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Baltimore-DC area kayaking?

I'm looking for places to kayak in and around the Baltimore-DC area where it is easy to get in and out of the water because of a bad knee.  Once I'm in my kayak, I'm fine, but launching docks are difficult.  Looking for places where I can park just a short distance away because I've my own kayak.  Thanks for any help out there!

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You should look at Mallows Bay in Maryland about 40 minutes south of DC. It has a kayak launch that makes it super easy to get in and out of the water.


Galesville, Maryland - south of Annapolis - on the West River.  County wharf - easy parking - easy launch.  Paddling to the Rhode River - has an island to beach and swim - Smithsonian Environmental Reseach Center owns most of the shoreline in this area - great for birds/waterfowl.  Can paddle out into the Chesapeake Bay - fairly protected along the shoreline.  Nearby restaurants/bars for post-paddle refreshments.


Dundee Creek Marina in Gunpowder State Park has a launch that is immediately adjacent to the parking lot.  Miami Beach at Middle River is beautiful, but there is a bit more of a walk to the parking lot from the launch area.