New Water Trails open with Riverfest celebration
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.
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.