Atlantic Kayak Adventures

  • The Mattawoman Creek Nature Center is now open!  Same hours as rentals
  •  108-A Mattingly Avenue, Indian Head, MD  20640
  • There's nothing more relaxing and engaging than spending time on the water. Leave the crowded streets and bike paths behind, and go on a kayaking adventure!
  • No experience needed. Each adventure includes an introductory kayak lesson, beginner — appropriate kayaks and accessories, and the appropriate number of friendly, knowledgeable guides.
  • Season runs from mid-April through October.
  • CUSTOM GROUP ADVENTURES — Contact us today to reserve your own private trip! Minimum of six to ten participants; maximum of fifty depending on location and day of the week. We use mostly stable, tandem kayaks for groups. Click on "Group Reservation Request" button below, email or call us: or 703.838.9072.
  • TRIPS FOR INDIVIDUALS — Check dates listed under each trip or click on "Schedule & Individual Reservations" button below to see the schedule and make an on-line reservation.

Mattawoman Creek

 - Indian Head, Maryland


If you'd like to get away from it all and feel like you're in the middle of nature, this is the perfect place to visit.  It has been described by many as the most pristine tributary of the Chesapeake Bay.

As soon as you launch you will be in a tidal freshwater marsh, with wild rice and cattails.  Explore a little further, and you'll see osprey nests and beaver lodges.

Duration:  2.5 hours, including land orientation

Rate: $60 per person

Dates: Sunset/Moonlight Tour - June 9 - 7 to 9:30 pm


See Special Events Page for other activities

Water's Edge — Meet the Critters!

If you like getting your feet wet, and you’re curious about who lives in the water, this adventure is for you.  Once we’re on a beach, we’ll get out the nets and see what critters we can find in the water. You’ll learn to identify fish and invertebrates like crayfish, scuds, and damselfly nymphs.  You can even touch the critters as long as you’re gentle and your hands are wet so you won’t hurt them.

Duration: 2.5 hours, including land orientation

Rate: $60 per person (party of six minimum)

Dates:  By appointment for groups

  - Nanjemoy, Maryland 

In a small bay in Southern Maryland, about 30 miles south of Washington, DC, lie hundreds of shipwrecks dating back to the Revolutionary War. Most of them are from World War I, built in a hurry when the United States entered the war in 1917.  The most prominent wreck is more recent — a rusty, rejected ferry that once served to haul rubber in Brazil during World War II. Surrounding the bay are sandy bluffs topped with trees providing magnificent roosts for bald eagles. Marshy tributaries rich in wildlife provide a quiet counterpart to the historic wreckage. In the bay itself many wrecks have formed sardine-shape islands that today are called “flower pots,” each one supporting its own little ecosystem.

Duration: 3 hours, including land orientation

Rate: $75 per person, including kayak and accessories.

Note we use tandem kayaks for this program

Dates: please click here - we are adding dates frequently.  

Every other Sunday morning  from July 16 through October 22 through Charles County.  9 to 12. Click here to register.

Smithsonian Associates Dates:  June 3, 24; July 8 & 22 - FULL

Three-hour tours are available by appointment for groups of 18 to 20 on weekends and 12 to 20 on weekdays.

Mallows Bay Ghost Fleet


Mallows Bay -  Short Tours

This tour includes a brief introductory narration and a tour of Mallows Bay where most of the wrecks are located. 

Duration:  1 1/2 hours, including land orientation

Rate:  $45 per person, including kayak and accessories.

Note we use tandem kayaks for this program

Every other Sunday afternoon  from July 16 through October 22 through Charles County.  1 to 2:30. Click here to register.  



Team-Building / Games & Races

Learn basic kayaking skills with an introductory land lesson, then use them strategically as you have a blast engaging in safe and entertaining challenges that are fun for everyone. Paddle-toss races, tug-of-wars, stand-up chariot races, musical boats, and multiple-kayak racing “rafts” are some of the favorites.  Groups will often engage in these activities as we move along on a tour, so you can enjoy seeing different sites as well as engaging in the challenges.

Duration: 2.5 hours including land orientation.

Rate: $55 per person (party of six minimum)

Team-Building Service Project

Help preserve the natural beauty of Mattawoman or Piscataway Creek. If your group enjoys getting out in nature and wants to give back at the same time, this is the perfect combination for you. You may also request a program to learn about beach trash — where it came from, how long different items will take to biodegrade, and how we can help reduce litter.  Of course we’ll recycle as much of our collection as possible!

Duration: 2.5 hours, including land orientation

Rate: $55 per person

Forms, Directions, and Checklist Of What To Bring For Tours

Please print and complete the Medical Information Form and Release Forms, and have them in hand when you arrive for your tour, 10 to 15 minutes before the start time.  Click on the appropriate location for a complete confirmation package, including directions, forms, and a checklist of what to bring:


Mattawoman Creek Tour Confirmation

Mallows Bay Tour Confirmation


Other Locations — Mobile Programs

We have several kayak trailers and will travel. Please email us if you have a place in mind or would like suggestions on a different location. We have been running programs in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed for twenty years and know of many exceptional places that are suitable for a group adventure.

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