Park Quest 2019

JISP_Waters-Edge.pngJanes Island State Park Quest
"Oyster Wars of the Chesapeake Bay"

Discover all that Janes Island has to offer by completing an adventure that is fun and educational for all ages. Families will visit a series of stations, starting at the park Headquarters’ building and ending in the marina. At each station, there will be box with an educational reading and a small activity and a small activity. The completion of the activity will allow families access to the next step on their journey. This quest will take families to ten different stations in the park, including one that is only accessible by boat! The reward for completing the Janes Island Park Quest is a stamp for your family’s passport which can be gathered at the last station!

Please make sure to leave all materials at their designated stations, remember to lock all boxes when you are finished and to report any problems or vandalisms you encounter along the way to the Park Store or Park Ranger.

Oyster Wars of the Chesapeake Bay Park Quest Worksheet

Due to the complex nature of this quest it might take some families faster than others to complete it. If there is a family in front of you please be patient, don’t rush and allow them to have an enjoyable time. Also be mindful of other guests that may be waiting behind you.

kayaking at Janes IslandThere is a paddling portion of the quest that is optional, and is also weather dependent. If you choose to participate in this portion of the quest please see the Park Store, Marina Attendant or Ranger on Duty at 443-614-2591 to acquire proper PDFs and paddles. It is required by law to have all children under 16 in a PFD at all times and for every other boater to have a PFD on board. Janes Island State Park requires all participants to wear properly fitting PFD at all times while on our vessels. We only allow one family to paddle at a time so if there is a family in front of you please be patient, don’t rush and allow them to complete their portion. Skipping the paddling portion? Larger group? Open the box right next to the boat.

Warnings or hazards: Portions of this quest require being in direct sunlight and hiking in forested areas. Adult supervision is required for climbing the observation tower. Teams are encouraged to bring sunscreen, tick/bug repellant, water, and snacks.

Park Information

Janes Island State Park is nestled between the Little Annemessex River and Tangier Sound on Maryland’s Lower Eastern Shore. Janes Island is a haven for camping which features a campground, a marina with a boat ramp, rental cabins, a conference center, hiking trails, picnic areas, shelter pavilions, and some of the best sunsets in the state. Janes Island also boasts over 30 miles of marked water trails through the 2,900 acres of tidal salt marshes which are ideal for both paddling and fishing. 


Janes Island State Park
26280 Alfred J Lawson Dr.
Crisfield, MD 21817-2448
GPS N 38° 00.490’ W 075° 50.620’


The park is located in Somerset County near Crisfield and may be reached by MD RT 13 to Westover; RT 413, approximately 11 miles to Plantation Road (right turn), 1 1/2 miles to park entrance (Alfred Lawson Drive, right turn).​


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