Chapter 05 - Resources



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Resources for weather forecasts, charts, etc.



The following pages provide information of all types useful in planning day and multi-day trips including digitized charts, electronic versions of piloting manuals, tides, tidal currents, weather forecasts, water quality etc.

Beaufort Wind Force Scale and Sea State

The Beaufort scale is an empirical measure for the intensity of the wind based mainly on sea-state or wave conditions.

Environmental Resources

Information on the Chesapeake Bay environment - grasses, plants, insect, fish and more.

Event Calendar

Activities around the Chesapeake area.

Event Listing

Activities around the Chesapeake area.

Gear List and Float Plan

Gear List and Float Plan (PDF)

Kayak Friendly Marinas

These marinas were used by Kayak Kevin on his 6 week tour of the Chesapeake in a sit on top.

Launch Ramps

Kayak Launch and Boat Ramp Listing with fees, facilities, season, hours, pictures, maps, directions and notes. Click on black triangles to toggle sort order. Click on blue triangles to expand or collapse categories.

Maps, Charts and Coastal Images

The NOS MapFinder service provides "one stop shopping" for images and data from a number of National Ocean Service (NOS) offices

Menu planner

Keeping the engine fueled and in good working order is critical in all outdoor expeditions. Here is the theory and a tool to calculate everthing you need to keep the fires burning.

NOAA CoastPilot Link

NOAA publication Coast Pilot® available in electronic (adobe.pdf) format.

Tides, Weather, Winds, Surf, Water, Fishing and Road Conditions - Know before you go!

Observations and predictions on weather, tides, winds, wave heights for planning a kayak trip.

Water Access

Links to the Maryland DNR water access site.

Water Trails

Water Trails information and links, Chesapeake Gateways Network, Maryland Water Trails, Pennsylvania Water Trails, Florida Water trails, maps and guides

What's New Here

Find out what's new and what has changed recently on this site.






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