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Once to the small bay we aimed for a beach in the distance, beached and walked around a bit only to find a lone no trespassing sign. Hardly looked official but we heeded its warning and shoved off to the beach over at Bethel Beach Natural Preserve. Nice calm rollers greeted us as we were open to the Chesapeake Bay for a good stretch. Water was very shallow in areas and squirrelly around the sand bars. The day was very clear and sunny. Looking out into the Chesapeake Bay in the distance we could see Wolftrap Light.
Once on Bethel Beach we looked for beach treasure and found a very large sea turtle scute which must have been at least 18 inches across and some smaller ones as well. Also found horseshoe crab carcasses, many oyster shells, red beard sponges, and the occasional fish dropped by an osprey.
After lunch on a sandbar jutting out from Bethel Beach we headed to the backside of Bethel Beach and a small lagoon then under a bridge to a canal that led to Garden Lake. The canal is approximately 1 mile each way and very slow moving water. The canal and Garden Lake are very shallow. It was very windy on the lake and we were weather-veining so we didn't stay long. Lots of large fish jumping. I suspect they were Weakfish (Sea Trout).
I would recommend paying close attention to what creek you pop out of when meandering through the tidal creeks to get to Bethel Beach. We used a Duck Blind as a reference and are glad we did, otherwise one could get lost for hours.
We were hoping to see Dolphins in the Bay off the Bethel beach area. Maybe next time.
Bent Shaft Canoe Paddles
Full Size Sail Rig
PFD's (Life Jackets)