The Assawoman Canal is one of my new favorite kayaking spots in Delaware!
Located in Ocean View, Delaware, the Assawoman Canal links the Indian River Bay and Little Assawoman Bay and is managed by Delaware Seashore State Park. The waterway is calm and narrow, which makes for some spectacular reflections of the surrounding trees. I felt like I was paddling through a tunnel of green!
The logistics of paddling the canal can be a little tricky, so here is what I recommend doing:
Park at the Assawoman Canal Trailhead parking lot on New Road in Ocean View (7 Town Rd, Ocean View, DE 19970). There is a small parking lot with restrooms and a boat launch area. However, there are no kayak rentals, so make sure to bring your own. From there, paddle south on the canal.
The canal is one way, so you will either need to arrange a way to get you and your kayak back to your starting place or plan to kayak both directions. I chose to leave my car at my starting place, drop my bike at my ending place, kayak down the canal to my ending spot, bike back to my car, then go pick up my kayak. You could also take two cars.
I recommend exiting the canal just after the Jefferson Bridge, which will give you a nice 2-mile paddling trip. There is a boat ramp and small parking lot at the end of Guy Street below the Jefferson Bridge where you can easily exit the canal and arrange pickup.
If you exit at the Jefferson Bridge, you can either arrange for someone to pick you up at the Guy Street parking lot, or leave your bike in one of the bike racks on Guy Street and then bike back to you car at the trailhead (like I did). If you ride your bike from Guy Street to the Assawoman Canal Trailhead, it takes about 10 minutes.
Depending on water conditions, you may be able to kayak back up the canal to your starting place. I saw people kayaking in both directions. You can also paddle farther down the canal than Jefferson Street if you would like.
Here is a map of the route I took.
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I'm Abby, a traveling photographer and writer, and I'm most passionate about connecting people with the outdoors, and I started this blog because I believe in the power of visual communication to move people from awareness of the outdoors all the way to stewardship of natural resources.