Choptank Paddling and Camping at Martinak State Park
Sep 22 - 23, 2007
Marinak is a nice little park. There is an RV loop and a tent
loop, each with about 30 sites. On the tent loop, one site is
about the same as another, but take one on the outside of the loop
you can. There is a central bathroom and shower facility
near the center of the loop. The sites are in amongst trees,
there is shade and wind protection. Table and fire ring
It's a short drive from the camp loops to the boat launch.
is a good boat ramp here. It wasn't crowded, but there was a
steady flow of boats being launched and retrieved, most of the
bass-boat variety. There's a dock next to the ramp.
a floating, jet-ski ramp next to the dock. We launched and
out of Watts Creek to the Choptank. The Choptank is a
open river where Route 50 crosses it down in Cambridge. At
Martinak, 25 or so miles upriver, near Denton, the Choptank is
still a substantial body of water. You see it in the
of the picture of the handsome lad who just pulled himself up into
boat after cooling off in the Choptank. That lad is me.
Saturday we headed north and passed through Denton. There was
skipjack on blocks near the bridge for route 404. We turned
and paddled up Chappel Creek, which soon transitioned to a woodlands
stream. We got out and stretched our legs in a gladed woods
to route 313. I walked up to the road and judged that you
easily park and put in here at the top end of Chappel Creek.
Below: Chappel Creek as it transitions from marsh to forest.
Below: near Route 313
On Sunday we kayaked in Watts Creek. The tide was low and it
not as enchanting as I'd found Chappel Creek.
Below: Watts Creek, kayaking upstream from the boat ramp.
Another scene from Watts Creek
Words and pictures by Chip Walsh.