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Members have access to a huge new region of the Chesapeake Bay water that includes the Middle and the Back River tributaries, and members will also be able to explore Hart Miller Island! We've also decided to go with the longer 17' Venture kayaks for this location because of the access to the wide open bay conditions. We have had success with these kayaks in the past and we are recommending that this location be used by confident and experienced CKC paddlers ONLY if paddling to Hart Miller Island. However, if you are less experienced and still want to explore this location we recommend that when leaving the Island View launch that you go LEFT and stay against the shoreline. By taking this route there are plenty of beautiful bay coves to explore without the open bay conditions.
This location is also home to the CKC's sit-on-top kayaks, including two boats designed for fishing and a tandem (two-seat) boat.
We are implementing a 'Kayak Usage Log Book' to be used for member safety at the Island View Waterfront Cafe Dock. Members MUST sign-out kayaks by stating your trip details, date and time when you leave, your anticipated return, and your contact info. The Log Book can be found in a wooden box on the kayak rack--you can't miss it.
And after paddling, be sure to stop in at the Island View for a meal or a beverage! The food is great (their crab pretzel and "Mixed-Up Crab Soup" are known far and wide, and their crab cakes appeared in Maryland Public Television's "Eating Crab Cakes: the Best I Ever Had"), the atmosphere is comfortable and casual, the staff is friendly, and it's a popular spot for kayakers from around the Baltimore area, so you may meet other paddlers while you're there!
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