Self-Guided Opportunities
Canoeing and Kayaking
Location Tuckahoe Creek, Tuckahoe State Park
Queen Anne's County
Launch Site Below the dam at the Tuckahoe Lake. Parking is available at the day use area near the playground.
Takeout Site Alt. Route 404 -- Hillsboro
Directions to Takeout Site From the park, take Eveland Road to a right onto Route 480 (Ridgely Road). Cross over Route 404 at the stoplight. Continue into Hillsboro on Main Street until the bridge. The landing is located just below the bridge.
Distance 5.2 miles
Time 4.5 to 5 hours
Water Conditions Class I - depending on time of year and rainfall, paddlers may need to portage in certain areas.
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 Tidal Tuckahoe Creek offers an opportunity to see a variety of wildlife. Bald eagles, blue heron, osprey, turtles, and a variety of amphibians are often sited. Songbirds are also prevalent.
Guide Services 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.

Nearby in Denton is the Choptank/Tuckahoe Rivers Water Trail.

Fees or Permits Camping service charge
Camping permit required
Description This narrow waterway just below the Tuckahoe Lake offers an easy paddle through an Eastern Shore creek. The abundance of wildlife along the trail offers an element of excitement to the adventurer.

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