Janes Island State Park Receives National Recreational Trails Grant

Tuesday, 10 July 2007
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Maryland Department of Natural ResourcesPaddlers 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.
Maryland Department of Natural ResourcesCRISFIELD, 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. Somers.

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 http://www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/eastern/janesisland.html.
David Johnston

David Johnston

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.

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