Kayak Camp at Janes Island State Park

Added by Ashley Stimpson

Enjoy fishing, swimming, and waking up to a Chesapeake sunrise on your own private island.

Everyone goes to the Eastern Shore. Few people get to experience the Bay like this.

The journey out to the Long Point backcountry site is a bit arduous, especially if you haven't studied the tide charts (guilty). The last mile or so requires a paddle through rough, open waters. Crab and cruising boats are plenty. In short: be prepared and be careful!

The island itself is nearly impassable by foot. But if you paddle to the southeast side, you'll be able to beach your boat only a few feet from the 4 wooden platforms that comprise the site (only one person/group can reserve the island at a time, despite the multiple sites). One site in particular offers incredible views, particularly at sunset. Biting insects (a lot of them) and jellyfish are rampant during mid-summer, so be ready or plan a spring/fall/winter trip. 

Call the park in advance to reserve one of the three backcountry sites (Long Point is the pick of the litter). Kayaks and canoes are available at the park office for 50 dollars a day.  

Read More

Tags

Canoeing
Camping
Fishing
Kayaking
Swimming
Beach
Scenic

Reviews

Leave a Review

Overall rating: 

🥇Top Contributor

3 months ago

Extremely beautiful area on the water

Kayak at Janes Island and you'll remember the views forever! The small islands and marshes off of the main land offer respite from paddling and opportunities for swimming.

Stay Nearby

Chincoteague, Virginia

Chincoteague Island Koa

Snow Hill, Maryland

Assateague Island National Seashore Campground

Overview Assateague Island, famed for its wild horses, lies off the Delmarva Peninsula on the Atlantic Coast. This barrier island is a constantly shifting ribbon of sand, altered daily by powerful ...

Ocean Pines, Maryland

New Listing! Choice Getaway 5 Pools & Beach Club

• TurnKey photo-verifies this home is professionally cleaned with products approved by the EPA for use against COVID-19. •Situated just minutes from the coast in the beautifully landscaped and amen...

From $164/night

Ocean Pines, Maryland

Ocean Pines Hideaway Near Beach, Pools & Golf

• TurnKey photo-verifies this home is professionally cleaned with products approved by the EPA for use against COVID-19. • Enjoy quiet privacy and exciting amenities at this 3BR/2BA hideaway in Oce...

From $102/night

Nearby Adventures

  • HIke the Bald Cypress Trail

    The beautiful Pocomoke River State Park is divided into two sections, the Shad Landing Area and the Milburn Landing Area. The Bald Cypress Nature Trail is located in the Milburn Landing Area. Once you are in the Milburn Landing Area, you'll want t...

    1 miles 0 ft gain

  • Explore Point Lookout State Park

    Point Lookout State Park is at the southern most tip of the joining of the Chesapeake Bay and the Potomac River in St. Mary's County, Maryland. The park offers many activities such as fishing, canoeing, boat launch, camping and lounging at the bea...

    0.5 miles

  • Photograph the Assateague Lighthouse

    The majestic red and white-striped Assateague Lighthouse sits like a grand decoration on Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge The coloring of a lighthouse, along with its particular pattern of flashing lights, is designed to make it highly visibl...

    0.25 miles 25 ft gain

  • Kayak to Barren Island

    Barren Island is an uninhabited island located in the Chesapeake Bay. It is part of the Chesapeake Marshlands NWR Complex and is known to be a swan nesting ground, as well as an active restoration project led by Army Corps of Engineers, NOAA, the ...

    3 miles