KAYAKING

Talbot County is tailor made for paddling, thanks to the six hundred-plus miles of tranquil water that threads through our landscape. Rent a kayak from one of our many outfitters and chart your own course, exploring coves, inlets and even some “hidden” beaches. Along the way you may spy osprey, hawks and bald eagles above, leaping rockfish, gliding stingrays and scurrying crabs below.

Dockside Boat Rentals

Boats, jet skis, kayaks, paddleboards, and bikes from our dock, or delivered to you. Sales of bikes, kayaks, and paddleboards.

314 N. Morris St., Oxford

410-886-2183

www.docksideboatrentals.com

Easton Cycle and Sport

Rentals, sales, and service of bicycles, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards. Trek bikes and Hobie kayaks are available. Optional delivery to the Mid-Shore area.

723 Goldsborough St., Easton

410-822-7433

www.eastoncycleandsport.com

Easton Point Marina

Marina on the tranquil Tred Avon just a mile from downtown Easton, offering fishing, paddling, kayaks, and more.

975 Port St., Easton

410-822-1201

www.eastonpointmarina.com

Lowes Wharf Marina Inn

Island-like setting with guest rooms, restaurant, patio bar, marina and private beach, plus sunset cruises, crabbing, and kayak rentals.

21651 Lowes Wharf Rd., Sherwood

410-745-6684

www.loweswharf.com

Shore Pedal & Paddle

Full-service kayak, stand-up paddleboard, and bicycle shop, offering equipment sales and rentals, plus tours and instruction.

500 S. Talbot St., St. Michaels

410-745-2320

www.shorepedalandpaddle.com

Tilghman Island
Marina & Rentals

Owner-operated marina offering motor scooters, bicycles, kayaks, wave runners, pontoon boats, and fishing/crabbing gear.

6140 Mariners Ct., Tilghman Island

410-886-2500

www.tilghmanmarina.com

Boaters—and those who love the life on the water — have ranked this among their favorites for generations.  The pristine waterfront offers spectacular views of beach, marsh, fields, and forests, along with historic mansions.

Talbot County is always upping its game. Those traversing the Chesapeake Bay will be thrilled to know that the Army Corp of Engineers recently dredged Knapps Narrows, the channel that separates Tilghman Island from the mainland and provides a welcome shortcut to Oxford.  Plus, Talbot County offers two (free) waterfront trail maps that will make your exploration of the area’s waterways a dream. You can find them at tourtablot.org

It’s no surprise that many high quality waterfront events take place here, including the 2018 Star World Championship sailing regatta that will draw the best sailors from around the world. These races will be hosted by the Tred Avon Yacht Club in Oxford from October 5-15, 2018.

Whether you have a yacht or a powerboat, you’ll find a comfortable home here. The area boasts many full-service marinas and high quality maintenance facilities, historic towns, and waterfront attractions.

Don’t have your own boat?  No problem. The nautical lifestyle isn’t reserved for those captaining their own boats.  Talbot County is home to many outfitters who can provide kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards for the day so visitors can explore the waterfront.  Plentiful gentle tributaries and rivers mean you need not power through to experience the best of what the area offers. Paddling allows you to slow down and soak in the natural wonders.  

For visitors looking for a waterfront experience without breaking a sweat, no worries.  We’ve got you covered. Sailboats, yachts and working fishing boats can guide you along Talbot County’s waterways.  Or you can hop aboard The Oxford-Bellevue Ferry, the country’s oldest continuously operating ferry, which this year happens to be celebrating its 335th anniversary.  For just a few dollars you can board the ferry—on foot or with your car— and cross the Tred Avon River from the scenic small town of Oxford to the charming hamlet of Bellevue as you take in wide water views, along with glimpses of heron, osprey and bald eagles.

To learn more about the water, the people who work it and the boats that that ply it, head to The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, one of the finest of its kind in the world.  While there, you can explore a distinctive screwpile lighthouse to get a sense of the spartan and difficult life lighthouse keepers led. And for a hands-on experience, you can even participate in a restoration of a vintage vessel in an “Apprentice For A Day” program.

And no matter what you do, don’t miss a chance to dine at one of Talbot County’s fabulous restaurants, where you can enjoy the fresh crab, oysters, rockfish, skate, and other seafood plucked straight from the water surrounding you.