New Wa­ter Trails open with River­fest cel­e­bra­tion

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CEN­TRE­VILLE — The grand open­ing of the Cor­sica River Wa­ter Trails was cel­e­brated at River­fest on Sun­day, May 15, at the wharf in Cen­tre­ville, with town and county of­fi­cials join­ing the Cor­sica River Con­ser­vancy for a rib­bon-cut­ting cer­e­mony.

River­fest in­cluded free kayak trips to ex­plore the newly des­ig­nated wa­ter trails, a youth fish­ing derby, en­vi­ron­men­tal ex­hibits and pic­nick­ing on the water­front.

The event was the cul­mi­na­tion of a two-year ef­fort work­ing with Mary­land Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources to add three trails on the up­per Cor­sica River to the state’s wa­ter trail sys­tem, which maps routes for kayak, ca­noe or pad­dle board and iden­ti­fies nat­u­ral fea­tures and his­toric sites.

Cor­sica River Wa­ter Trail maps are avail­able at Cen­tre­ville Town Hall, the Ch­e­sa­peake Ex­plo­ration Cen­ter at Kent Nar­rows and Cen­tre­ville Out­doors at the Cen­tre­ville Wharf.

The win­ners of the fish­ing derby were Noah Saboury for boys first fish with a white perch, Lay­lah Saboury for girls first fish with a white perch; Henry Max Miller for boys big­gest fish with a 14.5-inch cat­fish and Haylie Davis for girls big­gest fish with a 5.5-inch white perch.

Ex­hibitors were East­ern Shore Land Conser vancy, Ch­ester River As­so­ci­a­tion, Cor­sica River Yacht Club, Mary­land Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources, Oys­ter Re­cov­ery Part­ner­ship, Queen Anne’s County Parks and Queen Annes’ County Wa­ter­men, led by Troy Wilkins.

River­fest was spon­sored by Cor­sica River Conser vancy, Queen Anne’s County and the Town of Cen­tre­ville. Cen­tre­ville Out­doors and Ch­e­sa­peake Bay En­vi­ron­men­tal Cen­ter pro­vided kayaks, and Com­merce Street Cream­ery & Cof­fee Shop of­fered food and re­fresh­ments.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

The rib­bon cut­ting to open the Cor­sica River Wa­ter Trails was con­ducted by James Wood of Queen Anne County Depart­ment of Parks, Cor­sica River Con­ser­vancy board mem­ber Deb­bie Pusey, Cen­tre­ville Parks Ad­vi­sory Board Chair­man Mike White­hill, Queen Anne’s County Com­mis­sion­ers Jim Mo­ran and Steve Wil­son, CRC Vice Pres­i­dent Frank DiGialleonardo, Oys­ter Re­cover Part­ner­ship mas­cot Shelly, CRC Pres­i­dent Steven Miller and CRC board mem­ber Laura San­ford in Kayak.

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