm with their score sheet to be eligible for Prize Package.​

3pm – 5pm: Paddles & Palettes (Meet at 2:45 pm)
Do you enjoy both the arts and the outdoors? Join us for "Paddles and Palettes", where we combine a leisurely kayak tour with watercolor painting! Our painting will be inspired by the sights and sounds of Janes Island. No previous experience required! Led by Ranger Melissa Acuti and Seasonal Naturalist Mariana Day.

7pm: Guided Sunset Paddle (Meet at 6:45pm)
You can expect a 3-mile round trip to and then returning after sunset from our awesome natural beach, facing west over the breadth of Chesapeake Bay. Suggested for paddlers with established basic skills. Running lights will be made available. Led by Volunteer Ranger George Smith and Ranger Maria Reusing.

7pm: Campfire at Nature Center
Join us around the Campfire for s’mores and campfire sing along with Volunteer Ranger Diana Wagner.

8pm–9:45pm: Live Music Performance
Nature Center stage. Bring your own chairs/blanket for an evening with musician Steve McCoy, of Sparks and McCoy. Music sponsored by Somerset County Recreation, Parks & Tourism.

Additional Activities offered on Saturday Only​

10am – 6pm: Guided Pontoon Boat Tours
Tours will take you from the marina south toward Crisfield to the ‘Stack’ at the southernmost point of the island and back. This is a narrated trip where you will learn about the Janes Island and Crisfield past and present. Space is limited – all trips are first come, first served. Round trip takes approximately 1 hour.

10am – 4pm: Nature Cen​ter open with Children’s Activity Area
Nature crafts, tie-dye, games, crab derby.


Sunday, June 2

8am: SUP Yoga (Meet at 7:45am)
SUP Yoga is an enjoyable way to challenge your balance, strength and flexibility. Participants will paddle a short distance anchor and practice some yoga on their boards. Fair warning, you are very likely to fall in the water so come prepared for a dip. We will finish our practice with a short meditation floating on the water. Led by Ranger Maria Reusing and Seasonal Ranger Heather Conner.

9am: He​rons, Eagles & Osprey - Oh my! - Guided Birding Paddle (Meet at 8:45am)
Join us for a leisurely Sunday morning paddle to see which birds are out and about around Janes Island. Bring your own binoculars, if you have them. This paddle is great for beginners- beginning birders and children (with an adult) are welcome! Led by Ranger Melissa Acuti and Volunteer Ranger Diana Wagner.

Event is FREE, however registration is required to allow us to properly plan for the event. You are encouraged to bring your own boat. The park has a limited number of rental boats available on a first-come, first-served basis. You may also consider making arrangements in advance with a local vendor offering a variety of single and tandem kayaks, canoes and paddleboards. Multi-day reservations may also be made in advance.

For experienced paddlers, there will be a "Janes Island Challenge". This challenge consists of a 13-mile paddle, circumnavigating Janes Island. It is not a race and for non-motorized vessels only. Must register to participate to receive the challenge completion token (Note- This challenge is weather dependent and not recommended for novice paddlers due to open water and swift currents)

Registration begins at 7 a.m. on Saturday, June 1, 2024. Anyone who wishes to camp at Janes Island State Park can make camping reservations online at parkreservations.maryland.gov or by calling 1-888-432-2267. Also, there are local motels and airbnb options available.

Contact Us

​​Questions and comments may be directed to: janesisland.statepark@maryland.gov
Visit Janes Island State Park website.
By phone: (410) 968-1565

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