The Choptank & Tuckahoe River Guide is your guide to exploring the Choptank and Tuckahoe Rivers on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The Guide is produced by Old Harford Town Maritime Center in West Denton, Maryland.

Funding for this publication is provided by the Chesapeake Gateways Program of the National Park Service. The Choptank and Tuckahoe Rivers Water Trail described in this Guide is a Chesapeake Bay Gateway.

What’s in the River Guide?

 Trip Planner. We’ve planned out fifteen river trips for you that feature pirates, sunken vessels, overnight adventures, flights to freedom, steamboats, and sailing vessels. Search for trips by river, length, or themes.

Historic Sites. Read about wharves, shipyards, tobacco warehouses, ghost towns, shipwrecks, slave quarters, dance pavilions, canneries, bridges and ferries, “warping places”,  “brigantine stakes”, barges, and pea liquor on the banks of the Choptank and Tuckahoe Rivers. Search for historic sites by name, or by river location, age, theme, or descriptive keywords.

Public Landings. The Choptank and Tuckahoe Rivers are easy to get to!  There are 17 public landings in three counties on both sides of the rivers.  Most have paved ramps and docks, many recently renovated.  Others offer excellent soft landings for paddle craft.  One is being reconstructed as a replica steamboat wharf and old-fashioned marine railway.  Search for public landings by river, nearest town, or descriptive keywords

Overnight Accommodations. Find B&Bs, a riverfront hotel, camping, and other overnight accomodations on the Choptank and Tuckahoe Rivers. Find the right place to stay closest to public landings or river sites that you plan to visit.

Weather and Tide Conditions. When you use the River Guide while connected to the Internet, you can  check weather forecasts for Denton and Cambridge.  Check out the tide prediction charts and tide prediction links to the Internet.

How Do You Use the River Guide?

Here’s How. Use pop-up Search Panels and navigation buttons on all pages to explore Trips, Historic Sites, Public Landings, Overnight Accomodations, and Photos by name and keyword.

Each river trip and site descriptions comes with a Fact Sheet that gives

  • A narrative of the site’s history or the trip’s features and historic themes.
  • Historic and cultural themes presented at the site.
  • Mileage to nearby sites.
  • Directions.
  • Attractions and amenities.

Next to each river site Fact Sheet is a Map Library. You can browse USGS topographic maps, NOAA nautical charts, and 19th century historic maps of most sites and trip routes.  Click to view larger maps.

Each river site Fact Sheet also comes with a Photo Archive.  Thumb through photos that show what the sites look like today, and some as they appeared 100 years ago.  Click to view larger photos.


The River Guide was created and tested for use with Netscape 4.6+ and Internet Explorer 5.  Each browser displays web pages a little differently.  Let us know how the Guide looks and works in your browser.  Email

In order to display the RiverGuide pages best, please to select the “document-specified fonts” option in your browser.

In Internet Explorer, you must disable Script Debugging. Do this by clicking Tools > Internet Options > Advanced.  Under “Browsing”, check the “Disable script debugging” box.

Some Internet Explorer users report that the first click on the Start Page gives an “Error on Page” message in the IE status bar, and no action results. If this happens, hold down the Shift key and click “Refresh” at the same time.

Feedback. We hope you will send feedback and suggestions to help us improve the River Guide.   Do you have stories to share about the historic river sites described here? Write to us at the Old Harford Town Maritime Center -

We hope the River Guide will help you
explore the Choptank and Tuckahoe Rivers
and enrich your experience on the water!

Joppa Wharf
10215 River Ldg Rd.
West Denton

(410) 479-0655


The Staff at
Old Harford Town
Maritime Center