Janes Island State Park

Water TrailsKayakers at Janes Island State Park

Janes Island State Park offers more than 30 miles of marked water trails that wind throughout the island’s saltmarsh. Most of the waterways are protected from wind and current, providing ideal conditions for both experienced and novice paddlers.

Janes Island water trail system was named to the American Canoe Association’s inaugural list of North America's best paddle trails. Three back country camp sites are located along the trails for overnight expeditions.

Janes Island Water Trails map cover The Janes Island State Park Water Trail map/guide features seven water trails, all of which begin and end at the Janes Island State Park Marina and boat launch. The trails provide a wide variety of paddling experiences so there are options for all levels of expertise. The map/guide also includes information on park amenities, camping, boating safety and regulations and the area’s natural resources. The trails range in length from 1.25 to 12.5 miles and include routes along the open waters of Tangier Sound, the Big and Little Annemessex Rivers as well as various creeks and marsh routes. This map/guide is available at Janes Island State Park and from the DNR Outdoor Store at http://shopdnr.com/watertrails.aspx.​

The paddle trails in and around Janes Island have been posted with aluminum signs. They are 12" x 18" and covered with a highly reflective film. Each trail now has not only a different color sign but a distinctive shape, as well, e.g.: red octagon with a white reflective slash, black diamond, yellow equilateral triangle, brown square, green circle, and blue quadrilateral. The trails all now run from the Yellow Trail, north or south as the case may be, although you can certainly run it the other way if you wish. Just remember you will be paddling in the opposite way the directional arrows are pointing. Each color sign now has a one letter abbreviation along with a sequential number, e.g.: Black = B, Blue = U, and Brown = N (Red, Yellow, and Green have distinctive beginning letters anyway).

GPS waypoints for the six paddle trails around and through Jane's Island are available below.

You will need two things....

  • Download waypoints for GPS (Zip File)
  • EasyGPS program (http://www.easygps.com/)
    • You need this (or a similar program) to upload the GPS file to your unit
  • Then take home an electronic souvenir of your trip. Upload your GPS tracks and waypoints to www.gpsvisualizer.com. View a Google Earth map of your travels and email a copy to your friends. Show them where you caught the big fish, saw the Bald Eagle, or swam on the secluded beach.