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Mallows Bay Trash Cleanup
Cleanup Event

This Cleanup is part of the Potomac River Watershed Cleanup

April 28, 2018, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Rain Date: April 29, 2018, 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM


In Mallows Bay, more than 100 World War 1-era wooden vessels rest in the shallow bay -waters and along its shoreline marking one of the most curious yet important periods in the Nation’s maritime history. It's an exciting year to be along this section of the Potomac! Mallows Bay and an adjacent area of the Potomac River are being considered for designation as a National Marine Sanctuary. Additionally, the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, in cooperation with MD DNR, will be launching a new water quality buoy for recreational and commercial users!

Bring a canoe, kayak or walk along the shore. Join local historians and archaeologists who will share the stories of Mallows as part of the cleanup activities. If you need a rental, please contact Judy at Atlantic Kayak (info@atlantickayak.com) or 301-292-6455 - she will deliver and pick up the kayak and safety gear.

Thanks for considering this legendary site along the Potomac. We hope you are able to join us.

Mallows Bay Park


Site Type

Park (Active since 2014)

Location

County: Charles

State: Maryland

Zip: 20662

Nearest City: Nanjemoy

GPS Coordinates: 38.468329, -77.263622

Directions

Directions: Directions: 1440 Wilson Landing Rd, Nanjemoy, MD 20662

MD-210 South (Indian Head Hwy)
Turn LEFT at Lower Wharf Road (go 0.2 miles)
Turn LEFT on MD-225 East / Hawthorne Road (go 1.3 miles)
Turn RIGHT on MD-224 South / Chicamuxent Rd (go 8.5 miles)
Turn RIGHT on MD-224 South / Riverside Rd (go 4.1 miles)
Turn RIGHT on Wilsons Landing Rd (go 0.6 miles to parking lot)

Watershed Middle Potomac
Sub Watershed
Facilities

Parking Capacity:

Restrooms are available.

This site is suitable for children under seven.

This site is suitable for the elderly.

This site is suitable for the disabled.

Notes & Special Issues

The Mallows Bay site is generally open to most abilities and ages, although some may find challenges walking the shore and/or navigating the waters due to the obstacles presented by the ghost fleet remnants. Cleanup sites are available along the Park's shoreline. For those with kayaks/canoes, additional shoreline sites require a brief (5-15 minute) trip from the boat ramp. We also anticipate that some small boats will be available to provide shuttle service to shorelines adjacent to the park for limited numbers of volunteers.

Map

What To Expect


Details

This site is open to the public

RSVP Not Required

Maximum Volunteers: 200

Contact Info.

Sammy Orlando

paul.orlando@noaa.gov

Website

https://www.charlescountyparks.com/parks/mallows-bay-park

Suggestions

The cleanup will stage at the County Park. The site is most captivating at lower tide levels, so for those able, we can get started at 10:30a. You are welcome and encouraged to bring your own kayak or canoe and launch from the County boat ramp. The Mallows Bay site is generally open to most abilities and ages (above 12 years preferred), although some may find challenges walking the shore and/or navigating the waters due to the obstacles presented by the ghost fleet remnants.

Cleanup sites are available along the shore adjacent to the boat ramp (no boat is required). For those with kayaks/canoes, additional shoreline sites require a brief (5-15 minute) trip from the boat ramp – some of these sites could include the outer edges of the sunken ship hulks, some of which are now small islands that support their own ecosystems! Be advised the water is cold, so please be extremely cautious and well-prepared. We anticipate that some small boats will be available to provide shuttle service for limited numbers of volunteers.

Please come prepared for seasonal weather and water-related activity. Dressing in layers is suggested - long sleeves and pants are recommended. Sturdy shoes or boots are needed (no open toe shoes). A change of clothes may be desired. Some light snacks and drinks will be provided. If you need a rental, please contact Judy at Atlantic Kayak (info@atlantickayak.com) or 301-292-6455 - she will deliver and pick up the kayak and safety gear.