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> Self-Guided Tours

We are open to the public from 9am to 4:30 pm
Monday through Saturday,
with the exception of federal holidays.
Your last boat should be pulled from the water by 4:00 pm.

> Look no further for a place to launch your own canoe or kayak to explore the Rhode River estuary. In addition to the guided Saturday canoe trips, SERC allows visitors to launch their own non-motorized boats from the dock. Feel free to explore during our hours of operation. 

> Upon arrival, please check in at the Reed Education Center. Please read the "Rules and Regulations" below for self-guided trips.

> SERC provides a complimentary canoe trail map brochure for self-guided exploration. These materials are available at the Reed Education Center upon check-in.

> Groups larger than 5 people, organized groups and outfitters are required to call Karen McDonald in advance at 443-482-2216 or send an e-mail to

> If you do not have your own canoe or kayak, you must register for a Guided Tour in order to participate.


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 > Rules and Regulations
  1. Motorized boats are now allowed to be launched from the SERC docks.
  2. All launches must occur at the SERC floating dock.
  3. All children 15 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
  4. Personal Floatation Devices must be worn by all group members at all times on the water.
  5. SERC is not responsible for your personal safety, vehicle, damage to you, your boat, or your personal property.
  6. No firearms or fireworks.
  7. No alcohol or drugs.
  8. Our shorelines are fragile ecosystems, so please restrict launching and landing to the dock.
  9. Collection or removal of any objects, including artifacts and plant materials, without written permission is prohibited.
  10. Unsafe behavior or actions can result in your visitor privileges being revoked, and possibly legal recourse.

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> Cost

There is a $5 per canoe/kayak launch donation requested.

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> Guided Tours

SERC offers docent-guided canoe trips on certain Saturdays during spring, summer and fall. Canoers paddle along the Muddy Creek River searching for wildlife and learning about the ecology of Chesapeake Bay. Trips last approximately two hours. Cost: $18 for adults; $9 for children 13 and under. Minimum age is 6 years.

Pre-registration for canoe trips recommended. Check our calendar for dates and times.

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