“Due to restrictions placed on events of 250 people or more due to the Covid-19 Virus, we will be postponing the Bay Bridge Paddle. We are monitoring current government recommendations and will update everyone once we have set a new date for the Bay Bridge Paddle. Thank you for your patience and understanding.”

Registration for an annual Chesapeake Bay Bridge kayaking race is now open. The Bay Bridge Paddle at Sandy Point State Park near Annapolis is Saturday, June 6, 2020.

Paddling any part of the Chesapeake Bay waters is a thrilling experience and launching from Sandy Point State Park is no different. With a beautiful sandy beach on the Western Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, you are provided with expansive views overlooking the Bay Bridge. This race will bring together all levels of paddlers to share in a day of camaraderie and fellowship.


The race is also open to other paddlecraft, like stand-up paddleboards.

Races, registration and rentals


9 mile course








Registration costs increase on March 17. Full details: Race information

Paddle board prices range from $40 – $60, depending on the type of board you wish to rent.  Kayaks prices range from $50 – $80.


  • I learned about this race last summer. We stopped at a Wawa coming back from Ocean City and I saw a woman wearing a Bay Bridge Paddle t-shirt. This would be a bit bigger bridge than I am used to paddling under along the Potomac and Anacostia.
  • I have not decided if I am going to do it, because I would need to rent or borrow a kayak. The rental rate is at least 20% of what I pay annually for my Boating in DC pass. That being said, it looks like a lot of fun and the Chesapeake is where I caught the kayaking bug.
  • In 2013, I sailed aboard the Carnival Pride out of Baltimore with my extended family. The photo featured is from sailing under the Bay Bridge. [flickr : chesapeakebaybridge/slideshow]
  • In April, I will update my DC Area Kayak Rentals page with opening dates and other information.

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