Bay Paddle 2022 – Aug 27 – 28

A staged paddle race to protect the Chesapeake Bay.
August 27 – August 28, 2022

2 days, 45 miles starting in Rock Hall, MD and finishing in Cambridge, MD

Donate to support the Waterkeeper Team!

We’re thrilled to be a beneficiary of the Bay Paddle! Our team of Waterkeepers is paddling to protect the rivers and streams that flow into the Chesapeake Bay. Follow our paddle adventure on social media at #waterkeepersbaypaddle!

We invite you to make a special donation to support our small, but mighty team of Choptank Riverkeeper Matt Pluta, Sassafras Riverkeeper Zack Kelleher, our Executive Director Betsy Nicholas and our Deputy Director Robin Broder! Chester Riverkeeper Annie Richards is providing our support boat. DONATE HERE

This is a very special year for our Waterkeepers — the Clean Water Act turns 50 years old. As Waterkeepers, we represent our communities in addressing water pollution by enforcing the Clean Water Act. This year, the funds raised through the Bay Paddle will support our Clean Water Act 50th Anniversary Campaign. This powerful law ended the culture of dumping raw sewage and untreated industrial waste into our waters and led to a dramatic improvement in the health and safety of waterways across the country. 2022 marks a monument year in which we can celebrate the power and promise of this revolutionary law to protect communities around the country and in our region and demand equal justice and access to clean water.

You can win one of two incredible watercrafts! Up for grabs are a Tempest 165 Kayak and handmade Kaholo 14 SUP! Drawing takes place on Aug. 31. BUY TICKET!

The best ways to spectate Saturday will be at the start in Rock Hall when the race takes off at 7:30 a.m., passing through the midpoint at Kent Narrows (either at Kent Island Yacht Club or Red Eyes between 10:30 and noon), or near the finish from Knapps Narrows Marina, the Tilghman Island bridge or the Dogwood Harbor boat ramp. On Sunday, the best opportunities to watch will be from Dogwood Harbor for the 7:30 a.m. launch, or near the finish at Gerry Boyle Park in Cambridge.

The Bay Paddle’s mission is to help protect to the Chesapeake Bay by working with Oyster Recovery Partnership to plant more oysters, Chesapeake Conservancy to support their efforts to designate the Bay as a National Park and Waterkeepers Chesapeake to help keep the waters and rivers of the Bay healthy. The Bay Paddle will benefit these 3 nonprofit organizations.