Saturday, March 31, 2012

2012 Schuylkill River Sojourn

The 2012 Schuylkill River Sojourn is scheduled for June 2 to 8.

The Schuylkill River Sojourn is a 112-mile guided kayak and canoe trip that begins in rural Schuylkill Haven and ends seven days later in Philadelphia's Boathouse Row.

Participants can register for as little as one day, or for the entire trip. The river includes rapids, calm water, scenery, and celebrations  in the river towns.

For more information, visit

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Where to Catch Shad in Maryland

Throughout Maryland, shad migrate up rivers, creeks, and streams each spring. Hickory shad begin arriving in February or early March and usually peak in April. American shad begin appearing in March, usually reaching their peak in May.

The following areas in Maryland are famous for their spring shad runs:

In the Susquehanna River, the area below the Conowingo Dam is considered to be one of the top spots in the state for catching American and hickory shad.

Deer Creek, located within the Susquehanna State Park, is a good area for catching hickory shad by kayak or small boat from Susquehanna State Park down to its confluence with the Susquehanna River.

Hickory shad runs occur in the Gunpowder River, from US Route 40 north to the fall line. The river can be  accessed through Gunpowder State Park.

Hickory shad runs occur on the Eastern Shore of Maryland in the Elk, Wye, Chester, Choptank, Nanticoke, Wicomico, and Pocomoke rivers. Shad are also caught in Tuckahoe Creek, Marshyhope Creek and other Eastern Shore tributaries.

Hickory and American shad can be caught in the Patuxent River from Queen Anne's Bridge to Wayson's Corner.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Maryland Kayak - Canoe Registration

Maryland's Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently proposed amendments to House Bill 1307. The amendments follow public resistance to proposed increases in the cost of registering boats in the state.

The bill also includes a voluntary non-motorized decal for boats such as kayaks and canoes for $12 every two years.

The amendments will also increase the one-time boat title price to $35 as well as some other costs to boat dealer.

source: MD DNR