Ayers Creek Kayak Launch

Berlin, Maryland

This new public kayak launch is inside a gated parking area off Lewis Rd. about a mile from Route 611 with impervious parking surface and a network of trails leading to the soft-shore kayak launch at the edge of the creek. This site is not suitable for swimming due to submerged hazards, but is a perfect location to begin a day of easy kayak or canoe paddling through a forested marsh into open flat water and finally through a major salt marsh of meandering water trails perfect for birding and paddling!

The entrance is marked by a large chain link gate which automatically opens at sunrise and automatically closes & locks at sunset. Should you leave after sunset, the gate will open for you from the inside.

The new park provides a link to several large parcels in permanent conservation easement along the creek and throughout the Newport, Sinepuxent and Chincoteague bay watersheds. A joint effort between Maryland Coastal Bays Program, the Town of Ocean City, Worcester County, MD Department of Natural Resources and a group of citizen stakeholders established this new kayak launch on the grounds of an old Town of OC dumpsite that was cleaned up and restored a number of years ago. The Maryland Coastal Bays Program maintains the site today.

WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on . Assateague Coastkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
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CURRENT WEATHER
12°C
Cloudy with a few clear breaks
MONITORING FREQUENCY

is sampled monthly from 20 May to 15 September

SOURCE INFORMATION

Assateague Coastkeeper samples watersport recreation locations in Isle of Wight Bay, St. Martin River, Turville Creek and Herring Creek every Wednesday from the week before Memorial Day through Labor Day. Samples results are generally reported on Thursdays and Swim Guide is updated as soon as possible to reflect the latest results.

Our samples are measured for Entroccoci bacteria, which serve as an indicator bacteria for pathogens in the water. Analysis is performed by Coastkeeper Staff using the Enterolert Quanti-Tray 2000 system. The Environmental Protection Agency has set a threshold of 104 colony forming units per 100 milliliters (cfu/100ml) as the single test limit for weekly testing. Samples recording less than 104 cfu/100ml are therefore considered "safe levels." Samples recording 104 cfu/100ml or greater are considered "unsafe" due to the increased risk of illness.

Worcester County Environmental Programs samples bathing beaches in Worcester County weekly during the bathing beach season. Samples are collected every Monday and Tuesday and Wednesday and are tested for enterococcus bacteria. Results are available on Tuesday and Wednesday at the website: http://www.co.worcester.md.us/Envpgms/bathingbeaches.aspx
A running geometric mean of each site, using a minimum of 5 samples taken over a 30-day period, is calculated. For enterococcus, the geometric mean should not exceed 35 organisms per 100 ml (35 MPN), with no single sample exceeding 104 organisms per 100 ml. Enterococcus serves as the sole indicator for evaluating water quality and determining beach advisories. An advisory is issued for a sampling site, if bacterial levels exceed the above state standards.

Coastkeeper cautions that bayside water sport recreationalists and swimmers should adopt a no swimming/no direct water contact plan for 48 hours on any bayside beaches or bayside water recreation spots that are adjacent to developed areas, due to the possibility of elevated bacteria levels from rainwater runoff and increased health risks.

Swimmers on the oceanside beaches of Ocean City and Assateague Island should check Swim Guide for bathing beach advisories after a heavy rainfall.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH

Ayers Creek Kayak Launch

Berlin, Maryland

WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on . Assateague Coastkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
For water quality icon legend, click:   
CURRENT WEATHER
12°C
Cloudy with a few clear breaks

This new public kayak launch is inside a gated parking area off Lewis Rd. about a mile from Route 611 with impervious parking surface and a network of trails leading to the soft-shore kayak launch at the edge of the creek. This site is not suitable for swimming due to submerged hazards, but is a perfect location to begin a day of easy kayak or canoe paddling through a forested marsh into open flat water and finally through a major salt marsh of meandering water trails perfect for birding and paddling!

The entrance is marked by a large chain link gate which automatically opens at sunrise and automatically closes & locks at sunset. Should you leave after sunset, the gate will open for you from the inside.

The new park provides a link to several large parcels in permanent conservation easement along the creek and throughout the Newport, Sinepuxent and Chincoteague bay watersheds. A joint effort between Maryland Coastal Bays Program, the Town of Ocean City, Worcester County, MD Department of Natural Resources and a group of citizen stakeholders established this new kayak launch on the grounds of an old Town of OC dumpsite that was cleaned up and restored a number of years ago. The Maryland Coastal Bays Program maintains the site today.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

is sampled monthly from 20 May to 15 September

SOURCE INFORMATION

Assateague Coastkeeper samples watersport recreation locations in Isle of Wight Bay, St. Martin River, Turville Creek and Herring Creek every Wednesday from the week before Memorial Day through Labor Day. Samples results are generally reported on Thursdays and Swim Guide is updated as soon as possible to reflect the latest results.

Our samples are measured for Entroccoci bacteria, which serve as an indicator bacteria for pathogens in the water. Analysis is performed by Coastkeeper Staff using the Enterolert Quanti-Tray 2000 system. The Environmental Protection Agency has set a threshold of 104 colony forming units per 100 milliliters (cfu/100ml) as the single test limit for weekly testing. Samples recording less than 104 cfu/100ml are therefore considered "safe levels." Samples recording 104 cfu/100ml or greater are considered "unsafe" due to the increased risk of illness.

Worcester County Environmental Programs samples bathing beaches in Worcester County weekly during the bathing beach season. Samples are collected every Monday and Tuesday and Wednesday and are tested for enterococcus bacteria. Results are available on Tuesday and Wednesday at the website: http://www.co.worcester.md.us/Envpgms/bathingbeaches.aspx
A running geometric mean of each site, using a minimum of 5 samples taken over a 30-day period, is calculated. For enterococcus, the geometric mean should not exceed 35 organisms per 100 ml (35 MPN), with no single sample exceeding 104 organisms per 100 ml. Enterococcus serves as the sole indicator for evaluating water quality and determining beach advisories. An advisory is issued for a sampling site, if bacterial levels exceed the above state standards.

Coastkeeper cautions that bayside water sport recreationalists and swimmers should adopt a no swimming/no direct water contact plan for 48 hours on any bayside beaches or bayside water recreation spots that are adjacent to developed areas, due to the possibility of elevated bacteria levels from rainwater runoff and increased health risks.

Swimmers on the oceanside beaches of Ocean City and Assateague Island should check Swim Guide for bathing beach advisories after a heavy rainfall.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH



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