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NWA Announces Re-Launch of Paddle the Nanticoke

The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance is pleased to announce the re-launch of the website Paddle the Nanticoke, at Paddle the Nanticoke promotes paddling and outdoor recreation along the Nanticoke River, on the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, a federally designated water trail commemorating the explorations of Captain John Smith in 1607 and 1608. The website also promotes tourism in the Nanticoke River watershed, one of the most pristine rivers to drain into the Chesapeake Bay.

Paddle the Nanticoke Features an interactive map, allowing users to explore the access sites before leaving their homes.

The newly revised Paddle the Nanticoke,,
includes many new features. The main feature of the website is an interactive map depicting all of the public access sites along the Nanticoke River, its tributaries, and nearby Fishing Bay. Each access point on the map corresponds with a more in-depth webpage, which outlines the following characteristics: available facilities, river depth and current, photos, and other amenities. This information gives visitors an idea of what to expect upon their arrival.

Picture1In addition, Paddle the Nanticoke offers information on visitor services, amenities, and attractions, such as lodging, restaurants, cultural and historical attractions, wineries and breweries, and recreational and hunting opportunities. These amenities are displayed by county, to help visitors plan their stay. A glance through the area’s listed amenities can provide a full itinerary for the entire family, whether they are seasoned paddlers or not.

Paddle the Nanticoke was made possible through a grant from the National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network. Nanticoke Watershed Alliance recognizes the many partners that helped with this website expansion, including the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control; Dorchester County Department of Tourism; Caroline County Office of Tourism; Wicomico Parks, Recreation, and Tourism; Southern Delaware Tourism; Adrenaline High; and the Town of Vienna, MD.

The original website was created in 2008, through a partnership between Southern Delaware Tourism, Delmarva Low Impact Travel Experiences (DLITE), and the Rural Development Center at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

A view of the boat ramp at Cherry Beach, on of the many public access points on the Nanticoke River and its tributaries. For more information about Paddle the Nanticoke, please contact Amanda Anastasia, Nanticoke Watershed Alliance’s current Chesapeake Conservation Corps volunteer, at or at 410-202-9869. Additional information about the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail is available at