Charles County, Maryland

Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay

Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay

Photo courtesy of Don Shomette

A first for the state of Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay watershed, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) declared its intent to designate Mallows Bay in Nanjemoy as a National Marine Sanctuary.  Mallows Bay, located near the Potomac River, is home to the largest ship graveyard in the Western Hemisphere. The area offers unique archaeological, recreational, historical, cultural, educational, and environmental opportunities for residents and tourists. The site includes historic vessels dating back to the Revolutionary War, remains of the largest ‘Ghost Fleet’ of the World War I steamships, wildlife viewing areas, fishing, boating access and a hiking trail. Mallows Bay Park is located at 1440 Wilson Landing Road, Nanjemoy. Open year round - 5:30 a.m. to dusk. Plan your overnight stay at any of our accomodations: http://www.charlescountymd.gov/maps/tourism/tourplan/230

Books on Mallows Bay:

Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay and Other Tales of the Lost Chesapeake (1st Edition) by Donald G. Shomette

Special Event - Charles County Government is partnering with the Alice Ferguson Foundation, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for the fourth annual trash clean-up day at Mallows Bay Park (1440 Wilson Landing Road, Nanjemoy) on Saturday, Oct. 7 from noon to 6 p.m. (rain date: Sunday, Oct. 8).
Volunteers can walk the shoreline of Mallows Bay Park or use a kayak or canoe.  Volunteers may bring their own kayak or canoe or rent one through local outfitter www.atlantickayak.com who provides rental delivery and pick up. The clean-up is timed to coincide with low tide and maximum shoreline exposure.
The National Audubon Society is hosting a bird watching hike.  There are also history heritage hikes scheduled throughout the day.

Kayak Adventure:
The Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism is offering Sunday kayak tours at Mallows Bay Park (1440 Wilson Landing Road, Nanjemoy).  Paddle through the World War I Ghost Fleet while observing the park’s unique wildlife and historic and cultural features. All tours will be led by an experienced and knowledgeable guide. 
Fee includes introductory kayak lesson, guided tour, tandem kayak (two-person), paddle, and a personal floatation device. No experience is necessary and the pace is very relaxed. A single person or odd number parties will be paired with others. This event is open to participants 8 years of age and older. Participants between the ages of 8-17 must be accompanied by an adult.
Tour dates and Times: 
July 16 and 30
Aug. 13 and 27
Sept. 10 and 24
Oct. 8 and 22
Morning Tours: 9 a.m. – noon $75/person
Afternoon Tours: 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. $45/person
Register On-Line at www.CharlesCountyParks.com

Contact Atlantic Kayak Company to book your kayak tour. 
Website: http://www.atlantickayak.com/
108-A Mattingly Ave, Indian Head, MD 
Phone: 301-292-6455
Email: info@atlantickayak.com

The season begins May 7, 2017 at 10 a.m.  

For more information about Mallows Bay, please visit the following websites:

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