The Bay Bridge Paddle returns Saturday, September 25, 2022. Launching from Sandy Point State Park near Annapolis, there are three courses.

Races, registration and rentals

The Span

9 miles

$100 through July 31

$115 through August 30

The Steamer


$80 through July 31

$90 through August 30

The Soft Shell


$60 through July 31

$70 through August 30

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 in 2019. 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 $85. 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]

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