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First St. Mary’s River Canoe Run

A lazy trip down the St. Mary's River

A lazy trip down the St. Mary’s River

As you can see from some of our previous post we spend a lot of time down at the St. Mary’s River.  Our neighborhood has a private pier that you can fish, swim, and canoe from.  This part of the river is very large and is pretty much entirely salt water.  However, there is a smaller, fresh water section that begins at Lake St. Mary’s and turns to brackish just north of our pier.  Not long after we got the canoe we learned there is a launch point about midway between the lake and our pier.  The launch, and the section of river that follows, is maintained by Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and is a designated canoe/kayak run all the way down to St. Mary’s City.

We decided to make the run today but cut it short by a few miles and just stop at the pier for convenience.  In all it took us a little over two hours to make the trip.  The first part of the trip is very shallow with LOTS of fallen trees in branches to dodge and duck under.  We even go underneath a highway at one point.  Meredith didn’t find the first section as fun as I did but it soon widened into a beautiful, scenic trip down the river.  Next time we’ll take some fishing poles and see what we can find in some of the pools!

Meredith at the launch point.

Meredith at the launch point.

The first third of the trip looked just like this!

The first third of the trip looked just like this!

Here’s the trip on Google Maps (Recorded with Google My Tracks!):

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