Due to the pending weather forecast, including significant rainfall with anticipated high winds, the Janes Island Paddlefest is cancelled for Saturday, October 1st and Sunday, October 2nd. Safety remains our #1 priority. This event will be rescheduled at a later date to be determined in the future.
Paddlefest at Janes Island State Park - October 1, 2022
We hope you will join us for the First Annual Paddlefest at Janes Island State Park. The park is located in Somerset County in Crisfield, Maryland. Planned events include guided paddles, Poker Run Paddle, Campfire on the Beach, food, music, pontoon boat rides, coastal clean-up, children's activities, nature crafts and more! So much to do, we decided to spill over to the morning of Sunday, October 2nd too.
Event is FREE, however registration is requested to allow us to properly plan for the event. Participants are responsible for supplying vessels. However, a limited number of rental boats are 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/ tandem kayaks, canoes and paddle boards. Multi-day reservations may also be made in advance with local vendors.
Boat rental reservations can be made in advance with local vendors. You will work directly with the vendor for pick up and/or delivery of vessels for the event.
Crisfield Kayak & Canoe Rentals
Pocomoke River Canoe Company
Janes Island Challenge
The Janes Island Challenge consists of a 13-mile paddle, circumnavigating Janes Island. This is not a race and is designed for non-motorized vessels and experienced paddlers only. Participants must register in advance 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).
Schedule of Events
Friday, September 30
7pm-9 pm: Early check-in at Camp Store
Saturday, October 1
7am - 9am: Check-in at Camp Store
8am - 9am: Start of the Janes Island Challenge (circumnavigation of the Island)
9:30am: Guided Leave No Trace Paddle
10am - 2pm: Poker Run Paddle
10am - 2pm: Nature Center open with Children’s Activity Area
10am - 6pm: Guided Pontoon Boat Tours to The “Stack”
12:30pm: Guided Natural History Paddle
5:30pm: Guided Sunset Paddle
6:30pm: Campfire on Flatcap Beach
8pm - 9:30pm: Music Performance by Sparks and McCoy - Nature Center stage
Sunday, October 2
9am: Guided Birding Paddle
Activities begin at 8am on Saturday, October 1, 2022. 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.
Questions and comments may be directed to:
Janes Island State Park website.
By phone: (410) 968-1565
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