I decided to go kayaking down the Monocacy river (around Frederick, MD) last weekend. I was a bit worried about finding a place to park and having to sneak through people’s yards to get into the river
But driving along the river I discovered that some local government service or other group has provided parking and river access points (boat ramps) about every 5 miles along the river! Very impressive.
I also found it online later here.
NOTE: When planning your trip the sign notes warns to check the river depth first:
To start a canoe/Kayak trip:
From the MD 77 Bridge (Points 1-3 on map), the U.S. Geological Survey gauge at Jug Bridge in Frederick should read 350 cubic feet per second (cps) or show a water level of at least 2.1 feet.
From Devilbiss Bridge and below (Points 4-20), the gauge should read at least 215 cfs or 1.7 feet.
A review of the trip:
We went about 5 miles down-river. Starting at access point 6 and ending at access point 11. The river was very calm, I would think anyone could handle it. It was shallow enough at two points that I had to walk to the kayak about 50 feet. It was fairly scenic but with mostly trees along the river the whole way. It would have been a bit nicer to see mountain views and such.
You’ll need a kayak first obviously. You can actually order a kayak from Amazon. Give it a try.
Here are some other resources for kayaking the Monocacy river:
Explore Maryland’s Water Trails
Monocacy river conservation group
Monocacy River Water Trail – Frederick and Carroll Counties, Maryland
Monocacy river paddle trips?
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