Water Trails

Water trails - USFWS.

Purple Trail

Distance: 9 miles one way (open water; wind conditions important)
Paddling Time: 3.0 - 4.5 hours (speed 2-3 mph)
Launch: Shorters Wharf public boat ramp OR Rt. 335 Bridge soft launch
Please note: The Purple Trail is closed to paddlers October 1 through March 31 each year. The closure is critical to avoid interfering with migratory waterfowl on the refuge.

Orange Trail 

Distance: 7.6 miles round trip 
Paddling Time: 2.5 - 3.75 hours (speed 2-3 mph)
Launch: Shorters Wharf public boat ramp

Green Trail

Distance: 8 miles round trip 
Paddling Time: 2.5 - 4.0 hours (speed 2-3 mph)
Launch: Rt. 335 Bridge soft launch
Please note: The Green Trail is a scenic trail and is a good trail for beginners. However, during fall and winter, waterfowl hunting may be active on and along the Green Trail. If you want more information about hunting season, call the Refuge Visitor Center at 410-228-2677 for exact hunting dates.

Interactive Paddling Maps for Mobile Devices

The following map can be downloaded and used with "Google Earth" while kayaking the trails:

Google Earth BNWR Paddling Map

The following map can be downloaded and used with the "Avenza Maps" app, which is available for free for iPhone and Android devices, and does not require a phone signal to use:

Avenza BNWR Paddling Map