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Janes Island State Park
Copyright: - Maryland State Forest and Park Service
Janes Island State Park
Description - 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.

Attractions - 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.

Recreation - 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.

Climate - 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.

Location - 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).


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Filed By: Mr. Mxyzptlk
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: The park is well maintained, the paddle trails are not only very well marked with color and shape specific reflective aluminum signs, but the trails and sign locations can be downloaded to your hand held GPS. (Check their website). While paddling or boating through the park, along the Daugherty Creek canal, the lush grass lining the shoreline looks manicured. Every sign has been re-stained in 2009, and by and large the park is in wonderful condition. The Rangers are knowledgeable and helpful and everyone you encounter from volunteers, to camp hosts, to seasonal employees and the full time staff will go above and beyond the call of duty to be of service to you.


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Contact Information:
Janes Island State Park, 26280 Alfred Lawson Drive , Crisfield, MD, 21817, Phone: 410-968-1565, Fax: 410-968-2515
, PARK-JANES-ISLAND@dnr.state.md.us

Additional Information:
Eastern Shore - Trillions of grains of sand, eroded from Maryland's ancient Appalachian Mountains and deposited by the sea, have created a magical barrier island, offering visitors both solitude and adventure.
Maryland State Parks - Maryland State Forest and Park Service offers 47 state parks with recreational opportunities offered for all ages. From the forested regions to where land meets sea, Maryland's public parcels provide recreation, relaxation, and education. Many facilities possess barrier-free design.

Links:
Janes Island State Park - Official agency website.
Maryland State Forest and Park Service -

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