What to do in Janes Island State Park

Located in southeastern Maryland along the shores of Tangier Sound and Big Annemessex River, Janes Island State Park is a 3,147-acre natural resource where canoeing, physical fitness, boating, camping, and crabbing entertain visitors. Miles of isolated shoreline and marsh areas are perfect for anglers and paddlesport enthusiasts.

There are two distinct areas, a developed mainland and a remote portion accessible only by boat. The original island inhabitants were Native Americans of the Annemessex Nation.

Janes Island State Park is a scenic area offering the visitor a choice ranging from a remote getaway to a thrilling paddling competition. Every year the park hosts The Delmarva Canoe and Kayak Circuit, a five race point series in which paddlers from novice to advanced can compete in any one of 22 classes and accumulate points to vie for the circuit championship in their class. Looking for a quieter escape? Janes Island boasts approximately 2,900 acres of marsh, beach and high land where paddlers can explore small waterways within the island. Most of the waterways are protected from wind and current providing ideal conditions for the novice as well as the experienced canoeist.

The park does offer campsites, each with picnic table and fire ring accommodating both RVs and tents. Several rustic camper cabins are offered as well. Desiring more comfort? Try one of the four modern log cabins, each with a maximum capacity of six persons. They are available all year. The park has a scenic picnic grove where 25 tables and grills provide a relaxing outdoor dining experience. Two pavilions accommodate larger numbers on a reservation basis. The Daugherty Creek Conference Center is a 16-bed facility that is available for day or overnight use as well as on a weekly basis. Reservations can be made through the park office.

A boat ramp with 25 slips is available to campers for a minimal fee. Boats with and without motors may be rented from May through September. Canoes and kayaks are also available for rent.

Handicapped facilities at the park include restrooms, one cabin, five campsites, the nature center, fish-cleaning table, dock area and conference center.

Fishing, swimming, crabbing, canoeing, sea kayaking, competitive paddling, camping, cabin use, hiking, and a physical fitness trail entertain those who enjoy a tidal water adventure. Playground, visitor center and conference center are the more developed amenities.

The park is in Somerset County near Crisfield and may be reached by MD RT 13 to Westover; RT 413, approximately 11 miles to Plantation Road (right turn), 1 1/2 miles to park entrance (Alfred Lawson Drive, right turn).

Maryland has four distinct seasons with spring and fall being particularly pleasant with low humidity and mild temperatures. The average January temperature ranges between 30 and 34 degrees F (-1 to 1 C) with July averages ranging between 74 degrees F and 80 degrees F. Typically, coastal temperatures are slightly warmer then the western Appalachian Plateau area. Travelers should be aware that winters can become miserably cold and summers can be hazy, hot and humid with afternoon thundershowers.

26280 Alfred Lawson Drive
Crisfield, MD 21817

Phone: 410-968-1565

Fax: 410-968-2515

Email: PARK-JANES-ISLAND@dnr.state.md.us
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