CRISFIELD, MD - Paddlers using the thirty miles of Janes Island State Park's canoe and kayak trails will soon have even more reason to enjoy their trip. A $13,250 grant from the National Recreational Trails Program enabled Janes Island State Park to purchase a new boat, motor, trailer, and trail signs.
"The pristine shorelines and marsh areas of Janes Island State Park offer
fantastic kayaking and canoeing experiences. By improving water trail signage
these popular trails will be easier and safer to navigate," said Ranger John R.
The park's new Go-Devil surface drive boat and motor is designed for marshland
areas, making it well-suited to the shallow trails around and through Janes
Island. Due to the rise and fall of the tide, portions of the park trails become
inaccessible by a regular motor boat during some hours of the day. The new boat
will be fitted with a GPS receiver and VHF radio, enabling it to respond to an
emergency to any part of the Island when needed.
New aluminum signs will soon be erected to replace the ageing and incomplete
wooden trail signs along the park's thirty miles of canoe and kayak trails.
Covered with reflective material, the signs will display a different color and
shape design for each of the six park trails, such as a red octagon, yellow
triangle or green circle. In the seven years since the existing signs were
posted, many of them have blown over or been carried away by the tide, so the
new signs will make navigating the trails much easier.
Janes Island State Park's 2,900 acres of marsh, beach, and high land offers
paddlers a unique outdoor adventure on the small waterways within the island.
Most of the waterways are protected from wind and current providing ideal
conditions for the novice as well as the experienced canoeist. For more
information about Janes Island State Park visit
Janes Island State Park Receives National Recreational Trails GrantTuesday, 10 July 2007
David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.