The older I get, the more I enjoy history, which is not all that uncommon from what I am learning. All tours will be led by an experienced and knowledgeable guide. Get Directions. Mallows Bay is situated south of Washington, D.C., along the tidal Lower Potomac River off the Nanjemoy Peninsula of Charles County, Maryland. Mallows Bay Park. closer towards becoming the first National Marine Sanctuary designated in more Kayaking Mallows Bay ship graveyard on the Potomac River The hazards are clearly spelled out in A Paddler’s Guide to Mallows Bay, the pamphlet available at the launch site. In 2010, the Charles County Government opened a small park near Mallows Bay to improve access to the site. Creepy! If you are a kayaker, canoeer or overall just love the water this is a must see! 2018-10-07 9:00:00 2018-10-07 12:00:00 America/New_York Mallows Bay Park Kayak Tours Paddle through the World War I Ghost Fleet while observing the park's unique wildlife and historic and cultural features. programs in history. onsite. who returned to the site recently, said, “It was much easier to get into the The information on the history at Mallows Bay and the natural setting was very interesting. Chesapeake Conservancy is proud to be a lead partner in the steering committee The Years later, the government sold what was left of an My friends warned me that I’d get wet and cautioned against the wildlife. Come Join us for a scenic tour of the Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay. step was to get organized, then engage the public,” said Shomette. continued well after the war ended to fulfill already agreed-upon contracts. Local outfitter Atlantic Kayak Company provides guided kayak tours of Mallows Bay on Sundays through October. “BEWARE OF HIDDEN WRECKS. Check out the Paddle Guide for Mallows Bay that was created in partnership with Charles County, Atlantic Kayak, Maryland Historical Trust, Alice Ferguson Foundatino, Southern Maryland Audobon Society, Friends of Mallows Potomac and with funding by REI, National Marine Sancuary, and NOAA. The flora is equally fascinating, from towering sycamores to an array of edible and medicinal plants such as wild rice, duck potato, and pawpaw. Consult tide tables before visiting, as the vessels are best seen at low tide. Because time was of the essence, the hastily and shoddily Don Shomette, author of “The Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay,” The water is fairly calm and easy to paddle through. help the area achieve designation as a national marine sanctuary. The bay is the location of what is regarded as the "largest shipwreck fleet in the Western Hemisphere" and is described as a "ship graveyard. I never knew kayaking could be so much fun district. Now I’m hooked and am looking forward to my next excursion, is hoping that more people will take an interest in visiting the area as it In 2014, NOAA invited communities across the nation to nominate their most treasured places in the country's marine and Great Lakes waters for consideration as national marine sanctuaries. overhead and osprey constructing huge nests on the peaceful wreckage that was Detailed information is emailed to all participants in advance. the vantage of a tiny kayak opens wide a window into the history of one of our We undertook building (Photo credit: Daryl Byrd, courtesy of MDNR). Woodrow Wilson approved one of the largest and most expensive shipbuilding Before work was complete, the company claimed bankruptcy and today visitors can The boat ramp is located at 1440 Wilson Landing Road, Nanjemoy, MD. Mallows Bay–Potomac River is a 18 square mile area of the tidal Potomac River adjacent to Charles County. Dr. A kayak trip through Mallows Bay is a fun way to explore the largest shipwreck graveyard in the Western Hemisphere. until I tried it. My seasoned kayak buddy knew better and carted his camera along to For once, I wished I hadn’t listened. into a very special experience, from the history of the area, to the beauty of as an historic and archeological , Tremendous wildlife viewing areas, single ramp small boating (shallow water) access to the Potomac River, kayak launch, fishing and hiking. capture at a few moments of the memorable trip. n eagle surveys its surroundings. Mallows Bay is part of the Lower Potomac River Water Trail, which goes from Washington, D.C. to Chesapeake Bay. We do not rent kayaks for off-site use at Mallows Bay or elsewhere. Gain a fresh perspective on a beloved local treasure with this mellow kayak tour of Mallow's Bay. The 14-square mile the ships that now molder in Mallows Bay as an effort to answer our allies Mallows Bay, a shallow embayment off the Nanjemoy Peninsula, is the site of this fascinating “ghost fleet” of nearly 200 vessels dating from the Revolutionary War through World War I. Share this event with your friends. Kayakers paddle along in Mallow's Bay. Kayaking Mallows Bay Abandoned Ship Graveyard. Judy and her assistants were very friendly and helpful and made sure all participants at different levels of expertise were comfortable with the kayaking. More than 100 species of birds nest there and cohabit with other Mallows Bay Mallows Bay is a small bay on the Maryland side of the Potomac River in Charles County, Maryland, USA. of his job as field technician for the then-named Maryland Department of outmoded fleet to Western Marine and Salvage Company of Alexandria, Virginia Shomette said another step Mallows Bay Park offers excellent outdoor recreation opportunities. Click here to view all of our current programs. The company proceeded to extract They had been sent to the bay in the early years of the last century to be destroyed, but instead were abandoned and now linger in varying states of decay. That the effort failed was a result of heart of the fleet this time.”, Hellman highly recommends the trip. while paddling through Mallows Bay on the Potomac River. All I know is that this first-time kayaker was plunked down If you're interested in a change of scenery, Winchester, Virginia is an interesting place to poke around. We saw so many Bald Eagles it was crazy, some Blue Herons, Osprey, Vultures, turtles, a swimming snake even! I felt fortunate to witness eagles soaring The major This shallow embayment, and the waters immediately adjacent, boasts one of the largest assemblages of shipwrecks in the Western Hemisphere, known as the “Ghost Fleet” of Mallows Bay. once intended for an entirely different purpose. We did the Mallows Bay tour and it wasn't just about the ships, it was about the nature! Mallows Bay — recently designated as a marine sanctuary — is a former dumping ground for over 200 shipwrecks dating back to the civil war. Mallows Bay, a shallow embayment off the Nanjemoy Peninsula, is the site of this fascinating “ghost fleet” of nearly 200 vessels dating from the Revolutionary War through World War I. I've always enjoyed ghost tours. We'll provide kayak w/paddle vest, lunch and a bit of history on the historic ghost fleet. Now I’m hooked and am looking forward to my next excursion, thanks to my enjoyable experience learning about an important era in history while paddling through Mallows Bay on the Potomac River. that the structures were once part of a national effort dating back to WWI when Egrets build huge nests amidst the rotting remains of WWI warships. Sandy bluffs are topped with trees that offer roosts for bald eagles, and the area is also home to thriving populations of osprey, duck, river otter, deer, and numerous aquatic species. Gravel parking for 20 trailers. creatures like river otter and beavers. circumstances, not our country’s will to succeed. The Charles County Department of Recreation, Parks & Tourism offers guided kayak tours of Mallows Bay from May-October. Charles County offers a three-hour, 2 ½ -mile kayak tour of Mallows Bay ($75 per person for a two-person kayak) or a shorter 1 1 / 2 -hour tour ($49 … Mallow's Bay on the Potomac River is host to the largest fleet of shipwrecks in North America. Hosted by. Accommodations: Mallows Bay Park is well maintained, has clean porta-johns, parking, some picnic tables, and an excellent put-in, with both a boat ramp and a canoe/kayak launch back in an inlet. Each 3-hour tour is guided; a snack and bottled water are provided; all participants use tandem kayaks; beginning-level kayakers are welcome. (Photo credit: Kimberly Hernandez, MDNR, Chesapeake and Coast Service), Today Shomette is confident that the site will soon gain the the valuable metal and burn the hulls to the waterline to assist in the process. Located on the Potomac River only 30 miles downstream from our nation’s capital, Mallows Bay is renowned for its diverse collection of historic shipwrecks, recreational opportunities and scenic beauty. We have partnered with the Smithsonian Associates, Charles County Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism, Baltimore National Aquarium, NOAA, … They had been sent to the bay in the early years of the last century to be destroyed, but instead were abandoned and now linger in varying states of decay. Atlantic Kayak Company (AKC), a woman-owned business, has been providing fun, educational outdoor experiences in the Chesapeake Bay area since 1995.We share our passion for natural and cultural history with others through all of our programs! “Experiencing it from On July 19, 2016, the U.S. Coast Guard’s Sector Maryland North Capitol Region hosted a kayak tour of Mallows Bay in anticipation of its Sanctuary designation. "With my colleagues, I was able to assemble a team to reach out to public and private institutions, This means that during high tide, few of the vessels stand above the water. kayakers to lead the way and share the story of “The Ghost Fleet of Mallows (Photo: Courtesy, Reed Helman). A 0.8-mile trail loops around Mallows Bay Park and the salvage basin. individuals, historians, colleges and museums to complete a proposal. deserved a listing on the. sought-after recognition. He describes the reaction of Dr. Jim Delgado, former Director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s. Charles County Parks & Recreation I remember little about my great-grandfather Ignatz Kalina. It is popular to canoe or kayak among the ship ruins. Due to COVID-19, we are now requiring reservations at least 24 hours in advance of requested date. (Photo: Courtesy of Reed Hellman). Kayakers and boaters hoping to view the Ghost Fleet should be aware that the waters of Mallows Bay are tidal. Chesapeake Bay Affairs, said that time has taken its toll. Parking is available on site. Mallows Bay by Kayak: A Tour of Maryland’s Proposed National Marine Sanctuary, the First in Chesapeake Bay On the Maryland side of the Potomac River, just east of Washington D.C. and west of Chesapeake Bay, the largest shipwreck fleet in the Western … taking along a camera. Aerial photography by Jerry Jackson. These wrecks have grown new life as native plants have grown new roots atop them and formed a unique ecology unlike anyplace else. If you are interested in weird, strange, and cool places in Maryland, grab yourself a kayak and head to Mallows Bay in Nanjemoy, MD to see the Ghost Fleet of the Potomac. Reed Hellman, who first visited the Bay in the 1970s as part "Charles County operates Mallows Bay Park. 7 reviews of Mallows Bay Park "So glad we made the trip down there! Marine Base and located in Nanjemoy. a monument to our nation’s evolving role in the world.”, A photo taken during my kayak trip. Mallows Bay was declared a … Travel, dining & more in my home state of Pennsylvania and beyond. Press play to hear an audio version of this story. Paddle through the WWI Ghost Fleet, the largest ship graveyard in the Western Hemisphere. From April through October, Atlantic Kayak guides join other kayakers to lead the way and share the story of “The Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay.” Guests glide among the decaying detritus of wooden steamships and learn that the structures were once part of a national effort dating back to WWI when Woodrow Wilson approved one of the largest and most expensive shipbuilding programs in history. The "ghost fleet" of Mallows Bay is now protected as a national marine sanctuary. The shipwrecks have recently received federal protection, as part of a new national marine sanctuary. Protect and Preserve Mallows Bay! Atlantic Kayak ran a well-organized, informative, professional tour operation from start to finish. has been hard at work to ensure that the site gets the recognition it deserves. Fee includes an introductory kayak lesson, guided tour, tandem kayak (two-person), paddle, and PFD (personal floatation device). thanks to my enjoyable experience learning about an important era in history “Mallows Bay has the largest collection of historic Antique Automobile Club of America Museum, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge Center, The National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown, Omni Bedford Spring's Resort Stands the Test of Time, Music, Art, Architecture and More in Historic Winchester, Virginia, A Stay at an Amish Tobacco Farm-Turned Luxury Inn, Paired with an Over-the-Top Meal, Sharing the Charm of Sharon, Pennsylvania, Visiting Lancaster's Conestoga House and Gardens, Daytripping along the Lafayette Trail in Havre De Grace, Learning about the Life of My Coal-Mining Great-Grandfather on a Visit to Scranton, Pa, Ghost Adventures in Maryland and Pennsylvania. Recently named a National Marine Sanctuary by NOAA. Bay.” Guests glide among the decaying detritus of wooden steamships and learn seeking the designation and we’re thrilled that Mallows Bay is just a step included generating hundreds of pages of documentation to prove that the site The marine historian has been taking steps Learn more about guided kayak tours by clicking here. continues the journey towards national recognition. Just an hour from Washington, it's a great place to see wildlife and history. Read More + Visit Website. The nomination to have the bay designated as the first National Marine Sanctuary in 20 years was announced by President Obama in 2015. From April through October, Atlantic Kayak guides join other In 2010, a boat ramp and pier for recreational use was constructed to provide access to the Potomac River at Mallows Bay. Paddle through the World War I Ghost Fleet while observing the park's unique wildlife and historic and cultural features. area, located in Charles County Maryland, is well within sight of Quantico Please call us at 301-292-6455 to make your reservation. “When I first desperate call for help in wartime. Paddle through the World War I Ghost Fleet while observing the Mallows Bay Park's unique wildlife and historic and cultural features. (Photo credit: Paula Shiller, courtesy of MDNR), An Osprey pair nest atop a ship. constructed ships were rendered almost obsolete from the onset, yet work The site was proposed to NOAA with broad-based community support to protect and celebrate the nation's maritime cultural heritage while expanding recreational, tourism, education, and economic development opportunities. Mallows Bay on the lower Potomac is the site of a “ghost fleet” of nearly 200 wrecked vessels dating from the Revolutionary War through World War I. There’s no better vantage point than a two-person kayak from which to experience this dramatic collection, as well as to explore the bay’s marshy tributaries filled with abundant wildlife. WAMU’s Jacob Fenston and Tyrone Turner visited Mallows Bay, by canoe and kayak, to document the unusual waterscape the shipwrecks have created. Kayakers get up close to one of the many shipwrecks in Mallows Bay (Photo: Judy Lathrop), The Most Serene Republic: The Splendors of Venice, Exploring the Mysteries of World Heritage Sites: Easter Island, Smithsonian Kids Online Privacy Statement. splash from the paddles, I emerged dry thanks to the soft launch located There’s no better vantage point than a two-person kayak from which to experience this dramatic collection, as well as to explore the bay’s marshy tributaries filled with abundant wildlife. Just 30 miles south of Washington, D.C., lies one of the largest sunken ship graveyards in the Western Hemisphere: the so-called “Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay.” nation’s first attempts to function as a global power. A special kayak launching area makes paddling access easy. Mallows Bay Park offers outdoor enthusiasts walking trails, a boat ramp and kayak launch. But for a small Judy and her terrific co-workers made sure we knew what we were doing and they followed the tides so we had maximum exposure to the ships - which are so cool! Mallows Bay Kayak Tour This program is currently unavailable. All kayak rentals include a paddle and … Kayaking among the Ghost Ships of Mallows Bay I never knew kayaking could be so much fun until I tried it. Friends of Mallows Bay is a consortium of humans to support and encourage the selection of Mallows Bay as a National Marine Sanctuary. What is very interesting about this park is that it provides public access to the Ghost Ships of Mallows Bay. 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