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July 27, 2020

A Note About Our Virtual Trips & Tips

We know there is a lot of uncertainty and upheaval in our world right now. We also know how much the parks in the Chesapeake Bay watershed mean to you and how they can be a place of discovery and comfort and hope for us all. We hope that our updated virtual Trips & Tips newsletters will help bring the parks to you while we all do our part to keep ourselves, our families, and communities healthy and…

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Chesapeake Insider

Ethan Brown

by Carly Sniffen July 29, 2020

Exploring the Indigenous Communities of the Chesapeake: The Pamunkey Indian Tribe

Artist, Ethan Brown painting a gourd.

Ethan Brown is a citizen of the Pamunkey Indian Tribe. He has resided on the Pamunkey Indian Reservation, located along the border of King William, Virginia, for about thirteen years. The Pamunkey Indian Tribe is a federally recognized tribe in the United States, and the Pamunkey Indian Reservation is one of the two oldest reservations in the country. 

Ethan is a Pamunkey…

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Family Fun

The Patuxent Challenge – Challenge Accepted!

by Saki July 13, 2020

A Note About COVID-19 and the 2020 Patuxent River Challenge
Help stop the spread of COVID-19 and follow all current directives from your governor and local health officials about wearing face masks and physical distancing. The Patuxent River Challenge suggests that participants call each facility to verify hours and access prior to visiting, and keep in mind that parking is on a first come, first served basis. We encourage you to…

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How-To

How to Canoe With Young Kids

by Kenny Fletcher July 1, 2020

Paddling a canoe can be an amazing time for a family with young kids. Canoes are roomy, comfortable, and relatively stable – yet still quiet and agile enough to get close to nature. When done right, it’s a great family bonding experience.

But going about it the wrong way can lead to cranky kids, frustrated parents, or even swamped boats.

Paddling as a family requires planning, patience, and picking the right time and place.…

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How-To

Blackwater Snakehead Fishing

by Peter Turcik May 22, 2020


COVID-19 Notices: Follow all current directives from your governor and local health officials regarding staying at home. Help stop the spread of COVID-19. For Blackwater conditions review the information on this website and call ahead. Current refuge status.

Despite the 90-minute drive from Annapolis and the dark roast coffee, my eyes are still bleary from the 3:30 a.m. wake-up as I drive past the visitor center for the Harriet Tubman…

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How-To

So You Want to Fish in the Chesapeake? Getting Started

by Peter Turcik April 23, 2020

When I moved to Annapolis in 2014, something I was looking forward to was the opportunity to learn a new fishery – the Chesapeake Bay. As a trout and bass angler from Pennsylvania, I was accustomed to very different scenery and style when fishing. Though Maryland and Virginia have many opportunities to fish for both trout and bass, the Bay and its tributaries offer a fantastic fishery, right in my backyard, and…

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