The Nanticoke River is the largest Chesapeake Bay tributary on the lower Delmarva Peninsula, meandering gently through marshland, forests and farmland, on its journey from southern Delaware to Tangier Sound in Maryland. The Nanticoke watershed is also the most biologically diverse watershed on the Delmarva, and is home to the highest concentration of bald eagles in the northeast. That made it a natural choice for my husband and I to explore as our second major kayaking excursion.
|We explored one of the little inlets off of Wetipquin Creek, following it until it became unnavigable.|
The Nanticoke River offers excellent opportunities for paddlers to explore its history, beauty and to catch a glimpse of the wildlife that call it home. Despite the river's importance, the area remains largely undeveloped. It is still a rural landscape, allowing the river to remain as clean and healthy as it is.
|Image from Google Maps. To the left of the image is the white line of Wetipquin Road. Just left of that is the park and the boat launch. We followed the creek upstream under the bridge, choosing the north fork.|
|Other than eagles and vultures and assorted black birds (red wing and plain) and maybe a wren, we only saw |
one great blue heron. We were disappointed, as we expected to see more herons and egrets.
We plan on returning, to explore the smaller fork, which is called Tyaskin Creek. Interestingly, historically, this area was an important source of fish, crabs, and oysters for the Nanticoke people. Wetipquin was probably the location of a Native American town. Much of the area has not been developed, and a paddle up either creek can give you a glimpse of what the area might have looked like to Native Americans who may have paddled the same routes 300 years ago.
Getting there: Google map Wetipquin Park -- there doesn't seem to be a street address that I could find. Wetipquin Park is located along the the aptly named Wetipquin Road in Tyaskin, MD. Wetipquin Road is just off of MD Rt 349.
Know before you go: You could pack yourself a picnic, or ... you could turn right onto Wetipquin Road, following it back down to Rt 349, and hang another right. In less than a block, you'll encounter Boonies Burgers, Beer and Bait. Don't let it scare you -- this is good eats (I mean, good hamburgers and such). Well worth a stop!
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