Self-Guided Opportunities
Canoeing and Kayaking
Location Tuckahoe Lake, Tuckahoe State Park
Queen Anne's County
Launch and Takeout Site Launching Ramp, Tuckahoe State Park
Boaters can also launch from the soft landing site at the lake.
Time 1-3 hours
Water Conditions Class I
Skill Level Novice
Suitable For Families? Yes (with children able to paddle)
Hazards/Restrictions All paddlers should understand that river conditions vary depending on weather conditions and caution should always be exercised. PFD's are required and paddlers are encouraged to wear them at all times. Prior to beginning a trip call for weather predictions.
Potable Water All water in the lake should be treated and filtered. Drinking water is available in the bathhouse by the lake pavilion.
Natural Features Tuckahoe Lake offers an opportunity to see a variety of wildlife. Canada geese, osprey, turtles and a variety of amphibians are often sited. Songbirds are also prevalent.
Boat Rentals Canoes and kayaks can be rented daily through the park office. Guide services are available for trips below the dam. These trips are scheduled in advance. You can obtain information by contacting Amphibious Horizons, 1-888-I-LUV-SUN, or Tidewater Kayaks, 410-814-3284.
Camping Camping is available at Tuckahoe State Park, 410-820-1668 or 1-888-432-2267.
Other Points of Interest Tuckahoe State Park offers a wide variety of activities including camping, hiking, biking, horseback riding and wildlife viewing.
Recycled tire playground nearby.
Nearby in Denton is the Choptank/Tuckahoe Rivers Water Trail.
Fees or Permits Camping service charge
Camping permit required
Description This 60-acre lake offers good canoeing/kayaking opportunities. Twenty acres of the lake are open water and the rest is flooded woodland.

Resources Recommended Gear and Safety Tips


  • One paddle per person
  • Extra paddle secured to boat
  • Knee pads, if appropriate
  • Life jackets
  • Whistle tied to life jacket
  • Dry bag/waterproof packs


  • Camera and film, binoculars
  • Trash bags
  • Food and snacks
  • First aid kit and personal medications
  • Sunscreen and hat
  • Bug repellent
  • Water