As the St. Marys River approaches the mouth, it broadens out into a vast marsh estuary. Smaller rivers and creeks branch off the main river, stretching the open spaces of soft green spartina grass waving gently, the fields dissected by arteries of waterways randomly flowing through. These waterways include numerous unnamed paths that may or may not lead somewhere, and one back route river once used by eighteenth century smugglers to avoid the watchful eye of authorities. This river, the Bells River, passes by the areas largest bluffs towering over the rivers’ shoreline. Paddle under these bluffs listening to the forest songbirds while Herons and Egrets glide over the marsh on your other side.
The Roses Bluff guided kayak tour loops from St. Marys waterfront over the river and through a narrow cut to the Bells River. From there, we follow the river flow to the bluffs, gliding and observing as the tide sweeps us past. Then we continue up the river until it empties back into the St. Marys River and takes us back to the starting point.
This two-hour trip is a paddle for all kayak levels. It is a wonderful trip that gives you a good understanding of just how beautiful this area is and the nature that surrounds this coastal area. This trip takes you through the local salt marshes of the St. Mary’s River and past the high bluffs on the Bells River. Coastal bluffs provide a dramatic and beautiful setting. Roses Bluff includes miles of steeply rising sediment bluffs tucked back in the coastal salt marsh. The bluffs, created from landslides many years ago, have broad flattened fronts that rise up to 50 feet in the air.
This is an easy trip suited for all levels. Transitional sea kayaks are used on this trip. Marshes are exposed to winds, which can affect the paddling conditions. The creek is tidally influenced so we are always paddling with the current.
You will need to arrange all pre and post lodging and meals for your trip. Gratuities are not included in the price of the adventure. Money is not required during the trip. Do not bring valuables. Guides will carry a waterproof bag for your convenience. A small amount of money may be useful for souvenirs or snacks at the end of journey back in the shop. ATM or bank access will not be available during the trip.
2.5 to 3.5 Hours $60/person