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Read Your Way onto the Water

SeaKayaker discovers the Patuxent Water Trail

Autumn is forecast spectacular for the Thanksgiving weekend, opening one of the year’s last doors to get out into Chesapeake Country. One way to accept the invitation is to follow the December issue of SeaKayaker onto the treasure in our own backyard, the Patuxent Water Trail.
    Ralph Heimlich, a member of the Chesapeake Paddlers Association, guides you into nature and history on the very accessible river.
    The seven-page story, with maps and photos, gets high praise from Dave Linthicum, whose own map, The Patuxent River Water Trail Guide, is one of the best ways to get to know the river.
    “It’s one of the more complete articles on the tidal river’s paddling geography,” says Linthicum.
    It’s online only by subscription at this point, but single issues can be ordered at
    If you can’t wait to get on the river, Bay Weekly’s 2010 article about Linthicum and his map will take you there: