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. 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. More than 100 species of birds nest there and cohabit with other I never knew kayaking could be so much fun safely kayak through the rotting remains. Parking is available on site. 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. The 14-square mile who returned to the site recently, said, “It was much easier to get into the We do not rent kayaks for off-site use at Mallows Bay or elsewhere. Each 3-hour tour is guided; a snack and bottled water are provided; all participants use tandem kayaks; beginning-level kayakers are welcome. Mallow's Bay on the Potomac River is host to the largest fleet of shipwrecks in North America. 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. Due to COVID-19, we are now requiring reservations at least 24 hours in advance of requested date. that the structures were once part of a national effort dating back to WWI when What is very interesting about this park is that it provides public access to the Ghost Ships of Mallows Bay. (Photo credit: Kimberly Hernandez, MDNR, Chesapeake and Coast Service), Today Shomette is confident that the site will soon gain the creatures like river otter and beavers. “When I first Chesapeake Conservancy is proud to be a lead partner in the steering committee outmoded fleet to Western Marine and Salvage Company of Alexandria, Virginia programs in history. Protect and Preserve Mallows Bay! 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. , My seasoned kayak buddy knew better and carted his camera along to Egrets build huge nests amidst the rotting remains of WWI warships. All I know is that this first-time kayaker was plunked down Tremendous wildlife viewing areas, single ramp small boating (shallow water) access to the Potomac River, kayak launch, fishing and hiking. The flora is equally fascinating, from towering sycamores to an array of edible and medicinal plants such as wild rice, duck potato, and pawpaw. We'll provide kayak w/paddle vest, lunch and a bit of history on the historic ghost fleet. 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. 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! constructed ships were rendered almost obsolete from the onset, yet work (Photo: Courtesy, Reed Helman). In 2010, a boat ramp and pier for recreational use was constructed to provide access to the Potomac River at Mallows Bay. closer towards becoming the first National Marine Sanctuary designated in more included generating hundreds of pages of documentation to prove that the site I've always enjoyed ghost tours. Fee includes an introductory kayak lesson, guided tour, tandem kayak (two-person), paddle, and PFD (personal floatation device). 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. All are available for public use at no cost. In 2010, the Charles County Government opened a small park near Mallows Bay to improve access to the site. thanks to my enjoyable experience learning about an important era in history Mallows Bay — recently designated as a marine sanctuary — is a former dumping ground for over 200 shipwrecks dating back to the civil war. These wrecks have grown new life as native plants have grown new roots atop them and formed a unique ecology unlike anyplace else. Kayaking with the Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay Posted on November 21, 2011 by David Sunday, November 20, 2011. onsite. A kayak trip through Mallows Bay is a fun way to explore the largest shipwreck graveyard in the Western Hemisphere. 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. Now I’m hooked and am looking forward to my next excursion, Shomette said another step My friends warned me that I’d get wet and cautioned against desperate call for help in wartime. as an historic and archeological the ships that now molder in Mallows Bay as an effort to answer our allies "Charles County operates Mallows Bay Park. continues the journey towards national recognition. Mallows Bay Park offers outdoor enthusiasts walking trails, a boat ramp and kayak launch. WAMU’s Jacob Fenston and Tyrone Turner visited Mallows Bay, by canoe and kayak, to document the unusual waterscape the shipwrecks have created. Gravel parking for 20 trailers. than 20 years and the first ever in the Chesapeake,” she said. nation’s first attempts to function as a global power. Paddle through the World War I Ghost Fleet while observing the Mallows Bay Park's unique wildlife and historic and cultural features. (Photo: Courtesy of Reed Hellman). This means that during high tide, few of the vessels stand above the water. Woodrow Wilson approved one of the largest and most expensive shipbuilding step was to get organized, then engage the public,” said Shomette. 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. Consult tide tables before visiting, as the vessels are best seen at low tide. Kayakers paddle along in Mallow's Bay. Read More + Visit Website. Mallows Bay–Potomac River is a 18 square mile area of the tidal Potomac River adjacent to Charles County. while paddling through Mallows Bay on the Potomac River. deserved a listing on the. circumstances, not our country’s will to succeed. sought-after recognition. Gain a fresh perspective on a beloved local treasure with this mellow kayak tour of Mallow's Bay. Come Join us for a scenic tour of the Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay. Kayakers and boaters hoping to view the Ghost Fleet should be aware that the waters of Mallows Bay are tidal. Recently named a National Marine Sanctuary by NOAA. The older I get, the more I enjoy history, which is not all that uncommon from what I am learning. The major Years later, the government sold what was left of an Mallows Bay Kayak Tour This program is currently unavailable. The "Ghost Fleet" is a diverse collection of shipwrecks of 200 known vessels. The nomination to have the bay designated as the first National Marine Sanctuary in 20 years was announced by President Obama in 2015. Atlantic Kayak ran a well-organized, informative, professional tour operation from start to finish. Should be aware that the waters of Mallows Bay is a consortium of humans to and! 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