From the headwaters in Delaware to the river’s mouth between Kent Island and Rock Hall, the Chester River Water Trail encompasses more than 100 miles of waterways, a variety of ecosystems, and over 10,000 years of human history.
The navigable portion of the Chester River begins near the town of Millington, Maryland, where the river is heavily wooded, narrow, and winding. After reaching the small town of Crumpton, the scenery transitions from woodlands to large waterfront farms.
The lower Chester River near Rock Hall is over three miles wide and features excellent crabbing, fishing, sailing, boating, and scenic views. Paddlers in canoes and kayaks can explore numerous tidal creeks entering the river which contain pristine wetland habitats and abundant wildlife.
Hours vary, please visit www.crwt.org or call the particular landing before your excursion.
(Note: Many places fill to capacity on busy, nice weather days, especially holiday weekends. Please call ahead or visit the official website to get the most up-to-date information before visiting.)
Some applicable fees.
These fees vary, please visit www.crwt.org or call the particular landing before your excursion.
During his exploration of the Chesapeake Bay in August 1608, Captain John Smith visited an American Indian community at the mouth of the Chester River, which he referred to as "Ozines."
This site was most likely located in the vicinity of present-day Rock Hall.
Smith did not travel up the Chester River's main stem, in part because the river offered little promise of providing the elusive "Northwest Passage" to the riches of Asia.
However, Smith did chart the river's mouth, Kent Island, and the forested interior of what would later become Kent and Queen Anne's counties.
Kayaking and Canoeing
Crabbing, Fishing, Sailing, and Boating
Paddlers in canoes and kayaks can explore numerous tidal creeks entering the river which contain pristine wetland habitats and abundant wildlife. Learn more by visiting the Chester River Water Trail Interactive Trail Map.
The Chester River's public landings feature a wide range of facilities, ranging from substantial, well-constructed boat ramps suitable for the largest trailered boats, to simple dirt roads ending at the water.
Please visit www.crwt.org or scout out a particular landing in person before using it.