vitamin sea: paddling the Sassafrass

The Sassafras is a tidal freshwater river on the Chesapeake Bay, in Maryland, on the DelMarVa peninsula. The environment is more like a salt marsh than like a typical Pennsylvania river. Sandy shores, sand bluffs, tides, wind, current (sometimes coming from different directions at once), wildlife, seabirds, and from mid July to mid August, American Lotus bloom in the shallows and backwaters.

Pull your boat up on a sand beach and chill. Watch the turkey and black vultures. Take a swim. Find driftwood and shells and river pebbles… maybe even sea glass. Set out across the width of the river, into the waves and tides.

It’s a quiet drive down the peninsula on 213, past farms and small towns. Launch at Turner’s Creek Park (free for cartop boats, your out of state sticker is fine).

And explore.


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